What can a Little Girl and a Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Teach You about Creativity?

I attended a Coaching with Excellence event last week at Dan Miller’s Sanctuary. I’ve been to multiple events there, and they just keep getting better and better. As a matter of fact, Dan and his team are moving so fast and furious that you could attend the same event two years in a row, and it will have already improved with new material.

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I’ve known Dan for so long that this old photo was taken in what I like to call the ‘David Pre-Beard Era’.

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While I was there, Dan spoke about a new book his wife and granddaughter wrote together called What If It Were Possible? Dan related how the idea of the book came about as his wife Joanne challenged their granddaughter by asking, “What if it were possible for a dog to chase a squirrel up a tree?”

I had the opportunity to meet Joanne’s co-author on this book at the conference. Clara Isabel Logsdon is a remarkable young lady and sure to be a powerhouse of creativity to match her grandpa someday. During the entire conference she roamed the grounds at the Sanctuary snapping photos, playing on a zipline, taking notes during classes, and roaming around everywhere barefoot. I think she has Tarzan feet!

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As Dan says, problems are just opportunities, and it’s true. Guess what? Some dogs can run up trees and chase squirrels. My dream dog can do this. By dream dog, I mean to say the dog I hope to find once I have some land for him to roam on. My dream dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and they’re known to climb trees and love sitting up off the ground. Oftentimes they’ll sleep on top of their doghouses instead of in them.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to live and hunt in Africa and, because of this, developed the ability to climb to either escape from predators or hunt their prey. That’s not the only reason I want one, but it sure is pretty cool. They’re even brave enough to defend their owners and livestock from lions.

So guess what, Miss Clara Isabel Logsdon, dogs can climb trees and chase squirrels on their own turf. If a dog can make the impossible possible, just imagine what you can do!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Dan Miller Events and Products (scan down this list and you’ll see a link to Dan)

Find the book…What If It Were Possible?

Want more information on Rhodesian Ridgebacks?

Where did I get the original idea for wanting a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

How Much Do You Love Your Mom?

I hope all of you remembered your mom on Mother’s Day yesterday. If you didn’t…oops. Sorry, that would be OOPS in all caps.

Here’s what I did for my mom. I’m not showing you you this to prove how awesome I am, even though I’m a way better kid than my sister. That’s right, sis. Threw you under the bus. I’m showing you because part of my gift to my mother is getting her message out there.

A few years ago my mom wrote a book about helping siblings deal with the loss of a brother or sister. Her reason for this book was my young nephew Mason, who passed away after only six days. I helped her publish her book in print and on Kindle back then. What I did for her on Mother’s Day was to pay a friend in Canada to do a reading of the book. Then I made an video version with the reading and all of the artwork.

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If you get a chance, go ahead and watch it. Most of all, if you know someone who lost a brother or sister, please pass on the link. It’s free to watch. If they want a copy of the book, the links are posted below.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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The Baby Robin (Youtube)

The Baby Robin (Kindle)

The Baby Robin (paperback)

Dr. Dave in Beast Mode…My Latest Comic Book Appearance in Sinthetic #3

The latest issue of the wildly popular indie comic book Sinthetic just came out. I’m featured in the series beginning in issue 2 as one of the last humans on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Since there aren’t many good guys left and lots of bad guys to choose from, I get to go a little wild and crazy during my killing sprees. I call it Viking mode.

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This issue marks my 4th comic book appearance as myself…

I was a mad scientist super-villain with a nearly sentient beard in Facebeast.

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I appeared in Sinthetic 2, my debut with the nickname Dr. Berserker.

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Lee Newman wrote a story featuring me as a big game hunter who finally meets that oh, so famous and ever elusive Bigfoot. This one should be published soon in a horror anthology.

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And now, Sinthetic 3, where I get my hands on a sweet alien battle ax.

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Be sure to check it out. The comic is drawn by Emil Koepcke, a good friend and Dr. Who fanatic. Seriously, he has a life-size Tardis phone booth and a Dalek that he climbs inside of and wheels around.  The scripting is done by Lee Newman, an up-and-coming comic writer. My favorite work of Lee’s hands-down is his book Creepy Kitchen.

You can buy the book HERE on Kindle or get in touch with Emil through the Facebook page if you want to order a print copy.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Win a Copy of Born for This by Chris Guillebeau!

Watch the video to learn more, but, short answer, I have a case of Chris Guillebeau books to give away.

You can sign up for my newsletter HERE.

To enter the contest, send me a write-up of a project where you applied the Rapid Skill Acquisition process from my book. No set length, but be sure you explain your steps and the results. The best ones will win.

If you need to get a copy of my book on Kindle, click HERE.

If you want to read a description of Chris’ book, click HERE.

Send me a message if you have any more questions.

I hate to name drop, but that’s me and Chris…

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Born for This

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The Black Sultan by L. Ron Hubbard (Book Review)

There used to be time in the world when you could travel more. Just about anyone could travel just about anywhere and come home alive. Sure, there were always troubles from bandits and thieves, but there wasn’t a sense of global insecurity like we have nowadays. Events make you feel like at any given moment you could leave home get blown up by a radical Muslim. I consider those good old days to be the golden age of modern exploration.

That’s the world you can find in most of L. Ron Hubbard’s Galaxy Press tales and certainly in this one as well.

The Black Sultan is the story of Eddie Moran, a disreputable American adventurer not that much unlike Nathan Drake  from the Uncharted video game franchise. the story unfolds with guns blazing, Berbers riding, a damsel to be rescued, and French Foreign Legion troops to hide out from.

It’s a great tale and well worth your time. Also in this edition is a bonus short story involving a crew of Legionnaires out to rescue their commander.

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I’m a huge fan of L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction works, so I was very pleased when Galaxy Press re-released a huge catalog of his early short stories and novellas. I’ve been reading or listening to them for years and just got in a whole new box of the audiobooks.

Although they’re available in both print and audio form, I usually opt for the audio versions. When I’m travelling to my next conference event where I’m speaking on zombies or mountain climbing or putting miles on the road on the way to my next climbing adventure I love to pass the time with a good book. Sometimes non-fiction audio puts me to sleep, but a good fiction book is an enjoyable way to pass the time.

One thing I love about the Galaxy Press editions of Hubbard’s books is that they’re well done. You know how most audio versions of fiction books only feature one voice actor and no sound effects. That always bugs me a bit, especially when the person doing the voice is not the same gender as the character in the book. Well, these are just the opposite. Various actors do the voices. There’s also sound effects and background music. They make you feel like you’re sitting by a campfire listening to an old radio theatre broadcast.

The stories also focus on adventure, romance, and suspense. Check out the catalog for yourself to see what you like best. I like the variety personally and will go from an adventure story to a detective tale or something else. I like the style of writing also. I was raised as a wee lad on books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Indiana Jones movies. If you like any of those, you’ll surely enjoy these as well. Books like this stoke my own desire for adventure and excitement in life

I would highly recommend the book as a great listen. If you have kids riding with you in the car, I would rate this one as okay for them as well.

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As an aside, I know that when some of you see L. Ron Hubbard’s name, all you can think of is his religious influences. If that’s a worry for you, rest assured that that is not an issue in these books. Hubbard was quite an adventurer throughout his life and these books were written well before that phase. Because of his adventurous lifestyle, you can feel a sense of authenticity in the stories that you don’t get from a lot of writers.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Born for This by Chris Guillebeau (Book Review)

I had the wonderful opportunity of previewing an advance copy of Chris Guillebeau’s latest book Born for This in anticipation of its release today. I must say that I was not disappointed. Thrilled in fact.

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I’m a big fan of Chris’ works, ever since I read his first book The Art of Nonconformity. After reading that one, I dove headfirst into the vat of Kool-Aid. I signed up for his blog, I attended the first two World Domination Summits, and I eagerly read his next two books. Also, like many, I cyberstalked his quest to visit every country in the world.

You’d think with all of that, I’d be tired of hearing from him or that I would’ve heard all of his stories by now. It turns out I haven’t. This latest book not only revealed more about Chris that I haven’t heard before, but he has a knack for finding the stories from others that illustrate his lessons perfectly.

Born for This is all about finding your calling, landing or creating your dream job, or winning the career lottery all wrapped up in one. If you’re still searching for any of those, you need this book. Even if you’ve found your spot in the world, you still need this book. Although I’m in that sweet spot where I know what my calling is, and I’m earnestly working in it, Born for This was still an immense help to me. I gained new insights, picked up a few new ideas, and, most important of all, developed a renewed sense of permission to keep following the path I’m on.

Here’s the description from Amazon to give you a better idea of its message…

“Have you ever met someone with the perfect job? To the outside observer, it seems like they’ve won the career lottery — that by some stroke of luck or circumstance they’ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn’t even feel like work—and they’re getting paid well to do it.  

To the outside observer, it seems like they’ve won the career lottery—that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they’ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn’t even feel like work, and they’re getting paid well to do it.

In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There’s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of The $100 Startup, has created a practical guide for how to do it—whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.

Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work.

This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, he’ll guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences.

You’ll learn how to:
• Hack the job of your dreams within a traditional organization by making it work for you
• Find not only your ideal work but also your ideal working conditions
• Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and “beat the house” every time
• Start a profitable “side hustle” and earn extra cash on top of your primary stream of income
• Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur
• Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers

Whichever path you choose, this book will show you how to find that one job or career that feels so right, it’s like you were born to do it.”

My earnest recommendation would be that if you’re lost, kind of lost, or just unsure of the path your life is on, buy all his books and read them one by one. The knowledge you will gain is worth way more than any business school education or MBA.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us atwww.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Chris Guillebeau’s Other Works-

The Art of Nonconformity

The $100 Start-Up

The Happiness of Pursuit

Other Great Books on Finding Your Purpose-

48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller

It’s Your Call by Gary Barkalow

 

Is Algebra Unnecessary?

I have long been a proponent of creating a functional education for young students as opposed to cramming unnecessary skills down their throats. The vast majority of adults in their jobs do not need or use higher skills in any of the educational subjects.

And, guess what?

If they needed to, they can learn them as needed. It’s what people do when the need arises.

Sure, teach those classes to the kids that need or want them for future careers or even out of curiosity, but don’t force it or require it. Could you imagine how much different the world would be if, instead of algebra, chemistry, calculus, and physics, we taught high school students how to balance checkbooks, stay out of debt, and get a job? Could you imagine how different it would be if we helped them find jobs that matched their skills, passions, and calling instead of telling them that four years of college and a staggering load of debt is the way to go? Could you imagine if we offered entrepreneurial classes on things like Etsy, ebay, and Amazon and used twenty dollar books by Chris Guillebeau and Dan Miller instead of boring, dry, useless $150 textbooks?

I talk about all of this in my book Creating a Functional Education, but this article was in my local paper yesterday that also covers the issue at hand.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Who is Chris Guillebeau?

Who is Dan Miller?

What is a Functional Education?