I can only recall reading one book cover to cover before I turned 25 years old. It was the book Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes, in the seventh grade. I was never diagnosed with dyslexia, but I am convinced I struggled with it for most of my childhood. Reading was something that was […]
My name is Darrell
I have been an entrepreneur in some fashion for more than ten years, and I have learned a lot in that time. I have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur, even before I knew what that term meant. It’s been a dream for as long as I can remember. I love helping people understand their potential and overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. I am not an expert, but maybe hearing a few of my ideas will help you. Sign up below to get my thoughts as they are published.
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A few moments stick out in my memory when I think back to my childhood.
First I remember being in third grade, and my teacher Mrs. Gardner seeing potential in me for numbers and business suggested that I participate in a program where we got to shadow someone at work. She suggested her husband who was a CPA.
From this small farming community, this was a big deal, and I remember for the first time being noticed as someone who could be a businessman, which from where I grew up meant I wouldn’t end up working in a chemical or auto factory.
I also remember, always have ideas to make an extra buck. Whether it was setting up a stand near the side of the road to sell the vegetables from our garden, or maximizing the chores my dad would give me, I was always happy to take control of my situation by working an extra hour (or ten) to have some extra money.
Not long ago, as I was doing some soul searching I asked my parents why they didn’t push me to be an entrepreneur at a young age. It seemed too obvious to me looking back that I was destined for this path. Their response shook me a bit. They said, “Tell us, one person, we knew that would have given us the context to know your skills and personality were bent towards being an entrepreneur.”
You see, it’s that exact reason that the word dream is so important to me. Until I was 24 years old and I read a simple manifesto from Chris Guillebeau, I had no idea that everything inside of me was destined for a career as an entrepreneur.
Until then, it was just a dream to me.
Until then, I was destined to be frustrated and limited in my work.
Until then, I didn’t have someone to look to who was doing what I didn’t even know I wanted to do.
For me, as a kid from a small town midwest. The grandson of a farmer and the son of a tradesman, my dream was everything to me. It drove me to search and search for something that would allow me to fulfill the perfection of my calling.
So yes, I am a dreamer. And I am passionate about helping other people accomplish things they could only dream are possible.
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Did you know that you can have anything you want? What we want matters, but not for the reason we think they do. The first problem is we generally believe that we can’t have what we want so we repress our desires through judgment of yourself before we are ever given the opportunity to explore […]
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I can only recall reading one book cover to cover before I turned 25 years old. It was the book Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes, in the seventh grade. I was never diagnosed with dyslexia, but I am convinced I struggled with it for most of my childhood. Reading was something that was shameful for me because I wasn’t very good at it.
I have vivid memories of slowly reading out loud in class trying my hardest not to shake while I was holding whatever book we were reading at the time. I hate it and I hated the way I felt as I stood there being corrected by the teacher or another student when I would misread or misunderstand the passage.
This all meant that I hated reading and I hated books.
It wasn’t until a few years ago when I friend pointed out that I enjoyed learning so much, but they were surprised that I wasn’t interested in reading. I told them that I was a slow reader, and I struggled to finish books.
They gave me a simple strategy that I still use to this day: Only read books that you like, and if you don’t enjoy them put them down without any guilt for not finishing them.
Since then I’ve read more, but it’s still a struggle.
However, in 2018 I made a commitment to finish 25 books, (this is a big deal for me. no shame.) and I wanted to keep track of that goal publicly.
Below is a list of books I’ve read, am reading, have abandoned and plan to read. If the books are linked, I recommend them strongly.
The Books I’ve Read
The Four Tendencies — Gretchen Rubin
The Post Office — Charles Bukowski
Running Down A Dream — Tim Grahl
Lying — Sam Harris
The Paradox of Love — Pittman McGehee
The Big Leap — Gay Hendricks
Profit First — Mike Michalowicz
Free Will — Sam Harris
It All Turns On Affection — Wendell Berry
Turning Pro — Steven Pressfield
Better Than Before — Gretchen Rubin
Waking Up — Sam Harris
The Books I’m Currently Reading
Radical Candor — Kim Scott
The Artists Way — Julia Cameron
The Obstacle Is The Way — Ryan Holiday
Improv Wisdom — Patricia Ryan Madson
48 Laws of Power — Robert Greene
Win Bigly — Scott Adams
Why We Get Fat — Gary Taubes
Hooked — Nir Eyal
The Books On My Reading List
But What If We’re Chuck Klosterman
The Art of Learning — Joshua Waitzkin
Are You Fully Charged? — Tom Rath
Becoming Spiritual — Dr. Joe Dispenza
The Creative Brain — Nancy C. Andreasen
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big — Scott Adams
So Good They Can’t Ignore You — Cal Newport
The Hard Thing About Hard Things — Ben Horowitz
Zero to One — Peter Thiel
The Accidental Life — Terry McDonell
Antifragile — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Learning to Love Yourself — Gay Hendricks
Deep Work — Cal Newport
Extreme Ownership — Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
Did you know that you can have anything you want?
What we want matters, but not for the reason we think they do.
The first problem is we generally believe that we can’t have what we want so we repress our desires through judgment of yourself before we are ever given the opportunity to explore the desire further.
In my opinion, one of the most dangerous things we can do is judge our desires.
We judge them as good or bad.
We judge them as right or wrong.
We judge them as attainable or not.
It has been my experience that if we drop the judgment we can have the subject of our desire. Because what we want, isn’t really what we want.
What we really want is the feeling we believe the object of our desire will give us.
Thus making the object of our desire irrelevant to our pursuit. And if what we really desire is a feeling, then there is nothing standing in our way of accessing that desire at this exact moment.
From the seat of a conscious mind, we can decide to focus our minds on the feeling we believe the object of our desire will give us.
Thus, we can have whatever we desire, when we desire it.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
As a part of our human condition, we measure ourselves by a different set of rules. One of those rules is that we are convinced that people view us and judge us differently than we do them.
One thing I have learned is that almost without exception people make judgments about you based on how you make them feel, not on what you do or on how much you impress them.
We spend a lot of time plotting our exact actions around others, especially those of which we care their opinion, but the exact actions are often irrelevant. The feeling someone derives from the encounter hold all relevance.
So, let go of your worry about how someone might have perceived you and, show up full of love and without fear. That is what people will remember about you anyways.