Posted On May 31, 2024

On this week’s Keepin It Real, Cam Marston had a client breach a contract and he’s trying to use lessons from Marcus Aurelius to keep himself from absolutely losing it. —– I’m reading Marcus Aurelius’ book called Meditations written in about the year 175. They’re notes to himself about the thoughts he’s having and how he’s working to keep his head on straight. He’s writing to work things out. No audience in mind, just for him. Throughout his writings several themes arise. First, he’s aware of the presence of death. The topic of dying is never far. Second, he has… Read More

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Helping businesses grow through franchising

Posted On May 28, 2024

Burnie Juneau helps businesses grow. But only if they want to. Juneau, our guest in the latest episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” works for Franchise Marketing Systems. Based in the Atlanta area, FMS identifies companies ripe for expansion through franchising, helps them prepare for the process, and then helps them find and vet franchisees. Most of these businesses are restaurants or service-related companies. Juneau, based in New Orleans, has a background in the food-service industry and focuses on restaurants from Texas to Florida. “I like to see successes,” he said. “I’m looking for Mom and Pops, businesses that… Read More

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Staring At the Clock

Posted On May 24, 2024

On this week’s Keepin’ It Real, what was Cam doing today at 4:59am? Well, he wasn’t getting out of bed. That we know for sure. —– Most mornings I’m staring at the clock about 4:30 am waiting to get up. I won’t allow myself to get out of bed before 5am. Getting your day started at 5am means you’re aggressive. You’re eager to get going. Getting out of bed before 5am means you have a problem. They’re slight gradations. Minutes matter and 4:59am is a good bit different from 5am. I stare at the clock until it turns 5 when… Read More

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Removing barriers to recovery for veterans and first responders

Posted On May 22, 2024

Military veterans are typically tough, can-do people. So it’s difficult for them to admit when they need help. Many of them do, however. One study found that half of the 64,000 veterans living in the Mobile, Alabama, area reported having some sort of addiction or mental health problem. But not only do they have trouble asking for help, they often find barriers to actually getting it. John Kilpatrick is dedicated to helping them overcome those barriers. Kilpatrick, our guest in a recent episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” is a the founder and CEO of Vets Recover, an organization… Read More

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Burnie Juneau Has an Eye for Businesses that Can Ramp Up by Franchising

Posted On May 20, 2024

Burnie Juneau can walk into a business and tell if it is franchisable. He’s gained a sense of how easy it will be based on his years of experience. His approach to the owner is “are you interested in growing quickly.” The company he works for, Franchise Marketing Systems, does all the paperwork, files the trademark documents, and readies the business owner for growth. FMS then goes on to help sell the franchises, too, marketing the opportunity and finding the right customers.  If you like what Burnie has to say, he offers his phone number: 225.733.4680. Show Sponsors: Mason Hills… Read More

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Don’t Get Sick

Posted On May 19, 2024

On this week’s Keepin’ It Real, Cam has seen much more of the healthcare world these days than he would like. His advice: Stay well. —– I’ve been given an up a close look at our health care system over the past several months. It’s been, well, disappointing. And this comes after hearing a remarkable speaker discuss the importance of customer service on company culture. I made a reference several months ago to the pain I’ve had. It’s finally been diagnosed as polymyalgia rhumatica, or PMR. It showed up around February first and has been a part of every day… Read More

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John Kilpatrick Keeps An Eye Out for his Veteran Colleagues. He and His Team are Uniquely Situated to Offer Them Help.

Posted On May 13, 2024

Col. John Kilpatrick saves veteran lives. He offers a system for doing it, with key roles filled by other veterans. “Unless you’re a veteran,” he told me, “you’ll never know what we’ve gone through and no one will listen to you.” His agency, Vets Recover, is the first of its type he knows about in the country. From vets in despair on the edge of suicide to ones struggling with years of addiction to ones suffering from the traumas that only vets can understand, John has built a system to care for them. He’s on a mission, not unlike the… Read More

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Could AI be the answer to improving medical care and reducing doctor burnout?

Posted On May 11, 2024

We had Dr. Robert Pearl on a previous episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston” to talk about how generative AI could open up a whole new world for medicine. Now that he’s written a book about it, “ChatGPT MD,” he came back on the show to share how what he calls “value-based care,” paired with the capabilities of AI, could transform the industry. “This is higher quality, more convenient access, and affordable costs – and I want to add another piece: Increased satisfaction for both the providers of care and the recipients of care,” said Pearl, a former CEO… Read More

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He’s Not Roscoe

Posted On May 10, 2024

Each spring Cam sits in his morning reading chair and see’s a friend just outside the window. But Cam won’t give him a name. He absolutely won’t. —– My lizard friend is back again. He shows up on the air conditioner every spring just outside the window. He stays there quite a while each morning, arriving about half an hour after sunrise. I sit each morning in my reading chair and keep an eye out for him. And suddenly, he’s there. I grew up calling these things chameleons. Wikipedia, however, just told me he is a green anole and he… Read More

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How to protect yourself from scams and financial fraud

Posted On May 1, 2024

Dan Sigmond has seen lots of scams. It’s his job to arrest the guys perpetrating them. Sigmond, our guest in a recent episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” is a special agent in the Mobile, Alabama, FBI office who specializes in financial fraud and white-collar crimes. And he says the best way to protect yourself against scams is to never let your guard down. You have to pay attention. You have to question everything,” said Sigmond, who has 19 years with the FBI after serving in the U.S. Air Force for nearly a decade. “What we see is when… Read More

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