About Dan at The Low Carb Leader
About Me: The First 47 Years
I always say that the past is good for two things. The first thing is good memories and the second thing is lessons learned. I am, however, of the firm belief that we are shaped by our past experiences and I am no exception. To give you a better understanding of just who I am I would like to tell you a little about myself and what makes me the right person to help you!
And the Story Begins
Born in a small town, I grew up in the typical mid-western fashion attending school and taking karate lessons. As a matter of fact, my family actually owned a karate school for many years where I was able to teach karate along with my brother and my dad. How cool is that? Even cooler is that I became the youngest person to hold a black belt in the state of Iowa by the time I was 11 years old. The photos show a karate match and a photo of my brother and myself showing off some great 70s style and fashion. Nice, right?
When I got older I enlisted in the Navy which allowed me to broaden my horizons and travel at a young age. Working as an aviation electronics technician, I stayed in the Navy for 6.5 years living all over the world. From Chicago to Memphis to even Guam, I was just a mid-western boy traveling and trying to find my place in this world. This was a great, learning time in my life as I traveled to San Francisco, the Philippines, San Diego and Japan. There is no better way to learn about yourself and life than being able to see the world. I left the Navy with an honorable discharge not regretting one minute of the time that I was able to serve.
From there, I was able to attend and graduate from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and a Master’s Degree in Hospital and Health Administration. I consider myself very lucky for these educational opportunities and all the knowledge, skills and abilities I was able to gain. Oh, and by the way Go Hawks!
I then worked in a 20 year career as a healthcare executive which allowed me to once again work and live in different places. This amazing career path gave me experience working in many states with opportunities to work in hospitals that ranged from very small to very large and everything in between. Not only did I have the chance to work for for-profit hospitals but I was also able to work in non-profit hospitals guaranteeing that I was always assisting in the furtherance of the hospital’s overall goals. Most importantly, during this time I was shown the importance of leadership skills and abilities. It was then that I starting working to develop and cultivate this very critical skill.
And the Story Continues
I believe that life is about always evolving, growing and learning never allowing myself to become stagnant. The last year has been a very exciting as I have developed and worked toward three major goals which I will outline below.
Goal #1: Start a podcast and an accompanying website
Goal #2: Compete in two physique competitions
Goal #3: Improve and develop both my speaking and writing skills
So, how have I done? Well, I have started both a podcast and a website. I continue to publish weekly podcast episodes of my podcast, The Low Carb Leader. I continue to develop my website always giving the very best to my readers and listeners. Last but not least, I continue to share all of this on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Be sure to check these out by clicking on the link on the home page.
As for Goal #2, I have been dedicated to working with a personal trainer for the past year in preparation for physique shows. I have accomplished this goal by competing in two shows and I am proud to say that in the last one, I placed second in the 40+ category. Check out that picture of me below. Not bad, right? I have found just how important nutrition and fitness are especially in increasing my energy and productivity as well as my overall quality of life!
Finally, to achieve my third goal I have started working with an acting coach who is guiding me on how to improve my presentation skills. Through learning the trade of acting, I believe I can improve my ability to better connect with an audience as most actors can. Additionally, I have started taking comedic writing classes as a way to refine my writing skills so that I can use these skills as a fun and entertaining way to share my message.
The Story Now
Today I look to inspire and motivate others to take control of their life and become a leader. We all have it in us. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. It’s just a matter of tapping into this resource which can be achieved through the living of a balanced life where you put your well-being above all else. Once you are physically and mentally taken care of, you are then able to focus and everything else will fall into place. Trust me, I know from personal experience.
I also want to encourage you to find something that inspires you and use this as motivation to further your own personal goals. So, what inspires me? Besides helping and encouraging others, I am very much inspired by my three children, Jateum (28), Dan (24) and Bella (15).