Time to Drive!!

“It’s driven me before and it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal. And lately I’m beginning to find that I should be the one behind the wheel.” -Incubus

The following are a couple of great questions for you to think about. Who is running your life? Is it your decisions or is it outside influences steering your direction?

Have you come up with your answers? Are you sure?

Life is complicated, and can be even more complicated based on your decisions. When you have adult responsibilities(mortgage, kids, utility payments, etc.), there is a new standard of living that plays a major factor in your options. So what do you want with your life?

If your goal is the move up the company ladder, than keep doing what you’re doing. Keep up the hard work and focus on what is important. You’ll be taking the next step in no time.

But what if your passion is to do something completely different than your day job? Then you need to put in the work to achieve your goals and dreams. Spending 9 hours at your job and then 15 minutes on your dream are not going to get you there. You will just continue to be burned out and frustrated.

Give 100% to what is important and don’t slow down to listen to the critical. It’s time for you to take the wheel and drive towards your passion.

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s day to all. That’s the generic message that you get from everyone. However, not everyone is in the same boat. With that in mind, here are individual Valentine’s wishes for people in different situations:

Happily in a relationship

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make sure that you go out of your way to let your partner know how special they are to you.

Single and Happy

Hat’s off to you! Enjoy your day and congratulate yourself on having the self confidence and independence to stay happy.

Single, divorced, etc. and unhappy

Hang in there. Times are tough right now and I know from experience that it probably looks pretty bleak. Just focus for now on working on yourself. It’s amazing how opportunities will start to miraculously arise if you love yourself first. You’ve still got great things ahead of you.

Your Valentine has passed away

I am so sorry for your loss! I will send thoughts and prayers you way and hope that you have a crying shoulder to lean on.

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t lose sight of what makes you great!

People are going to be quick to point out your flaws. You can’t avoid it(as much as you might want to). Sometimes it is from a place of love so they can help you get better. Other times it is just to make them feel better by trying to bring you down to their level. But the one thing I can assure you is that just as reliable as the change of the seasons, you can be sure it’s coming. Sometimes it is in your best interest to try to work on it, other times you need to follow the advice of the great philosopher Taylor Swift, ‘shake it off’.

Personally, I have been told many times that I am too nice. Sometimes as a compliment, but more often as criticism. I was told that I need to be more of a (choose your expletive) if I want to be successful. I tried that for a period of time but not with much success. I was so overwhelmed with trying to change that I was always angry. I was always looking around angry, waiting for someone to treat me like a pushover. Ultimately, I was so miserable, that I burned myself out and wound up much less successful at the time.

Continue to work on your opportunities, but never at the expense of removing what truly makes you special!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

It’s Now or Never…

My dad was always a big fan of Harry Chapin, most famously know for being the singer of ‘Cats in the Cradle’. He was an amazing story-teller and wrote great songs with a purpose.  I’ve found myself listening to him often since my dad passed away 3 years ago. I searched for one of his songs recently, found his bio, and discovered that he was killed in a head on collision when he was only 38 years old.

I was used to hearing about celebrities that have died from drug use and suicide, but I always thought that it would never happen to me. But a head on collision can happen to anyone. A plane crash can happen to anyone. It puts things in perspective of just how fragile and short life can be.

My take away is that you can’t wait for life to happen. If there is something that you plan on doing, then you need to get things in motion, even if you are not sure that you are ready. I believe that many people don’t live their potential because of fear and procrastination. Be brave enough to get out of your comfort zone and start chasing your goals today, before you run out of time!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

1500+ Followers!!

Thank you to everyone who has chosen to follow my blog! I am so proud to share this accomplishment with all of you! I look forward to continue my commitment of real, honest posts with a clear message and personal stories to support.

If you haven’t read this blog yet, please stake a minute to check out some of the posts. I bet there’s something that will hit home with you!

Thanks again to all of my loyal followers!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Ready to Return?

How do you feel the night before you return to work? Do you dread going back, excited to return, or neutral?

When interviewing future candidates, they of then ask, “What is your favorite part of working here?”. My answer is always very simple, “because it is the kind of job that I don’t mind coming back to after vacations, days off, etc.”. It’s not just a cool sounding answer, but it is the truth.

If you are miserable going back to work, it is usually for a couple of reasons. One is that the workplace is not a positive work environment. The other is that the work is not fulfilling. Either way, it is your choice to decide whether you can change the circumstances or change your attitude towards them. Either way, you have the power to improve your circumstances!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Killed it!!

Last night’s show was awesome. The crowd was great and my routine went off without a hitch. The next step in my journey is to continue to focus on my speaking career. As much say I enjoy comedy, my greater passion is to inspire others and punch up my message with jokes along the way.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way. I look forward to sharing more success!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims