Work vs Real Work

When I was 25, I got a call from a friend who was working for a prestigious consulting firm in the DC Area called, Booz Allen Hamilton.  My friend informed me they were hiring and asked if I would be interested in coming in for an interview.  Needless to say, I was honored to be […]

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Want to Improve? Get a Coach

The first coach I ever had was my Dad.  When my buddies and I turned five in 1984, someone decided that we should all play soccer.  The only problem was, no one had a Father (or Mother) who knew anything about the sport.  My Dad aka “Coach D,” stepped up and took the reins. After […]

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What To Do If You’re Fired, Part I

Recently, I had two friends who were “let go” from their jobs.  Knowing something about getting fired, I thought it would be helpful to share my experience on what to do if you ever find yourself, “looking for your next opportunity.” If you are fortunate enough to be currently working “for the man”, don’t forget […]

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How I Planned Every Minute of 2019

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions.  My thinking has always been, if I need to make an important change, then I should do it today, rather than wait for an imaginary moment on the calendar.  Therefore, I completely surprised myself when I spent nearly 6 hours on Wednesday planning out 2019.  I […]

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Don’t Trust Anyone on LinkedIn

Recently, I made an update to my LinkedIn page.  Under the employment section, the update reads as follows: Dan D’Agostino, Principal at The Redland Companies Because of these seven words, I received a nearly overwhelming outpouring of CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW JOB emails, text messages and phone calls.  All of these communications were extremely nice […]

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Hope or Desperation

I haven’t written a post in a while mainly because I haven’t been feeling creative.  Even now, I worry that this attempt will turn into yet another draft in my MS Word docs that never sees the publish button.  Where has the creative juice gone that brought you such epics as Last Life and Marry […]

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Self Help Yourself

The first self-help book I ever read was Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Without overstatement, this book changed my life.  At the time of my first reading, I was in my early twenties trying to determine what I wanted to get out of my existence here on this planet.  I’m still wrestling […]

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Ideas Are Like Muscles

In my opinion, good ideas do not just magically appear in your head.  Good ideas are cultivated from the depths of our minds, the universe, or wherever the hell it is that ideas come from. 10 years ago, I was working as a Project Manager for the London 2012 Olympics.  Working for the Program Controls […]

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Your Reality is Your Reality

I’m the luckiest person you’ve ever met (online).  Seriously.  No one has more luck than me.  What gives me this confidence?  Well, for starters, I’ve got a wife who’s willing to fight for my honor, supportive parents, beautiful and healthy kids, wonderful friends, solid health, a nice home and enough money to pay for things […]

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Your Employer Doesn’t Give a F*ck About You

Worried some of my previous blog post titles have been a little “click bait’y”, a friend informed me it’s only click bait if the headline isn’t reflective of the actual content.  Looking again at this headline, it might end up giving the wrong impression.  In my experience, your employer actually does give a f*ck about […]

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How to Start Over

Starting over is tough. In February 2009, I quit my job as a Project Manager for the London 2012 Olympics and flew home to the United States to start up my previous business (the one I was fired from last year).  Leaving a great job and one of the most vibrant cities on the planet […]

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What Thoughts Are You Listening To?

One of my favorite tasks as an Executive and Manager used to be the Thought of the Day.  This was a short quote or story that I would blast out to my team in the morning.  The intent was to either educate, motivate, or communicate depending on the needs and mood of the business at […]

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Process Equals Freedom

“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney My previous business was a joint venture partnership.  The business was an ongoing concern in the United Kingdom and I approached the founders to bring operations to the United States.  One thing that initially attracted me to the company […]

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Identity Theft

On October 18, 2016, I walked into a board room as the CEO of a multi-million dollar business with responsibility of over 200 employees.  The business was my first-born, grown from an idea hatched in 2008.  I walked out of that board room a business owner and CEO no longer.  It was on this date […]

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