Monthly Archives: July 2018

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It is Summer, my AC is Broken, and I am Melting

What stuff are you putting off too long?

The AC in my car is broken. It has been that way for about 4 years now. I just cannot bring myself to fix it. Because of the broken part and where it is deep inside the dash just past the Black Gate of Mordor, it is a $1500 fix.

Somewhere past that gate is my broken car AC.

Every time I think about fixing it, I wait too long, the weather cools down, and it seems unnecessary. I am writing this right now in the middle of the summer in South Carolina. It’s 98 degrees outside and about 4 billion percent humidity. I want to fix it really bad right now.

But the summer is almost over.
But it costs $1500 bucks
But I need to tough it out
But it is not that bad if I drive really fast with the windows down

The excuses win, and I say I will wait until next summer.

Some of you might be thinking I just need to tough it out or maybe you went without AC for a long time and it did not kill you. Well, that is you.

I am a certified ginger. Heat and sun are my Kryptonite. I have climbed mountains, rucked for days in the Marines, and run 2 marathons. I can handle stress, trouble, and pain. But in the heat, I melt. I do it in stages too. Sweat, turn beet red, and then melt into a puddle leaving a nasty stain where even my sweet caramel core melts down.

Put your Ben and Jerry ice cream in the microwave for 2 minutes and watch it. That is me.

So, what big thing are you making excuses about or willing to endure the pain of?

I am seriously gettng personal and asking this. I know you have something.

Marital counseling
Starting your business
Quitting a job
Having kids

What are you putting off?

If I can help you look at things and make that decision, get in touch.


Dr. Dave the Decision Instigator

PS- In my book Becoming a Turtle about my solo expedition across North America I talk about how I used the windows down-AC off method to determine the need for showers. Check it out!

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

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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Help Wanted- I’m Looking for a Doctor Who Companion

I’m Seeking a Companion

That might sound weird to some of you, so let me explain.

I’m seeking a companion in the sense of the Doctor Who use of that term. If you already know what I’m talking about, and you’re interested, you might be a shoe-in for the job. If you’re not sure what a companion is, you’re not completely out of the running, but you might need to educate yourself before applying.

Here’s a couple of good links to check out if you need more information-

What is a companion?

Who are past Doctor Who companions?

I’m seeking a companion who will fulfill a variety of roles, but primarily that of assistant, friend, and fellow adventurer. You won’t be the first companion I’ve had, but it’s time for a new one.

The duties of a companion will depend on the skills and strengths of the person chosen. Past companions were geniuses in their own areas. One was a computer graphics master and designed everything from signs to logos and book covers. Another was a fitness trainer who co-authored exercise articles with me.

Companions stay with me as long as their time is mutually beneficial for both of us. Some move on to the next phase of their lives. Others use their time with me to enhance their resumes and level up in their careers. Basically, companions assist me in multiplying my efforts, and it pays handsomely  for them as well.

Here are a few examples of activities and adventures companions have embarked on with me over the years-

  • Writing more than a dozen books and over 500 magazine and newspaper articles, many of them co-authored with full shared credit
  • Organizing logistics and participating in mountain climbing expeditions
  • Speaking to audiences of up to 1000’s of people at conference keynotes
  • Accompanying me on speaking and book tours or other expeditions
  • Starring in movie or television roles with me

There is no standard formal application for companion. If you’re interested, get in touch with me at and we’ll talk.

Here’s a sample list of what I need most right now in case your skillset or desires fit…

  • Licensing my artwork and that of others I own or control to other companies
  • Formatting and publishing electronic and print books
  • Opening up new streams of income from works I’ve already developed, such as online courses
  • Photoshop graphic work beyond my chimpanzee in a china shop level of skill
  • Building online sales funnels

Depending on what you do, much of the work can be done from a remote work location.

To borrow a page from Tim Ferriss and one of his help wanted applications, much of what follows next is modified from him…


* You’d be working behind the curtains on high-profile projects. You’ll see all of my projects first, and get to play a critical role in their creation and launch.

* I will ask your advice and look to you for original ideas, new experiments, and more.

* You will also be invited to spend time with the most impressive people in my network. In fact, that would be part of your job.

* I might send you great coffee, there will be strange assignments, and you get to work with a weirdo. That’s me. There won’t be a lot of boredom.


Alas, I still prefer the Shackleton approach to job descriptions. Being my Managing Editor will not be easy. Rewarding? Definitely. Exciting at many times? Absolutely. Easy? Not likely. Think of it like a professional sports team.  I’m not going to haze you or anything stupid, but my content works because I take it very, very seriously. We’re here to create posts that are more valuable (traffic-wise) two years after publication than the week we put them out. We want epic content that gets linked to by “real” media all over the world. If you have the right personality for it, you’ll love this. But…

Here are some fair expectations:

* I’m an unrelenting perfectionist. If you’re not the same, it will probably make you insane.
* I live and die by deadlines. They are absolutely sacred, and I am merciless about this.
* You will need to be self-directed and very self-organized. Besides inflexible deadlines, I won’t provide a lot of structure. I assume you’re bringing a lot of your own process and best practices.
* You need good mental and physical stamina, and you MUST have the discipline to “turn off” and recharge during off hours. You should have a regular exercise regimen or activities for decompressing.

I hope to hear from the right person soon.


Dr. Dave

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

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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Stop Whining and Start a Revolution

Category : Level Up

I always liked seeing this bumper sticker, but I don’t like it anymore. It used to inspire me, but then I started seeing it everywhere. I’d see it on cars surrounded by the usual complement of other stickers that likely came from the same vape shop. You know, the “CoExist” sticker with all the religious symbols, some type of legalize marijuana sticker, and at least one sticker about saving some animal or another.

I’m all for the not whining part, but the other part just doesn’t work anymore. Think about it, if people actually started a revolution every time they got insulted or butt hurt, then we’d be exactly…where we are now. There’s a new revolution around every corner, and most of them involve a lot of whining on social media and a whole lot of people who fall smack into the “I’m a victim too” mob mentality. I’ve quit watching the news and stopped following people who only ever talk about things they’re never willing to do anything about. It’s made me so much happier and more stress free.

Here’s the thing. Revolution really is needed sometimes. I’m talking about that in the most general of terms too. It’s needed in your business, in your family life, in our country, and in everything from your morning routine to how you sleep at night. So many things need sudden and specific changes.

I’d love to help you do that, whether it’s through my coaching or my lectures. If I can help, get in touch.

For now, I’d like to leave you with a few things that might help your revolution…

1. Watch this video- How Many People Does It Take to Start a Revolution. If you really do want to start something real, maybe this will help.

2. Decide what you want to change. Be very specific. It’s like picking a niche for your business. Me, I want to change how young boys become men in our American culture. That’s why I wrote Rite of Passage- Initiating Your Son in Adulthood. I guess you could consider it my manifesto for a revolution.

3. Write a manifesto. Don’t be all Unabomber on this thing. I’m just saying that you need to concisely write out what you’re doing, why, and the desired result in a way that helps you build support. Chris Guillebeau wrote one that’s an excellent example. You can download it free right HERE.

4. Let me know about it. If you have a valid revolution you’re starting from something personal to world-changing, and you’ve followed the steps above, I’d love to hear about it. I may even help promote it through my channels.

Until then, stop whining and get to work on your revolution.

Dr. Dave, Your revolution maestro

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

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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