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What is Beyond the Rut?

No one really grows up wanting to get into a rut. Many dream of a successful career, large income, and comfortable life. Instead, we find ourselves in a 9-to-5 repetition, sandwiched by a commute. Somewhere along the line, you may have found yourself wondering if there is more to life. This routine is not what you signed up for.

If you have ever said, “I feel like I’m stuck in a dead end job,” or, “Life looks nothing like I thought it would at this point in my life,” then you are NOT alone.

What you really want is adventure, mystery, to build and create, to do something significant that matters, and to leave a legacy. Deep down inside, you know you have dreams to do amazing things. It may be that you struggle to take that first step, or you have hit a plateau.

At Beyond the Rut, we are all too familiar with feeling trapped. We’ve spent the better part of the past seven or eight years (collectively, over two decades) trying to figure out how to design the life we have each dreamed of living.

The life you want does not just happen. You have to take control of your life to make the life you want to become a reality. We are here to help you make your own path one step at a time.

Where Are We Going with Beyond the Rut?

Beyond the Rut will inspire you and equip you with tools and courage to pursue your dreams. In our podcast, we talk a lot about careers, family, health, and finances. Each area impacts the others. To get out of the rut, you will need energy, focus, desire, and know how to face your fears and failures.

Going Beyond the Rut means you will need to get out of your comfort zone. It won’t be easy, and it will be worth it and feel rewarding.

Who We Are: The BtR Team

Brandon Cunningham, Founder, Host, Business Development

Brandon Cunningham, Beyond the RutAfter three failed Presidential campaigns, I decided to focus my attention on podcasting and helping people find their own path.

“You have to choose your own path in life or someone else will.”

I am on the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church in Flour Bluff, Texas, and bring 20 years of project management, marketing and process management experience in government, franchising and the financial industry. I am married to Renee’ and have a blended family with five children, Nick, Jacob, Avery, Matthew and Maddy. We also share two miniature schnauzers named Reagan and Tator. I’d like to say that I have been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize four times, but never won.  Other than the Academy Award for fiction in bios, my trophy case is rather small.

(Jerry’s disclaimer: The Nobel Peace Prize nominations and Academy Award for “fiction in biographies” are obviously not true. Everything else about him in this bio is true. He really did try to run for President three times as a ballot write-in at the poll. One vote is better than zero votes.)

Jerry Dugan, Co-Founder, Host, Producer

Jerry Dugan, Beyond the RutBy day, I am an Education Consultant developing training for the largest international Catholic healthcare system. By night, I’m a tired consultant who spends his time either with his family or binge watching something stupid on Netflix. On weekends, however, is when I get the real work done for Beyond the Rut, TheRealJerryDugan.com, and my podcast Family Time Q&A (iTunes, Stitcher, or website) where I share my personal journey to build a marriage and family that leaves a legacy. Oh, I’m also short and afraid of heights, roller coasters, and zombies. Click here to see my serious LinkedIn profile if you’re into that sort of thing.

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