david’s blog

Taoist wisdom – we’ll see…

My good friend and fellow cyclist, Peter Springer, shared this story to his friends in his “Goodbye” email that he sent out to announce his move from Richmond, VA to Charlotte, NC. I used to ride with Peter when I worked for Capital One. We would ride after work in...

Navy SEAL PT at the United States Naval Academy

I recently met a retired Navy SEAL who knew a former company mate of mine at the Naval Academy (USNA), Stew Smith who became a Navy SEAL officer. After eight years in the SEAL Teams and as an instructor at the Naval Academy Physical Education Department, Stew resigned...

One fiber focus – a metaphor for getting things done

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn Feeling a little overwhelmed by life? I, too, often feel overwhelmed often by all responsibilities of all the various roles I play in my life – husband, son, brother, friend, entrepreneur, coach,...

StrengthsFinder 2.0: My top 5 strengths (or talents)

I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test a few years ago and recently revisited my results. Written by Tom Rath based on Gallup’s 40-year study of human strengths, StrengthFinders 2.0 subscribes to the maxim: “You cannot be everything you want to be – but you can be a lot...

Announcing my new book: From Rust to Trust

I'm proud to announce the publishing of a book that I co-authored with my friend and mentor, Peter O'Dunne: From Rust to Trust: Peter's Tips for Living a Principle-Centered and Other-Focused Life. In this book Peter shares the approach that has worked for him to...

The marathon runner, a poem

What goes through an athlete's mind when he is training or racing a triathlon, marathon or other endurance event? A poem about my experiences running the Disney Marathon. I wanted to capture the external environment as well as the the thoughts running through my head....

Winning – a poem

In the USA, we put a huge emphasis on winning – the Super Bowl, beating the stock market, Olympic medals, “best of” rankings, etc. But, what is it about winning that we care so much about? Here are my thoughts on winning written as a poem from an athlete’s...

A poem to Princess, my Dalmatian

I had to put Princess, my Dalmatian who’ve I had for 10 years, to sleep in early January due to chronic health issues. This poem is dedicated to her memory. David   I rescued you from a shelter, a special needs dog who was deaf. I remember your waggling tail, as...

We only see what we pay attention to…

”Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” - Marcel Proust Do you see what I see? Maybe. Maybe not. I may look at a problem and say, “I see the solution. It’s obvious.” Someone else may look at the same problem and say, “I don’t get it....

6 best practice tips for writing more effective emails

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!” – Henry David Thoreau If you’re like me, you may send anywhere from 10 to 50 email messages a day for personal and business communications. Nothing can be more frustrating the receiving a lengthy...

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