Dan the man, what hasn’t he done? And why he believes in becoming a better version of yourself. Dan Clark inspires positivity.
One of the most interesting and inspirational men in the world, Dan Clark, talks with Adam Nugent on Nugent’s Good News Podcast Episode #8. Dan is an inspirational speaker, former football player, singer, songwriter, author, fighter pilot, actor, and the primary contributor to The Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He shares his views on how the covid pandemic has given the world a chance to change for the positive and how to focus on the opportunities to evaluate, eliminate, and elevate.
“Evaluate what you really believe and eliminate your limiting beliefs and negative influences in your life,” said Dan. “You need to elevate yourself and choose who we hang out with because, in the law of attraction, you do become the average of the five people we associate with the most. We must be willing to pay any price and travel any distance to associate with extraordinary human beings.”
In the episode “Beyond Success to Significance,” Dan is the ultimate storyteller and tells Adam of his experiences flying fighter jets and bombers in the Air Force, the lessons he learned working with Navy Seals, Green Berets, and Special Forces. “A warrior never has to get ready. He or she stays ready. If you are prepared, you don’t fear. People are freaking out about Covid. They weren’t prepared. Well, here is a chance to prepare. No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future. You can’t always control what happens, but you can always control what happens next,” he said.
Dan also tells stories about the time he was a houseguest of Muhammad Ali, when he worked with Colin Powell and President Ronal Reagan, and his wife, Nancy Reagan. He reflects on the lesson he learned as he watched a homeless man empty his pockets into the Salvation Army donation bucket. “Every day, I try not to pass someone that I could have helped,” said Dan. “I try to be aware of someone during the day who just needed a pat on the back, a smile, an acknowledgment, someone who was on their way to kill themselves, someone who was dealing with the devastating divorce or the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a job during Covid.”
“Every single moment of every day, we can turn our success into significance. And serve others,” said Dan.
Dan also promises to write Adam a song. We will wait to see if that happens. “I would write a song about you, (he tells Adam), but I don’t know what rhymes with stud muffin hunka burning love.”
Host: Adam Nugent
Guest: Dan Clark