About R-L-Atch
Joined August 2009
I am a former U.S. Marine/MSG (7yrs) and spent approximately 12 years in the international security field providing security services for our U.S. Embassies abroad. Most of that was in the private sector.

I have travelled all over the world and seen many interesting places and cultures. My wife is from Bogota Colombia and I met her 15 years ago while working at the embassy there. She is an amazing woman and I love her dearly!

After leaving the Middle East in 2000, I had a mid-life crisis so-to-speak lol, and decided to change careers. Lucent Technologies was hiring in my area (Louisville, KY) at the time so I took a leap of faith and hired on with them.

After being there just two years (the bottom fell out in the telecomm industry) I was laid off so I was back to square one. I didn't let that get me down though and decided that was my opportunity to complete my education. Lucent offered an educational assistance severance package so I took full advantage of it instead of sitting around and complaining about why I got laid off.

I completed my bachelors degree in Business Management at IWU and went on to complete my Masters degree in Business Management as well. During graduate school, I applied for the Department of Veterans Affairs and hired on as a Veterans Service Representative.

Eventually, I was promoted to a position called the Joint Services Records Research Coordinator and in a nutshell, I was responsible for the research and most of the development of all Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims that came to our office.

If any of you have ever worked for the government, you know the quagmire of bureaucracy that is involved with the government. I loved my position and responsibility at the VA but hated the system! Simply put, from a management and military perspective, the operational procedures set in place at the VA severely conflicted with the mission statement of the organization.

That is from my perspective only and is the simplest way I know how to describe my experience there. Anyway, after three years there, I had finally had enough and without going into all the details, I resigned.

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to start my own business but I never really sat down and had serious thoughts about what that could be, until now. I am not the brightest star in the sky, but I am not an idiot either, lol, and I can certainly learn and I am willing to do whatever it takes to succeed at this.

I have many ideas that I want to start and I feel that I have come to the right place to learn! Thanks for your time and I look forward to meeting and conversing with all who wish to correspond with me.

Cheers!

Rob Atchison
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scuttledog Premium
See? No way in hell will anything beat us old Marines! Semper Fi sarge. added you to buddy list...hope its ok.
Scutt. :)
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R-L-Atch Premium
Absolutely! I appreciate the buddy add and Semper Fi to you Devil Dog! Keep in touch… Cheers! Rob
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Jamie Smith Premium
Cheers Rob, just wanted to wish you a safe and relaxing trip to Jamaica. I miss that very special island daily!!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thanks Jamie! This is our first trip there, but I'm sure it won't be the last... Rastafari !
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webkab Premium
I am also a former Marine. I'm 3 weeks into it here at WA and learning lots of stuff. Best of luck to you.
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thank you webkab and thanks for adding me to your buddy list - semper fi! Rob
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thank you webkab and thanks for adding me to your buddy list - semper fi! Rob
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R-L-Atch Premium
I know the feeling Tosha - I'm still working on my "brand" name blog... Sometimes it takes awhile (from what I've read and been told) once you change your DNS settings. I have my blog up (no content yet) and I think it took a couple of days once I changed the DNS. Let me know if it's not up after a couple of days and I'll try to help you troubleshoot... Have a great weekend! Cheers... Rob
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klrrider Premium
Hey Rob... you have Eds paypal address for the
$25 challenge? Give me a PM.
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R-L-Atch Premium
Yes Sir (he listed it in the forum) - I will send you a PM.... Thanks!
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maureenhannan Premium
You probably live somewhere not too far from me, Rob. (Greater DC area) Anyway, I appreciate your getting the PayPal info. (And your compassion as well :-)
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R-L-Atch Premium
I'm not too far... Just outside of Louisville, KY. You are welcome! I have PM'd Ed for his PayPal info and I'm waiting for his reply. As soon as I hear something, I will make a post. I appreciate your help too! Cheers! Rob
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uk_newbie Premium
Cheers for your words of encourange mate, i'm just looking around the site waiting for my next session in training to open tomorrow and wondered if i should jump straight in, register a domain name and use one of the WA "feeder pages" - i figure that way i can promote my feeder page through emailing my database and also produce and print cards/fliers and have the distributed...any thoughts?
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uk_newbie Premium
Cheers for the heads up Rob, Chicago is one awesome city...kinda like a smaller more chilled out NYC...enjoy and drop me a line on your return! Shaun
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R-L-Atch Premium
Greetings! One of the things you will read over and over again is to "take action" so yes; I think you are off to a great start! For me, I'm a type "A" personality and I like to have all the nuts and bolts up front and understand them b4 I continue. Hence, the reason I am still slow at making substantial progress towards my goals, however, I had a bit of a layoff due to family illnesses and I’m now at this full-force once again. With that said I will be immediately implementing new strategies as I learn them and not waiting until everything is perfect. As you will also find out, nothing is perfect and you get more results by "doing" and tweaking as you go along. PotPieGirl aka Jenifer, has some great free resources too that you can look at. Also, if you need some hand-holding and can afford some one-on-one tutoring, I recommend makers-n-seven. His coaching is very reasonable and he's simple and straight to the point. I’m leaving for Chicago in the AM so I will be out of the loop for the next few days… Keep in touch and if you have questions I will try to help. Cheers! Rob
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R-L-Atch Premium
Sure will Shaun and thanks! I'll be in touch...peace out! Rob
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R-L-Atch Premium
I'm still learning too... It's a never ending process but you're at the right place. Just follow the training program and try not to get distracted with all the glitter. Also, I would recommend building a network of friends here. There are so many here that will help you should you need it. I will try too should you need help so don't hesitate to ask. If I can't then I won't BS you - I'll just tell you that I'm not sure, but I can lead you to those who will know the answer... Have a great day - Cheers!
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kadcpp Premium
Thanks for the blog post! I had to read your Bio after-wards and was shocked. Louisville is where I was born and raised. I will be moving back within the next month or so.
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kadcpp Premium
Will do buddy! It may be a month or two but that would be great as I have not met anyone face to face here that I could discuss ideas or collaborate with.
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R-L-Atch Premium
Wow! Too cool and welcome back! You'll have to let me know when you arrive and get settled... PM me when the dust clears and I will send you my phone number and maybe we could hook-up for coffee or something and tag-team this IM thing and learn together. Have a safe trip and best regards! Cheers!
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Sounds great - I look forward to it! There's another lady here (Ocherese) who is from J-town and we talked about getting together sometime, but like I said... Life happened and everything came down on me over the last several months so we haven't met yet. Just let me know when you arrive and get settled in and maybe we could all hook-up and help each other. I live on the Eastend just outside of the ville... Also, there's a guy on here Makers-n-Seven who is from Northern KY and he's a great resource if you need a coach and some hand-holding. We'll be in touch... Cheers Rob!
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1courage Premium
Hello Rob, I was just looking at the responses from one of my old posts. Didn't realize more people offered their condolences. I received yours. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Sorry I didn't check before. I'm doing much better now. Also thank you for the compliment regarding my name. I like yours too. It's easy to remember Hee-hee. I'm requesting your buddyship if you don't mind. Glad to meet you. Larecia
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1courage Premium
Rob, oh, please don't worry about the length of time of your response. I'm so sorry for your loss. You take care of yourself. All is going well with me, much better than in a long time. I've been out of the loop myself for a while. Had to work a few things out before continuing with my IM dreams. I'm still active with WA, just haven't kept up on my blog. I will when I make significant progress. Doing OK so far. I would love to keep in touch. Take care.
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R-L-Atch Premium
Larecia, sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I had a death in my family as well recently so I have been out of the loop for awhile. I hope all is going well with you and please keep in touch. Cheers!
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Joycie-P Premium
Hi Rob! Thank you for your comment. Woo Hoo!!! I am super excited. Here's to our success in 2010 and beyond!
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thesue Premium
Rob
I want to take the opportunity to wish all of my Buddies a successful 2010 and thank you for your support, advice and help.
Sue
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thank you Sue! That was very thoughtful of you and I wish you all the best and many blessings for 2010 as well. Keep in touch...
Rob
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alfredfernandes Premium
Nice to meet you.

Wishing you every success.
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Isabelle Premium
Hi Rob,


thank you for adding me as your buddy :)

Its really exciting to meet so many interesting and motivated people here in this wonderful community
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andy1313 Premium
Welcome aboard, sounds like you will do well here.
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R-L-Atch Premium
I'm sloooowly working on it Andy lol and thank you for stopping by! Best regards and Happy Holidays to you and yours... Cheers!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Sorry, I went by your screen name and assumed your name was Andy... Sorry about that Larry!
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Slugger_mn Premium
"If any of you have ever worked for the government, you know the quagmire of bureaucracy that is involved with the government. I loved my position and responsibility at the VA but hated the system! Simply put, from a management and military perspective, the operational procedures set in place at the VA severely conflicted with the mission statement of the organization. That is from my perspective only and is the simplest way I know how to describe my experience there. Anyway, after three years there, I had finally had enough and without going into all the details, I resigned"

Because of this statement we can be friends! That is such an important problem that needs to be addressed! Cause it sure as heck isn't going away.. I may be just a dumb country boy from MN.. But seems to be that often times the simplest solution tends to be the correct solution.. NOT all the time.. but a lot of the time...

Love it!

P.S. how long have you been an IMer?


and.. How are you doing with it?
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iclick76 Premium
I am new hear.
you have nice websites
I still learning How to make one.
Igor
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R-L-Atch Premium
I am fairly new here too (joined in Aug) and I'm still working on my website(s) and learning a little bit each day. You have come to a great place to network and I welcome you aboard. I love your photo! Cheers....
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R-L-Atch Premium
Slugger_mn,

Greetings! Yes, I agree with you... Unfortunately (when you're dealing with govt. bureaucracies) simple solutions are never part of the equation lol... Anyway, that’s all in the past and I have no regrets working there -- I loved helping our veteran's and it was a passion I still hold today!

I signed on at WA at the beginning of Aug 2009, and knew absolutely nothing about this field. I approached this with the mindset of a "turtle" to go slow at this because I’m not a "techie" by any means or the brightest star in the sky. However, I see the potentials in this and I am excited as heck by the possibilities and I absolutely love all aspects of conducting research, so I think I will be good at this once I get my feet wet.

I'm still doing article writing and trying to get the keyword relevancy down in my articles, nevertheless, this is a slow but deliberate process for me.

So, to answer your question, I am still in the learning phases and in the process of creating a landing page along with 10 articles with relevant keywords. I would learn much quicker if I could just hook-up with someone and sit down with them and have them show me... I'm more of a "show-me-in-person" kind of learner but I will get this if it’s the last thing I ever do lol...

Thanks for responding and I look forward to chatting and learning from you in the future. Hope you have a great holiday season! Cheers!

Rob
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R-L-Atch Premium
Nice to meet you too! Unfortunately, I do not speak French fluently, but my wife does... We lived in Brussels for a year and visited your country many times and loved it! Thank you for adding me as your friend and I look forward to chatting with you... Cheers!

Rob
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Louise M. Premium
Hi Rob ! Nice to meet you !! :)
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R-L-Atch Premium
Indeed she is lol... Oh well, maybe someday, I can meet you guys/gals halfway to the top lol... I'm plugging away at this but also taking my time. Have a great weekend and when the wife and I decide to take a trip to Ireland (we will probably visit Eng. too) I'll give you a "shout" and maybe we can meet for a pint or two... Cheers!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Orcherese,

I wrote my response to you in word and then pasted it... This site does not like word and some of the characters as you can see from the garbage below lol... So, I will PM my response to you... Cheers!
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Ezinewriter Premium
Hello there, Welcome to WA. I have a bunch of tutorials that are posted here on WA, you are welcome to check them out :)
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bodovan Premium
Hi!

I see you're here for awhile already... So you must be really good in IM...

You can share your experience with me anytime if you want...
Hopefully I'll be able to help you too with something...:)
Talk to you soon...

Take care,
Ivan
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R-L-Atch Premium
I posted a reply on your wall and I thank you for stopping by my profile... I am still new at IM and learning daily. I look forward to our success and will certainly assist in any way that I can. Cheers my friend and keep in touch...
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bodovan Premium
Hi!

Let me know if you need anything to help you here or anything else...
You also can share some important information with me if you want...
Talk to you soon...

Take care,
Ivan
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StorminNorman Premium
Semper Fi my Marine brother. Thank you for the friendship. I appreciate you.
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R-L-Atch Premium
...and a Semper Fi to you as well StorminNorman! I thank you for your service and look forward to learning all I can from veteran's such as yourself. Cheers!
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art.yurckk Premium
Hey, I think it's not too late for me to welcome you on board here. Welcome Rob!

Hope to hear some good news from ya soon!

Happy holidays btw! :)
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art.yurckk Premium
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any problems, we all here loves to help each other. Good luck and Merry Christmas to you!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thank you art.yurckk! I appreciate your hospitality and look forward to learning from successful people such as yourself. Cheers my friend and Happy Holidays / Merry Christmas to you!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thank you sir, and I am sure I will take you up on that offer lol... Trying to plug through the article marketing accreditation course now... Cheers!
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VictoriaNTC Premium
Hello Rob,
Welcome to the most awesome community!
If I may ever help you , please PM me anytime!
Victoria
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klrrider Premium
Buddied up... lets keep in touch!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thanks Bob and thanks for the reply! I will certainly keep in touch... I need all the help I can get from you veteran's here lol... Cheers!
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idm Premium
Nice meeting you, thanks for the add.
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R-L-Atch Premium
The pleasure is mine Lan and thanks for the reply> Look forward to learning from the veteran's such as yourself... Peace to you and keep in touch.... Cheers!
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Danotech Premium
Wow!!! you have an interesting life style. My life is so peaceful but i am still enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!
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R-L-Atch Premium
Thanks for the warm welcome Ron and Jerry and Semper Fi to you both! I'm just starting and going to plug away at this 8 week action plan and read, read, read.... Learning from you veterans on this site is a blessing and I am thankful to have found this place. Cheers and I will be in touch.... Rob
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rerand Premium
Welcome to WAU. Best of luck.
Semper Fi
Ron - USMC Retired
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Lee2 Premium
Hi Rob,
You're the one in the middle, right? Just kidding.
Thanks for your service. I did 4 years of active duty in the Army starting in '79.
Here's to success! Yours and ours all.
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babyboomer20 Premium
Hi there Rob, you have quite a story, thanks for sharing. I would like to extend a warm welcome to you & congratulations on becoming a part of WA, it is the greatest place to Learn to Earn!! All the best to you and please feel free to click your mouse on my profile and send me a message, I am always here to help & support!
Marty
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R-L-Atch Premium
To babyboomer20,

Just read your profile and all I can say is WOW, and AMEN! Truly, you appear to be another inspirational success story and I am honored to be corresponding with you! I encourage you to check out shannonno1 because he is another one that I recently met that I see going places and his story is quite moving as well. Thanks for the warm welcome and I will certainly be in touch with you soon! Cheers to you, your success, and many blessings!

Rob Atchison
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shannonno1 Premium
Hello I'm jerry Johnson from pensacola florida and I just wanted to give you a warm welcome to W.A I wish you much success on your new venture here at W.A....................the old chief
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shannonno1 Premium
Well it's funny you said what you did my friend, tonight was graduation night for JuiJitsui and I earned 4 strips, next step is a blue belt, by far this has been the hardest thing that I have ever done. I supose the message is always look for what is the hardest in life and you will always become stronger through the challenge. I felt great after reading your email. It's emails like yours that blow me away. I see you doing nothing but achieving your dreams. There are people that only see black and white, my wife is one being a doctor everything is written, then there are people who want to know why things are written in black and white and what would happend if it were written in blue or red. I believe you and I think the same way. I am haveing a very nice landing page put together and I exspect it to be complete in a week or so. I want to share with you at some point how I did it and how i will use it to promote Wealthy Affiliate University. This site has so much information but the best thing I can tell you to do is take a day at a time, and use bits and peaces of what you learn on here and put together your own system so what you make comes to you. Always think to give to others and your system will succeed, I just have that feeling and I try to share it. it's very late and my wife put the kids down tonight so I know she is tired. You take care of yourself and your family and always put GOD first, you know all to well take it a day at a time:-).....................the old chief
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shannonno1 Premium
My gosh, it's hard to put into words your emails response to me, and how you think the same way as myself. it's people like you that make the world turn. I have been where you have been and brother let me tell you, you are on the right track to success. Everyone thinks that the mind runs the body, it's the opposite, the body runs the mind. if you have a strong body it will over power the mind anyday. I believe our minds are our weakness it tells us we can, i'm not good enough, it's to hard, i'm a nothing and so one, but a body in trainning will always rule your thoughs. If you push you body, the body will tell the mind you can because you body is doing it:-) i'm glad that you emailed me and you strike me as one of those people that always land on their feet, not their back. You keep trainning and let me know how everything is going. My goal every year is to be in the best shape of my life. People don't know that we , the ones that have to deal with drugs and everything also have the strongest wills. We also have a higher spirit that we believe in I choose to call that spirit GOD:-) you are blessed and I'm just so happy for you, and very thankful for your emails. Please never give up and I'm telling you , you will succeed and do it beyound your goals. challenge yourself everyday, who knows one day we will have enough money to fly and have a dinner then return home:-) on our on jet....................the old chief
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shannonno1 Premium
:-) cheers also my friend$$$$$
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R-L-Atch Premium
Jerry,

All I can say is WOW! You are an inspiration my brother and I am truly grateful that you read and responded to my intro. Your story sounds somewhat similar to one of the top five motivational speakers in the world. I%u2019m sure you have heard of him%u2026 his name is Les Brown and he is phenomenal! Anytime he speaks I immediately stop what I am doing to listen to him and without me even knowing you, I see you doing the same thing as Mr. Brown. So, hang in there and keep up the great work! Us newbie%u2019s will benefit tremendously from your inspirational words and wisdom. Thanks for all the info on your space.

I have copied it to a word document and saved it so I can read and reread it when I feel I need a push. I too have had similar circumstances with the alcohol and drug addiction battles. Had it not been for the Marine Corps, I would have no doubt been a professional %u201Clicense-plate maker%u201D as many of my former friends became. Amen on your devotion to the Lord and many blessings to your success!

Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss. Most people fail because they aim too low and hit. And many don%u2019t aim at all, so%u2026 shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars! %u2013Les Brown (Success Magazine).

Cheers!

Rob Atchison
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R-L-Atch Premium
Jerry,

A many many many congratulations to you for your achievements in Jujitsu! That is no small achievement and you should be extremely proud of that accomplishment! I%u2019m slowly (notice I said slowly lol) working my way back into health again. I let myself go for years (drank too much, ate like crap, didn%u2019t exercise) and basically cried myself to sleep because I was nothing like I was during my Marine days. All I did was blame myself but did absolutely nothing about it.

This year I had an epiphany, and finally decided to get my life back on track. With the encouragement of my wife, I began to exercise once again and eating right. Within three months I lost 42 lbs and I feel so much better! However, I%u2019m not done %u2013 not by any means%u2026 My goal is to run the mini-marathon next year in Louisville and after watching all of these amazing Senior Athletes here at Palo Alto, CA at the Senior Olympic Games, I plan to compete in some of these events once I turn 50. I%u2019m not too far off from that either so I%u2019m going to do it and have four more years to train for it.

I would love to do what you are doing and thoroughly enjoy doing various %u201CBag%u201D routines (Speed-Bag, Double-ended Bag, Heavy Bag) workouts. I love anything (especially training) that deals with boxing or MMA workouts so I%u2019m with you my friend! Charge on and I salute you!

Cheers!

Rob Atchison
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R-L-Atch Premium
Hey Jerry,

Sorry took so long to respond%u2026 been busy out here in Palo Alto, CA. I agree wholeheartedly with what you said about the %u201Cbody%u201D and the %u201Cmind%u201D. I firmly believe there is a link there, and I know I could not get the jumpstart I needed with the ideas I now have, without first taking the steps to get my health back on track. I plan to continue my training regime and I will encourage you as well on our path to success! I know we will both succeed beyond our wildest imaginations because I have already seen it. Now it%u2019s time to take %u201Caction%u201D and to implement the necessary steps for that success.

I will welcome the time and day when we both have achieved the beginning stages of our goals which will allow the time and money for that dinner you mentioned! It will be done my friend %u2013 charge on and if you need a push of encouragement then do not hesitate to drop me a line! Cheers!

Rob Atchison
atch01@yahoo.com
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