When I retired from the Army it was rough transitioning to civilian life. Retired December 2016 and started college January 2017. Started looking for work in 2018 while still in school.

Found out how hard it is getting hired straight out the military. One employer actually threw my resume on…

Some folks just need an extra push

Back in early 2000 my phone rang. A mom was on the other line. She said, “SGT Crumbley, can you talk to M? She’s not going to school and she won’t listen to me.”

Didn’t want to get involved but off to the…

Would you like to connect with more people?

There’s a formula for connecting with people. It takes some elbow grease, but worth the effort.

Whenever you want to influence someone, start using examples from the following list:



Appeal to a need



Startling statement




Making Bombs For Hitler

My daughter read this book. Looked like an interesting topic for a kid. My wife read it too. They both kept talking about how good the book is. Couldn’t resist. Had to read it myself.

Yelp. It will pull at your heart. Humans can be some cruel creatures. But you’ll love reading Making Bombs for Htiler.

You can live your dream, it just might take a while to get there

Dear Friend,

This December will mark 4 years of being retired from the U.S. Army. It’s been an interesting journey.

2017 — Started college while doing speaking gigs on the side (didn’t get paid but it…

After retiring from the Army, I got invited to speak at a high school

Man, you gotta be on your “A” game when speaking to high school students. Thankfully we connected and talked about Habit 3 from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Of course they also wanted to know…

I left a debit card in an ATM in Downtown Houston.

Took a 2 hour exam at school. Returned to the ATM Downtown and the card was gone (of course).

Asked the security guard, “Did anyone turn in a debit card?”

The security guard responds, “Cedric?”

He gives me the…

Cedric Crumbley

Business Development Representative | I help companies streamline their vendor management process

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