GOYA- Get Off Your Arse!

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. Nobody knows my sorrow… Sorry folks, but trouble is just part of life. Sometimes we all feel like singing the blues with Louis Armstrong. Life doesn’t always go the way we want. As a matter of fact, life rarely goes the way we want. So when we’re having one of those days, and there will be a lot of them, the worst thing we can do is to become helpless, feel sorry for ourselves, and get lost in the blues.

Go ahead and observe the people around you. What’s the typical reaction when things go wrong? Yup! You’re right. You’ve seen what I’ve seen. When things go wrong people tend to get thrown for a loop, don’t they?

Another thing we’ve all seen is the endless complaints from people who have been thrown for a loop. They’ll go around telling everyone they know- and even some they don’t know- about their stroke of bad luck like that’s going to fix it all somehow. Complaining doesn’t fix anything. The only thing complaining does is make the monster bigger and dig your rut dangerously deeper.

When things are going wrong, there is only one logical answer- G.O.Y.A., Get Off Your Arse! We can’t sit there paralyzed like some helpless victim. We must move. We must take action. We must do something to improve our situation. Just sitting there only puts us further and further behind. Do something, anything, no matter how small it is, and it will get us moving in the right direction.




  1. What success and leadership principles can you identify in this newsletter?
  2. What will you do to implement one of these success and leadership principles over the next week?



*Dan is working on his third wrestling book, a memoir, and another educational book on teacher and paraeducator collaboration.

*Dan is presently speaking about teen leadership and his book, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men.



*Be sure to check out some of Dan’s book series pages!

Granddaddy’s Secrets Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Educators Book Series

Authors Should Speak Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Sports Lovers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Parents Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Self-Starters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Frustration Beaters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Overachievers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Authorpreneurs Book Series


Dan Blanchard, Teen Leadership, The Storm

*The difference between two people today and ten years from today will be the books they read and the people they talked to!