HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 21)

Blog 21 Week 8 Regular Season Freshman Year     Dang! Just as Dakota was starting to turn the corner and really step up his game! This last weekend might have been his best performance in a varsity tournament so far… But here we are again running into some very frustrating obstacles at the beginning of […]

You Are Already Half-Way There!

A Teen Leadership Blog Watch Dan’s Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB8vme-hCTw   Everybody is good at something. Everybody has at least one thing that they like to spend their energy and time on. This one thing is usually a different thing for most of us. We are all very different and we all have that one very different thing […]

Be Grateful!

A Teen Leadership Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysnFcNFeDgc   My Granddaddy once told me true GREATNESS couldn’t begin until one is truly GRATEFUL!!! Someone else told me that the greatest virtue of them all is gratefulness. I’ve also heard somewhere that all other virtues come from gratefulness. Hmm… So I guess that’s the Secret! To live a truly great and […]

Act As If!

A Teen Leadership Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK9ArOKWzRg How many times have we heard the old adage of “mind over matter” or “If you really believe you can achieve”? A bunch, right? Well, there is a good reason for that, and it is because it works to some degree’! But what happens when it doesn’t work? Where do you […]

Giving While Living!

Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMmUWkkGH90 Many years ago I read a tiny, little, book that I thought made a lot of sense to me. This book was called, Die Broke. This little book is in alignment with the title of this blog, Giving While Living. According to this little book, Die Broke too […]

Put More Certainty into your Uncertainty!

Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOfizOTmi5k I know this title seems a little confusing, but sometimes life is confusing too, right? Well let me take a shot at explaining what this concept of trying to gain more certainty in your uncertainty is all about. What I’m going to say next is very important so […]


Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJG8rcupgRI Labels! Oooh… Ralph Lauren… Oooh…  Polo…  Nike… Oooh… Labels. Look at all the labels that we’re surrounded by everyday, everywhere we go, and everywhere we look! Are you wearing any labels? Have you allowed anyone to place a label on you? Has anyone ever labeled you as, […]

Practice Alchemy!

Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNljrpXClsc Practice alchemy! What? “What the heck is alchemy?” you’re probably thinking. Well, according to the dictionary it is: A medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity. […]

A Man’s Greatest Tragedies!

Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMY5yS0aUys The Ancient Greek Roman Emperor and famed orator, Marcus Arelis, once said, “A man’s greatest tragedies usually leads to a man’s greatest successes!” Have you ever failed miserably at something and thought all was lost? I know I have, and it really hurt… Have you ever seen […]

Starving For A Little Praise!

Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog WATCH DAN’S VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pajjxuD5lhI History is filled with names of successful people who grew up starved for a little praise… It is said that Napoleon’s last words on his deathbed were, “I wonder what that teacher thinks of me now!” Praise, or the holding of praise, is a very powerful tool […]