Husband, father, entrepreneur and overall life enthusiast. Amateur meditator with an insatiable curiosity about a lot of stuff. Immortality is one of my life goals!
My reasons for starting this blog.
For several years clients and friends had been suggesting that I start a blog to share some of the information I had been teaching in my coaching and consulting practice. And my usual response to their comments was that “I’m too busy to write a blog” or something along those lines. The truth was that I was scared. Scared that no one would read it and even worse, that the they would read it and not like it, essentially the impostor syndrome.
In late 2015 I had 2 conversations in the space of a week where again it was suggested that I start a blog, so the signals were getting stronger and my will to not write was getting weaker. Then I read two books back to back that pushed me to take the plunge. A book called ‘Show Your Work‘ by Austin Kleon and ‘What to do when it’s your turn’ by Seth Godin.
So in January of 2016 I committed to writing a blog, however I didn’t have an audience to write to, so I created one. As the father of 3 young (3,5,7) daughters that I totally adore I thought about what messages and life lessons could I leave for them. Some sort of reference material for them about my thoughts on life that they could perhaps turn to later in life. And with that I made my commitment to write to them 3 times a week.
Now, I don’t know when you’ll be reading this and how far along the blog I’ll be, but at least you now know why I started.
Voice America podcast – What does it take to have an entrepreneurial mindset and how to overcome some of the mental roadblocks challenges an entrepreneur faces
Breaking Borders podcast – How to use networking to build communities and businesses
Mature Preneurial – Raj Daniels – OpenTime
Jumble Think – Raj Daniels on Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome
Tour De Profit Hour – CEO of OpenTime App with Raj Daniels
Mindset, Self-Awareness, Goal Setting – Raj Daniels – Author of For You, From me
Official grown up bio
Raj is an experienced business consultant and has been involved in business ventures across several verticals as a consultant, owner, investor and advisor. He has a personal passion for strategy and vision building that has allowed him to lead successful strategic initiatives for both profit and non-profit organizations. And he is an evangelist for the Dallas startup ecosystem and community builder.
Raj is a firm believer in contributing back to society and has given back by conducting personal growth seminars for teens, mentoring MBA students and entrepreneur camps. He has also served on the board of for profit and non-profit organizations.
Education, BA in Liberal Arts from UNT with a concentration in Business and International Studies and an MBA in Global Leadership
A story I love
A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up.
After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation. The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up. After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.
The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well. What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”
Does that sound at all familiar?
* Este experimento en realidad nunca ocurrió pero hace que usted piensa
BTW- I’m always up for coffee with strangers. No agenda – no transactions – just people connecting with one another.
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