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Quit Telling Me I’m Fat!

Category : Level Up

I’ve been on a long journey, like many of you, with the issues of body image and fat.

For what seems like forever, people have told me I’m fat. Morbidly obese even. They did this after weighing me, checking my height, and then consulting the almighty BMI, or Body Mass Index charts.

Stupid charts.

Stupid mindless doctors.

I got tired of it and started asking other experts. It turns out that there’s a lot of things that people have said was wrong with me that wasn’t. It was just different. I’m talking everything from a heart condition to this notion of my imaginary obesity.

By the way, here’s me in all my glory, ready to punch the next doctor who tells me I’m fat…

Dave Powers

Here’s two of the adventures I’ve embarked on to seek advice from other experts…

I checked my body fat percentage in a Bod Pod. You can read about that HERE.

I also bought a set of skin calipers to pinch my fat and check my progress that way instead of consulting the scales. I bought them on Amazon for just $7.99. 

Those scales always lie don’t they? (Maybe at least some of the time?)

My main points are these-

Don’t trust the experts without proof.

Become an expert yourself and do things the right way.

Don’t let people tell you that you’re fat.

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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What do Professor Marston and Wonder Woman have to do with DISC Profiles?

Category : Coaching

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women hits theaters tomorrow. It’s a movie that hasn’t generated a lot of buzz among typical moviegoers, but has generated a tremendous amount of interest among a few select groups, including several I belong to…

Nerds. I’m a nerd at heart. As a matter of fact, I sold my first comic book collection to pay for my undergrad schooling (I still weep over that sometimes). Professor Marston is perhaps best known as the creator of Wonder Woman.

Leadership Experts. A crap ton of people have taken DISC personality profile tests. I use them all the time with my own coaching clients and love using them to address groups when I do consulting work. Professor Marston was the creator of the DISC.

*In case you’re wondering, a crap ton is a real measurement, as in Wonder Woman can lift 15 of them.

I’m excited about the movie, as it will present a visual peek into his life and his work. If you use DISC profiles as well, you should enjoy it as well, as it will provide insight into their creation.

I’d like to give you a little background on Dr. Marston so you go into the theater fully prepared.

Dr. William Moulton Marston, who passed away in 1947, was a psychologist, self-help author, and comic book writer. Like me, he assembled a body of research that bridged the gaps between seemingly unrelated areas. Some of my research into cognitive psychology has been incorporated into books in areas ranging from theology to Game of Thrones.

Marston invented an early prototype of a lie detector machine. It wasn’t as cool or perfect as the one Wonder Woman carried.  Her Lasso of Truth never failed to produce results, but, of course, it was magic. Even so, at the time, Marston’s machine seemed like magic.

A 1928 paper title Emotions of Normal People discussed Marston’s DISC theory. Originally the four axes were…

  • Dominance produces activity in an antagonistic environment
  • Inducement produces activity in a favorable environment
  • Submission produces passivity in a favorable environment
  • Compliance produces passivity in an antagonistic environment.

The original notions of his DISC theory haven’t changed over the years, but the wording we use to describe them has. For example, with the system I use, the wording is much more expressive. Check out the image below. It expresses the total workforce of a company I consulted with.


Although his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston went largely uncredited for her work because of the roles of women at the time, she contributed greatly to  many of his endeavors. Due to her influence and those of his mistress, Marston was a huge supporter of feminism and women’s rights. It was his wife’s idea to create a female superhero.

Of her creation Marston wrote, “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

There’s so much more, but not enough space here to tell it all. I highly recommend the movie and the recent Wonder Woman movie as well. Just know going into this movie that it will deal with some adult elements. As far as I can tell, both his wife and mistress were friends and knew all about each other. I don’t want to ruin anything for you, though, so I’ll stop there.

PS…If you want to take a peek at my DISC results, you’ll have to leave a comment 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!

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





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Here’s Last Week’s Facepunch Friday

Category : Level Up

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

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10 Ways to Work Your Life Like Boxing Champ GGG

Category : Level Up

You should know about GGG. If you don’t, there’s a lot you can learn from him, even if you’re not a boxing fan. In case you’re not familiar with him, Gennady Golovkin, also known as GGG or Triple G, is the current middleweight champion and one of the best boxers in the world.

He didn’t get there by accident. It was on purpose with a very deliberate regimen of training coupled with a lifestyle that didn’t leave out everything else. If you want to take your life or business to the next level, consider the Triple G way of doing things.

Dress for the role you play.

When he’s working, GGG wears a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, even when it’s over 100 degrees in the gym. When he’s boxing, he wears trunks made to maximize his movement while protecting his midsection and holding a cup (I’ll state from personal experience fighting that this is very important).

How do you dress for your role? Do you dress for comfort or the way your audience and clients need to see you dressed? Or even worse, do you give any thought whatsoever to the way you dress?

Make it a focus. Design your wardrobe on purpose, not by accident. You know how Johnny Cash emphasized his role as the Man in Black? It wasn’t by accident.

Did you know Triple G’s forearms are so big that the lower sleeve of his dress shirts needs to be fitted specially for this?

Pay attention to the little things.

Triple G does chin pushups. That’s right, freakin’ chin pushups. I didn’t even know what that looked like until I checked it out. He is well known for conditioning each individual part of his body to withstand pain, absorb punches, and last as long as needed in the ring.

Want to know how he works his neck? Blind, weighted, hanging neck crunches on a contraption his trainer calls ‘The Machine’.

And you thought getting out of bed some mornings was rough.

I’m not saying you need to kill yourself with all the details and minutiae. What I am saying is that there are certain little things that need to be handled. Finances and physical fitness are two areas that I find the most neglected with my clients.

Work the long game.

Triple G has trained rigorously for decades and now he’s at the top of his game. Even though there are certain parts of the process you can hack through Rapid Skill Development processes, you need to plan for the long game with your life and business.

Put yourself on the right stage.

For years Triple G could only land fights with unqualified opponents. It’s not that they weren’t any good. It’s that he was so much better. Better boxers and title champions wouldn’t fight him because he didn’t have a name yet, and they didn’t want to lose to a nobody and damage their reputation.

It took quite a few well-placed fights to hit the right stage. Now, the tables have turned. It’s getting harder and harder to find fighters qualified to challenge him.

To quote an ESPN magazine article about him, “Finally, the stage matches his skill and reputation.”

That’s where you need to be. Fight your way to the top of your game. Then be the best one there. As far as the ‘right stage’ goes, there may be a time you need to just step out and create your own stage.

Fail upward.

Failures hurt. They’ll piss you off, make you want to quit, and even make you consider quitting or suicide at times. Ronda Rousey considered killing herself when she lost her women’s MMA title. Triple G considered retirement after a controversial Olympic loss.

She didn’t kill herself. She’s still fighting and examining other areas of success in her life, like acting.

He didn’t retire. Look where he is now.

You need to build a life with margin so that you can absorb failures, even critical, huge, life-changing ones. Without that margin you can’t fail upward or learn from your mistakes so that you can improve and come back bigger, harder, and faster.

Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, lived out of his car for a time with his wife. Now he’s a bazillionaire with a huge empire of books and products.

Recently, I got kicked out of my apartment with my wife and 5 kids because we had too many people for the size of the place. We were one step away from being homeless. Now we’re living in a cool place less than a mile from the beach and making more money than we were before.

Burn your bridges and boats behind you.

Everyone always says the opposite, and sure there are some bridges you need to keep, but I guarantee that if you burn almost all your bridges, it will help move you forward in ways you could never imagine. You’ve got to quit relying on what was behind you so much.

Many moons ago I was a paramedic. I let that certification drop as I moved further away from my prehospital medical career. I didn’t want that former job to be there as a backup. It would’ve been too easy to fall back and take the old job working 24 hour shifts for minimum wage pay. I burned that bridge.

When Triple G came to the U.S. to train, he showed up with one bag and nothing else.


When Triple G showed up at the airport in Los Angeles with one bag, the trainer who picked him up questioned it.

He merely shrugged and said, “I came to train. Not to party.”

Find your path. Find your niche. Focus on that and eliminate all the other distractions. Don’t jump at every chance you come across to make money unless it fits into your plan and moves you forward.

In the gym when he trains, the TV is always playing old fights. It helps Triple G focus on his path. He’s not in there playing cat videos on Youtube, watching Star Trek on Netflix, or digital farming on his smartphone.

On working in a spartan training camp in California, Triple G said, “I can’t have a regular life. I have to be 100 percent focused on boxing.”

His trainer talked about a silence that comes upon them during their prefight routine, “I can see the transformation. I can see he’s already concentrating.”

Make time for your family.

Triple G is well known for keeping his family and work separated. That way, when he’s at work, he’s…you know…working. When he’s not training, he’s actively with his wife and son.

His mother has never attended any of his 400 plus fights. His father only attended one. His wife and son do not watch his fights.

I want you to go all out when you’re at work, but I also want you to make sure to plan quality time with your family. If you don’t, you’ll lose them, and no work is worth that.

I have sacrificed a lot of income over the years to be with my kids more. We homeschool them, and that takes a tremendous amount of time, but it’s worth it. I’d rather have fewer things, an older car, and way more experiences that we’ll never forget.

Don’t walk away from a fight.

There will always come a time in life and business where you need to fight. It may be physical, a lawsuit, a client that needs to be dropped, or a commitment that you need to say no to. When that time comes, put on your gloves and beat the crap out of it.

We had a saying in one of the military units I served in-

Triple G grew up in an area and time in Kazakhstan where he had to physically fight for every little thing, even food and clothing. I’m talking bare knuckle, in a back alley somewhere, with real consequences kind of fights. The really interesting thing is that this is how Triple G was discovered. He got into a fight with a bunch of older kids at a soccer game, and a local boxing coach saw him. A little training and a lot of discipline later, and he was soon after the best boxer in the area.

Launch your plan.

Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you launch. At some point you have to overcome your fear, create margin to allow for mistakes, and jump.

Software companies call it iterative processing. It’s the system where they develop a product until they can’t continue working on it. The product needs to be released in a less than perfect state so that other people can start using it and find the bugs for them. It’s not slacking for a company to do that. It’s not the easy way out. It’s a necessary part of developing the best product possible. That’s why you might find a bug or glitch in a new program and the next thing you know, there’s an update and a software patch you can download to fix it.

Do the same in your own life and business.

My good friend Ryan McRae at ADHD Nerd does this with some of his coaching programs and classes. In that respect he calls it ‘Beta Testing’. Sometimes he’ll offer a Beta version of a new class cheaper for a select few early adopters so that he can refine the final version for a launch.

The important thing is that you launch.

A recent article on Triple G ended with these words…

“It’s time to fight. It’s time for GGG.”

“I’m ready”, he says.

Are you ready?

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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Strong Women Take Over the World!

I’m in an interesting ‘strong women take over the world’ mode right now.

Here’s what’s been going on lately in the Powers household and business where the dudes outnumber the ladies 5 to 2. (Me and 4 boys plus my wife and our daughter, in case you were wondering).

Hurricane Irma just left us with a ton of rain, lots of wind, and a flooded floor. Is it just me or do hurricanes named after women seem really fierce? I got sandblasted by the winds just checking out the waves yesterday…

I started compiling a book to give to my daughter when she turns 13. We just finished a Rite of Passage event for our 13yo son, and we plan something similar for Astrid, who’s only three right now. This book really has me thinking about the lessons I want to pass on to her.

I’m reading Rise by Cara Brookins. It’s an awesome book my wife recommended to me about a woman with 4 kids who escaped two abusive marriages and built a house. That’s right, she and her four kids built their house from the ground up. It’s an amazing story of recovery and growth!

Do a Google search for “Rise by Cara Brookins”, and you’ll see some really cool pics of her and the kids in construction mode. I love it!

I like to read small sections of a book in the am during my Miracle Morning routine that I need to digest in small snippets. Right now, my morning book is You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. As soon as I saw the title, I knew she was talking about me. The book is written for anyone that wants to be a badass, but I’m really enjoying reading the personal stories from her about being a woman badass. And Jen certainly is!

Then there’s always the usual role models from real life and television that inspire me to the wonder and absolute beauty of strong women, like Lagertha from the Vikings television show. A single mom, divorced and abused, who worked her way up to being a queen. She’s played by Katheryn Winnick, who’s a real life badass in her own right.

But enough about my female role models. Tell me about yours. Feel free to comment. I’d love to know who you look up to.

Even more important, moms and dads, what do you plan on teaching your daughters to inspire them to unleash their greatness?

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

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What Good is a Private Club if Anyone can Join?

Category : Level Up

Groucho Marx once said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”

In a similar vein, I’m not interested in joining a club that accepts EVERYONE as a member.

I’ve been shaving since my short hairs came in, although these days it’s my head and not my face that feels the cool burn of a razor.

Trying to save some money on razors, I recently switched from the old Gillette standby to Harry’s Razors. Not only were they a few pennies cheaper, but Harry’s felt like a cool exclusive club that I was granted entry into. Not only that, but their marketing was pretty cool (although not nearly as funny as The Dollar Shave Club). The big kicker, though, was that my friend Dan Miller talks them up quite a bit. He was the big influencer for me on the switch.

Then this week I saw Harry’s advertised for sale at my local Target store. They effectively ended the cool club vibe and decided to go after the money instead. Sure, they’re a business, but shouldn’t they care about the customers as well? Seth Godin wrote about this the other day, how businesses are sometimes more profitable by not charging or selling more.

I told Harry’s what I thought. Their customer service basically just said, “We just wanted to make them more available to everyone”, which I interpreted to mean, “We want more money. If you don’t like it, too bad.”

You see, I know what Target inclusion means. It means cheaper razors, higher profits, and less exclusivity. In the simplest terms, there is now absolutely no reason for me to be loyal to them if they are just another razor on a shelf at Target.

Think about this when you write your books or offer your services. Maybe you shouldn’t offer them to everyone. Maybe you need 100 stark raving fans instead of the masses. Maybe you need to hyper-niche and really serve your clients instead of offering the same generalized services everyone else does.

Personally, I think Harry’s made the wrong choice. I’ll use the razors I have on hand, but before I fill that next order for new ones, I’ll drop by Target and see how much the Gillettes cost.

I won’t even get into the fact that Harry’s customer service told me not to shave my head with their products.

Uh oh…

Not only has Gillette started a shave club, but it looks like the Target pricing is getting closer too.


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

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Small Team Strategies are the Key to New Success

I have a keynote that I deliver at places from corporate annual meetings to small family businesses. It’s called 550 Cord Teambuilding– Utilizing Small Team Tactics in Business.

I get a lot of questions about it, the most common one being, “How do I build small teams that work?”

In essence, this is really asking, “How do I break up my company into small teams?”

I’m not a big fan of wasting time just to fill up empty space with words, so what I’m about to give you is a quick, fast, and dirty rundown.


The best organizations are made up of small teams…

You don’t need a large team to be successful, you simply need the right team. I’ve summited high mountains with only a few guys. My ambulance paramedic crew was only 2 of us.

You can’t wait until there’s a crisis before you assemble your small teams. Do it right now and give them a chance to practice before something happens.

550 Parachute Cord is made out of 7 cords inside a 32 strand sheath. Each cord has a weight capacity of 50 pounds, but together, as a single unit with the sheath, it can handle 550 pounds. The math doesn’t add up, but that’s the beauty of small teams. The strength is greater than the sum of the parts.

In the Marines we referred to our most basic functional unit as a Fire Team.

Fire Teams are Fast and Focused, Independent, Resourceful, Efficient, Task Oriented, Exciting, Agile, Adaptive, and Mobile.

Depending on your needs, you can stack all positions other than the Fire Team Leader more than one person deep, but to remain as a Fire Team, do not extend beyond 7 people. With just about any endeavor, a threshold higher than 7 should be organized into multiple Fire Teams.

Every member of the Fire Team should understand and appreciate the positions and duties of the other members.

It is the company’s job to enable the Fire Teams to complete their mission.

I learned from personal experience that works when bullets are flying and avalanches are tumbling, established small teams work.

Peter Drucker once said, “The most successful company is not the one with the most brains, but the most brains acting in concert.”

If you have questions, just get in touch. If you need help, I’m here to serve.

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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Choose Your Own Adventure- The Mystery of the Woman Keeping Atlanta Safe from the Zombie Horde

Welcome to the next installment of the Choose Your Own Adventure profiles I’ll be doing at

My focus in life and business is to seek adventure, but that may not mean what you’re thinking. Most people think adventure only refers to danger and excitement, but it doesn’t have to. My intent with these interviews is to show that adventure can be wherever you find something new and different.

Meet actress Amber Dawn Fox, accomplished actress, slayer of zombies, and the cop everyone wanted to hate on The Walking Dead.

I met Amber at X Con in Myrtle Beach SC a few years ago, and we hit it off over acting, zombies, and how Beth really deserved what she got on The Walking Dead (my opinion). I was just getting started in acting and had signed an agent, and she was well on her way.

How do you define “adventure”?

“I believe adventure can be defined differently for each person. Anything new, fun, and exciting is an adventure for me. Which is why I enjoy acting so much, because each project is new, fun and exciting!”

What have you done that’s different, unique, or out-of-the-box?

“Something unique about me is the variety of jobs I have held. I went from retail customer service, to food service, to accounting, to nursing school, then to acting. Some people believe I have out-of-the box thinking because of leaving good paying jobs to follow my dreams.”

What brought you to your current adventures?

“So, in 2009, while I was in college I found out that the TV show One Tree Hill was filmed in Wilmington, NC (which is just over 2 hours from me).  I thought it would be a fun adventure to try to work as an extra on the show, so I submitted. I ended up hearing back from them and worked on the show six times over the next couple of years.”

“I loved being on set and started submitting to other shows and movies. I worked as a background actor in my spare time up until 2014. That year I also started taking acting workshops and had a speaking role in a student film and indie film.”

“It was then I was going to make a career change from accounting to nursing. On the same day I was accepted into the nursing program, I was also contacted about a featured role on The Walking Dead. I had to pick one or the other, so I gave up school to become Officer Bello in season 5. I haven’t looked back since.”

“I now have over a dozen speaking roles to my name from 2014 through present. However, working on The Walking Dead was really my step up in the industry. It gained me a fan base that still follow me and my current projects, it allows me to make guest appearances at comic cons to meet those fans, and it is such an amazing resume addition. Aside from all that – it was really a dream come true. I have been a huge Walking Dead fan since day one. Getting to be a part of that production was amazing and I was so excited to meet the main cast.”

So, what’s next?

“Two of the main projects I have coming out are…

The Haunting of Four Points 

In The Haunting of Four Points, I play the lead character of Evie who is a paranormal investigator. It is a horror/comedy.


In Descending, I play Sabrina and act opposite Alex Vincent who played Andy in the Child’s Play movies.”

What can you tell me about yourself that will inspire others?

“Something I can tell you that would inspire others is that I didn’t go to school for acting. I don’t have a degree in it at all. I started out as just a background actor and took free or cheap workshops when I could find them. If there is a dream you have, go for it. It may not be easy at first, but don’t say it is impossible. Keep working toward your goal in any way you can and you will succeed!”


If you’d like, you can catch up with Amber at…





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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Taking Over the Faith and Fandom Podcast

Me and my good friend Hector Miray hijacked a bench area in the shade on the playground to record a podcast together last week. Sure, a few kids were crying as we shooed them away, but we had a blast.

Of course, it’s easy to have a good time when the podcast host hands you a Viking drinking horn as a gift the second you get there.

Many thanks to Hector Miray for having me on his Faith and Fandom podcast. I hope you enjoy listening to it!

Be sure to check out the podcast right HERE!

Hector and I have collaborated on several books, meaning I blessed and was delighted to write a few chapters in his Faith & Fandom book series. Check them out HERE.

As promised, here’s a few resources for you…

Rapid Skill Development Mini Guide– It’s free just for signing up.

Game of Thrones vs. the Bible– Hector contributed two chapters to this book! If you order the Kindle or print version, just send me a copy of the order e-mail, and I’ll send you a free PDF copy and another cool book as well.

The Complete Medical Bible– This is a cool series I’m writing about medical references in the Bible. If you order the Kindle or print version, just send me a copy of the order e-mail, and I’ll send you a free PDF copy and another cool book as well.

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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Is a 3yo Too Young to Set Goals?

Is a 3yo Too Young to Set Goals?

I say it’s never too soon to teach good habits and set your kids up for success.

Check out the video, and you’ll see my little girl going over her goals.

A buddy of mine Kent Julian teaches a goal setting system based on

periodization and 1% goals. It’s pretty awesome. It’s what I use and also what I teach to my kids. We always go over our goals at our Sunday family meetings (2 adults and 5 kids!).

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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