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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!

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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!

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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!

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What are Your Kids Reading?

I am a voracious reader. Have been since I was a wee little brat.

I once read The Hobbit during a sick day at home in elementary school.

One year I read over a 100 books.

I often have 3-5 books I’m reading at any given time.

But no matter how much I love reading, I just can’t get my kids to appreciate it as much as I’d like. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

I did find one idea that I started incorporating into my own books that I write.

This is my little girl Astrid looking through a copy of Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson. She just picked it up and started leafing through it. You know why?


All over his book, written by an adult for adults, Russell has stick figure drawings to illustrate key concepts. They’ve become so popular that he even published a small booklet with nothing but the drawings inside.

I’d show you one, but I didn’t ask Russell’s permission yet, so I better not. You can buy his book right HERE if you’re interested.

I’m not saying you need to insert cartoons into everything you do, but what I am saying is this, if you want to reach both kids and adults more, make it fun and interesting. Find out what appeals to your audience and give them a good time.

If you’re teaching EMT and paramedic skills for a living, use coloring books for anatomy lessons.

If you’re preparing boring financial reports for a company, insert some photos of what actually happened with those expenditures.

If you’re a life coach, meet outdoors. I sometimes do coaching sessions while we hike trails.

Life is way too short to do everything the most boring and uninteresting way, so don’t. Have a little fun. You have my permission.

Dr. Redbeard

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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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!

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Here’s Last Week’s Facepunch Friday

Category : Level Up

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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!

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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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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!

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