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Powerlessness Of Knowledge, Knowledge of Powerlessness (Private Home Decision Ma

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Powerlessness Of Knowledge, Knowledge Of Powerlessness

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[This is the edited transcript of the BTR podcast episode of “Powerlessness of Knowledge, Knowledge of Powerlessness” Jan 29, 2017]

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[Thanks once again for stopping by to check things out. If this is your first time, greetings are also extended your way! Foremost, for the sake of rehash, this show is replete with episodes which are especially designed for you as an American private home decision maker. If you are “experienced” on this show, no need going any farther about that. If not, you WILL be! But the warning, of course, it that, this show is primarily for aggressively-oriented private home heads in our country. You have to be “ready.” 

Our emphasis is towards making the best possible decisions, for the best possible contractors, for the best possible results. Granted that these are what all private home heads in our country hope for, but if “hoping” for these marvelous outcomes was all there is to it, then there would be no need for extreme ministries such as HGRBS [the non-profit 501 © (3) I represent as a volunteer home projects consultant). In this moment, we are investigating and re-discovering exactly what it means to have power. How do you score on the scale of 1-10 when it comes to your contract-related home projects? For sure, you WILL know where you are actually standing in that respect for 2017! Please, do not miss this one.

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In this moment, there’s certainly no doubt about the fact that if we’re not motivated to do the right thing in home contract relations at this time, we most certainly will be before for this moment is through. Here, we’re going to consider the powerlessness of knowledge, and in so doing, we’re going to sharpen our comprehension of what makes it so powerless. You see, in some circumstances in life, we can easily be self-led into believing that we’ve got it all under control, but then we learn, perhaps, a bit too late in the game, that what we thought we had under control is suddenly out of control; we learn a bit late in the game, that this occurred because we were, in fact, far too powerless to prevent it.

Just like those who, just on a whim or by means of a “gut feeling,” ended up on the list of the 9.9 out of 10 residential casualties of the worst sort of contractors imaginable. Now, in this episode, there are going to be a few intense junctures which you may or may not quite understand in the beginning. I’m going to say some things, which may initially appear at points bordering on the clearly obvious or the most simply elementary, but, as you’ll see, they go a lot deeper than their surface appearances.

This will all be quite a bit clearer than it may appear at this time. But, I’m really often dismayed by the fact that there are so many of us who entertain beliefs that we’re shored up against the tides of contractor deceit and predation when what we’ve got are low, poorly constructed levees that are overcome and waved aside by waves higher and stronger than they were thought to be.

And, of course, this sort lack of preparedness often conceived otherwise, really gets to me at points, and sometimes to such an extent that I get a bit over-emphatic. But, it’s the anguish from the misery I feel knowing that, irrespective of what I say, irrespective of the warnings from sources both government and private, there will still be some who just don’t take it seriously enough to really pursue doing the sort of decision making which will truly contribute to being rightfully shored up against these waves of contractor deceit and predation I just referred to.

I mean, how can a person be ready for a certain outcome, when this person really doesn’t have the sort of preparation necessary specific to that effect? How are we going to say, with any sincerity, we’re ready for anything when we don’t have the preparation for everything? Of course, it’s a play of words, but then, it’s also a play of thinking and a play of reality. What we want to do is work on these plays of words, plays of thinking, and plays of reality and to assemble these into something more tangible, more concrete, and more practical. We want something which not only sounds more meaningful, but actually is. Yet, not only more meaningful, but more relative to ensuring that we accomplish what we set out to do.

Please, allow me to share in this moment something of what Leonardo da Vinci ‘s credited for saying. But before I do, I’d like to recall to mind the fact that this man was more than an extraordinary painter. He was known as a “universal genius.” He was a master other vocations. He was a successful inventor, a sculptor, an architect, a musician, mathematician, a literary writer, a geologist… he was a master of over 15 different vocations. Ah ha … That was Leonardo da Vinci.

The reason I’ve mentioned this is that I hope this adds a lot more credence to his words. They’re a reflection of a man who was very much in touch with the deep facts of life. Now, here’s what he’s credited with saying:

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. “

Of course, there’s no mistake about the fact that what Mr. da Vinci’s saying here is that anyone who has ever made any significant difference in the world, didn’t settle for the state in which it was, instead, they proactively became a significant part of guiding it towards what it could be.

But, of course, that’s with special consideration to what it could be, personally, and collectively. And, as you know, it’s always for the better, although on occasion, what has been viewed as better, wasn’t always true. But, then, what Mr. da Vinci says is just as applicable, today.

I recall mentioning in perhaps more than a couple episodes on this show that we can’t expect to do strong research on weak efforts; we can’t expect to swim strongly when we don’t put forth the energy to do so; how can we expect to be successful at anything, when to this effect, we fail to do anything which actually moves us in that direction? How can we ensure that each one of our contract-related home projects is a complete success, unless we do those things necessary to guarantee it.

Now, I’m going to do something here. And, it may seem a bit off-subject. But I’m going to disprove the notion that creating guarantees are completely out of your reach. You may pick it up right away or you may not.

Of course, there will always be some who dispute or attempt to toss aside the fact about guarantees saying that “Nothing’s guaranteed.” Now, is that true or not? Okay? In less than a minute, I guarantee I’m going to say: “There are such things as ‘guarantees’.”

Didja catch that? Hopefully, you did. But you probably wouldn’t believe the number of people who would still be waiting for me to say what I said I was going to after I’ve already said it.

There are such things as guarantees.”

It’s the old cause ‘n’ effect situation. We can feel that we’re on top of our games in whatever we do, but often when there’s an objective examination of the situation, we find that, although in some things, we’re truly on top of our games, in others, we really aren’t. But, that’s okay, if these other things aren’t so significant to our lives … … But, what if they are?

Is the state and quality of your special home maintenance and improvement projects significant to your life? If so, then in cases where there’s the need for you to enlist the assistance of contractors, do you expect the people you select and hire to be just as significant towards ensuring that your wishes in this regard are clearly understood, respected, and supported; to you expect these people to do what they’ve promised, and, perhaps even to excel that standard?

Well, if so, then how can you guarantee that the people you select and hire will clearly understand, respect, and support your home project objectives? How can you guarantee that they’ll at least keep their promises to deliver your projects consistent with your wishes?

If a person is an active community predator who has preyed upon senior citizens, the disabled, and other private home decision makers, how can you guarantee that you won’t be his next victim? How do you do it? You do it through doing a thorough service validation on the person, a thorough reputation check. A major part of that is requiring recent references from residents for whom he has done the same or similar work (We normally recommend a minimum 5 such references). The other major part is conferring with relative government and private agencies, and with plugged-in consumer agencies such as the Better Business Bureau, Consumer Affairs.com, and with your favorite search engine.

However, if you don’t do or haven’t done a thorough service validation or a complete reputation check on this guy, you can’t guarantee that if you selected and hired him just on the weakness of gut feelings or on word-of-mouth, alone, that you won’t be another casualty on his list successful exploits.

It follows that the more you knew about him, the more solid your guarantee that you won’t be his next victim or show up at any other time on his list of such successful exploits. But then, again for emphasis, you can’t know what you don’t see, and you can’t see what you don’t know. Yet, there are residents all over our country who opt out of first knowing what they need to see about the people they select and hire, and, as a result, they don’t see what they need to know to guarantee that they won’t be, individually, another sucker for sentiment; another fool for easy money. We’ve got to call it for what it is since there’s certainly nothing informed about making uninformed decisions, and there’s certainly nothing wise about giving away your money premised on such uninformed decisions.

Your guaranteed home projects, each time, are premised on making informed decisions. And, evidently, it follows that you successfully make informed decisions when you’re aptly informed about the contractor, personally and professionally. Granted the fact that there are plenty nice guys around, and, of course, granted that we’d much rather have them around, but being nice, by itself, doesn’t cut it with us. In fact, most victims represent the fall-out for making decisions premised on a contractor’s chivalry.

One contractor, in particular, was such a master at this that he was able to wheedle from one senior citizen as much as $150,000.00. Part of how he did this was through saying she reminded him of his grandma, then before he left, he pecked her on the cheek. She gave him the contract, took out the loan, gave him the money, he wrecked her home to the point that the municipality had to condemn it as uninhabitable, then he abandoned the project.

In my 7 years as a volunteer home projects consultant, I’ve seen so many of these stories that, at times , when I’m ready to share them, I must really struggle hard staying focused on the one I’ve opted to tell, and that’s because they over-lap as though each is a living entity vying for my attention to share.

Recently, there was one man out of Erie, Pennsylvania who was arrested for scandalizing in the area of 20 different private home decision makers. His total take at the time of his arrest was in the area of $250,000.00.

Most of his victims were seniors. He was arrested at his home, in his robe, living it up on the spoils of residents who disregarded proper protocol.

They opted out of knowing what they first needed to see about him, so they made it literally impossible for themselves to see what they needed to know to deflect him, and, by that means, avoid the extraordinary financial hits they experienced.

Now, we’re going to the wonderful state of Tennessee: [ Last week’s message featured “Michael” of the great state of Indiana]

There’s an ongoing case (of perhaps a few, 2017) in the state of Tennessee where a contractor is being charged with 3 separate counts of home improvement fraud. The first runner up in terms of victims first contracted the defendant in April of 2016. What he wanted him to do was build a two-car garage and a loft. The report doesn’t state exactly where the loft would be located, whether in the main structure on the property or somewhere in that two-car garage.

Just the same, the victim advanced the contractor, reportedly, $11,000.00 to begin the project. There’s no mention of there being a contract involved, although there may very well have been seeing that the victim was also retired military of rank. In addition, there’s no mention of the victim having done a thorough service validation or a strong reference check on the contractor before giving him the project and advancing him that $11,000.00. So, we’re looking at another case of uninformed decision making. We’re also looking at another case of a resident violating our protocol by giving an undocumented contractor money to go shopping with.

Briefly, some ways into the project, one which was priced at reportedly $44,000.00 in all, the contractor requested another $11,000.00 … … and, it was granted. Now, remember, the deal was made in April of 2016. But don’t you know that by the time August rolled around, all the work which the contractor reportedly performed thus far, amounted to only cutting down a couple of trees and the footing? The footing (and this is for those who aren’t that familiar), well, the footing is the frame of the floor; it establishes the perimeters on which the walls would be built.

So, of the entire two-car garage the contractor promised to build (and, let’s not leave out the loft) only the footing, only the perimeter on which the walls would be built for the two-car garage was in place. Okay. Let’s see, April, May, June, July, August – Hmmm… I guess that means, five months after the resident paid this contractor $11,000.00 to go shopping with, and who knows where in that frame of time, he gave him $11,000.00 more to go shopping with, there was only a footing to show for it. $22,000.00 later but nothing to show for it but a footing.

Please, allow me to interject the recommended standard: 7 days. If you advance anything to a contractor (which of course, is not recommended. The contractor should use is own money; his own accounts. You can reimburse him). But, as I was saying, if you advance a contractor anything or you make any deal, expect him to start immediately or within the week, if he doesn’t or if she doesn’t, or if they don’t, it’s strongly recommended that you get a refund.

And, as it’s within your contract to do so, if they do not produce the refund, it’s strongly recommended that you take it to law enforcement, and I would start with consumer affairs or with consumer protection. 7 days. That’s it.

But again, that’s only a recommendation; and, only if it’s allowable in your contract. Otherwise, you may consult with your attorney about the feasibility of issuing a “Stop Work Order.” In the meantime, still report this to consumer affairs or to consumer projection, and expect them to quickly respond. And, if the contractor is a bit hyper about the situation, and if it’s safe for you to do so, call the police or the local sheriff’s department.

We’re not playing games here. 5 months is far, far too long for anybody to wait for a scandalous, incompetent to suddenly become sufficiently competent to be trusted to complete your home project. It’s important to act quickly in such cases. 7 days. That’s it. But, then I’m not the one to make that decision for you.

Also, reportedly, this same contractor contracted to do work unspecified in the report, for yet another resident, apparently without any meaningful contract, and without a proper service validation. This reportedly also occurred in April of 2016. Reportedly, this victim advanced the contractor $21,000.00 in shopping money. But according to authorities, he didn’t even bother to start the work.

Then in July 2016, he apparently promised to do work on a resident’s gutters and siding with a reported price tag of $3,400.00. He required a 50% down payment: $1,700.00. And, as it appears, all he had to do was present a business card. Just as in the other cases, there was apparently no credible contract, and no thorough service validation or reputation research. He never even started the job.

Now, in all these cases, please, allow me to say again:

They opted out of knowing what they first needed to see about him, so they made it literally impossible for themselves to see what they needed to know to deflect him, and, by that means, avoid the extraordinary financial hits they experienced.”

No doubt, we haven’t heard from the last of this particular man’s victimizations for the year 2016, alone. But, please rest assured, that all over America, as he was engaged in his evil adventures exploiting unsuspecting private home decision makers, there were more. There were others. There always are. And, they always succeed where residents act alone without conferring with our community allies in both government and in private circles. We’re talking about people who are well-versed towards guiding us towards making the best possible decisions, for the best possible contractors, for the best possible results.

In these victimizations, we see stark revelations of what’s meant by the powerlessness of knowledge and the knowledge of powerlessness. Don’t you think each of these residents KNEW BETTER not to make these deals without first validating the competence, integrity, and efficiency of this man? Don’t you think that, if on a panel of the “does and don’t’s” of home project authorizations that each of these residents will have “nay’d” giving undocumented contractors a single cent without first checking them out?

I think they knew better. Yet, as it’s evidenced, what they knew did nothing for them. They voluntarily cancelled out the power which they could have used to deflect this man by not using what they knew. So that knowledge like any knowledge, remains just as powerless as it ever was without comparable dramatic action.

That can only occur when you use what you know to achieve the results or the effects comparable to that; it’s translating the intangible into that which is comparably consistent and tangible to that effect. Unless we translate what we know into the actions we take, it has no power. It is then literally and completely, POWERLESS. This is essentially, as stressed earlier, what’s meant by the Powerlessness of Knowledge.

And, then when we find that we are absolutely powerless towards reversing the uninformed decisions we’ve made, or towards reversing all the suffering and heartache which we’ve suffered because of the uninformed decisions we’ve made, and when we find that the man, the woman, or the company which took our money is unable to pay it back because of his, her, or their own poverty, that’s when we know or even realize how powerless we actually are to change it. For sure, we’re talking about the Knowledge of Powerlessness!

The year2017 remains a very new year; 2018 remains a little less than 12 steps ahead. What it’ll look like ahead, is largely determined by what it looks like today, and by what you do to not only make it look good, but to make it look and actually be even better.

So, in closing, please allow us to once again share the fact that no matter how true the old adage of knowledge being power may sound, the reality is that “knowledge” is only what you know .. … by itself .. it’s “powerless.” It’s what you do with what you know which determines if whether or not you’ve got any. Use it or lose it … … and, everything that goes with it!

And, that’s a wrap!

Please, be here next Saturday evening for another extraordinary episode of “Private Decision Makes U.S.A. – Road to the Future, Today!”

As always, it’s a pleasure and a great honor serving you!

GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR FAMILY, & YOUR HOME!

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Powerlessness Of Knowledge, Knowledge of Powerlessness (Private Home Decision Ma

Thanks for stopping by to check things out. Foremost this transcripted episode represents the quintessence of the podcast show "Private Home Decision Makers U.S.A. ...." It is replete with episodes such as this which are especially designed for you as an American private home decision maker. If you are "experienced" on this show, no need going any farther about that. If not, you WILL be! But the warning, of course, it that, this show is primarily for aggressively-oriented private home heads in our country. You have to be "ready." Our emphasis is towards making the best possible decisions, for the best possible contractors, for the best possible results. Granted that these are what all private home heads in our country hope for, but if "hoping" for these marvelous outcomes was all there is to it, there would be no need for extreme ministries such as HGRBS [the non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation represented here]. In this moment, we are investigating and re-discovering exactly what it means to have power. How do you score on the scale of 1-10 when it comes to your contract-related home projects? For sure, you WILL know where you are actually standing in that respect on short notice! Please, do not skip this one (or any of the others, for that matter). Dig in! Get connected .... Stay connected .... Stay informed!

  • ISBN: 9781370989164
  • Author: RB Roberts
  • Published: 2017-02-19 11:35:08
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