The Quest for Truth

In my early 20’s, I was frustrated with life.  While I had good jobs, I felt my life lacked meaning and purpose.  If I could ask my 23-year-old self, “what’s your purpose homey?”  23-year-old Dan would probably answer, “uhhhhhh, getting drunk ON purpose?” My days consisted of me waking up, going to work from 8am […]

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The Darkest Days of My Career

The other day, I was asked the question, “when times were tough running your business, what got you through it?”  While the person didn’t explicitly say this, I implied that the “it” they were referring to was; worry, doubt, anguish, fear, or any other mental demon that lurks in the darkest corners of our minds. […]

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Stay the F*ck Home

As a coach and writer, I have taken an unofficial vow to never tell you what to do.  Today, I am breaking that vow.  Stay the f*ck home (if you can). For those of you in the United States, we have just begun to deal with major disruptions to our everyday lives caused by the […]

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Keeping My Mind Virus Free

WARNING – this is a Coronavirus post.  However, please note that this post is NOT meant to drive you into a COVID-19 depression or have you locking yourself in a zombie apocalypse bunker.  This is my attempt to put into words, how I was overcome with the emotion, Fear, and what I was able to […]

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F Your Thoughts – They Aren’t Yours Anyway

Let me start by saying, I’m a loser.  One of my goals for the year was to publish a blog post every week.  For those of you counting at home, the last two weeks have come and gone without your weekly dose of Fired and Free fireside chats over terminations, productivity tips, personal insecurities, or […]

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How to Do Something by Doing Nothing

On Saturday, I achieved a feat so remarkable, they should probably write a book about me (or a blog post).  For 30 straight minutes, I “played Legos” with my 5-year-old without checking my phone, glancing at a magazine or talking to another person.  My daughter had my complete focus and attention.  I was fully present […]

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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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No Need for Purpose

This is the sequel (or maybe it’s the prequel) to “What Do You Do All Day.” One of the by-products at being terrible at living in the moment is my brain is usually off thinking about some big question or idea.  These thoughts are usually along the lines of, “is there a guy on this […]

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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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