Dan 2.0 here. As a heads up, you’re about to install some software updates. And it’s going to suck. You’ll go through some struggles, some crises, and some bad luck.
Let me assure you, it’s worth it. Your bad days all occur to make you stronger, more durable, and more mentally conditioned. Let the tears flow, let your frustrations overwhelm you, and pick yourself back up. Keep trying.
Dan 2.0 feels good and I’m looking forward to experiencing Dan 3.0. And, it’s probably going to suck installing the upcoming updates as well.
Paradigm shifts in consciousness come out of nowhere. You live your life Continue Reading
Summertime calls for a good book. Once you find yourself by a pool, in a plane, or you have a lazy afternoon, instead of reaching for your phone or the remote, try picking up a good old-fashioned book.
Remember those summer reading lists in high school? Your English teachers decided which books you were going to read; but now, you get to read whatever you want! There’s a plethora of material at your disposal so take advantage of a good story or learn something new. Don’t let the countless options deter you. There’s a topic you’re fascinated by and we challenge you to dive into a book on that topic.
If you need a little direction, we’re here to give you some recommendations. The sections below Continue Reading
Another decade marked off my personal timeline and this one included a tremendous amount of pain, growth, setbacks, happiness, triumph, frustration, and wisdom.
When I look back at my previous decade – from age ten through nineteen – I was naïve and reactionary to the world. There was a path set out for me and I followed that path. Get through school, play sports, participate in extra-curricular activities, and go along with whatever the family planned.
Let the controversy begin! Even writing this article proved uncomfortable due to the pressures from society. Hustle, hustle, and then hustle. And when you’re done with that, hustle more. Work hard. Produce results. Create something innovative. Don’t settle.
Are you feelings these pressures, too?
My question to you: why can’t you be human? Life consists of good moments, bad moments, and meh moments. Why can’t we acknowledge that bad and meh moments exist?
To clarify, meh as an adjective describes mediocre or unremarkable. A lot of our lives consist of unremarkable moments. Here’s a short video to help you relate to meh:
1) Think back to your latest fond memory of a vacation. This vacation could be an international excursion, a weekend getaway, or an adventure in your local town.
2) Now, think back to your latest purchase that you spent on yourself which cost more than $100.00.
Chances are that your mind was in a much more pleasant state recalling the first point.
Which do you prefer collecting: things that are useful or decorative around the house or photo albums?
Material objects bring joy and help make life easier or simply just look pretty; but life shouldn’t be about collecting furnishings upon furnishings in your house. Very few biographies describe the household amenities a person bought during his or her lifetime.
Also, if you’ve experienced an estate sale, someone’s own collection of furnishings becomes another man’s treasure as the surviving family has no desire to keep the items. Now ask yourself this question: Continue Reading
Your personal story is about to conclude another chapter. Just like being engrossed in a good book, you don’t usually analyze the last chapter because you’re eager to discover what’s next.
Unlike a good book, you’re the author of your personal story. What twists and turns do you want in your future chapters?
During this time of year it’s common for many articles to focus on how to make next year better and more productive. Yet, so few encourage you to understand why this last year counts towards your personal story.
My challenge to you is to slow down and take a look at your calendars from the past year and list out the significant events – good and bad – and define why this last year mattered.
Well-Rounded Success’ first ever exercise is free and if you click this link, you’ll have access to print it to complete on your own.
September is nearing an end and this month proved eventful. Here are some other highlights from this last month:
After almost a year of studying and passing numerous module tests, I’m now eligible to take the Certified Financial Planner (TM) exam. Now it’s time to really study!
We introduced the new Well-Rounded Success logo and a graphic that displays the Well-Rounded Success model. Thank you to Jonathan Ronzio for his hard work. Check out his website to see his other work and how he can possibly help you.
A good friend finished the Leadville 100 where he ran 100 miles of trails in Colorado in less than 24 hours! Well, this accomplishment took place in August but I still wanted to share my excitement. A future article will feature his story about how he accomplished this feat.
Denver YoungPro Elite: Second Chapter Meeting
YoungPro Elite kicked off our second Chapter Meeting and pushed our young professional participants to commit to writing down their personal vision and goals.
To no surprise, Thesaurus.com explains “Well-Rounded” as excellent. The British dictionary defines “Well-Rounded” as the adjective: full, varied, and satisfying a well-rounded life.
My motto, Well-Rounded Success, motivates me to live each day with purpose and intention. This phrase has inspired me to analyze what’s important to me over the last few months. It is my honor to explain this mission that motivates me and I hope to recruit some other like-minded people to join this journey towards Well-Rounded Success. Continue Reading
A friend forwarded me information about an upcoming music festival which had one of my old favorite bands as the headliner. I looked at the link and had no desire to go. I quickly reflected, “That was a fun phase.”
My mindset has drastically shifted since those mosh pit days where I now enjoy going to see music with reserved seats. My twenty-year old self would call me out for being a square, but you know what twenty-year old Dan, I ENJOY BEING A SQUARE! I rather sit down and enjoy watching a band play with the Colorado Symphony than bash into other mosh pit participants.
Favorite vacation spots, hobbies, hair styles, music tastes, and other daily habits enter our lives with importance and then are nostalgically, or embarrassingly, reflected upon by our older selves.