2024 Looking Ahead! Future Podcast Plans

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2024 Looking Ahead! Future Podcast Plans

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Welcome to the ranch and table podcast,  where we discuss all things related to our Texas ranch and  our ranch to table restaurant located in downtown Rockwall.  I'm your host, Lee Wells.

Welcome to the ranch and table podcast. I'm Lee Wells and I'm glad you're here with me today. Welcome to this very first podcast of 2024. Hope you had a great holiday. Hope you had a great Christmas, great new year. Hope everybody's safe and having a good time as we start this year off. If you watch this podcast, you may notice today some video upgrades and just want to let you know we've Put a couple new cameras in and I paid a expert to come in and do some fine tuning.

And so just want to let you know you're worth it. And if you've been watching us watching me for the last several months we've been. Trying to get things set things just were not working the way that I had first set them up. So here we are I've put a little bit more into this and I want it to be right.

And I say, you're worth it because you are you watching and listening to this podcast is why I do it. This is why. I, I take the time and invite the guests and they take the time is to be able to be a benefit and hopefully, you know, some good coming of our time together. So welcome to 2024, the new look, and I hope you enjoy it.

You're going to see some new things this year. I think our format's going to stay the same. My format's the same. Every other week I do a a solo podcast and then have a guest come in. It's really hard to try to schedule a guest every week. I know some people do it, but they don't stay.

Probably as busy as I do. And and, and then the people I'm getting here are busy. It's it's sometimes it's, it takes several weeks or months to get them freed up to even be on the schedule. So I want to thank those who. Came out in 23 and we're part of the podcast, the very first episode, Willie Grubaugh, a beef producer here in the area, a friend of mine, he was gracious enough to start us off and it was a great episode.

I've, I've learned a lot from. That first episode. And I hope I am improving as a host, but he was so gracious to be here. And then of course, Mark Russo justice of the peace rock wall historian was with us on episode two. And then episode four, we had Josh Thomas, a good friend of mine who. Owns and operates Ernie's barbecue in Greenville.

And then episode six, we had Jared Gwines, who is a marketing expert and a guru, just a great guy as far as the imagination and creativity, various parts of, of marketing. He has all of that going and just, it was a great episode. I was so thankful to have him here. And then episode eight, my daughter, Kayla.

Was kind enough to come on. And that was a great episode as well. Our Thanksgiving episode, we talked about Wells kitchen and she's one of my managers there in the kitchen doing a great job. And then my brother came into town, Matt. And so episode 10, Matt Wells was on with us and we talked business. We talked a little bit about dad.

And it was just a great great time. I enjoyed it a lot. And then episode 12 Kevin Fowler was on and he is a banking industry expert. And then of course he was also city councilman and then mayor of Rockwall for a couple of years there. And so he had just an interesting chat with him. And so if you missed any of those episodes, go back and take the time to.

To watch them, listen to them and thank you to each of those guys, gals that came on and took their time and energy to come out to the ranch studio and be a part of a podcast. I'm very thankful that people say yes. When I ask them to come spend an hour or two out here and I haven't had a no yet. I've just had really, really good  response from people that, that are just really cool, really cool folks.

So thank you to each of them.  This year coming up in 24, I have some, some more amazing guests coming. Kevin Lafleur, who is the owner of Zanata's Sammy of Sammy's pizza. Getty. I've got mayor Keith short coming from McClendon Chisholm, Trace Johanneson the mayor of Rockwall. Now he's coming. I've got a list is too long to go through, but I have some really, really good.

Folks that are coming on and planning to be here. And so just look forward to those events, those episodes coming up. I've got some chamber of commerce representation from the area, some different things that. Are in the works. And so looking forward to some great time just talking about the various facets of business business owners, those who are involved in helping small businesses every day, a really good list of people.

And I'm looking forward to those episodes coming up.  Of course, to offset each of those episodes  I'll have a solo. Podcasts on a business subject in between those days. And so every other week we try to have a guest in and it's a lot of fun to do that. So I'll also be sure to send me some feedback.

I would love to hear from you. I would love to hear what you would like to hear about, like what, what interest you have that we may or may not have covered, or you'd like to hear more coverage on. I'd love to love to hear any, any thoughts that you would have. The thing about podcasting is. It's kind of like creating content and pushing it off a cliff.

Now I don't mean that ugly in any, any way. I'm. I mean that as positive as I can be, but you, you sit here and, and there's no one talking back. It's just me talking to a camera. Then you put it out and you watch the downloads, you watch the viewers and you see numbers, but that's about, that's about where it stops.

And so love to hear back from you. I do hear on occasion. Someone will comment on our Facebook page the ranch and table podcast on Facebook. Join us out there, join the discussion out there. I've, I've heard people in person come up and talk about it and I appreciate all the feedback that I have gotten, but I would love to hear from, from more people about what you enjoy, what you would like to see comment on the cameras.

I would love to see what you think about. This old face right here being up close and clear. So anyway just just one more thing I'd like to tell you real quick, as far as this information goes about the podcast I have a brand new website coming out and it is called leewellsofficial.com.  And let me tell you what's going to be on that website.

Number one, you can find my book there. You can buy the book. Then secondly, the new home for the podcast is there. So Lee Wells official will host the podcast as well. And then the two new things that we have this year is. My online coaching, which is a  program that I'm starting.  It is for businesses specifically for restaurants, but any small business can join and it's 15 minutes a week.

You get a lesson straight to your phone, iPad laptop. And with that, you get 15 minutes of coaching. It's a new idea every week. And then a few questions just to make sure we're on the same page. And then you can choose to put that idea to work or evaluate and let it challenge you to the way you're doing things now.

And my hope is that over the next 50, 52 weeks, there is some good information that comes out and a new fresh idea, maybe. Exactly what people are looking for to open up a new dimension, a new way of doing things, a new way of looking at things. And that's my hope. My hope is people will be more successful than they ever have been before by using the concepts and the culture, the various ways of doing things that we have over the last several years, we've made it through COVID.

We've made it through a lot of struggles and a lot of things. Have worked out pretty well. And I think that has to do with our philosophy, which is. Not letting money be the, the driving force behind our business, but letting people in customer service be number one and then quality and then the value of that all working together.

And then the money just follows. And I believe with all of my heart that if people will take care of other people and we will do our very best to give good quality and good value. Then the money will take care of itself. If we get that backwards, it never works. And so that online coaching is going to be available starting in 2024 in the next few days, and then keynote speaking as well.

So I'm going to make myself available to speak to business groups and various gatherings about these concepts as well.  Just telling our story of how we've made it. In the business and in a bad location, several places have gone under there, not, not made it.  People told us don't go to that location.

People told us that our concept for burgers would never work, that our beef would never work. I mean, we we've had a lot of negative, but we have overcome all of that. And there's a reason our culture is different for a reason. The way we approach people is different for a reason. And so I believe it can help.

And I hope to help those who aren't  to turn those things around because I don't think anybody enters into business to fail. We just don't always know what we should do, or maybe we're looking for another way of doing it. Or maybe we're not looking at all, but there's something that we should be.  And maybe I can connect that dot that connection in their heart.

I don't, I don't know. I w I would love to, I would love to help some people be more successful in this world. And then of course it has on that new website, a way for you to get a hold of me to request these things. And so there's a lot of communication available there. So if you have a question, if you want to get feedback to me, you're not on Facebook and you'd like to give me a message, there's there's forms on just about on every page to get ahold of me and,  and ask questions and start a conversation.

Those come straight to my email. So it'd be like sending me an email. And so leewellsofficial. com is live and is, is going. And so I invite you to go take a look at that. And then of course, also our Facebook page the ranch and table. com. You can a ranch and table at Facebook. You can get ahold of us there.

And so let me ask you this before I let you go today. Are you a big fan of resolutions, new year's resolutions? I am not, I I'm not a big fan. I know that it's something that. A lot of people do. I know that it's a lot of hype around it, but here's my philosophy. You can take it or leave it, but pretty much if you're not doing it in November, you're probably not going to be doing it in February.

And so there's nothing magic about a resolution. There's nothing magical about January 1st. I know it's a starting to stop and it's a date on the calendar that we roll over and we can have new. Concepts, ideas, a new lease on life, you know, whatever. And then I get it, I do get that. But I also think that people make them make resolutions because it's something to do, other people are doing it, it's expected or somehow they think because they're doing it at this time of year, it's going to work.

But I have found that if, if you're not already doing it, you're probably not going to start just to let you in on a little bit of my life, I started back a few months ago  Working on myself, my working on my weight and losing some weight. And my goal was to be down 30 pounds by the end of the year.

I hit that just a couple of days ago. And then on the first, because if I can make all this work, then on the first, I was going to start my body weight exercises and start getting.  Into phase two of what my plan is. And so it just happened to work out that it was January 1st. That's when I hit my numbers and I was able to move on to my second part of my plan.

But I don't know that if I would have made the decision just because it's January 1st, that I would have done it. We have to become resolute. In our self before our resolution is going to work. We have to make up our mind, make it a priority and start working towards it. Then not on a futuristic date, in my opinion, for things to work.

So if you do make resolutions and you mean them, I would say you got to just start working on them. You got to go do the work for it to happen.  And when we do the work, it always does work out if we can do it consistently. So that's my philosophy on it. And everyone has their own ideas. It's the time of year to talk about it.

So I thought I'd talk about resolutions for just a minute. And I'm determined to be this year, a better person. I've been working on that already, but I'm going to continue to work on being a better person, being a better husband, been a better. A better business owner. I really do want to be the best boss I can be to those that work for me.

Approachable, real empathetic. I want to be a good influence in, in their life and, and them in mind. And so I want that relationship to be strong and be good. And so I'm always working on that. I'm not perfect. I don't have it all together. No, none of us do, but I'm on track to at least continue to improve on the person that I have been and on purpose, moving towards that person I want to be.

I hope that this podcast is in some way, an inspiration to you to think about things a little different, do things maybe a little different. I don't, I don't ever know what, what it produces, but I'm always interested in in, in hearing back from you on what it is doing for you and you know we can change the world if we just start doing some things a little different by someone, a cup of coffee, you know, do something thoughtful for someone by someone's meal.

I'll tell you a quick story and this is not me patting myself on the back or anything. I just, it fits. I want to tell you, I bought the meal of a guy the other day, him and a friend were sitting in a restaurant and I went by and talked to him and said, hello. I hadn't seen him in a long time.  And when we checked out and we paid, I told the waitress, just, I want to take care of that table over there.

And, and I do that sometimes it's whenever, whenever I feel it, I do it. And  and she said, sure. So we paid and we waved at them and left. It was, it was not a big deal. No fanfare, they didn't know. And it wasn't very long after I got home that I got a Facebook message. And he said, man, you didn't have to do that.

Thank you for buying our meal. And I guess they told him at the, at the restaurant that we had done it. And so he, he then tells me, I just got out of the hospital. I had a massive heart attack. I was in the hospital for weeks. They didn't think I was going to make it. He went into this whole thing on Facebook.

He's like, man, you just didn't know what that meant based on what I had been going through. And I didn't know any of that. We didn't talk about any of that there at the table or in the restaurant. It just was something I felt like doing. I did it and moved on, but it made a huge impact on him. A big, it was a big deal for him.

It wasn't really a big deal to me. I just did it in passing and moved on, but to him, it was a huge, we just don't know what other people are going through. We just don't know what they're facing. And what we can do to make a difference in someone's life. So this year in 24, I'm going to do it more.

I'm going to do, I'm going to take the things that I've been blessed with, and I'm going to share them as much as I can with those that, that I can share them with and who knows what impact that's going to have, but it's going to be the best  that I can do to help someone else's life. I really do hope that your life is fulfilled.

I hope that you have everything that you need. And I hope that this year is, is gonna be a great year for you. And and really, I mean this, thank you for the time you spend listening. Thank you for the feedback. Thank you for letting this,  this effort be a part of your life. It means a whole lot to me and I hope it does to you.

Thank you for your time today on the Ranch and Table Podcast. And this is Lee Wells. I will see you next time. Have a very happy new year.