Category Archives: Mastering the Art of Living

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Who thinks Apple Cider Vinegar tastes like butt?

I’m big on the whole lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise. Those of you that follow me on social media have a good idea just how much. My basic philosophy is that we should live lifestyles that make us harder to kill and that good health does that.

A buddy of mine was telling me about apple cider vinegar (ACV). As if that didn’t sound bad enough he used words like ‘mother’. Drink the stuff with mother in it, he said.

That just sounds nasty. Like a taste-filled booger sliding down my throat that smells like stank butt.

But I did like the sound of the potential health benefits from it, so I wondered if there were alternatives.

There are. I’ll tell you in a second, because that’s not the main point I want to make.

This is. How often do you consider a complete other direction point-of-view of the things you do? I’m talking completely in the opposite direction. In tactical terminology we called it asymmetric warfare. It can make a huge difference in any area. You’d be surprised by how often the complete opposite way of doing things works.

I’ve also heard it stated as “Slow is Fast. Fast is Smooth”.

Try it the next time you get stuck on something.

Now back to the butt-tasting, apple cider vinegar with mother drink.

Companies came up with the idea of making ACV gummies. We all love gummies. Gummies are awesome. ACV is awesome. Why marry the two in a perfect union of awesomeness?

There you go. Assymetric thinking. Gross and nasty meets yummy to make awesome.

You do that next time. Take a problem or issue, turn it on it’s head, shake it up and down, and see what falls out.

Dr. Dave, just a guy who turns his deficiencies into strengths, i.e. weird becomes amazing


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Pay For Your Home in Cash BONUS Info

I wanted to post something really cool in regard to yesterday’s e-mail.

A few hours after hitting send on it, I received this from my good friend Ricardo-

I mentioned the book Good to Great yesterday, and my buddy said this addition to it by the author was an amazing read to add to it.

In Ricardo’s words, “Good To Great in the Social Sectors is my faith book not written by or about faith.” I haven’t read it yet, but Ricardo is a guy whose instincts I trust.

If you’re involved in NGO’s, faith communities like churches, or other social enterprises, you’ll want to check it out. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Now, I asked Ricardo if I could mention his gift, but I didn’t warn him I’d be bragging on him a bit too.

HERE is his public face online, so you can follow him. Ricardo is a true friend that I know from churches near my home. For years, he’s worked in France as a missionary and served in churches there. In addition, he’s also worked with refugees in other nations to minister to and serve them. Because he’s fluent in French, he worked with people from primarily French speaking nations in Africa. At a time when refugees the world over were being hated on, my buddy was making lifelong friends with folks who’d lost everything.

I know it may sound cliche, but this man would give up everything he had if someone in need asked him for it. A real, true to life, willing to give the shirt off his back kind of guy.

He’s supported mostly by folks in the states that believe in his mission, so check him out and throw him some support.

Dr. Redbeard, a guy who is in awe of how awesome Ricardo is


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Is it possible to pay for your home in cash?

Is it possible to pay for your home in cash?

Well, sure.

Three quick things about that though-

  1. It’s not easy.
  2. It would probably take a long time.
  3. It’s a really worthy BHAG* kind of a dream and you should shoot for it.

I’m a big Dave Ramsey fan, and one his team members Chris Hogan put out a form titled Pay Off Your Home Early. It’s a great plan and you can find his original form HERE.

My goal is a little different right now. We’re living in a big warehouse while we save a bunch of money for our home, so I thought I’d modify his form a little. Mine is a version called Pay for Your Home in Cash.

You can grab it right HERE or right click it below.
(Chris Hogan- I hope you’ll forgive me for modifying your form)

Visuals like this form work for me, but I’d love to hear about your home payoff adventures. Send me a message and let me know how you’re doing it..

If you want more info on all that kind of stuff, I’d love to help you, but I’m not your guy. Check out Dave Ramsey and his team on the home stuff. That’s who I follow.

Dr. Dave

Rare pics below of the warehouse I live in with 5 kids while we save. This was before we modified it a bunch.



*BHAG- This is a term from Good to Great by Jim Collins. It means Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Everybody should have some of these!

**Most of the links in this e-mail are affiliate links. It means if you click on them and buy, I make a few pennies off each sale without you spending more. It’s a neat way I help supplement my income.


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Homeschooling is Weird

I’ve always been a homeschooler, going on 15 years now. My oldest son (15 yo) will graduate high school this summer, and my youngest son (3 yo) has already started drawing and coloring. Then there’s three other kids sandwiched between those two.

We’ve always been in the minority as homeschoolers. The cops even picked up one of my kids for being out doing his PE during the school day. They thought he’d run away from school. Of course, he did have on a backpack full of bricks for a ruck challenge. He was 7 at the time.

Now we’re in the majority. Just about every kid in the world is being homeschooled. Except it’s not really that. It’s school at home, but not homeschooling.

Here’s why- both the parents and the kids are missing out on all the FUN of homeschooling.

From what I’ve seen from my nephews and others, their school at home is not much more than a series of poorly conducted online meetups, bad Internet connections, faulty devices, and school systems completely unprepared for any type of crisis.

Here’s what homeschooling is under normal conditions:

  • Free days, sometimes for no reason at all
  • Field trips are the norm more than classwork
  • Museums, battlefields, and parks
  • No set schedules unless you want them
  • Individual attention
  • Creating lessons around  your child’s interests, gifts, and passions

I wrote a book awhile back about some of the weird things we’ve done over the years. It’s free on Kindle for the next 5 days. Go grab it. I hope it helps you make schooling at home a little more fun for you and the kids during this whole crisis.

Homeschooling in the Weird

If you want to see some of the crazy stuff we’re doing during the new quarantine life, follow me on Instagram. I update often on there.

Dr. Dave, the guy that wants to make school fun, no matter where school is


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How do you prep for bad times?

Partly because of my work with Homeland Security and partly because I’ve always been the ‘be ready for anything’ kind of guy, I’ve always enjoyed all things preparedness, self-reliance, and emergency-related. Don’t worry, I’m not a nutcase like some of those folks you might’ve seen on Doomsday Preppers. Even so, if I was, I wouldn’t tell you. That would be crazy talk.

This segment of my business that wasn’t anything more than a side hustle before the coronavirus pandemic really took off to the point I had to enlist help to manage the inquiries and e-mails coming in from both individuals and businesses.

I decided to go ahead and formalize it to the point of spinning it off and allowing it to become a full-fledged operation, but I wanted to see what you thought first.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, toilet paper riots, and more in mind, if I was to create resources for normal folks who just want to be more ready for bad situations, what would you like to see?


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21 Predictions for a Post-Coronavirus World (COVID-19 Special Dispatch)

After a full week into the US quarantine measures, I wanted to go ahead and make a list of predictions about the world after the pandemic. It’s going to be interesting to see how these play out and which ones hold true versus the ones that I’m completely wrong about.

It’s an odd place we’re in right now. As a friend told me the other day, “It just feels weird.” The world has shrunk incredibly at the same time it remains global. I’m going biking with a close friend avoiding other people while at the same time checking in with my buddy Ricardo in France via Facebook.

 

Now that the Toilet Paper Riots of 2020 are over, people seem to focusing more and more each day on actual needs versus wants.

Life got too busy and needed to slow down some. It’s a shame it took a pandemic to do that.

With “social distancing” being the new top phrase of the year, actual real face-to-face social interactions mean something more and are more intentional.

With that said, here’s my list of predictions. I placed them in alphabetical order so as to disguise the ones that are more important and relevant to me personally or ones that I might have a financial stake in.

Air Travel- Air travel will take a decade to recover. As the world shrinks in a way that we can still digitally enjoy other places, it won’t be so important to fly anymore. Many people will finally be wondering if it’s really worth all the screenings, fees, and security checks. Airlines will have to make major changes to attract flyers again. I predict the airlines will go retro and make it feel like a luxury to fly and not just the overpriced chore that it is.

China- China will face sanctions. At some point the world stage will try and punish China for being responsible for the last several pandemics. Measures will be taken to limit China’s involvement in bioweapons and biomedical research. China’s economy will take a huge hit as other countries try to limit dependence on them for goods of all kinds. Other countries will seek reparations against China for causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Church- Church attendance has been falling for a very long time in America. Being forced to stay away from church will make people realize that there are other choices beyond actually attending church in person. Unfortunately, one of those choices will be giving up on church completely.

Colleges- In-person college attendance will drop dramatically. As we recover, it will primarily only be the elite higher income kids who will continue. I’ll try to sugarcoat this one a little to hide my true feelings, but colleges are overpriced, useless bastions of tradition that aren’t responding to the times or true needs of the future. Many people will question two main things. 1. Do I really need to even be in college? 2. If I do need college for my career path, why not just stick to online school and save money?

COVID Babies- A year from now we’re going to see a baby boom. I don’t think anyone is gonna name their baby Corona, but there will be a lot of coronavirus quarantine babies coming soon.

Cruise Ships- Cruise ships will be a thing of the past for a long time. Even before the pandemic, you couldn’t go more than a month or two without reading about a stomach virus raging wild on a ship somewhere.

Eating Out- Eating out will change for awhile. If this lasts long enough, many of us will get used to not eating out and won’t return to it, except for special occasions. There will be a sharper division between eating inside places versus pick up and go eateries. Anything less than fine dining will move more towards outdoor seating and grab and go.

Food Handling in Eateries- You’ll see big changes post virus in buffet style eating and how items like silverware, straws, and dishes are handled.

Government Trust- As always, with events like this, governments from nationwide all the way down to the local municipalities will screw things up and look to increase their own power base while serving their individual self-interests. We will come out of this, not praising the government handling of the situation, but condemning them for it.

Homeschooling- Because of massive global school closures, most kids are being schooled from home. Many kids will be glad to return to the slave factory (public school), but a small segment will choose to stay home-schooled and embrace the freedom this allows. This will bring an increase into the ranks of fulltime homeschoolers that will enrich homeschool co-ops and groups with needed variety. The percentage of non-religious homeschoolers will jump.

Hygiene- At least for a while, people will strive to be cleaner and practice more hygiene than before. People who carry their own personal hand sanitizer will be in the majority, and not just germaphobes and parents (me on both accounts).

 

Insider Trading- New laws will be forced into place to make elected officials more clearly divulge financial interests or perhaps even place all investments into blind trusts when they take office. I say “forced” because no elected official will voluntarily enact a law that limits their power and their ability to make money from their position.

Manufacturing- Ingenuity will surface. As world trade slows, and many people no longer want everything as cheap as possible from China, entrepreneurs will seek methods and innovations that plug gaps in the supply chain and replace much of China’s power in the world manufacturing market. More factories will be built closer to home, even if the end product costs a little more.

Media- The media will face a backlash at some point from an exhausted American public that is tired of sensationalism and the lack of actual journalism. Credible sources of actual unbiased information will slowly surface as real journalism makes a comeback and reality TV (CNN, Fox News, and all the others) becomes less relevant.

Megachurches- A pastor friend and I have talked in the past about the potential fall of the American megachurch. It wasn’t because of a pandemic but for other reasons. I believe the megachurches of American have grown too big, and this pandemic will break them up into smaller churches. The only survivors of this megachurch decline will be the ones that are primarily made up of satellite churches and not the ones that build stadiums for their services or the ones that buy actual stadiums for them. Yeah, I’m talking to you Joel.

Movie Theaters- Movies will be different. Things have been trending toward home and digital delivery for a long time. This pandemic will be the tipping point that will kill movie theaters as we know them. Theaters will shrink and become used more for special showings and special events. Multiplexes will disappear. In the future, movies will be released primarily through pay platforms available at home. Soon you’ll see Netflix with a pay-per-view platform more like Amazon Prime for new movie releases, and all the others will follow suit. Doordash and the food delivery companies will partner with them for movie release specials. This is already happening very quickly.

Outdoor Recreation- More people will realize the joy and health benefits of being outside and will continue to enjoy it as the quarantines wind down.

Prepping- The Great American Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 has shown a lot of people that not all preppers are nutbags and that basic levels of prepping are just sensible. More people will prep to the basic level, like having basic stocks of food, diapers, paper goods, and go bags.

 

President Trump- President Trump will win the coming election by a landslide for several reasons. The Democrats have no viable strong candidates that people trust. At this time Biden is a front-runner over Bernie, but both are considered old men already at risk or suffering from ailments that render them dangerously frail in a time when someone younger and healthier looks more viable and capable.

Professional Sports- Once this is over and crowds are allowed to surface again, I predict that professional sports will make a near immediate comeback. If you look back through American history, you’ll see that we did everything we could to either continue sports or bring them back as soon as possible. Professional sports represent a return to normalcy, just like a favorite comfort food.

Store Hours- Stores will stick with reduced hours as we return. They’ll do this for a couple of main reasons: there’s not as much need to stay open as long, workers are willing to trade time at work for time with families, and companies see the reduced expenses from not being open as long.

That’s it for now. I’ll have more predictions as this carries on, but I’d love to hear yours.

What do you predict will change in the new post-coronavirus world?

Dr. Redbeard, playing futurist for the day


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Cyber Monday Last Chance!

I hope everyone made it through Thanksgiving okay and enjoyed your cheat meal(s).

As you digest all that turkey and pie, I have good news and bad news.

Good- Cyber Monday is finally here!

Bad- You’re probably at work.

I have a solution for both. If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new hobby to look forward to after work or a new skill to move you into a different job, now is the time.

I’m offering my Rapid Skill Development guide for the final time as a book ONLY for today. After Cyber Monday is over, I’m pulling it from the shelf to develop a training course based on it.

Check it out by clicking HERE, and you can get more information.

After today, this is it.

Please forward this to anyone on your friend list that needs it!

Thanks!

Dr. Dave


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Join Me on My Speaking Tour Next Week?

I’m getting ready to embark on another adventure tour and wanted to post out my itinerary in case anyone wants to get in touch for a meetup or drop in to one of my open events to hear me speak.

It’s my 10yo’s turn to join me on a tour, so we’ll also be doing homeschool along the way. Lots of cool hands-on homeschool out in nature and new museums and such.

Leaving Thursday the 11th for the first event in Charleston SC. I’ll be training on Peak Performance for the U.S. Navy Space and Warfare Command.

The next day, Friday the 12th, I’ll be in Raleigh NC to attend an event at Summit Church, pastored by JD Greear. It’s one of the largest churches in the US, and I’m looking forward to checking things out there.

From there it’s onward toward New Hampshire. We’ll have several days of adventure time on the drive up. I’m planning on skipping through the southern states, because I’m there more often. Once I hit Pennsylvania and further north, I’ll be hitting some hikes, summits, and museum stops. Me and my 10yo are planning on crossing a few state highpoints off our list on this trip.


Summitting the highpoint of CT on a previous trip.

On the 18th I’ll be speaking on Positive Work Environments at the Concord Food Co-Op in NH.

Then I’ll be at the mid-point of my journey at the New Hampshire EMS Conference, where I’ll be delivering the dinner keynote and a lecture the following day. It’s a great conference if you’re in the area and would like to attend. The keynote will be My Wife Hates Me, My Kids Don’t Know Me, and I Think I have a Dog. The following day’s talk will be a tongue-in-cheek look at Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

From there it will be pure adventure all the way home. We plan on several fun stops and hikes in Vermont before venturing back south again.

If you’d like to join us anywhere, e-mail me.

If you’d like to watch the adventure from afar, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @drdavidpowers. I’ll be posting most of my updates there.

Thanks!

Dr. Redbeard


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My Experiences with the Pinhole Gum Surgery- 3 Weeks After

This is a departure from my usual leadership and awesomeness fare, in a post that will delve into my personal life more.

I just had a pinhole operation done on my gums last week. Before the surgery when I was doing my due diligence and looking it up, reading about it, and looking at alternatives I found plenty of information about the operation itself, but none from patients. All of it was from the point-of-view of the dentists.

I thought I’d put my own experience out there so others could judge for themselves and know what’s what with the procedure.

Even though this post might be dated when a reader finds it, the information will be even better because I’ll have a longer experience to refer to. If anyone has questions, be sure to ask.


The biggest news to update…I can drink Mountain Dew again, so I stocked up! The rest you can see on the video.



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What’s the Best Way to Break a Promise?

I had to break a promise to my kids the other day. Have you ever had to do that? Or maybe break a promise to a client?

Is there a best way to do that?

Me and my wife gave a neat present to each of our kids for Christmas last year. It was a weekend trip of their choosing. You can see from the picture below what it was. Basically, we typed up some specs, gave them a map for reference, and wrapped each one’s sheet of paper in a box or bag.

They thought it was pretty cool. Like enterprising kids can be, they started plotting how to join their trips together for a longer trip somewhere further away. My two older boys were scouting out the middle of Florida where we could do a bunch of freediving in freshwater caves, play with alligators, and go mountain biking.

Then, all of a sudden, we had to take it all away. Our whole family just got on the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt and some big bills came due to get our house ready to sell. We could no longer afford the trip without stacking more debt on the credit cards, and we couldn’t justify doing that.

We sat the kids down and explained things to them. The older ones understood because they listen to Dave Ramsey a lot, but the younger ones just feel jipped for losing their Christmas gift. I feel crappy too. I feel like I just handed them a new toy, let them play with it for a minute, and then took it away so I could smash it with a hammer in front of them.

I guess what I’m saying is this. There’s no good way to break a promise. It’s like a pulling a tooth. If you don’t have to do it, don’t. If you have to do it, do it fast and get it over with. If you can find an alternative, do that.

So, what about you? What promises have you ever had to break and how did you do it?

Dr. Dave

PS…I just released a new book on using science fiction for education. I originally produced it under contract for a publisher, but it’s been cleared for me to release it on my own now. You can find it HERE if you’re interested.


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