The Dare to Dream Podcast
By Vincent Van Patten & Gregory Benedikt
The Dare to Dream Podcast shows you what is possible when you have the courage to chase your dreams. Through hilarious and relatable personal stories, our guests discuss their time in the trenches and the lessons they've learned. Walk away with a newfound passion for life and the secrets our guests wish they knew twenty years ago.
DTD #55: Thriving in the Unknown, Reinventing Yourself, & Leaning Into Love with Actress and Soap Opera Superstar Eileen Davidson
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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