Creating a Countdown Clock to…

Chris Guillebeau, world famous traveler, best selling author, and guy I’ve met (yeah, I’m totally name-dropping here) posted recently about creating countdown clocks to foster a sense of urgency and awareness for a goal.

I really liked the idea. You can read his blog HERE. It also has a cool story about Chris’s dad.

Oh, I’m not just name-dropping. Here’s a picture of me and Chris together. I guess that means I’m picture-dropping too.

Chris Guillebeau

Right now, my family is living in an apartment in Chattanooga TN. It’s a tiny three bedroom apartment that has me, my wife, four kids in it. Not only that, but we homeschool there, and I also have a home office. We’re just here until we find an area of town where we want to buy land and build a house once we save up some money. There are some perks like a pool and other kids for mine to play with, but I really hate apartment living.

So, I created a countdown calendar for our time to escape this place for a better one (ooh, that sounds ominous). That’s my calendar below. It’s tacked on the wall right beside the main door. You can’t miss it, and that’s the point.

Apartment Countdown Calendar

If you have something you’re planning, dreaming about, or just want to get done, then a countdown calendar might work for you. You can create a big physical one like mine, get a digital app one for your phone or computer, or even get really uber fancy with a crafty one. Either way, no matter what you do, give it a try and see if it helps. Check out the links below for places to find different countdown clocks.


Countdown clock embedded in your website

Countdown app for your phone

Countdown clock for Word

Fancy crafty countdown calendars

Chris Guillebeau’s Countdown Clock post

Chris Guillebeau’s latest book Born for This

Born for Adventure or Developing It?

Some of us are born for adventure, with a wanderlust that can’t ever be completely quenched. I got that from my grandpa.

Lizzy Caplan was born with it. On the show Masters of Sex the directors wondered if she could pull off a 1950’s period piece. She went for it.

Lizzy Caplan-Adventure-001

If you’re not born with it, no worries, you can develop it.

Look for little adventures each and every day. You’ll soon realize the power and joy in life that comes from a life of constant curiosity.

What will you look for today?

Coffee in a new place?

A new item on the lunch menu?

Twenty jumping jacks before lunch?

What will it be?

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


Watch Lizzy Caplan in a modern piece Now You See Me and a period piece Masters of Sex. Hint…she’s great in both!

Here’s a book chock full of tips for adventuring with coffee

Is Your Team Anything Like the Star Wars Crew?

Aside from the obvious enjoyment of interstellar travel and light saber duels, the Star Wars movies offer a great many lessons in other areas. Because team building is a primary focus of my speaking, I would like to point out a few lessons from Han Solo and others as they relate to teams.


  • Small teams can accomplish great things. Rebel Alliance- 2, Death Stars- 0.
  • Every team needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi to serve as the gatherer to bring members together. This person may or may not be the team leader. It just depends.
  • The goals are sometimes more important than the team itself. Sometimes people, products, or processes are sacrificed to reach the goal. Luke Skywalker’s arm is never gonna grow back.
  • Sometimes teams need to come together for a season and then disband when the job is done. The main crew in Star Wars is constantly evolving.
  • Teams don’t always have to get along perfectly to work. Just think about all the constant infighting among the Star Wars crew.

There are so many more lessons to learn. If you want to see all of these principles in play and realize your own, have your team sit down and watch a few or all of the movies and analyze them in terms of team building.

I hope this helps you and your team. If you would like to delve deeper into team building, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

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


Buy the original Star Wars trilogy and watch it as a team

Quit Making Dumb Goals. Make them S-M-A-R-T.

I teach a lot on goal-setting at various conferences and with my coaching clients. Depending on my time with them, I may delve deeper into other related issues, but a core piece of my goal-setting process is the SMART method.

The SMART method is pretty easy and simple to remember. It’s one of the reasons I use it. It stands for…

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Achievable

R- Results Based

T- Time Oriented


Here’s an example from my own life…

At the beginning of the year I weighed 243 lbs. My goal for the end of the year is to weigh in as a light heavyweight at 206 lbs or less. That means a loss of 37 lbs for the year, 3.08 lbs per month, or 0.71 lbs per week. Now this is a SMART goal.

Specific– Weigh in at the end of the year at 206 pounds or less.

Measurable– I can look at the scales and see if I’m on track or not.

Achievable– 0.71 pounds per week is very achievable and healthy. Something crazy like 5 pounds per week would be unhealthy.

Results Based– The entire goal is based on my weight results.

Time Oriented– Get it done by the end of January 31. Maybe if I do better than expected I can eat more junk on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of the year and meeting my goal.

As of my weigh-in on Monday I’ve lost 5 lbs in 7 weeks, which is 0.71 lbs per week, give or take 15 or more decimal places. I’m right on schedule so far. This is even better than you think because I started my new lifestyle change halfway into January. I’m still going to stick with the beginning of the year as my start date though.

That’s it. I’m doing great on my plan, have set a great set of goals, and I’m well on my way to success. I want you to do the same. I recommend starting small, like this…

  1. Take something you consider a goal or a dream. It could be better fitness, a cruise vacation, or anything that sits unaccomplished.
  2. Grab a piece of paper and write that goal at the top.
  3. Go through the SMART method with your goal. Do not skip any steps. If it doesn’t fit SMART, then you may need to change the goal so that it does.
  4. Now complete it.

I hope this plan helps you. If you would like to delve deeper into goal-setting, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

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


My fave goal-setting book by Brian Tracy

Disclaimer- I didn’t invent the SMART method. I first heard it taught in college. The method was first presented by George T. Doran in a 1981 issue of Management Review. 

What Would You Do if Your Employer Closed Their Doors Forever?

A local Fujifilm plant in Dayton TN is shuttering its doors and shifting production to other plants. You can reference an article about it HERE. As I read the article I could see the writing on the wall regarding this event. I’m not talking about a sudden thing either. I’m talking about a decades long build up to this event. Is it any surprise to anyone that the film industry has given up the ghost to go digital? As further evidence that this was coming, Fujifilm employees only needed to look a few miles north to the Eastman Kodak plant in Kingsport TN where the downward slide has been going on for a long time.


So, now 84 employees will be out of a job next year, although the newspaper was kind enough to use the term ‘idle’.

My question to you is, what would you do if the business you worked for rendered you idle? To help you answer that, I’d like to ask you a few more questions and then offer some hope.

  • Are you working in a field that is quickly becoming useless on a large scale?
  • Do you have a plan to either transition out of it or become a linchpin in that field as it shrinks?
  • Can the particular skill you do become useful in another business?
  • Is it time for you to finally stop doing a J-O-B for a living and do something that makes you happy?
  • Are you blaming someone else for this predicament or taking action to move out of it?

I hope those questions raise larger ones in your life. It’s okay if you can’t answer all of them or even if your answers are “No” or “I don’t know”. It’s my job to folks just like you through career transition and periods of ‘idle’ time. I’d love to help, so here’s how I can do it…

  1. You can hire me individually for career transition coaching. Normally, I only work with people in high stress/high risk occupations like police, firefighters, and the military, but the devastation of large plant closings really bother me.
  2. You can tell your boss that you want them to hire me to help all the employees during this time. They’ll be paying for career transition services in some way, but seldom as good and useful as what I offer.
  3. You can try it on your own using resources. If you do, I highly recommend the 48 Days to the Work You Love Career Kit by my friend Dan Miller.

The Fujifilm folks have until next year to find new work. What about you? Do you need to make changes now as well.

48 Days whats-your-plan

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


Fujufilm plant closing article

48 days to the Work You Love Kit

More information about the 48 Days plan


Who wants to be a Professional Speaker?

First off, what is a professional speaker? A professional is defined at its most basic as someone who makes money from their ‘thing’. If you want to make money as a speaker, then you want to be a professional speaker. It’s that simple.

This includes…


Motivational speakers

Corporate trainers


…and even more

If you’re in any of those positions and you want to learn more about becoming a professional, i.e. paid, speaker, you can’t go wrong with Kent Julian’s Speak It Forward Speaker Boot Camp.



I’ve attended the conference myself and highly recommend it. As a matter of fact, I’m actually working with Kent through a mastermind group to perfect not only my keynote presentations but also the business side of my enterprise. We had our group retreat several weeks ago.

I’ve been a professional speaker for years and speak often at various conferences all over the world, but the SIF Boot Camp was what I needed to make the next step toward greater success.

Click HERE to check it out. Kent’s an awesome guy. Be sure to tell him Dr. Dave sent you. If you do sign up, let me know. If I happen to be in town when you attend, I’ll treat you to lunch.


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


Speak It Forward

Affirm Yourself by Kent Julian



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.


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

DWP and Dan Miller

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!


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!

Rhodesian Ridgeback-tree

Rhodesian Ridgeback-tree-2

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


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.


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 Thanks for reading!


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.


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

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

Facebeast Minis 1_012

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

Dr Berserker BW

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.

Hunter-Lee Newman

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


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 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…

Chris Guillebeau

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