Tag: inspiration

Be Inspired: TROSA’s Two-Year Program Makes a Difference

With all the negative things going on in the world, it’s always awesome to hear of “light in a dark world.” Every year, we donate our products to an awesome program called TROSA

TROSA is a comprehensive two-year residential substance abuse recovery program in Durham, N.C. They accept substance abusers with one condition: they must have a strong desire to change their lives. TROSA’s program includes vocational training, education, counseling, mentoring, leadership training and continuing care.

The best news of all: the TROSA formula works. TROSA graduates have gone on to live healthy, productive lives as members of their communities and families.

What is even more awesome about this program is that it is available at no cost to the person receiving treatment. TROSA’s funding comes from three primary sources: revenue-generating businesses which provide vocational training for residents; donations from individuals, companies, and foundations; and modest government support. 

Controlled Release Technologies is so thankful and humbled by the fact that we have been able to support TROSA in some way. The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life should not be passed by. To be so close to a place that changes lives is humbling. North Carolina surely has a way of helping and making a difference.

Here is just one success story out of many.  

Alan Seawell:

Over 14 years: that’s how long Alan has been at TROSA. He came as a young man whose family had tried everything to help him beat his addiction. He was divorced, the father of a young son, and facing a possible five-year prison sentence when he made the commitment to accept TROSA’s help and change his life. 

Today when Alan looks around that same campus he sees where he made his mark on TROSA. Today, Alan is TROSA’s Construction Manager and has supervised the construction of 35 housing units, two 75- person dormitories, a multipurpose gymnasium and significant renovation of offices and graduate housing. 

While Alan has left his mark, literally, on the campus, more importantly he’s left his mark in the lives of the residents who have been trained in the construction department. Alan’s commitment to his own recovery is an important example to the men who train as masons, drywall technicians, or painters in his department.

“I love being a mentor, teaching guys new things, giving them an opportunity to take pride in making something real.”

If you’d like to see TROSA’s Story, check out the video below! CRT strongly suggests you consider donating to such a wonderful cause! 

Be Inspired: A Story of Perseverance in the Face of Loss

What inspires you? For our Sales Manager, Shandi Maddox, it’s her nephew. Read on as Shandi shares this beautiful, inspiring story of her nephew’s perseverance and determination.

On Sunday, May 17, a very special young man graduated from Morehouse College. My nephew has no idea how much he inspires me, being that I have watched him from the beginning until now.

Donnell A. Williamson Jr. (aka DJ) was the cutest little baby boy, and is still so full of life! But he differs from that baby that I remember, because he is now a man. That speaks volumes. Here’s why. 

When people suffer devastation, they handle it in many types of ways. Some families fall apart; some stay together. Well, his family grew closer and raised an amazing young man. He is AMAZING!

After his dad (Donnell A. Williamson Sr.), passed away on August 27, 1998, DJ continued to be reared by his Aunt Madea, Uncle Shun, Mom and a whole village of people. He has never been an average young man, as he received a lot of his make-up from his dad. His son was his world. And DJ has truly carried his dad’s legacy within. 

Donnell suffered yet another loss a few weeks ago, where the man who stepped in as a father-figure, O’Cyrus “Shun” Hinton, passed away as well. This was another devastation to him. Yet he still continued to reach for the stars. What a story of perseverance!

In all the obstacles that could have stopped DJ, he kept reaching and is continuing to reach and move forward, as he will be attending Emory University to obtain his Master’s degree. I am continually inspired by this awesome young man.

Do you have a story of someone who inspires you? Please share them with us! We’d love to read it and possibly share it, too!

Shandi Maddox is the Sales Manager for Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a manufacturing company based in Shelby, NC. We’ve been creating independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance since 1986. Read more at cleanac.com. Reach Shandi at shandi@cleanac.com.

Be Inspired: Be Not Afraid of Greatness

I believe that William Shakespeare said it best when he said, “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

There are two things that Will Smith and William Shakespeare have in common. 1) They both have the name William. 2)They are both scholar’s in motivation and inspiration.

Here are a few quotes that I hope inspire you as much as they inspire me. If you want to get an extra boost of inspiration- Watch the video!!! Will Smith knows what he is talking about.

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” – Will Smith

“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.” – Will Smith

“Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can’t are both right.” – Henry Ford

“Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought”. – Blaise Pascal

“There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.” – Anthony Robbins

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11 (Living Bible)

“When you are destined for greatness, it shows in everything you do. It becomes you. Greatness becomes you.” – Lorii Myers

“Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


A little inspiration goes a long way so let’s inspire to motivate not only others but ourselves. What greatness are we truly capable of?



kristen1Kristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. http://www.cleanac.com

Tips from The Girls: “Life is…”

We, too often, go about our days without even a small appreciation for the little things that make our days worth while. What we should be doing is waking up everyday and being thankful for the ability, not only to open our eyes, but to see beyond the lens. We should be walking outside to take in the smell of the fresh air, to hear the chirp of neighborhood birds, to feel the wind sweeping across our faces.

The fact that we wake up to a world where a sun can beam down on your face and fill your entire body full of warmth is a blessing that people, in today’s society, are so easy to forget about.

When I read this quote, I felt as if it summed up my life. Then I thought to myself, if it made me feel this way, I’m sure someone else could read this and let it also apply to their lives.

Most spend so much time complaining about “life” that they forget about all the good within it. “Life” is a beautiful gift we must fight to have. Mother Teresa lived a great life in helping “the poorest among the poor.” She set an example that so much of us should follow in our everyday lives.

So I ask you, look into your own personal life and notice all the things you maybe take for granted. Now that you look at it, compare it to “the poorest of the poor” and see if it’s still as bad as you thought it was. I challenge you all to be kind, be humble, and just be happy with this beautiful thing called “life.”

Chasity Strickland, Marketing Assistant of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Business Sustainability: Do, or Do Not, There Is No Try

Reading Trish’s post from last week, my eyes were drawn to two statements she made. The first was “their only failure is maybe that they never tried, they never ‘did.’” The second was “sure some have tried, gave it their best, and lost; there is no failure in that.” These inspired me to write this post.

First, I want to state that her post is the best one ever written for the CRT Tipster Blog. It really made the point that good things don’t just happen to those who wait, that it takes action and reaction to succeed and to make one’s dream a reality. However, I do want to assert that having the right mindset from the beginning is the key to success.

I immediately recalled the famous quote made by Yoda in “The Empire Strike Back,” which I included in this blog’s title. To me, this statement is all about setting yourself up with an excuse. In our society as a whole, we have become complacent. We always say “try your best, and it is okay if you don’t succeed. Here’s a participation ribbon.” Then later, someone can say, “I tried.” Well guess what? You can try all day long, but until you actually DO you won’t accomplish anything.

I know this could just be semantics, but to me there is a difference between doing and trying. I am also reminded of a saying my father has said, “Wish in one hand and sh** in the other and see which gets full faster.” To me, wishing and trying are similar. On one hand, you may want something to happen, you may think it will happen, you may even attempt to make it happen, but if not, now look at what you have left in the other hand.

DOING is completely different. To do something means there is an investment. This isn’t just an attempt, this is actually doing it. This is putting your money where your mouth is. You may fail, and failure can be a good learning experience, but when you DO and fail you will know it. It will hurt. This hurt, for me, is also an encouragement.

Encouragement you may ask? Are you some kind of sadomasochist? Sorry ladies this isn’t 50 Shades of Gray. I am encouraged because I know I gave it 110%, and now I just need to DO it differently. There’s no need to try harder, because I already DID, and since it didn’t work, it wasn’t from lack of effort, but from an incomplete or inaccurate concept of how it needed to be done.

Some of the dreams Trish mentioned last week were once dreams of mine. They were because I DID them, and now they are my reality. Also, I know that with CRT, when management sets forth a dream, we DO IT. We may not do it right to begin with, but we don’t give up. We find a way to make it a reality.

Has your business accomplished something by changing your approach, changing the way you DID something? If so, please let me know in the section below.

Jonathan Dunagin, Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.