Chad Daniels

The Difference Between Capitalism & Extortion: Martin Shkreli

I don’t usually write commentary type blogs on current events, but a viral story has caught my attention and I felt the need to at least write something. Earlier this week, news broke that Martin Shkreli, a 31 year-old ex-hedge fund manager-turned-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, had purchased the rights to the drug Daraprim and increased […]

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The Fisherman and the Businessman

The first Wednesday of every month, my friends and I go to the local tavern affectionately known as “The HOB”, have a drink or two, and play the open mic night along with some of the other regulars. It’s always a blast, but last night was, by far, the best time I’d had there. Last […]

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Five Life Lessons My Dad Taught Me Last Week

Last week, I received voice mail from my Dad, asking me to give him a call back when I had a minute, because he’d been thinking of some things and wanted to talk to me about them. He had a sort of excitement in his voice. The same sort of excitement a scientist might have […]

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How I Found Gratitude in a Bowl of Stew

It’s true. I found gratitude while eating a bowl of beef stew.

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The Ben Franklin Effect: An Unexpected Way to Build Rapport

On rare occurrences, life moves in such harmony where it provides you with an experience that prompts you to question why something happened, and then subsequently provides you with the answer the next day. A few days ago, I was lucky enough to experience this phenomenon.

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Is Karma Real? The Definitive Answer

Guys, I solved it! I finally figured out the answer to a question that has confounded humanity for thousands of years! Perhaps for those who fundamentally subscribe to the Hindu & Buddhist religions, this question has already been answered, but for the rest of us, it’s still persisted: Is Karma Real? And, I, Chad Daniels, […]

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My Birthday Manifesto

It was mid-July 2013 and I was on the tail end of a road trip with two of my closet friends. Departing New Orleans in the morning and driving through the day, weary, with tired eyes, we arrived at dusk in Fall Creek Falls, TN. Luckily, we arrived thirty minutes before the sun set, and […]

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Your Life is a Blank Canvas. What Will You Paint?

Life is a blank canvas. In a blind stroke of luck, one evening (or day, I don’t know what kind of sex your parents had), your parents met up and decided to give you the empty picture frame that is your life. Your obligation, until the day you die, is to fill that picture frame […]

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Success is Not a Movie Montage

(See this quote illustrated from Zen Pencils) Perhaps not everyone believes that movies mimic real life, but when I think about some of the most motivational videos I’ve seen, they include some sort of three-minute Hollywood montage where the underdog trains like hell for the upcoming battle of wills. Some that come to mind are […]

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The Fail-Proof Path to Happiness: Invest in the Process

Growing up, I was addicted to outcomes. As a hockey player I can remember my happiness in life being dependent on the amount of goals I scored and the wins or losses my team had on the weekends. If I scored a goal and we won, I was flying high, but if I went goalless […]

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The Battle of Inflation: Be Better Tomorrow Than You Were Today

Do you remember having conversations with parents or grandparents about how cheap things used to be? Did you marvel at gas costing 25¢? This is due to a phenomenon known as inflation. At this point, you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about the inflation rate or any other economic concepts on a blog that’s supposed […]

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The Beginner’s Mindset: From Toddlers to Tchaikovsky

One of the major goals I have for myself in this life is, no matter what, to continue to grow and develop myself. I strive for this for two reasons. First, I truly believe that there is no neutral ground in life. Every day, you have a choice; growth or atrophy, and if I have […]

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Creating Your Personal Review: Staying on the Right Track

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela In a previous blog, I wrote about the benefits of having an accountability partner to help make sure you are staying on the right path. Now I want to share another […]

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The power of an accountability partner: Having a trusted confidant to help you along your way

I’ve made a lot of commitments to myself in the past in regards to the direction I want to take my life. To be honest, I’ve failed many more times than I’ve succeeded. In all of these experiments to see how far I can push my growth, I’ve found one constant: when you have a […]

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Build your personal fire

Metaphorically speaking, building a fire can teach a valuable lesson about motivation, confidence and how to build sustained momentum. I first made this connection while staying in a small cabin on the U.S./Canadian border with no electricity, heat, or immediate running water. Consequently, the only way to stay warm at night was to build a […]

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