I was a political insider on a fast-tracked career path in the world of public service.
I dreamed of becoming a presidential speechwriter someday.
My young career peaked with things like writing environmental policy reports at the White House in 2008, and hustling as a right-hand-man to a rising politician in 2009.
And yet, I was falling completely disillusioned to the world of politics.
Ever since September 11, 2001, when I was 15 years old and watching the Twin Towers fall from my high school library’s fuzzy television, all I wanted to do was help a world that appeared to desperately need it.
I sought a career path in public service because I thought that’s how I’d best be able to impact peoples’ lives for the better.
But, in politics? I was told to play the game.
I was made to wait my turn. It’s not that I thought I could save the whole world all on my own — well, maybe I wanted to give that a try) — I knew I could simply do more right here and right now than what I was already giving.
I felt in my heart that what I was able to share, even a few words of encouragement or kindness to a stranger, would be doing more for the world than waiting for permission to stand up, act, lead.
So, I left that world and committed to living my leadership, instead.
Using writing as my vessel of change, I started this blog with a dream of becoming an author.
I began to share personal stories, philosophical ideas for living a happier and healthier life, and exploring what it means to lead without followers in one’s everyday life.
Since 2009, I’ve published 6 books (and been published in 6 others), and have shared over 500 articles here on my site.
As a creative and story guide, I’ve worked with over 300 clients from 17 countries, helping self-starters and change-makers of all ages tell their stories, begin new businesses, start fresh writing practices, and recommit to their personal missions of purpose.
In 2013, I added yoga and mindfulness to my teaching repertoire to intersect self-expression with the healing art of yoga.
I lead local classes every week in my home state of Rhode Island, and lead destination retreats and workshops in places like London, Iceland, India, Costa Rica, Austin, Brussels, Berlin and Peru.
Outside of work, I’m a blue-eyed Renaissance Man who loves a keeps a garden and loves Premier League soccer, is a notoriously slow reader, and gets as excited today as when he was a kid when you can see the moon during daylight.
Even though I had only left the United States once until I was 25, I’ve fallen in love with international travel and have visited 22 countries since 2013. Some recent favorite destinations include Sarajevo, Cuba, Istanbul, Copenhagen and Oaxaca.
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Most of all, thank you for showing up as you do in the world.
Until next time, stay unapologetically you.
“Dave is a talented writer, but really, Dave is a revolution of thinking, writing, loving, living. Within moments, I was already a better writer and thinker.”Dr. Gemma Stone, Author & Psychologist
“Dave is a compassionate and genuine leader–his message of leadership is woven throughout his work. I urge you to read his words.”Caroline Rubenstein, Writer for Psychology Today & Author