The Dare to Dream Podcast
By Vincent Van Patten & Gregory Benedikt
The Dare to Dream Podcast is where Vincent Van Patten and Gregory Russell Benedikt challenge you to embark on the adventure of your life. They draw wisdom from weekly guests who exemplify what is possible when you have the courage to live a life that is truly yours.
DTD #108: Unlocking Synchronicity - The Power of Choosing Love Over Fear
After an incredible month of traveling throughout Japan, I, (Vinny) am back home in Osaka with a resurgence of inspiration to share with y'all. Greg and I are back for an epic episode and an impactful start to 2023. This past month, I had experiences which can only be described as fate. These experiences derived from boldness and, without a doubt, burned brightly in love. The decision’s never perfectly clear. But I believe throughout our lives, in the big acts and the small, we choose love, or fear. Fear will try to scare us. It’ll tell us to be quiet when we long to speak, to stay where we are when we dream of moving, to continue as things are. Trust me, I don’t always follow my heart, take the bold chance or know exactly what I’m doing. I have those moments of regret where I wish I acted just as much as anybody. But more often than not, in the moments when it’s counted, I’ve chosen love. Love takes risks. Choosing love — love for ourselves, which shines through in trusting our intuition; love for others, which is possible in every interaction and experience, regardless of if it’s reciprocated; and love for life, which means nothing more than appreciating the gift of every day — will clear the fog from our eyes, no matter how lost we may feel. Choosing love in this life, we’ll get to where we’re meant to go, as things will happen we can't possibly understand or plan for. Just keep going with your heart wide open. Show Notes: Join Citoyens du Monde Join the Renaissance Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube! For Vincent's writing from Japan, travel photography and more, check out: https://vincentvanpatten.com/ To take the first step in living your best life, consider coaching with Gregory: https://gregoryrussellbenedikt.com/
January 30, 2023
DTD #107: Helping Yourself Through Helping Others, a Client's Story of Letting the Love Back In
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with Gregory as your coach? This episode will give you the honest and unfiltered answer you are looking for. For the first time ever, Gregory is sharing a sneak peek into what it’s like to work with him as a coach. This is a recorded celebration session between him and an amazing client named Jamie after working together for 5 months. Jamie’s story is beautiful, courageous, and vulnerable. It was so inspiring that Gregory asked for her permission to share it with the Dare to Dream community. Expect to learn how coaching helped Jamie: Gain clarity and self-confidence Remember that she's a powerful creator Create space to go through fears, self-doubt, and what she wants her life to look like big picture Feel grounded and loved Realize she doesn't have to do it all alone Let go of the stories that aren't serving her (i.e. "I'm too old/too far behind") Let the love back in This episode will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and grounded. If you'd like to learn more about working with Gregory, go to www.gregoryrussellbenedikt.com and book a free discovery call.
January 23, 2023
DTD #106: 18 Life Lessons From Reading My Journal Cover to Cover
Hi DTD Fam! Gregory here. Every New Years' Eve, I sit down to read all my journal entries from the past year. I started this tradition in 2019 and have enjoyed looking back at how each year went. There's something special about reading about the highs and lows knowing how it all turned out. It makes me feel like the omniscient narrator of my life. I have decided to share this tradition with all of you, so here are 18 of the biggest takeaways from Daring to Dream in 2022. Enjoy!
January 16, 2023
DTD#105: Unmasked and Openhearted with Shannon Keating and Vincent Van Patten
On this episode of DTD, I (Vinny) sat down with Shannon Keating, host of the Unmasked and Openhearted podcast. Shannon interviewed me, but this was indeed just an openhearted conversation between two curious souls. We touched on topics I haven't talked about this openly before, such as body image and dealing with pain. This was also my chance to discuss my greatest passions: writing and travel. We dove in deep on each topic, discussing the experiences which have defined me. It's a vulnerable and beautiful episode, and after two and a half hours, I left feeling uplifted, light, and joyful. Much love fam! Listen to Unmasked and Openhearted on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Shannon's Website Shannon's Instagram --- Join Citoyens du Monde: Join the Renaissance: Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
January 09, 2023
DTD #104: The Highs & Lows of Solo Travel, Drinking Saké, and Ringing In the New Year With Morgan Hathorn
On this end of the year holiday special, Vinny sat down with his oldest friend, his brotha from anotha motha, Morgan Hathorn. After leaving home in Los Angeles in September and adhering to the pull of his heart, Morgan's been on a four-month backpacking world tour, taking a leap of faith he's wanted to take since graduating from college. His journey's brought him to Japan, where he sat down with Vinny in his Osaka apartment to record this classic episode. The journey of traveling is seldom as exciting, fun and easy as it seems. Travel brings solitude and difficult times as well; that synthesis of facing fears, learning about yourself through difficult times, and experiencing life-changing, often unexpected moments makes travel something which Morgan and Vinny love more than anything else. Tune in for an episode full of epic stories of traveling the world, hearty Christmas laughs, brotherly banter, and fiery inspiration heading into 2023. Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube! Morgan's Instagram
January 02, 2023
DTD#103: Small Continuous Steps Will Take You Where You're Meant to Go
What do we do when there’s a dream that seems too big, too out there, too daunting? We simplify. We prioritize. We take small, continuous steps in the direction which we’re called — not great, occasional leaps. “Accomplish the great task by a series of small acts,” encourages the Tao te Ching, the text of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism. If we don’t start, however small, we’ll look back one day and ask the most universal question of all: what if? The muses—those mythical beings of light which inspire our creative pursuits — don’t care about the perfectly crafted sentence, the views, the pay raise or the title. These things are the byproduct, not the goal. They don't care about what we call failure. The muses smile upon is the willingness to face our fear, our uncertainty, our dream. It’s not the result which matters, but that you courageously follow what you’re meant to do. Start small. Begin. This is the story of how I (Vinny) am prioritizing writing my second book while on the move in Japan. If you're feeling the resistance, that's a good thing. This episode will shed some light on why you must get 'er done. Show Notes: Join Citoyens du Monde: Join the Renaissance: Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
December 26, 2022
DTD #102: Make 2023 The Year of Systems, Not Goals
This year, skip the New Years' Resolutions. There's a better way to set yourself up for success in 2023. Join Gregory in this solo episode where he explains why you should have a system instead of a goal. To quote Scott Adams, "Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous pre-success failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out. Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good every time they apply their system. That’s a big difference in terms of maintaining your personal energy in the right direction." Expect to learn: Why Joe Rogan, Steven Pressfield, and the creator of Dilbert think goals are for losers How to turn the project you're working on into an epic quest Why you need to have something you're aiming at Gregory's new framework for achieving potential And much more. Show Notes: - Steven Pressfield on The Joe Rogan Experience - How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert - This Year, Skip The New Year's Resolutions, by Gregory Benedikt
December 19, 2022
DTD#101: The Beauty In the Mundane—Japan Field Notes PT. 1
We all experience moments throughout the day which make us smile, make us think, lessen the weight, brighten the sky. Perhaps we think they’re not worth sharing: they seem trivial; they slip our mind; others wouldn't understand. Maybe they don't have to. Here's my (Vinny) attempt at sharing these sorts of moments which have left an impression upon my heart and soul. We’re always going somewhere. Yet it's not the destination which defines who we are. Rather, it’s the way in which we go, the art which takes us from here to there; the way we stop to say good morning or think about which apple to buy. It’s the little things—the beauty in the mundane—which make this life worth living. In this solo episode, I meander through the first few editions of my Japan Field Notes: a compilation of thoughts, quotes and experiences I've had from my first three months living in Osaka, Japan. Show Notes: Japan Field Notes PT. 1 Japan Field Notes PT. 2 Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
December 11, 2022
DTD #100: Would You Do It For Free?
The only way to continue doing something meaningful and truly satisfying for the long haul is by loving it so much that you'd do it for free. The lessons that we’ve learned from this podcast in these past two years have defined our lives. We do this because it gives us something that far surpasses a monetary reward. It gives us meaning, makes us laugh, and fills us with love. On episode 100 of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we discuss the greatest lessons we’ve learned throughout this life-changing adventure. Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
December 05, 2022
DTD #99: How Burnout Led to Crisis, Transformation, and the Path to Redefine Self Care with Dr. Cindy Tsai
How do you start the process of figuring out what you want in life? When will you know you’ve landed on the right idea, what will truly make you happy? How do you make these changes long-lasting? On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Vincent and Gregory speak with Dr. Cindy Tsai about how she’s helping others discover these things about themselves on her mission to redefine self-care. With experience as a physician and coach for leaders and healers, she’s become a valued voice in the health and wellness arena. Dr. Cindy Tsai shares the medical experience that changed her life, specifically how she changed the way she took care of herself and her views on medicine and overall health. She also talks about the advantages of being a coach and having your own coach to equip you with tools and practices for managing everyday life. We all struggle with self-doubt and judgment, but our strength lies in how we power through times of stress and overwhelm. To learn ways to connect with your true self and support your happiness, listen to this conversation today! Topics discussed in this episode: Dr. Cindy Tsai’s mission and inspiration Experiencing a health crisis and trying alternative healing modalities Connecting to your true self to reach happiness and self-fulfillment How Cindy healed herself and advice to others Defining the calm, confidence, and curiosity method What’s the first step to using Cindy’s method to discover who you are Is support needed in order to change? What Vince is learning from The Almanack of Naval Ravikant Ways Cindy practices self-care Cindy’s current and upcoming projects How Cindy got into coaching Having everything on paper doesn’t mean you’re happy Connect with Cindy: LinkedIn Instagram Facebook YouTube Grab Cindy’s best-selling self-help book, So Much Better: Life-Changing Strategies to Develop Calm, Confidence & Curiosity to Become Your Own Inspiring Success Story, here! Check out Cindy’s free resources: Sign up to get the FREE Create Your Own Calm Guide: 3 Ways to End Overwhelm: https://cindytsaimd.com/calm Download a FREE “Connect to Your Intuition” guided meditation: https://cindytsaimd.com/intuition Watch Cindy’s TEDx Talk, Body Intelligence: An Integrative Approach to Health & Wellness: http://cindytsaimd.com/tedx Schedule a FREE Breakthrough Call on Calendly: https://cindytsaimd.com/clarity Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
November 28, 2022
DTD #98: Becoming a Better Friend to Yourself
When a close friend comes to you with a problem, how do you treat them? Do you tell them all the things they’re doing wrong? Or support them by offering encouragement to get through whatever issue they’re facing? Imagine how much better our lives would be if we were as nice to ourselves as we are to our friends. Everyone has an inner critic, but sometimes the voice of our inner critic is so strong that it has a negative impact on our health and progression in life. Combined with the pressure that we put on ourselves to achieve, it’s easy to suffer from a lack of creativity and ability to simply enjoy the moment. After a series of solo episodes, Vincent and Gregory are back together for this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast! They’re talking about both of their journeys to becoming a better friend to themselves and the resources that are helping them to do so. To hear how they’re combating their own negativity and the pressures of life to find inner peace, tune in! Topics discussed in this episode: Why you need to be a better friend to yourself The pressure we put on ourselves to achieve Learning to quiet the inner critic and shift perspective What’s been inspiring Gregory and Vincent lately Being disciplined and also engaging in self-care Vincent’s recent experience of being overwhelmed How Gregory and Vincent aspire to be The importance of focusing on human connection versus goals Vincent shares stories of his experiences working in Japan Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube! Resources mentioned in this episode: Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control by Ryan Holiday
November 20, 2022
DTD #97: Overcome Your Resistance Without Compromising Your Values
If you've ever sat down to (finally) start that project you've been putting off and thought "this is the perfect time to clean the entire house!", you have experienced Resistance. But how can we tell if the force we are up against is just Resistance trying to keep us playing small, or something much more insidious? Steven Pressfield defines Resistance as an invisible negative force that prevents us from accomplishing our work. It shows up as fear, self-doubt, procrastination, and pretty much everything else that gets in the way of us getting things done. On this 10-minute episode, Coach Gregory shares how you can overcome Resistance without compromising your values. He outlines how you can quickly determine whether you should push through your discomfort, or if the discomfort is indicative of misalignment with your values. Expect to learn: How to tell the difference between Resistance and misalignment Why what worked for the "experts" probably won't work for you How your feelings about yourself are reflected in your success Shownotes: Steven Pressfield's books: The War of Art, Do The Work, and Turning Pro
November 14, 2022
DTD #96: Creating More Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life with Host of the Do The Thing Podcast, Stacey Lauren
Want to experience more synchronicity and flow in your life? Start pursuing lofty goals, even if they are still in the rough draft phase. You’ll be surprised at the amount of serendipity you experience as things start to magically fall into place. On today’s episode, we sit down with Stacey Lauren, who is an entrepreneur, sales specialist, and host of the Do The Thing podcast, to share her experience aligning her values and passions in her life and how it led to her most recent venture into podcasting and helping others. Stacey and Gregory discuss the importance of rejection, and the lessons Stacey has learned from her sales training and corporate career. Stacey also shares the deep conversations she’s had with interesting guests on her podcast, and her magical experience in the podcasting world. In her first-ever podcast interview, you’ll hear about Stacey’s journey into podcasting and why surrounding herself with like-minded, positive people has been key to her success. Tune in for all this and more! Topics discussed in this episode: Stacey’s sales background and her journey to start podcasting Experiencing synchronicities and serendipity Stacey and Gregory on living a life aligned with their purpose Creating the Dating Dare Challenge Rejection therapy and building courage Key factors for success in sales and communication Lessons learned from former employees and coworkers A challenge from Gregory! Stacey’s advice to her younger self Stacey defines success Learn more about Stacey Lauren’s podcast, Do The Thing, here and listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts! Books mentioned in this episode: Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection by Jia Jiang Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander Book a free coaching call with Gregory by clicking this link Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!
November 07, 2022
DTD #95: Our Vulnerabilities Make Us Strong
In this episode, I—Vincent—discuss some of the challenges I've been facing in Japan, and why our vulnerabilities actually make us stronger. Human. A part of something greater. I draw wisdom from Ryan Holiday's new book Discipline Is Destiny, and discuss what strength meant for people like Queen Elizabeth II. What does it mean to be strong? Does it mean taking on as much as we can bear? Or is it asking for help? Surrender? After two months of living in Japan, my life has changed quite a lot. Yet I'm still me, wondering, seeking, looking for the signs which tell me to continue with my best foot forward. I'm finding them. Hopefully, this episode can be seen as a sign for you, too. Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
October 31, 2022
DTD #94: When You Can’t Find the Solution, Be the Solution - How Katie Fletcher Followed Her Dreams and Founded Local Scoop, the Package-Free, Low-Waste Grocery Store
After a trail of disappointing jobs, Katie Fletcher made the bold decision to go after her own dreams and stop looking for fulfillment in corporate America. Her dedication to fitness and history as a triathlon athlete strengthened her entrepreneurial spirit, and now, in just a few weeks, she will be opening a low-waste, package-free grocery store called Local Scoop in Encinitas, CA. On today’s episode, Katie shares her journey starting Local Scoop, why she only goes on social media for her business, and how her resolution to make the world a better place was a significant catalyst for change. She discovered her passion for food and nutrition at a young age, leading her to study public health and nutrition at Yale University. During two trips studying abroad, Katie fell in love with low-waste grocery shops but couldn’t find any similar stores at home. She wondered, why didn’t her own country value a sustainable and affordable grocery store system? More people than ever are focused on healthy eating, but an influx of health food products and misleading information makes it difficult to know what exactly you’re consuming, where it comes from, and how beneficial it really is for you. Being so focused on nutrition can also take the fun out of eating, and that’s one reason Katie wants her store to bring clean, healthy, and delicious food to her community. Tune in for a conversation on health, good food, and why staying off your phone can change your life! Topics discussed in this episode: Why Katie doesn’t like using social media in her personal life The purpose of Local Scoop and how it works Products that will be available at Local Scoop How Katie came up with the idea for Local Scoop Obstacles making Local Scoop a reality Entrepreneur and endurance sports Katie’s daily routine Gregory and Katie discuss reading and book clubs Katie’s education and career in nutrition and health The climate crisis as a motivating factor Advice to people stuck in an unfulfilling job Katie gives her definition of success Tools for finding the next step in your life Technology, especially cell phones, as a distraction Gregory gives his definition of success The Sunday Scaries Sign up for Local Scoop's newsletter here! Find Local Scoop online: Instagram Facebook Twitter YouTube TikTok Check out Katie’s current read, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson. Listen to more episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube!
October 24, 2022
DTD #93: What's the Worst That Could Happen? Exploring the Fantastical World of David Rees-Thomas
David Rees-Thomas is the author of many short stories and books which span a variety of genres. David has also been Vincent’s head trainer to become a teacher with ECC in Osaka, Japan. Throughout training, David instilled Vincent and the other teachers with the philosophy: what's the worst that can happen? You mess up on your first day. You forget a step. You have a rough day. Who cares. The point is to enjoy the ride; if you're giving your best, acting fearlessly, going for it, you'll only improve with time. Vincent took this philosophy to heart, and sees it as a wonderful metaphor for life. No matter what, you will be okay. So have fun with it. This episode covers topics including: - David's background growing up in Wales -What brought David to Japan - What keeps him inspired and encouraged - Challenging times, and how to overcome them - The wonder of science fiction - and much more. Show Notes: Song In the Waves, by David Rees-Thomas Zen In the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
October 17, 2022
DTD #92: Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be
Putting your ass where your heart wants to be is how best-selling author, Steven Pressfield, advises you to achieve your dreams. In order to get what you want out of life, you need to do the necessary work. If you want to write a book, you need to get your ass in a chair and write. If you want to be a professional speaker, get your ass on a stage. This episode is about creating the space to keep your dreams alive while navigating a reality of most people's lives: the 9-5 job. Expect to learn: How Vinny is creating the time to write his second book while working full-time as an English teacher in Japan Some details of teaching English in Japan (class structures, language barrier, etc.) Why you should have a side-love, not a side-hustle The importance of setting deadlines How to start before you are ready and why that's all part of the adventure Why authentic action is the best way forward And much more. Show Notes: Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be - Steven Pressfield The Model Health Show - Shawn Stevenson
October 10, 2022
DTD #91: Self-love, Radical Acceptance, and The Power of a Growth Mindset with Scotty Huffman
Growing up as an avid snowboarder and surfer, Scotty Huffman believed that working in the action sports industry would bring him the meaning that he craved. He secured a dream job at a surf company in San Diego, and from the outside looking in, everything was perfect. Yet, like so many of us, Scotty felt that something was missing. Unwilling to settle, Scotty embarked on an entrepreneurial journey that led him deep down the rabbit hole of personal development. From books to seminars to, most recently, running an ultra-marathon, he's been actively searching for what lights his soul on fire. This episode was a blast to record. We discussed: How to train for an ultra-marathon The power of a growth mindset Why Scotty thinks success comes from complete self-love Tangible practices to help you look inward and figure out what fires you up Being on a winning streak And much more. Show Notes Can't Hurt Me - David Goggins Shoe Dog - Phil Knight Eating Ourselves to Death [Podcast] Atomic Habits - James Clear Mindset - Dr. Carol Dweck Listen to The Scotty Show on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, etc. Scotty's Instagram
September 29, 2022
DTD #90: Life’s Best Experiences Are On the Other Side of Fear
On this short solo episode, Vinny uses his current journey teaching English in Japan to express how the best experiences in life—those that ask us to get outside of our comfort zone and look the fool—exist on the other side of fear. We all fear the unknown; we fear looking dumb and like we don't know what we're doing. So we'd rather play it safe. Nothing which causes us to grow ever comes from playing it safe. When we face anything scary in life, we must seriously ask ourselves: what’s the worst that can happen? Will the sky collapse? Will we be embarrassed? Probably, but who cares? That fear prevents us from living. It stops us from pursuing what's been placed within our hearts because what we want, what we seek, will take some navigating in uncharted terrain. Yet that feeling is something to be cherished. When we get out there, face our trepidation and challenge ourselves, our souls expand in ways we never could have imagined. The good life comes from facing that fear again, and again, and again. That's what the most successful, wisest, most fun-loving people amongst us have figured out. Being the fool is nothing to be ashamed of. It's something to be celebrated. Show Notes: — Ryan Holiday Instagram — Courage is Calling, by Ryan Holiday (Stories of Florence Nightingale) — Do The Thing Podcast — I’ll Go, Murder by Death — Open Arms, Ruby Waters
September 23, 2022
DTD #89: The Value in Discovering What You Don't Want with Writer Hudson Rennie
Hudson Rennie is a full-time writer, a digital creator and an all-around creative human being. Deciding to forgo college, he worked through his twenties at a furniture store, accumulating management experience and a steady paycheck. He was checking the boxes. He looked successful on paper. But something was missing. Adventure was calling, and thankfully, Hudson was bold enough to answer. He quit his job, sold his condo, and spent the next two years exploring what he wanted out of life. His journey took him around the world to both beautiful possibilities and harsh realities. He moved to Thailand to pursue a career as a fighter in Muy-Thai, a long-time dream of his; yet he realized that wasn't his destiny, either. But one thing led to the next. He had to face the world, hit rock bottom, and realize what he wasn't, to get to where he is today. In addition to Hudson's story, we also discuss: - Why we often need to taste all the food at the buffet of life - Hudson's strategy for combatting negativity bias - The opposite of the “I’ll be happy when” mindset And much more. Show Notes: Read Hudson's writing on Medium Connect with Hudson on Linkedin Follow Hudson on Twitter The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life, by Boyd Varty The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron
September 19, 2022
DTD #88: Moving to Japan and Running an Ultra-Marathon, How Monumental Life Events Have Shifted Our Perspectives
We've had some pretty extreme perspective shifts recently. Vinny moved halfway across the world to Osaka, Japan, where he will be teaching English for the next year, maybe more! Gregory, in an attempt to run (pun intended) from his feeling of sadness that Vinny moved away, decided to do an unsupported 50-mile ultramarathon, which means he just ran 50 miles out of sheer audacity. Tune in to hear about Vinny's adventure in Japan and Gregory's grueling journey into the pain cave. In classic Dare to Dream fashion, we've woven some life lessons and meaningful takeaways into our stories. The episode ends with some discussion on the power of perspective shifts, and how they may help us face and overcome whatever challenges come our way.
September 08, 2022
DTD #87: Bringing Positive Wellbeing to the Workplace with Catherine Mattice
Catherine Mattice is passionate about helping people feel good at work. She's a strategic HR consultant who assists organizations in building positive cultures through HR practices. Her desire to affect positive change comes from her own experience of dealing with a workplace bully after working her way up from executive assistant to HR director. What we love about Catherine's story is that she didn't take no for an answer. Hours after being laid off from a tech firm, she started building her website to launch Civility Partners, a consulting firm that deals in workplace bullying. Nearly everyone doubted her dream and told her to pursue something else. But Catherine had the tenacity and courage to go for it anyway and turned that into a thriving career that doesn't feel like work. Tune in to learn: How to bring positivity into your work environment Why you should be planting seeds everywhere you go What to do if you're experiencing workplace bullying How to stand your ground and retain your dignity And much more! Show Notes: Civility Partners Website Follow Catherine on Linkedin Catherine's Award-Winning First Book
August 25, 2022
DTD #86: It’s Not About the Destination, But Who You Become On The Journey
Yes, we’re 86 episodes in and still clarifying the purpose of this podcast. Isn’t that how it should be? An ever-changing project that grows as we do. The Dare to Dream Podcast is about discovering what’s possible when you have the courage to follow your dreams. It’s for millennials who crave meaning and fulfillment and are willing to step into the unknown to find it. On this episode, we explore: The necessity for discomfort in our modern world How to get out of your own head and enjoy the ride Why embracing the unknown is the surest path to meaning and fulfillment Show Notes: - Chris Williamson on Joe Rogan (Podcast) - Modern Wisdom 450K Subscribers Q&A (Podcast) - Leonardo Da Vinci Biography by Walter Issacson (Book) - Men and Women of Discomfort (Website) - The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter (Book)
August 22, 2022
DTD #85: Why You Must Live a Story Worth Telling
You must live a story worth telling. That doesn't mean you have to climb Mt. Everest wearing a speedo at the age of twelve or bicep wrestle a shark in the Galapagos; it means you are consistently doing things that excite you. Whether it's working on projects that align with your passions or actually climbing Mt. Everest in a speedo—all that matters is that you are living a life you're proud of. Everything that happens is part of your story. It's often hard to see that in the moment. Yet all you experience—the wins, the losses, the peaks and the valleys—strengthen your personal tale. So use it. All of it. You are the hero and the point is this: Live your own story. One that is worth telling, if only to yourself. Side note: We recorded this episode while sipping on Patrón, so you know things got a little saucy. Show Notes: Neil Gaiman - Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012 Ryan Holiday - You Must Live an Interesting Life Aaron Rodgers’ Challenging Journey To Self Love & Mental Health | Aubrey Marcus Podcast Does Anyone Care About Male Loneliness? - Max Dickins | Modern Wisdom Podcast 511
August 15, 2022
DTD #84: Timeless Advice That Has Changed Our Lives
It’s only once you muster up the courage to live a life that’s truly yours - to take that first step - that everything falls into place. This is what we’ve found to be true, and it turns out that dozens of the wisest philosophers, writers, and entrepreneurs have been sharing this same wisdom for millennia. Join us on this fun episode where we each share ten of our all-time most inspiring quotes (and some bonus ones for good measure) that slap us in the face, light a fire in our bellies, and inspire us to be all that we can be. We know this episode will do the same for you.
August 05, 2022
DTD #83: Quitting Our Jobs and Embarking on Our Hero's Journeys - What it's Been Like
You know the hero’s journey: the ancient myth where the hero leaves home, embraces the unknown, slays the dragon, and returns home an altered soul—battered, bruised, triumphant. Now it’s time to embark on your own. If you think the hero’s journey is reserved for fairy tales and blockbusters, think again. Every human being is called to live an extraordinary life, yet few answer the call. It’s the inspiration that strikes us externally and internally—to move to another country, set out on a new career, or simply become a better human being. On this episode of DTD, we plunge into our own hero’s journeys: what caused us to leave the life we knew; the fears we’re facing and overcoming; the wisdom we’ve accrued, the tests we’ve faced, and where we are now. We are still students in the early stages, although undoubtedly moving in the right direction. We hope this episode can give you the inspiration to become the hero of your own story. When you accept the call and take that first step, your life will change in ways you never could have imagined. Show Notes: The Third Door by Alex Banayan Mastery by Robert Greene DTD #46: Practical Philosophy, the Hero's Journey & Modern Courage, with Dane Sanders
July 28, 2022
DTD #82: Embracing the Shadowed Soul with Melissa Jennewein
“I wanted to live,” writes Melissa Jennewein in her book Shadowed Soul: Wandering to Find Your Inner Compass. “Not just live, but understand what living meant… Something has to happen, or I’ll never know my soul.” Shadowed Soul tells the tale of Melissa's eight years traveling the world after two devastating, simultaneous life events. With little planning and massive trust, Melissa quit her job, packed a backpack, and leapt into the unknown to better understand her past, her inner world, and the planet we share. She shines as an example of what is possible when we face our fears and confront our shadows with openness and faith. In this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Vincent and Melissa discuss what the shadowed soul is, and how we may confront it in ourselves, even without the ability to travel the world. Yet, there’s something that happens when we travel—we’re continually confronted by the unknown, causing us to face our own vulnerabilities and preconceived notions. Melissa’s story will inspire you to find a way to get out there. Along her journey, Melissa met empowered young women and men who are tired of the ancient practices forced upon them—these young people simply want to break free, live their own lives and chart their own paths. Vincent and Melissa touch on this new consciousness that’s dawning and how it’s playing out across the globe. Underneath it all, the young, the old, the modern and the ancient, is a longing for love. The world is changing. Through love, we can too. We hope this conversation will help you see, question, and inspire that change the world so badly needs. Show Notes: — Check out Shadowed Soul, by Melissa Jennewein — melissajennewein.com — Soulcuriositypress.com — Arrows of Youth, by Vincent Van Patten — Workaway.info — Inner Engineering, by Sadhguru — Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari
July 21, 2022
DTD #81: Live Like a Lion, Not an Ant
The boys are back together for a quintessential episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast. The discussion revolves around taking the pressure off and remembering that life is supposed to be fun. We also discuss how to determine which activities and actions are genuine and true to who you are. The ideas of the great philosophers Emerson and Seneca are sprinkled throughout this episode, along with updates on what we are up to, grappling with, and cherishing in life. Right now being playful, lighthearted, and real with ourselves and others, are paramount qualities we’re striving to embody. We knock around ideas about how and why this is the most sustainable, purposeful, and enjoyable way to go about this journey of life. Show Notes: Letters from a Stoic The Heart of Emerson's Journals The War of Art The Principle of Charity Join Vincent's Newsletter Join Gregory's Newsletter Contact Vinny for Free Arrow's of Youth Kindle Book
July 15, 2022
DTD #80: EPISODE SWAP from the Discomfort Theory Podcast: Uncovering Your Best Self with Gregory Russell Benedikt
The Dare to Dream Podcast is all about showing up and doing the work no matter what. It's about staying consistent with your dream in the midst of the storm of life. We got to practice what we preach this week as Vinny navigated getting his phone and wallet stolen in Israel and Gregory finding himself on a trip without podcasting equipment. Since recording an episode together was impossible, we are dropping a previously recorded interview Gregory did on the Discomfort Theory Podcast, hosted by Dan Wilkinson. This episode is all about seeking voluntary discomfort to uncover and unlock your best self. Gregory and Dan discuss the character formation school they are part of called Men and Woman of Discomfort, their 50-mile walk they attempted together, morning routines, and much more! Show Notes: Go check out the Discomfort Theory Podcast
July 09, 2022
DTD #79: Finding Peace, Play, and Healing with Wolf Castillo
Life has a funny way of connecting you with the people you are supposed to meet. And it's often in the least grandiose of circumstances that the seeds of your future are planted. Wolf and I met in 2020 when Aubrey Marcus offered his online personal development program Go For You Win for a single dollar. When your favorite podcaster/Renaissance Man offers you something for $1, you say yes. And that's what me, Wolf, and thousands of people all around the world did. Our friendship began during quarantine and we have been encouraging, supporting, and inspiring each other ever since. Wolf is one of the most articulate human beings I've ever met, and he has a way with words that would make Billy Shakespeare insecure. He's a coach, a podcaster, a healer, and someone who describes himself as "holding space for others to find their holistic expression." This was one of the most healing conversations I've ever had as we explored the importance of play, loosening up, and finding inner peace. We also dove deep into: - The importance of balancing relentless commitment with relentless compassion - How taking yourself too seriously causes you to lose your softness and live solely in the head instead of the heart - How the exhale is just important as the inhale: without the exhale and play we are no longer human beings but human doings - Healing is how we remember our wholeness and the essence of who we are You will walk away from this episode feeling lighter, lovelier, and with a sense that everything is going to be okay. Because it is! Show Notes: Wolf's Instagram Aubrey Marcus' Go For Your Win Course Aubrey Marcus & Zach Bush Podcast Episode
July 01, 2022
DTD #78: Visit Yourself and Have a Good Time, with Iris of Calabria, Italy
Vincent spent three weeks working as a volunteer in Calabria, Italy, under the guidance of Iris. Iris is somebody that makes you smile, laugh, question and think. Mostly, for Vincent, about how simple and beautiful life can be. Iris moved from her native Holland as a young woman and has lived in the south of Italy ever since, learning about the land, the people, and most importantly, herself. Now, Vincent could undoubtedly tell that she’s a beloved part of her community, even as a non-native Italian. Her love of life is tangible, and every time Vincent spoke or worked with her, he, too, learned something new about the world, about nature, and even about himself. Perhaps we don’t need much to be happy—we must simply discover what is important to us and follow it, seek it, explore it, and share that joy with the world. Iris now opens up her hillside property to workaway volunteers such as Vincent for those who want to immerse themselves in nature, get their hands dirty, and feel a part of something truly special. This episode was recorded in Iris’s garden as a light rain began to come down. We hope it brings you some peace, perhaps some guidance, and a whole lot of joy. Join Vincent's newsletter, Citoyens du Monde, to take part in the journey Volunteer with Iris in Calabria!
June 24, 2022
DTD #77: This is The Moment You've Been Waiting For
So often we believe some future moment will make us happy. Because of this, we lose sight of what’s right in front of us. We lose touch with what surrounds us. We disconnect from reality, our sense of self, and one another. The present moment can be tough. But quite frankly, it’s the only thing we have. What are we giving up by waiting? This is it. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. The silent moments hold the answers, those that fill the empty space which we seldom stop moving to perceive. Sink into where you are right now. Listen to what your heart tells you in this moment because there’s something there, whether beautiful or painful or both—something meaningful that longs to be expressed. We hope this episode can inspire you to slow down, be courageous in your journey, and fully embrace wherever you are. That’s what we hope to do every step of the way. Show Notes: Book a discovery call with Coach Gregory 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson Ego is The Enemy, by Ryan Holiday Fisherman Parable The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
June 17, 2022
DTD #76: The Value of a Good Cry (Our First Solo Episode)
Today we made Dare to Dream history. Not because we cried live on the air, (we've already done that before) but because Gregory recorded our first solo episode. This came out of necessity as Vinny is on a farm in Calabria, Italy with no wifi and an amount of cellular data that is running out faster than an ice cream truck on a hot summer day. Join Gregory on this quick 10-minute episode as he gives a hilarious update on what the heck Vinny is up to. You'll also learn why it's important to have a good cry every once in a while and you'll hear firsthand about Gregory's most recent meditation meltdown. Gregory had so much fun listening to himself talk on this episode, that he will personally Venmo you $100 if you don't walk away with a smile on your face and a lighter feeling in your heart. Enjoy! Show Notes Join Gregory's newsletter: Renaissance Join Vincent's newsletter: Citoyens du Monde
June 09, 2022
DTD #75: How Writing and Coaching Can Change Your Life, with Author, Attorney, and Nonprofit Founder, Debra Mares
Debra Mares is a real-life Wonder Woman. Having seen professional success as an attorney, a nonprofit founder, an author, and a teacher, Debra's goal is to be an inspiration and role model for Latina women everywhere. Not only has she written three books and won prosecutor of the year, but Debra is also the founder of Woman Wonderwriters, a nonprofit aimed at educating and mentoring those affected by trauma, crime, and other hardships through the arts. Throughout her life, Debra has taken bold action. She believes that education is the best way to overcome obstacles and explained how both her books and the nonprofit came to fruition through her working with a coach. Coaching opened her eyes and gave her confidence to do things that seemed completely out of reach at first. Debra is someone who dared to dream of what she wanted and worked incredibly hard to achieve it. In addition to discussing her professional journey, we also discuss: - Her beliefs on the importance of self-care to make sure you don't burn out - Why she loves parties, salsa dancing, and silent meditation retreats - The beautiful last words from her mother that will make you rethink how you spend your time Come on in for an inspiring conversation that will leave you feeling uplifted and ready to live a big life! Show Notes: Woman Wonderwriters Nonprofit Buy Debra's Books here Sleep Smarter - Shawn Stevenson Follow Debra on Instagram Join Gregory's newsletter: Renaissance Join Vincent's newsletter: Citoyens du Monde
June 03, 2022
DTD #74: Life Can Only Improve When You Honor Your Word to Yourself and to Others
There is much we can't control in life. But if there's one thing we can control, it's honoring our word. On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Gregory and Vincent get down and dirty into the weeds of their continual journey to improve their own lives, and the lives of others. One of the most essential ways to improve your circumstances is to do what you say you're going to do. Tremendous change happens when you commit to something and don't give yourself the option to back out for a certain period of time. Our emotions get in the way; often we won't feel like tackling the project, the work, the difficult conversation. But we've committed. We must continue whether or not we feel like it at the moment. When you do what you say you're going to do no matter what, others will count on you. You'll gain respect for yourself because you've continued to climb, step by step, day by day. You can trust yourself, and you should be proud. Show Notes: - Interview with Kobe & Jay Shetty - Paul McCartney forcing himself into a flow state Join Gregory's newsletter: The Renaissance Join Vincent's newsletter: Citoyens du Monde
May 26, 2022
DTD #73: Epiphany at the Opera, with Electropop Artist Barrett Crake
American electropop artist Barrett Crake was living the life that many American college grads dream of. He'd landed an impressive gig after graduating from a prestigious university. Life was exciting—he was going somewhere. Yet he felt anxious. He felt trapped. He was working behind a desk, wondering if this was truly the path for him. He decided to take a trip where an unforeseen moment would change everything. After sitting through a three-hour opera in Berlin, Barrett had an epiphany. He was meant to be an entertainer. Since then, he's pursued the callings of his heart, those which he felt as a young kid but perhaps didn’t understand until it was time to take a drastic step as an adult. When the revelation struck, Barrett quit his job and began putting in the work with acting and then music to become the artist that he is today. There of course are hardships to overcome in any worthwhile journey. But now, years later, Barrett creates music for a vibrant fanbase and has established meaningful, global partnerships with producers such as Nick Ribbens and Mauve. Barrett currently splits his time between Lisbon, Portugal and the United States, emblematic of the creative spirit who takes steps every day not only to progress as an artist, but as a human being. Barrett strives to live a life that’s authentic to who he is, and that goes far beyond just making music. This episode will light a fire in your soul to take a step, even if you’re unsure of where it’ll lead. You’ll know if it’s taking you where you’re meant to go, and if it’s not, at least now you’re on the journey, no longer waiting, but living. Barrett Crake on Spotify Instagram Facebook Barrettcrake.com
May 19, 2022
DTD #72: Fuel For Your Soul
After the recent guest episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Vincent and Gregory are back in action recording together and they're way too happy about it. Tune in to give your soul a fresh tank of pure, clean, wholesome inspiration. Episode topics include: Saying yes is a portal into another world Lower your celebration threshold (what it takes for you to celebrate something) to increase happiness and boost achievement Aim high while removing a lot of the pressure to reach those heights Considering the purpose of travel You will walk away from this episode with a smile on your face, or your money back! Show Notes: Book of Disquiet (Is anyone besides Vinny going to read this? Who knows) Subscribe to Vinny and Greg's newsletters to join in on the journey!
May 13, 2022
DTD #71: Break Free From Your Past and Create Your Own Identity, with Author Neha Sonney
For many of us, it can feel like where we come from is where we're going to go; that our past defines our future; that how we were raised is by default, how we will raise or kids. It can feel like there are no options to live life differently, be it because of the society we grow up in, the family we come from, the life we're expected to live. But it doesn't have to be this way. On episode #71 of DTD, Vincent chatted with Neha Sonney, an author, coach, speaker and writer, who discusses subjects such as self-awareness, meditation, personal development, self-love, love, dating, relationships and emotional wellbeing, among other soul-nourishing topics. From the first moment they began the conversation, it felt like a chat between good friends; Vincent tuned in from Lisbon and Neha, from where she currently lives in Hong Kong. Yet even from across the world they talked like kindred souls, discussing the importance of travel, putting yourself in uncomfortable and wild situations, letting go of past identities, and why we must truly open up our hearts to the world, no matter what happens. Your past doesn't need to define your future. Neha's inspiring story will show you it's in your power to make a change. Show Notes: Neha's book, Wired for Self-Love LinkedIn Medium The Power of Receiving, by Amanda Owen To Have or To Be, by Erich Fromm
May 06, 2022
DTD #70: Upgrade Your Life Through Breathwork and Cold Exposure with CEO & Certified Wim Hof Instructor, Reis Paluso
When someone asks you if you're ready to upgrade your life, I hope you say yes. That's what Reis did, and his willingness to step into the unknown led him on a wild journey of introspection and self-discovery. From starting multiple businesses to climbing snowy mountains in Poland on Wim Hof's retreat, Reis places his growth and evolution above his personal comfort. If you've ever wondered why people take voluntary ice baths or spend hours learning how to breathe better, this episode is for you. Learn how breathwork and cold exposure are tools that we can use to promote positive stress and unlock our true potential. Reis is CEO/Co-founder of Our Breath Collective and he's also a certified Wim Hof instructor. Join us for this episode as we discuss: - How breathing and cold exposure have upgraded Reis' own life - Swimming in ice-cold rivers and hiking snowy mountains in Poland - Why breathwork and cold exposure are so good for you - The importance of choosing "abnormal" in a world where "normal" is terrible for your health And much, much more! Show Notes: Follow Reis on Instagram Follow Our Breath Collective on Instagram Our Breath Collective Website Wim Hof Method
April 29, 2022
DTD #69: Transcending Where We Come From with the Brazilian World-Traveler, Bruno Schroeder
Bruno is a guy who spreads joy in this world. For the first guest appearance of The Dare to Dream Podcast overseas, Vincent had the privilege of hanging with his mate and hostel co-worker while staying in Lisbon, Portugal, Bruno Schroeder. Vincent and Bruno discussed being raised in Brazil and Brazilian culture, Bruno's epic adventures backpacking through South America, how his career in hospitality and language has brought him to Portugal and will take him next to Germany, amongst other hot topics. Bruno is a seeker and a student of life who puts a smile on the face of everyone he meets. It’s the Brazilian way. Bruno has a sincere curiosity about people and this world, something Vincent noticed immediately when they met. He wants to know about where you come from, what you miss about home, what you love about your country. He's a man doing wonderful things in this world because he's on a quest to better understand it. This is an episode that will open up your heart to the beauty of our differences. Plus, his laugh is guaranteed to put a big smile on your face :) Much love fam.
April 21, 2022
DTD #68: Must We Live the Life That's Expected of Us?
Warning: this episode may feel like a bit of an existential life crisis. In it, we explore a few of life's questions that we are currently grappling with, set against the backdrop of a lively Lisbon street fair. Is going back to school to get a Master's Degree the right decision? If more education is the right decision, is it the right time? Is it wrong to write and explore beliefs and opinions that we may not fully embody yet? We discuss expectations, realizations, and everything in-between as we strive to live a life that is most authentically our own. No one said that Daring to Dream would be easy, and in this vulnerable episode, we delve into some of the beauty and the difficulties that we are currently facing.
April 16, 2022
DTD #67: Living in a Hostel, How to Use Social Media While Traveling, and Why You Need to Live an Interesting Life
Have you ever had so much fun at a hostel while traveling that you asked yourself, "I wonder what it would be like to LIVE here?" No? Well we'll tell you how it is anyway. This episode details Vinny's first week of living at the Lookout Lisbon hostel in Lisbon, Portugal. He shares what it's like to live in a 12-person mixed dorm, catching his nightly beauty rest from the top bunk on a triple decker bunk bed, amongst other sit-com worthy antidotes. We also discuss one of our favorite topics to pontificate on, social media. The good news is that we solved social media. We determined the best way to use it and you'll never have to feel stressed out about too much screen time again. The bad news is that I'm lying. You will still get to grapple with your own impossible complex relationship with social media. This episode is sprinkled with wisdom from author Ryan Holiday, who says "living an interesting life makes your writing better" and that you should "write about what you can't NOT write about." We believe that living an interesting life and talking about what makes you come alive is the recipe for an epic life. Come on in for another episode with two best friends who are adjusting to living 5,679 miles away from each other. This episode will put a smile on your face, guaranteed :)
April 09, 2022
DTD #66: Vinny's Launch to Lisbon - DTD Goes International
Today was a special moment in Dare to Dream history. This episode was recorded as Vinny was sitting in Montreal, waiting to board his flight to Lisbon, Portugal, where he will be living in a hostel for the next three months. Vinny plans to wander around Europe for an undetermined amount of time as he waits for Japan to open its borders. If you live in Europe, you are not safe. There is now a wild Vincent on the loose, and if you see him, try not to panic. He can be subdued with classical medieval literature or the promise of a nice long walk. Not only has The Dare to Dream Podcast officially gone international, but it has also now become Vinny & Greg's main medium of communication as they courageously step into their long-distance relationship together. Get ready for a whole new chapter of playful banter, entertaining travel stories, and the life lessons these two dreamers learn on their epic journies. Thank you to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far, today marks the beginning of a new chapter and we are just getting started!
April 01, 2022
DTD #65: Living a Life Without Regret, w/ Columbia-Based Writer Sara Burdick
Columbia-based writer Sara Burdick is a curious soul, a world traveler, a seeker of truth and meaning — a dreamer. What’s unique about Sara is that her dreams didn't remain dreams. She acted. She took a chance. She sold her things, left her job, and leaped into the unknown and is now experiencing the beautiful opportunities that have come from taking a chance on herself. Vinny asked Sara if she would join him to discuss her journey on episode #65 of The Dare to Dream Podcast. She’s been through what Vinny is currently experiencing: a calling of the soul to get out into the world and question what truly matters in life. Her story serves as living proof of what is possible when we ask ourselves what really matters, and don’t stop until we experience the answer. She delivered a wealth of knowledge, passion, and inspiration, not as a teacher would to a student, but as a friend would to another whom they truly care for and want to see flourish. ---- Check out Sara's Medium Profile Sara's Instagram
March 24, 2022
DTD #64: The Paradoxical Art of Doing Less But Getting More
This episode is a quick 20-minute pop where we use a thought-provoking article by Mark Manson as a springboard to explore the concept of doing less while getting more. It's easy to assume that the harder we work, the greater the rewards we will reap. Yet like most anything that matters in life, it isn't that simple. Often times the best thing we can do is get out of our own way, stop doing things that don't matter, and give ourselves some much-needed rest. Join us as we explore how to find the balance between doing too much and not doing enough. We pull wisdom from great thinkers such as Sadhguru and Jay Shetty, while also talking out of our asses and pretending we know what we are doing. This is a fun, high-energy episode you don't want to miss. Show Notes: Mark Manson's Article: Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards We briefly mention Jay Shetty, Sadhguru, and Essentialism by Greg McKeown
March 17, 2022
DTD #63: Let Your Thoughts Die So You Don't Have To, with Professional Skateboarder Mitchie Brusco
Mitchie Brusco’s life has revolved around skating since he first stepped on a skateboard at age 3. His tribe of mentors includes extreme athlete legends ranging from Tony Hawk and Bob Burnquist to Travis Pastrana and Matt Hoffman. He became a professional skater at the age of 13, and has been in the limelight of the skateboarding world ever since. Mitchie’s earned 11 X-Games medals, broken records and many bones. In 2019 he became the first person alive to land a 1260 (three and a half spins in the air), forever solidifying his name in skateboarding’s history. As he continues to push the limits of what is possible on a skateboard, he’s seeking who Mitchie is beyond his sport and countless accolades. His podcast Brusco Talks Shop focuses on mental health, as he’s struggled with the weight of being a superstar his entire life. He’s devoted himself to understanding his inner world, which for so many of us is full of anxiety, worry and fear. Mitchie is an unbelievably inspiring dude, using his platform to speak on issues such as personal development, depression, and identity. Show Notes: Video of the first-ever 1260 Mitchie's Podcast: Brusco Talks Shop Follow Mitchie on IG
March 10, 2022
DTD #62: Quick Hits of Wisdom and How Our Lives Are Changing
Random thoughts. Mysterious musings. Lots of laughter. What more can you ask for!? This episode epitomizes why we started The Dare to Dream Podcast: we discuss life changes we're undergoing, lessons we're learning, books we're loving, and more. This is an episode that we questioned posting because of its sheer audacity—but it's us. We hope you enjoy it, and maybe even learn something. Much love. Show Notes: The Defining Decade, by Meg Jay To Have or To Be, by Erich Fromm A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st-Century, by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein Book a Discovery Session with Coach Gregory
March 04, 2022
DTD #61: Living a BIG Life with Author, Leader and Perennial Seeker Rick Broniec
Over the past 70 years, Rick Broniec has continuously broken the mold of what is expected of him as a man, a Midwesterner, and a chemistry teacher. At the age of 38, after having built a successful and acclaimed life as an educator, Rick had a great awakening. His life looked ideal from the outside but on the inside, he was living a lie. This realization triggered an epic journey to take off his mask and heal the father wound of his childhood. The coolest part about Rick is that you can’t put him in a box. From being a lifelong practitioner of Kriya Yoga to dedicating decades of his life to Men’s work, Rick embodies healthy masculinity. He is a perennial seeker and is continuously breaking down his old ego and identity to learn more about what it means to live authentically. Join us for this incredible episode where Rick courageously shares both the highs and the lows of his journey, and how he’s striving to live a big life. Rick is one of the most compassionate, authentic humans we have ever met, and his gaze alone will light up your soul from the inside out. This is a vulnerable and heartfelt episode, one that makes us happy to be alive. Show Notes: Rick's Websites: Power Tools For Men & Wisdom Windfall Rick's Books: - A Passionate Life: Seven Steps for Reclaiming Your Passion, Power and Joy - Seven Generations Story: An Incentive for Healing Yourself, Your Family and the Planet - 1 Habit: 100 Habits from the Happiest Achievers on the Planet Rick's Social Media: - Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Vimeo Webinars: - Power Tools for Men: A series of nine powerful webinars exploring the CLASSICS Model from our book, Power Tools for Men.
February 25, 2022
DTD #60: Learning To Love the Man in the Mirror with Australian Ninja Warrior, Brandon Clift
Growing up as a professional gymnast, Brandon always wanted to hold a world record. Little did he know that he'd achieve that feat by being eliminated faster than anyone else in Australian Ninja Warrior history. That's the type of guy he is—somebody badass enough to qualify for the show out of 7,000 applicants—and humble enough to be the first to make fun of himself when his dreams of glory were dashed in a mere 2.2 seconds. Join us for this awe-inspiring episode as Brandon shares his grand quest to figure out how to love himself for who he is. From owning the number one gym on the Gold Coast in Australia to selling everything and traveling the world, Brandon has lived an extraordinary life. He exudes playfulness, humility, and a willingness to be the fool—all qualities that we value most here at Dare to Dream. Show Notes: The Mankind Project Mankind Podcast BrandonClift.com Brandon's amazing Australian Ninja Warrior Video Submission
February 19, 2022
DTD #59: Reconnecting With Your Inner Child
If you zoom way out and take a look at your life, what is most important? What would your inner child tell you to focus on? Is there ever a convenient time to completely change your life? These are some of the enormous questions that we attempt to answer on this vulnerable and emotional episode. From Sadhguru's timeless wisdom to Vinny's new free-form writing practice, we share what is helping us navigate the challenges that inevitably come up when Daring to Dream. Sometimes we are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions and we have to make a decision without knowing the right answer. Does the "right" answer even exist? Join us for this inspiring episode where we laugh, cry, and question whether to heed the not so gentle whisper of souls. Show Notes Sadhguru - Inner Engineering Sadhguru - Karma Jordan Peterson & Chloe Valdary John Keats - Negative Capability
February 11, 2022
DTD #58: Fortune Favors the Bold
In this high-energy episode, we discuss the idea of flirting with life, and how we’ve put this idea to the test by striking up conversations and getting into as many strange situations as possible. Get ready for some exciting stories, some unsolicited life advice, and a whole lot of laughter. We also dive deep into philosophical musings (per usual) and consider the wild idea that the earth might be the heart chakra of the universe. Perhaps every seemingly inconsequential decision matters more than we will ever know. This holds some truth in our own lives, and if nothing else, is fun to ponder. Join us for a light and playful conversation that will fire you up and bring you peace at the same time. (Is that even possible?) This episode is full of twists and turns that all lead back to one immutable truth: fortune favors the bold.
February 03, 2022
DTD #57: Dare to Live a Life That’s Truly Yours with Paris-Based Creative Shabnam Ferdowsi
“Have you ever felt paralyzed with ambition before?” Writes Paris-based creative Shabnam Ferdowsi in her article on Medium.com. “A dream so daunting and out of the ordinary, you couldn’t even muster the courage to talk to your closest friends about it? So instead, you wandered aimlessly towards whatever else other people were pointing to pretending your dream wasn’t there?” No further reading necessary. Knowing nothing else about Shab, it was already clear that we belong in the same tribe. We’ve received so much wisdom from our guests who have traversed through the unknown and have made it out the other side with their spirit intact. We are grateful to be the wide-eyed recipients of their teachings. But it’s absolutely invigorating to speak to dreamers like us who are in the thick of it, navigating uncharted terrain and seeking what lights their soul on fire. Shab is one of these people—a writer, photographer, and all around creative doer who is no longer living somebody else’s dream. She writes: “No more floating. I want to surf.” This conversation felt like talking to an old friend about what truly matters in life. We hope it inspires you as much as it did us. Show Notes: Shab's Instagram Gusto Instagram Shab's Medium Profile
January 28, 2022
DTD #56: Comedian/Philanthrepreneur/Ironman Daniel Powell, an Ordinary Man Leading an Extraordinary Life
Daniel Powell is a San Diego local legend. You might find him suited up as his alter-ego Captain Challenge while leading a flash mob dance party; spreading joy through his stand-up comedy; finishing a marathon in Antarctica with a sprained ankle and then doing an Iron Man a few days later (true story); or spending 10 days living on the most dangerous street corner in Chicago to contribute to the non-profit organization, Project H.O.O.D. which he'll be doing a week from now. Yes, Daniel Powell is an ordinary man leading an extraordinary life. But if you asked him, he'd probably just tell you he's having fun, cherishing another day on planet Earth. As someone who beat cancer, he knows what it means to savor every second and to laugh his way through the darkest times. We could all benefit from this mentality right about now. Daniel’s stories of adventure are wildly entertaining and his personal endeavors are beyond inspiring — this conversation will undoubtedly brighten your day and reignite your passion for life. Show Notes Captain Challenge FB Page Comedyshow.biz Flash Mob Project H.O.O.D.
January 21, 2022
DTD #55: Thriving in the Unknown, Reinventing Yourself, & Leaning Into Love with Actress and Soap Opera Superstar Eileen Davidson
Actress and daytime soap star Eileen Davidson followed her heart at an early age and has been thriving in the unknown ever since. We’re all going through this mystery together. We’re in the mud. It doesn't make sense. We have the choice to lean into the uncertainty and embrace it, or let it swallow us up. What we learn while navigating difficult times gives us the foundation to shine even brighter when the answers eventually come. This episode is full of love and wisdom from a creative soul who’s been through the ups and downs of following her path. You don’t want to miss it! Show Notes: Eileen's Instagram Mastery, by Robert Greene Poem excerpt from T.S. Elliot, East Coker Tom Petty: "Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success."
January 07, 2022
DTD #54: Health, Connection, and Pursuing What's Meaningful—Our Recipe for Happiness in 2022
When it comes down to it, what do we truly need to make us happy? This meaningful episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast puts a bow on 2021; we're looking ahead with our heads held high, our faces towards the sun, and our hearts blown wide open. We've realized that there are three things which, when maintained, provide everything we need to be happy. It's not a surefire recipe for happiness, but it gets us moving on the right track and back to a harmonious state of mind more than anything else. When cultivating health, developing meaningful relationships, and pursuing our genuine interests even while working on the side, everything else becomes much lighter and more joyful. It's a simple recipe with endless variations to be explored; the deeply rooted trunk of the tree, with branches that stem every which way depending on who you are and where your heart leads you. The book Mastery by Robert Greene inspired much of this episode. Reading the book brought Vincent peace of mind and tremendous inspiration regarding his path in life; we hope this conversation distills the book down to an essence that is helpful, inspiring, and profoundly encouraging as you continue on your journey in 2022. To a new year we could never have dreamed of! Show Notes: Mastery, by Robert Greene The Practice, by Seth Godin Atomic Habits, by James Clear Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
January 01, 2022
DTD #53: Outlasting Adversity and Prioritizing Happiness with Actor & Writer Duke Van Patten
Hanging out with Duke Van Patten is like drinking a cup of strong black coffee on a sunny day with Robert De Niro or Hugh Grant or perhaps Jimmy Fallon—bottom line—it’s energizing and damn entertaining. Vincent’s older brother Duke is an actor, writer, and entrepreneur who has had his fair share of knocks, but none could diminish his unique and optimistic perspective on life. When Duke graduated from SMU with his sights set on becoming an actor, he felt it was only right to learn from the very best. This led him to hop across the Atlantic to pursue a master’s from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. At Bristol Old Vic, Duke would join the ranks of notable alumni such as Daniel Day-Lewis and Olivia Colman as he donned a pair of tights and honed his theater voice. PROJECT! However, what Duke experienced at Bristol wasn’t what he expected. His experience was often dark, and it was at this low point where he had to dig deep and ask himself what truly matters in life, and who he wants to be. Duke’s story of finding himself in a drastically unfamiliar environment is inspiring to anybody trying to find the light in themselves when the world goes dim. But this podcast is anything but dark and depressing. Duke’s passion for life, his hilarious impersonations and stories, and his positive outlook for the future will leave you encouraged and in stitches. He’s a one of a kind, you don’t want to miss this one. Show Notes: Grab your Valley Mentality Merch here Follow Duke's Journey Join Vincents's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings
December 17, 2021
DTD #52: Seek Your Dream Life, Not a Dream Job
Spoiler alert: It should be illegal for two people to have this much fun together. If you’re not prepared to witness what happens when two best friends get together after not seeing each other for two weeks, this episode is not for you. This episode is fueled by bone broth and is anchored around the book The Third Door by Alex Banayan. In his book, Alex shares his epic adventure to interview some of the most successful people in the world. From hacking The Price Is Right to interviewing Bill Gates to shadowing the legendary Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Alex plays above his means because he has the courage to ask. He consistently asks for what he wants, faces his fears, and Dares to Dream! His story is incredibly inspiring, not because he is some wonder-kid with an IQ of 180, but because he seems like a normal dude who is wholeheartedly chasing something that matters to him. His story aligns perfectly with the spirit of The Dare to Dream Podcast—his journey fired us up. Join us as we dive into: —Why you should seek what truly EXCITES you —Why you should go all-in on what makes YOU unique —Why you should fit your job into your life, not your life into a job —The power of saying yes to things that scare you, even if you have no idea (at the time) how to figure it out —Why the best conversations often happen in the Uber/taxi —What success means to us at this moment And much more! If you’re looking for some laughs, some inspiration, and genuine human connection, look no further. Come on in, the bone broth is nice n’ hot! Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
December 10, 2021
DTD #51: Sitting Down with Syence, LA's Hottest Up-and-Coming Electronic Music Duo
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Zach Montoya and Brayden James, better known by their artist name: Syence. These two dudes met in a science class at Cal Poly, SLO (Go Mustangs!) and now make epic electronic dance music together. Growing from just a sputtering bunsen burner to a flow-blown EDM volcano, Syence is beginning to see major growth from their 10+ years putting in the work producing and performing music. They have nearly 220,000 monthly listens on Spotify, and their hit song "We Won't Leave You" has over 12 million views! Join us on this episode to get a peek inside the head of two wildly creative musicians. We discuss a wide range of topics including: - How they dared to dream after seeing a particularly memorable Zedd performance at Coachella - What their pre-and-post-performance rituals look like - Why performing is the greatest feeling in the world - How they handle creative differences between the two of them - Why music is fuel for living and how it can make both good and bad situations better - Why they haven't quit their day jobs (yet) - Why success should be measured as a cumulative scale instead of an on/off switch And much, much more! _ These guys are making hits more combustible than hydrogen and are really in their element! #syencejokes Go listen to them on Spotify Follow them on Instagram And of course on Tik Tok
December 03, 2021
DTD #50: Celebrating 50 Episodes and the Wisdom That Has Saved Us from Ourselves
For the fiftieth episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we reflect on the essential wisdom that has inspired us most profoundly while on this journey to find what lights our souls on fire. What started as a Zoom call therapy session between two ill-prepared and unqualified seekers of meaning has turned into something we’re beyond proud of. We will continue to pour our heart and soul into this adventure. Thank you—for being in our corner through it all, for reaching out and sharing your stories, for standing by our side as fellow dreamers. If we’ve made your day a little lighter, have given you one extra belly laugh, or have made you look up at the evening sky to wonder, then this has all been worth it. In this episode we had too much fun as usual, discussing the lessons that have rocked us to our core over the last year or so. We hope you enjoy fam—we wouldn’t be here without you. Buckle up, because we’re just getting started. Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
November 24, 2021
DTD #49: Lindsay Bilezikian’s Quest to Heal the World (and Herself) Will Leave You Feeling More Present and Joyful in your Mind, Body and Soul
Lindsay Bilezikian is a multidimensional human being who is on a quest to heal the world. By day, Lindsay serves her community as a certified Pilates instructor in Solana Beach, CA. She fills the rest of her time pursuing a myriad of passions, ranging from sound healing to seasonal cooking to Clinical Somatic Psychology. Lindsay is a true Wonder Woman. We’ve never seen her and Gal Gadot in the same room at the same time (rather suspicious if you ask us!). The three of us sat down as great friends and had some fun. We dove into Lindsay’s pursuit of a Master’s degree in Clinical Somatic Psychology where she's learning more about healing the mind and body together; the years she spent taking on New York City, where she discovered a love for sound healing and shamanism; overcoming an eating disorder, and how she fuels her body and soul by growing and eating food from her garden; the power of breathwork and other holistic practices we use to reclaim our zest for life, and much more. You’re going to walk away from this episode feeling more present and joyful in your mind, body and soul. Show Notes: Lindsay's Instagram Pilates Movement Solana Beach What Is logotherapy? Based on work done by Viktor Frankl Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
November 19, 2021
DTD #48: The Stoicism Starter Pack — Leverage This Ancient Philosophy to Combat Anxiety and the Fear of Being Judged
Stoicism is an ancient philosophy with modern benefits, associated with figures such as one of the last "good" Roman Emperors, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca, a Roman contemporary of Jesus. The beautiful thing about the philosophy is how its practices can help us lead simpler, happier lives, more attuned with the natural flow of life and our inner compass. Due to the common English definition of “stoic,” you may be envisioning George Washington and his shiny wooden teeth, braving the bitter cold as he crosses the Delaware. While that’s quite an enthralling mental picture, stoicism is actually quite applicable to modern, everyday life. Centered around the virtues of courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom, the stoics engaged in practical and sometimes humorous tactics to fully engage with life. In this episode we have a little too much fun discussing: — Our favorite stoic practices, including Memento Mori and Amor Fati — The key stoic distinction of separating what you can control from what you can’t control — Why we should practice giving speeches with stones in our mouths — Why sane people can’t write poetry — Our favorite quotes and passages from the stoic OG big dogs Join us for an ancient pow wow that’ll make you rethink how incredible life is. Toga not included. Show Notes: The Practicing Stoic, by Ward Farnsworth Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius Courage is Calling, by Ryan Holiday Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book, Arrows of Youth
November 12, 2021
DTD #47: Social Media Isn’t Going Anywhere—Here's How to Make It Work for You
Social media has undoubtedly shifted the bedrock of society. We live our lives through our little screens just as much as we exist in the real world. Is this catastrophic? De-humanizing? Downright frightening? Well, yes. But social media also presents a damn beautiful possibility of coming together as people. We’re social creatures, and we’ve never been this globally interconnected. News spreads through social media. New jobs are being created because of social platforms. We’re building personal brands and how we want the world to see us through the pictures that we post and the tweets that we share. With great power comes great responsibility. Social media isn’t going anywhere, and the social media revolution which started in the early 2000s is only growing more rapidly. This age that we live in is indeed an opportunity to journey closer to our own humanity, as individuals, and as a collective. We can be the force for good that this new wave of technology needs. On this episode we also discuss: — Other apps such as Evernote, Things 3, and Kindle that we use to make organizing our lives, learning, and creating something to be sincerely enjoyed. — What an authentic personal brand is and how to create yours — What we’re reading, how we like to read, and how we feel about the new style of self-help reading apps Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
November 05, 2021
DTD #46: Practical Philosophy, the Hero's Journey & Modern Courage, with Dane Sanders
Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter. The Lion King. In the classic hero’s journey, the hero leaves the familiar and sets out into the unknown. They face adversity and fall to their knees. Yet, they overcome, and return home to share with the world what they learned. Each of us is on our hero’s journey. However, it’s never as clean and clear-cut as it is in the movies. The journey is messy, painful, and downright terrifying. Sometimes we act the hero; often we act the coward. On our journey, there will be fear, resistance, and we will come face to face with our deepest insecurities. But when we hear the call, the only thing that truly matters is whether or not we heed it. On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we sat down with the legendary Dane Sanders, a man who refuses to settle for an ordinary life and a conventional impact on the world. Dane is CEO of Tell Me Your Dreams, creator of Men of Discomfort, host of the Converge Podcast, a Story Brand speaker and facilitator, and a certified business coach. Dane was also a professional photographer for over a decade and has written two best-selling books about the business of creativity. Yet, it’s Dane’s background in philosophy that fueled this conversation. We discuss: — The hero’s journey, and what it means to never stop seeking the richness of life. — How to use fear and resistance as a compass for extreme growth. — Living a love-shaped existence in the middle of a harsh reality. — How something can be right, but not right for you. — Success, and being present in the here and now. — What it means to be a practicing philosopher who uses everyday experiences to better themselves. — Playing the infinite game, and finding the courage to be ourselves. We barely scratched the surface with Dane, but we hope this conversation inspires you to dig deep, and set out on your own hero’s journey. It’s already begun; the choice is yours to heed the call. “This was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had.” — Vincent Show Notes: Dane's Website Tell Me Your Dreams Courage Is Calling, by Ryan Holiday Gregory's Newsletter Vincent's Newsletter
October 27, 2021
DTD #45: Listening To Your Inner Voice Will Make Life a Whole Lot Better
Your inner voice; it's probably talking to you right now. The angel and the devil on your shoulders. We often give our inner voice a negative connotation as it can manifest as the inner critic. But what about when it whispers of our dreams and deepest desires. Do we heed the call when it tells us to follow our hearts and take a risk? When it tells us to go out of our way to lend a hand. Why don't we listen to it? It's scary. It tells us to do what's unconventional, what goes against the norm, what we've always done. We are seeking happiness and success but often ignore the advice coming from the source that knows us best: our consciousness. In the words of Viktor Frankl, "Listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it."
October 23, 2021
DTD #44: Building Dreams in the Digital Space, with Tech-Focused Entrepreneur Tallulah Daly
Entrepreneur and business owner Tallulah Daly is one cool, composed, tech-savvy woman. Tallulah grew up in Malibu, CA, yet defied the odds when she decided to move across the country to study computer engineering and business technology at the NYU School of Engineering. Her professors told her she wouldn't pass; however Tallulah wasn't just another student waiting to crumble. She used this ostensible discouragement as fuel for her fire. While in New York, she spent what free time she had studying for school, but also exploring her interests in tech and software. Once New York could no longer handle her heat, Tallulah returned to her beloved Malibu to create her own company, Bluewater Road Tech and Design, where she helps her community and all those seeking the path to technological nirvana achieve their dreams. Tallulah never took the conventional route; at a young age she's paving her own way and may serve as a shining example of what's possible when we listen to ourselves over the doubters, the haters, and all those who try to keep us from reaching higher. Show notes: Bluewater Road Tech and Design Tallulah's Instagram Tallulah's LinkedIn Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
October 15, 2021
DTD #43: You're on Your Path. Enjoy Every Second of It
We don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re having a hell of a lot of fun along the way. Join us for a comical dialogue on philosophy, vulnerability, love, and the modern dating culture. We include personal strategies on how we plan for the future while staying fully in the present. We ask some big questions and, as always, act as if we have the answers. Much of this conversation revolves around the following quote by Aubrey Marcus: “I spent so much of my life worried about what I was going to become, and whether I was going to be right here right now. God, how much time did I waste afraid that I wasn’t going to be right here right now? If I could change, the only thing I’d change about my whole life would be fearing less that I weren’t going to get here, the place that I was going anyway. I wouldn’t change all the mistakes and mishaps, I needed those, but all the constant worry that I wasn’t going to make it that took me out of the moment. It took me out of enjoying the experiences, smiling or eating my lunch or doing whatever I was doing. Know your mission, have faith you’re going to get there, wherever you go, it’s going to be alright. Just find ways to get out of your head.” Tune in to learn how we attempt to let go of the stress in life to enjoy the twists and turns of this beautiful journey. Show Notes: Aubrey Marcus on the Modern Wisdom Podcast The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, Sex and Dating Apps The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca, by Emily Wilson To Have or to Be, by Erich Fromm Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
September 30, 2021
DTD #42: How to Find Your Way When the World Keeps Telling You No, With Vincent Van Patten Sr.
Vincent Van Patten Sr. has paved his way in the world through perseverance, love, and grit. On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Vinny’s dad, Vincent, to discuss his continual search to find his edge in life. It was never easy. No heartbreaking defeat could hold him back on his journey to becoming a top twenty-five professional tennis player in the world. From there, Vincent’s story takes various twists and turns that have made him who he is today. The only thing that remained consistent through it all is his ability to keep going when the world told him no. We discuss: — Transitioning from a child actor to Rookie of the Year on the professional tennis circuit. — Creating the biggest home poker game in the world. — How he came back stronger from every setback. — His creative process, and passion for writing and filmmaking. This episode is full of hilarious and inspiring stories you don’t want to miss.
September 24, 2021
DTD #41: Raising The Bar of Happiness With Entrepreneur and Spiritual Sage, Matt Winkley
At age 26, with a broken heart and a burning desire to be his own boss, our guest Matt Winkley moved across the country and started asking these big questions: What would it be like to not answer to anyone? What would it be like to wake up and create my own time? What would it be like to chart my own path? These questions led to Matt starting a multi-million dollar company out of his apartment, which has helped thousands of kids on the autism spectrum get the therapy they need. Throughout his extraordinary life, Matt has realized that the key to being ridiculously and unbelievably happy is to know exactly what you want and why you want it. What would a 10/10 look like in your health, your finances, your relationships, and your spirituality? We hope this episode helps you consider these questions sincerely and honestly. Join us as we discuss Matt's formula for raising the bar of happiness and why you need to put your dreams back on the table. We also explore Matt's deep spiritual journey into Sufism. He explains how taking off your armor can allow you to experience life in a new way. Matt taught us that dreams aren't easy to achieve--but we are all capable of reaching them. _ Show Notes: Matt's Instagram The Art of Happiness Wayne Dyer Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
September 16, 2021
DTD #40: Open Your Eyes and Strengthen Your Heart With Content Creator & Holistic Nutritionist, Isa De Burgh
It’s never too early to take full control of your health and overall wellbeing. In fact, if you’re young like us, it’s about time you do. Perhaps you want to—you know you should make some changes, but you don’t know where to start. This is the episode for you. This insightful conversation with content creator and holistic nutritionist Isa De Burgh opened up our eyes and strengthened our hearts, not just as we laughed with Isa, but because of the healthful practices we explored. We discuss nutrition, sleeping, hormones (guys, you need to hear this), movement, and most of all, what makes us truly come alive. This conversation was an absolute treasure trove of practical knowledge. Isa is making waves in the wellness industry through her platform, The Social Tale. She’s a plant food connoisseur, specializing in creating plant-based alternatives to favorite recipes. Isa regularly shares her knowledge of nutrition for mental health, as well as helping eco-friendly & non-toxic brands gain awareness through social media strategy and promotion. This episode felt like a breath of fresh air; we hope you feel as inspired as we do! Show Notes: Isa De Burgh on Instagram IsaTales.com Eat Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson Maddie Miles on Instagram Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker Huberman Lab Podcast Alisa Vitti - floliving.com Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
September 10, 2021
DTD #39: Overcoming Fear & Finding Yourself with Digital Nomad Tom Kuegler
This is a very special episode, and evidence of what is possible when we Dare to Dream! Tom Kuegler is a business owner, a vlogger, and top writer on Medium.com where he created the publication The Post Grad Survival Guide, which sports more than a half a million page views per month. Ever since stumbling upon Tom’s digital nomad lifestyle in college, Vinny has dreamed of connecting with him and asking meaningful questions about his journey. Fast forward a few years and Vinny’s dream came true when we brought Tom onto The Dare to Dream Podcast. Join us for a conversation with Tom that was hilarious and vulnerable. We discuss overcoming the fear of being our authentic self, comparing ourselves to others—especially on social media—and getting closer to discovering who we truly are. Tom tells us about his years spent living in the Philippines and what it’s like finding his place in his new home, Mexico City. Show Notes: Findingtom.com Tom on Medium Tom on YouTube Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
September 02, 2021
DTD #38: The Stellar Life of Rad Dad and Fitness Legend, Dan Miller
From the snowy mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Australia; from a restaurant founder and owner of eleven years to being a lead on the soul-crushing, character-testing SealFit program, our guest, Dan Miller, has led a stellar life. Join us as we discuss what Danny is currently pursuing and developing in the world of fitness, the importance of solitary travel regardless of what stage of life you’re in, how your world changes when you start a family, and much more. Danny is a husband and girl dad of two daughters. He was a rad 80-90’s neon wearing mogul skier, a successful restaurant owner, and an OG CrossFit level two coach and box owner. Danny was the first civilian lead on the SealFit Kokoro coaching staff, and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible personally, and in relation to helping others recognize their potential. He currently owns 2120 Fitness in Del Mar, CA. Show Notes: The 4 Hr-Workweek, by Tim Ferris The Comfort Crisis, by Michael Easter Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
August 27, 2021
DTD #37: Forget About Success and Listen to Your Intuition
Success. Money. Happiness. Love. These are all targets that many of us are aiming at. Yet what if the best way to attain these outcomes was to forget about them entirely? Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl says: "success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it." In this episode, we dive deep into multiple perspectives on success and suffering, ranging from Frankl to Buddha to Jordan Peterson. We explore why we agree that following our natural curiosity and intuition is the right choice while acknowledging that it's damn hard to know we are aiming at the right thing. Join us for another episode of self-inquiry, deep discovery, and big questions you don't want to ask yourself right before bed! Show Notes Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl The Four Noble Truths Jordan Peterson Sadhguru Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
August 23, 2021
DTD #36: Mastery Means Treating Everything With a Light Touch
There will always be moments in life that weigh heavy on our shoulders. But what if we could handle all of life, even these weighty experiences, with a light touch? This, according to renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson, is true mastery—to move through life with a light spirit and tread lightly on this Earth. Life deserves our respect, but that doesn’t mean any situation is too important to be handled with humor, grace, and authenticity. In this episode, we also discuss: — You can’t lose if you’re giving everything you have. — Writing and sharing who you want to be, to inspire you to walk the walk. — Tips and tricks to make your morning routine a glorious one. — Not being afraid to share who you are, and what you’re working on. Show Notes: Huberman Lab Jordan Peterson Biblical Series XV: Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors The Secrets of Taoism: Aubrey Marcus interviews Daniele Bolelli Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
August 15, 2021
DTD #35: Your Problems Are Making You Grow—Why You Shouldn't Wish They Were Different
The Dare to Dream Podcast is our way to share what we’re learning, how we’re growing through challenges, and what’s inspiring us to think differently. In this episode, we share our thoughts following a day of incredible wellness practices. Through breathwork, cold and heat exposure, and Qigong, we shook up the body and inspired the mind. Yes, we were those guys in the park doing Qigong. We also discuss what it’s like for people to doubt your dreams, and why you shouldn’t wish your problems were different. This was a fun episode based on new and personal experiences; onward and upward friends. Show Notes: How To Make Your Life HEAVEN w/ Ben Greenfield | Aubrey Marcus Podcast Wim Hof Method What Is Qigong? Jay Shetty Light Watkins Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Order Vincent's book: Arrows of Youth
August 03, 2021
DTD #34: Lessons from the Tao Te Ching to Help Us Ease Into the Flow of Life
In life, there is a time for doing, often by pushing towards a goal with determination. There is also time for stepping back, reflecting, and letting our path naturally unfold. Like the forces of nature, they are both necessary for our growth. The Tao Te Ching is the ancient Chinese text of Taoism and the forces of Yin and Yang, a philosophical concept that has become increasingly alluring as we seek guidance to help us find the flow between extremes. As two young lads in the pursuit of meaning, we’ve found that there are incredible lessons to be gleaned from this text. What we find captivating about Taoism is its positive nature, its reliance on reconnecting with the source and flow of life, the Tao, and its sheer simplicity. Anybody can pick up the Tao Te Ching and have their life changed profoundly. We hope this podcast gives you an entertaining introduction! We also discuss: —Looking at our challenges from a different perspective —Cultivating patience when life doesn’t unfold on our timetable —Shining a positive spin on the question, “what if?” —Greg’s experience at Toastmasters! —It’s okay, even necessary, to be the outlier in a crazy world Show Notes: The Aubrey Marcus Podcast with guest Daniele Bolelli The Model Health Show with guest Dr. Michael Beckwith Join Vincent's Weekly Insights Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Order Vincent's book Arrows of Youth
July 23, 2021
DTD #33: Don't Give Up On Your Dreams, Ever.
On episode #33 of the Dare to Dream Podcast, we had the pleasure of hosting actress and life coach Betsy Russell. Betsy has led an exciting life of going for her dreams, leaving home to pursue acting at seventeen years old. We dive into the process of getting to know ourselves, focusing more on being and less on doing, and learning how to understand our thoughts. Betsy is also Vinny's mom, perhaps the bravest endeavor of all. :) Other discussion topics include: — Ways to get to know yourself, so you can move through life as the truest version of you. — Loving all of life and seeing the beauty wherever you can. — How our moods act as the filter through which we see the world. — Why removing yourself from the room is sometimes the best strategy. — How it takes bravery to even admit you have a dream you’d like to pursue. — The Three Principles of thought, mind, and consciousness. — How to build relationships with people we admire without overcomplicating it. And most importantly, how we are all exactly where we are supposed to be. Show Notes: - The Three Principles - Wherever You Go, There You Are - John Kabat-Zinn
July 15, 2021
DTD #32: Being In the Trenches of Your Own Heart and Soul
Daring to dream is a daily commitment of believing that there is something more to go for; it’s realizing we can get more from ourselves, that this life is worth giving everything we have. Yet more doesn’t mean accumulating things on the surface. Perhaps more is grappling with a worthwhile problem, getting down and dirty in the trenches of our own heart and soul. Should we derive value from the things, the relationships, the job we have? Or, should we derive self-worth from what’s inside of us—the experiences we’ve had and what we’ve overcome; how we’ve let go of the past, and who we were? On this episode we also discuss: — Anthony Bourdain, and how our own expectations can cause us to see our accomplishments as meaningless if not up to our own personal standards. — Can one be happy knowing there’s always more to strive for? — Fostering joy and being a light throughout the vicissitudes of life. — A couple of comical stories from Greg and Vinny's travels! Show Notes: Order Vincent’s book: Arrows of Youth Kitchen Confidential Deluxe Edition, by Anthony Bourdain Knowing Where to Look, by Light Watkins Maps of Meaning, by Jordan Peterson
July 07, 2021
DTD #31: Stop Waiting For Permission to Change Your Life
It’s been a year since the two of us joined forces, jumped into the void of uncertainty, and began living the lives we were born to live. While we certainly don’t have it all figured out—nothing, really—we have learned a great deal about what we love, what provides us with joy and meaning, and the change in ourselves we want to continue cultivating. On this episode, we discuss what it means to tread our own path, which seems to unfold with every step we take. We don’t need to have every step of the way laid out. When we worry about the future, we often lose sight of the fact that this step we are on, wherever we are on our journey, is a gift. With patience and gratitude, every step of the journey will unfold as it’s intended to. Act, do what needs to be done, but appreciate where you are. Show Notes: Order Arrows of Youth: A Young Man's Inspiring Journey to Find What Lights His Soul on Fire, by Vincent Van Patten Join Gregory’s Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent’s Weekly Insights Maps of Meaning, by Jordan Peterson The Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell Pick yourself, by Seth Godin
June 30, 2021
DTD #30: Focus On Today and the Future Will Take Care of Itself
When we give our absolute attention to the moment, it feels like time fades away and becomes nonexistent. We’re not focused on the future or the past—we’re too engaged with what’s right in front of us. It seems like we have to plan for the future or our world will crumble; it can feel impossible to let the past remain in the past. But what if all that worry, angst, and fear meant nothing? What if we saw each and every day as a blank slate, where our only aim is to give it everything we have? Every conversation would possess life-changing potential, for us or the other person in the conversation. The experience of daily life would be an adventure, as it should be. When we focus on nothing but the day and the task at hand, the future will take care of itself. On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we also discuss: —Being the fool, as the fool is the apprentice eager to learn. —Showing up as often as we can, and just seeing how it goes. —What sacrifice means, and if it’s worth sacrificing for a future we aren’t enamored by. —Breaking down the barriers with strangers; how to stray away from the shallow end into deep conversations. Show Notes - Beyond Order - Jordan Peterson - Knowing Where to Look - Light Watkins - The Ed Mylett Show
June 19, 2021
DTD #29: Dare to Dream Goes Pro
Last week we turned the page—now we’re starting a new chapter. With new mics and summer upon us, we’re excited. As we both seek guidance and wisdom from others who have been in our shoes before, we’re discovering that nobody knows the right path we should embark on, what we should pursue, or how we should live. Only we know what feels right to us, which is perhaps a blend of the different perspectives we’ve garnered. As we question the next steps we’ll be taking as individuals, we’ve found that there’s tremendous joy, peace, and meaning found in the stillness and the unknown. It may be unnerving not knowing what the future holds. Yet it’s also a time full of limitless possibilities when we see each day as a chance for the extraordinary to unfold. In this episode we also discuss: — Vinny's book Arrows of Youth, coming out in just a couple of weeks! Join his Weekly Insights for early access! — Adding a celebration clause to every goal — Viewing life through a storytelling lens — Our working definition of anxiety Show notes: How To DESTROY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS & Master Self-Discipline! | Light Watkins & Shawn Stevenson Knowing Where to Look, by Light Watkins Arrowsofyouthbook.com LIFE LESSONS That Will Change EVERYTHING with Satsang | Aubrey Marcus Podcast Homework for Life | Matthew Dicks | TEDxBerkshires
June 13, 2021
DTD #28: We're Turning A Page
We’re turning a page—perhaps you feel it too. The tides are shifting and a new story is ready to be written. On this episode of the Dare to Dream Podcast, we throw it back to episode one by returning to Zoom by necessity; but don’t let this deter you! This episode is powerful, as Vincent reads a story from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, a book by writer, public speaker, and social philosopher Charles Eisenstein that has drastically changed his perspective about the world and our current situation. We laugh hard and have a heck of a lot of fun—join us as we turn the page into a new story and discuss the future of The Dare to Dream Podcast. We can’t wait to share this time with you. Show Notes Aubrey Marcus Podcast - Charles Eisenstein The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible - Charles Eisenstein
June 06, 2021
DTD #27: Gratitude, Leadership, & Breathing Deeply
If you focus on what you lack, you'll lose what you have. If you focus on what you have, you'll gain what you lack. Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism, describes this as one of his key life principles. His recent appearance on the Modern Wisdom podcast as well as Aubrey Marcus's latest podcast with leadership expert Simon Sinek gave us an abundance of interesting ideas to discuss. Some of our favorites we explore in the episode are: Are you rushing through your life? Why taking six deep breaths before dinner is a good idea How gratitude is the key to unlocking a better life Why it's impossible to feel fear, anger, guilt, or shame while in a grateful state How gratitude changes your brain (enter reticular activating system) Saying one thing you are grateful for after every time you complain The 1,000 mistake rule And much more! Join us for an upbeat episode full of laughter and learning. Show Notes: Modern Wisdom - Greg McKweon Essentialism - Greg McKweon Aubrey Marcus Podcast - Simon Sinek Jordan Peterson
May 22, 2021
DTD #26: How to Feel Grounded and Move Forward Through Seasons of Uncertainty
Perhaps you’re not exactly where you want to be. You are somewhere, of course; but often it’s easier or less frightening, not to stop and look around, not to ask questions, in fear of what the answer might be. Are you happy with your career, your relationships, your path? You may not know exactly what you want; very few people do. But do you feel like you are standing on solid ground? Or do you feel ungrounded, lost, and unsure of what next steps to take? To get to where we want to go, we first must recognize where we are. This can be disheartening, as it makes us face reality. We can no longer wish and hope that things will work themselves out. We can’t hide issues, adverse situations, and character flaws in the fog. We must honestly assess where we are and face our situation if we wish to ground ourselves. It is only from this solid foundation that we can begin to move forward. Join us as we discuss personal strategies on how we re-ground ourselves when we feel like we have wandered off course. If you are facing uncertainty in your life, whether career or relationship-related, we hope this episode will inspire you to start thinking deeply about your life. Your future should excite you; but to get to that dream, you must first face the music of your current reality. If it’s not what it should be, it’s time to make a change. Show Notes Jordan Peterson - The Psychology of The Flood David Epstein - Why Specializing Early Doesn't Always Mean Career Success Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights
May 07, 2021
DTD #25: How Thinking Deeply Will Shape Your Habits
When was the last time that you set aside time for some meaningful introspection? Put another way, how often do you let yourself sit in your own thoughts guilt-free with no distractions, no multi-tasking, and no technology? We often talk about making time to journal as a way to reflect. But in this episode, we discuss why we must make time to do nothing but contemplate who we currently are, who we want to become, and if we’re happy with how our actions are moving us closer or further away from that ideal future self. In today’s fast-paced society, we often only consider these deeper questions during times of turmoil and struggle. We think about our relationships once one is going up in flames, or we decide to change our fitness habits only when we are no longer willing to accept the number that blinks back at us on the scale. We don’t have to wait to hit rock bottom to make a change. That’s one way to take action, but there’s a better way. From making technology-free daily walks a routine to exploring the benefits (and social costs) of doing sober months, we get specific on how our lives are being shaped by our goals and aspirations. If we’re proactive, we may start living the life of our dreams before life tells us to change by taking back our time and savoring every second. On a recent episode of Chris Williamson’s Modern Wisdom podcast, Williamson claims that sobriety is both a productivity tool and the best competitive advantage currently available. This claim definitely got our wheels turning and inspired much of this episode. Join us for personal anecdotes, deep questions, and a lot of laughter! Show notes: Honored to have our good buddy Thatcher craft up our official intro/outro. Find his SoundCloud below: https://soundcloud.com/thatcha Modern Wisdom Episode #313 - Cancel Culture, Sobriety & Identity Change Sadhguru - Inner Engineering Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights
April 30, 2021
DTD #24: How Meditating On Our Mortality Gives Life Profound Meaning
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that means “Remember that you must die.” The phrase has its origins in ancient Rome, where it is believed that slaves would accompany generals on victory parades and whisper these words to remind the generals of their mortality. It was a measure to prevent the successful war heroes from being consumed by hubris (excessive pride and self-confidence). In this episode, we discuss how thinking about our own death on a daily basis truly leads to a more meaningful way of life; pondering the fact that any day could be our last makes us cherish what time we have. Imagine a world in which everyone treated each interaction as if it could be their last. In this scenario, what would you say to a loved one? A stranger? A best friend? What are you waiting for? Instead of dismissing the fact, the truth is, today could be your last day. What, then, will you do with it? Who will you tell you love them? What dream will you embark on? What will you do to foster a sense of peace and joy, no matter what it is you’re doing? This episode is full of love and made both of us entirely grateful for every second we have on this planet. We sincerely hope it can do the same for you. “Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left, and live it properly.” - Marcus Aurelius Show Notes On Purpose with Jay Shetty - Featuring Will Smith Night - Elie Weisel Ryan Holiday Marcus Aurelius About Time (Movie) Join Gregory's Weekly Wanderings Join Vincent's Weekly Insights
April 23, 2021
DTD #23: Untangling Life's Preconceived Expectations
In this episode, we explore the concept of a "life ultimatum," the demand we put on ourselves to be a certain person or have specific things (like a family or house) at a defined time in our lives. There's a tremendous amount of external pressure to hit these life milestones—but when was the last time you stopped to think whether your goals actually align with what is being expected of you? Without careful introspection, we can feel burdened by the weight of "shoulds" and "musts." But what do you truly want? Is it a family by the time you're thirty, or a house, or progress in the career you're in? Or, perhaps you're after something else entirely? Join us as we untangle the webs of meaning that have created these often daunting life ultimatums. We discuss how to look within ourselves to focus on becoming somebody we genuinely want to be, as opposed to what society deems appropriate. This is a topic constantly impeding on our overall wellbeing; we hope this episode can provide some understanding and peace of mind as you discover what makes you come alive in a way that only you can. Show Notes: Jordan Peterson - Modern Wisdom Podcast Steven Covey - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Jay Shetty - Think Like a Monk Yuval Noah Harari - Homo Deus Vincent Van Patten - Find What Makes You Come Alive Before Thinking About Success
April 16, 2021
DTD #22: Create Boundaries So You Can Break Them
In a world with seemingly endless possibilities, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The plethora of options and choices we face every day can lead to decision fatigue and hours spent wondering what to do next. The good news is that there's a well-documented antidote. Call it routine, structure, or discipline, the antidote to aimless wandering is having a preconceived game plan. Whether it's for the upcoming day or the rest of our life, we need to create boundaries to orient ourselves properly. Then, we may surrender to what life presents to us. Because to push against the boundaries, we must first create them. On this episode of the Dare to Dream Podcast, we dive deep into our beliefs, as well as the modern wisdom on the need for discipline and structure. We explore how having structure, a practice, and daily rituals actually create the room to be creative and pave new ways. We also give an update on our 90-day fitness, nutrition, and discipline challenge: Men of Discomfort. Show Notes: - Valley Mentality (AKA the sweet hoodies we're rocking) - Jordan Peterson - Beyond Order - Seth Godin - The Practice - Matthew McConaughey - Greenlights - Ryan Holiday on Impact Theory Podcast - Join Vincent's Weekly Insights - Join Gregory's Weekly Wanderings
April 09, 2021
DTD #21: Surrendering To Life: Our Favorite Lessons From Michael Singer's Life Changing Books
Michael Singer is a bestselling author, meditation center founder, and former software programmer. Two of his books, The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment have had a profound impact on us and have fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. From learning how to live with the incessant voice in your head (your inner roommate) to learning how to keep your heart open no matter what happens to you, these books are practical guides to living your best life. In our personal opinion, they should be required reading for all human beings. Join us as we discuss our favorite lessons and takeaways as we strive to never let our hearts close.
April 01, 2021
DTD #20: Don't Die With Your Music Still In You
We all have a special gift to give to the world, a song to sing. Whether it's through our art, our humor, or our sparkling personalities, we all possess a gift to make this world a better place. Many of us, however, face resistance when searching for our gifts. Finding what lights our souls on fire is an iterative process and it often takes trying and failing at many different things. We have to be willing to suck (at least initially) when we start a new job, a new project, or a new lifestyle. We are going to stumble and we are going to fall down. This is all part of the learning process; you will look back at those difficult times as the defining moments you'll always cherish. The alternative is to never try at all. It's being so concerned with what other people think that you never reach your full potential. If you don't have the courage to take the first step, you will never discover your hidden talents and passions. And when you are laying on your deathbed, you will have the sad and soul-crushing realization that you still have more to give. But it will be too late. The world needs to hear what you have to give. Be fearless, Dare to Dream. Don't let the fear of failure stop you from trying something new. Please, for our sake, don't die with your music still in you. Gregory's Weekly Wonderings: http://gregoryrussellbenedikt.com/newsletter/ Vincent's Weekly Insights: https://vincentvanpatten.com/newsletter/
March 26, 2021
DTD #19: Don't Let Technology Get in The Way of Your Dream
We live in the most technologically connected time in history, yet, we're the loneliest we've ever been. Depression, anxiety, and suicide rates are at historical highs. We are constantly comparing ourselves to someone we don't even know. We assume they've "made it," and we get down on ourselves if we feel like we haven't. Something has to change. Technology can undoubtedly be a beautiful tool to help us aim high and achieve our dreams, but it can also be a hindrance and a distraction. In some cases, it can cause us to give up on our dreams and give up on ourselves. In this episode, we discuss how technology can be a double-edged sword and why we need to approach it with caution and intention. We talk about the lifestyle shifts that we've implemented to create space for stillness and genuine human connection. It's in these moments when the magic happens. Insights appear, relationships are formed, and we discover who we truly are. Life becomes more meaningful when we decide to lift our eyes from the screen. Show notes: Think Like a Monk, by Jay Shetty https://www.amazon.com/Think-Like-Monk-Train-Purpose/dp/1982134488 Yuval Harari: ON Why Boredom is Good For You https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yuval-harari-on-why-boredom-is-good-for-you/id1450994021?i=1000439443857 This Is Why You Don't Succeed | Simon Sinek on The Millennial Generation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9prG2GF45-s Gregory's Weekly Wonderings: http://gregoryrussellbenedikt.com/newsletter/ Vincent's Weekly Insights: https://vincentvanpatten.com/newsletter/
March 17, 2021
DTD #18: It's Not About You
There's someone out there who needs you. Often we get in our own heads and tell ourselves that we’re not good enough, that what we’ve been through doesn’t matter, that we don’t have a voice. But your voice is more powerful than you may ever know. Your words are exactly what somebody else needs to hear. Your journey is the inspiration that somebody out there needs; your light can bring another soul out of the darkness. When you look at your journey and your everyday actions from the perspective of helping others, everything will change. You’ll find more purpose than if you went at it alone. You’ll find greater meaning by changing somebody else's day. You’ll realize why you’re on this earth. Think bigger. It’s not about you. On a lighter note, we also discuss how to get the biggest smiles out of strangers, how to make friends with the workers at your local grocery store's fish counter, and we talk way too much about monks. Show Notes: Join Vinny's Weekly Insights Join Greg's Weekly Wonderings Tim Ferris Episode #366 With Neil Gaiman Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty Eat Smarter - Shawn Stevenson Whole Foods Atlantic Salmon
March 10, 2021
DTD #17: The Small Steps That Have Led to This Surreal Moment
The journey has only just begun. Still, it feels surreal to be where we are now compared to a year ago. In this episode, we break down what it means to Dare to Dream, not only through following your passions, but by becoming the best version of you -- somebody your past self never could have imagined. We discuss how we have arrived at where we are today, and how our current reality would have been impossible to predict a year ago. It all began by taking a leap of faith. Fear can be our greatest hindrance. But it also can, and should, serve as a compass to show us where we need to go. It takes stepping from order (known) into chaos (unknown) to realize our full potential. This land of beautiful chaos is where we must voyage to discover what we're truly made of. "Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life." -- Buddha Show Notes: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
March 04, 2021
DTD #16 From the Road: Did You Enjoy Your Life?
We are zippin’ down the I15 and feeling inspired. We both had a bit of an existential crisis this week and came out the other side stronger. We go over the two questions Greg will begin to ask himself in any situation for the rest of his life. Also, we discuss how to cultivate inner joy to make life an expression of your joyfulness. The episode begins with a mantra that has radically changed our overall well-being. This was a lot of fun to record; we think y’all will love it!
February 26, 2021
Episode 15: The Power of Gratitude
The search for happiness is one of the most essential of human experiences. We search, scour, and seek the experiences and things in life that will bring us feelings of joy and fulfillment. Sometimes it seems the harder we look for happiness the more it eludes us. But what if the answer to what we are desperately searching for has been right in front of us the whole time? What if the answer was simple, free, and required nothing outside yourself? In this episode, we dive into the life-changing power of gratitude. We discuss why gratitude is so effective and how we can use this beautiful emotion to radically reframe the way we think about our lives. We share our personal gratitude practices as well as insights we've gleaned from our favorite books, spiritual teachers, and lives. Show Notes: Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty Eat Smarter - Shawn Stevenson Inner Engineering - Sadhguru The Magic - Rhonda Byrne Vishen Lakhiani's 6-Phase Meditation
February 19, 2021
Episode 14: You Can’t Fail If You Dream Big Enough
Success means taking that first step toward your dream. Everything else that comes up along the way is part of the beautiful journey. There’s no such thing as failure, just experience. In this episode, we dive deep into wholeheartedly pursuing what makes you come alive. We discuss what it means to find your dharma, how to tell what lights you up, and why you must never settle. Warning: This episode may be the first domino to you radically changing your life. Show Notes: Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty 12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson
February 12, 2021
Episode 13: Self Love is The Answer
Self love; why does it feel so difficult? On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we discuss how to make amends with our inner voice to genuinely love ourselves for who we are. This may just mean letting go of our mistakes, taking joy in the little things that we do, and seeing life from a perspective of serving others. This talk is full of introspection and laughs.
February 05, 2021
Episode 12: The Greatest Lessons We've Learned In Life
This is an episode that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. It encompasses many of the insights, lessons, musings, and thoughts that have brought us to this point in our journey. We touch on a handful of our favorites along with quotes and stories that had us howling in laughter. Enjoy the episode! Show notes: Shibumi, by Trevanian Eat Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk
January 29, 2021
Episode 11: Start The Day in The Best Way Possible
The morning routine is a time-tested way to begin the day in a positive mindset. In this episode, we dive deep on the Miracle Morning, based on the book Miracle Morning by author and success coach Hal Elrod. We bring you the essential practices that have changed our mornings, such as journaling, meditation, practicing gratitude, and reading! These routines have changed our lives and we know they can change yours as well. Show Notes: - Check out our first sponsor at https://www.valleymentality.org/ and use the code "malibu influencers" for a discount! - Secrets To A Successful Morning Routine & Taking Back Control Of Your Time - With Hal Elrod https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-model-health-show/id640246578?i=1000501551617 - Dr. Joe Dispenza - The Formula To Choose Your Destiny https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/amp-286-dr-joe-dispenza-the-formula-to-choose-your-destiny/id521945322?i=1000501813028 - Ecstasy In Life And Death with Dr. Zach Bush MD https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/amp-285-ecstasy-in-life-and-death-with-dr-zach-bush-md/id521945322?i=1000501103824
January 15, 2021
Episode 10: Your soul isn't here to achieve; your soul is here to grow
In The Dare to Dream Podcast season one finale, Greg and Vincent discuss Vincent's recent road trip through the Pacific Northwest and how getting out and talking to people made him see that people are truly good. 2020 was a year of ups and downs, yet it was undoubtedly a year of incredible growth. Vincent and Greg discuss how growth is the only thing that matters. Everything else is just a vehicle for growth. They discuss the difference between the vehicle and the destination. The destination is a dream so big others may doubt it. Destination goals are the experiences that make life worth living, such as being full of joy, peace, happiness. Vehicle goals are just the means to get there. They also discuss how, when you focus on the why and the what, the universe will present the how.
January 07, 2021
Episode 9: When optimizing our lives goes too far
In episode 9 of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Gregory and Vincent discuss how "optimizing" our lives can lead us to focus too heavily on accomplishments and checking off a to-do list. Gregory tells how he's shifted his mindset from optimizing life to slowing down and focusing on what's truly important. Other topics include: - Thinking about our lives in three years. What kind of person do you see yourself becoming, both professionally and personally? - Making generosity a priority in every aspect of our lives. - Treating everyday tasks such as errands as an adventure by talking to strangers to see what happens.
December 09, 2020
Episode 8: Why we must hold on tightly to our dreams, but remain open to how they may come about
In episode 8 of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Vincent and Gregory speak vulnerably and from the heart on what they're experiencing during this changing season. Topics discussed include: Setting goals that only we have the power to control: I will always love myself, I will remain at rest, I will maintain my joy. Confronting the question: would you rather follow your dream and potentially fail, or die knowing you never gave an honest shot? Why we must hold on tightly to our dream, but be open to how it may come about. The importance of going through the valleys, the lows in life, to fully appreciate the highs, the mountains, the peaks of what we can accomplish.
November 30, 2020
Episode 7: What will 2020 mean to you?
In episode 7 of the Dare to Dream Podcast, Gregory and Vincent discuss the importance of solitude and scheduling time to be by yourself. As we near the end of the year, they reflect on their journey through 2020 and encourage all listeners to do the same. It may have felt like a wasted year, but there is undoubtedly much to take away. This week's challenge is to reflect on your own year and if you've been acting in alignment with who you truly are. Other topics to note: - Vincent's upcoming Pacific North West trip. - Matthew McConaughey's new book, Greenlights. - Combining our passion with our career. - Don't let busy be your excuse for not living.
November 20, 2020
Episode 6: Greg's foray into the carnivore diet, Vinny's November writing challenge, & becoming valuable before your valued
In episode 6, Gregory and Vincent discuss what it's like to eat nothing but meat for a month, Vinny's approach to daily writing and his November writing challenge, and what has inspired them to become valuable. They end the episode by introducing a new segment: what you can do this week!
November 10, 2020
Episode 5: Overcoming resistance, the voice in your head that tells you you're not good enough
In episode 5, Gregory and Vincent discuss the ways they overcome resistance, the incessant voice in our heads which tells us we're not good enough. They explore how the power of the human imagination is often scarier than anything reality throws our way, and break down a few lines from Steven Pressfield's inspirational book, The War of Art.
September 27, 2020
Episode 4: Sitting down with performing artist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur - Timothy John
In this episode, Vincent and Greg sit down with their first guest Timothy John, a leader, dreamer, and master storyteller. We discuss the benefits and potential pitfalls of technology, unplugging to make time for yourself, and how being authentic and trying your best matter more than outcomes. Additionally, Timothy gives us an off the cuff live performance of his newest spoken word. Find Timothy on social media: Instagram: Timothy_John_ Soundcloud: Timothyjohn Linkedin: timothyjohnharrison
September 14, 2020
Episode 3: Embracing change & letting go of our past identity
In this episode, Vincent and Greg discuss embracing change and how a seemingly negative event is often a blessing in disguise. They dive into the difficult process of letting go of who we think we are in order to become all we're meant to be. Lastly, they explain how questioning everything, from societal norms to how our parents raised us, is the crucial first step when Daring to Dream.
August 16, 2020
Episode 2: Discussing the inner dialogue, becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable, & measuring life based on achievements
In this in-person episode 2, Greg and Vincent discuss several topics, including the inner human dialogue, and how we speak to ourselves throughout the day. Second is the mindset shift that comes from being comfortable with getting uncomfortable and moving towards discomfort instead of shying away from it. Lastly, they pose the question: is it better to live an achievement-oriented life based on accomplishments? Or is the more fulfilling life based on how much one savors every moment, and how much inner peace they have?
August 05, 2020
Episode 1: Adapting to a New Lifestyle and Mindset
In episode 1, Vinny and Greg discuss the lifestyle and mindset changes they have implemented since departing from their corporate jobs to face the great unknown. Join them as they detail their initial feelings, small wins and challenging days, in pursuit of going after what they love.
July 09, 2020