The 5 Days of Fearless Living: Day 4 – Be Responsible

Yesterday, we talked about stretching beyond the familiar, taking a small step to ‘change it up’. This modification could be as small as taking a different route to school or switching your career from a chemist to an actor.fearless

Now, we’ve arrived at Day 4 of living fearlessly. Today, we’ll dive into ‘being responsible’. Being responsible seems to be at direct odds with stretching beyond the familiar, yet there’s a subtle, important difference. Being responsible can take many forms as part of your day. It could be picking up after yourself when leaving a campground or cleaning your room before departing for school or work. For professionals, it could mean erasing the whiteboard when you are finished with a key meeting or leaving the lunch break room a little cleaner for the next person.

Think ‘do the right thing’ when being responsible. This doesn’t translate to ‘act conservatively’ in all that you do; some of my best learnings have occurred when I took a risk. But it does mean to follow your nation’s laws and guidelines for safe living.

Stretching beyond the familiar means attempting something that scares you (public speaking or an acting class); it doesn’t mean breaking laws, disrespecting people or damaging property.

Be responsible in all you think, say, or do and you are on your way to living fearlessly.

Until next time,

Dan Naden


The 5 Days of Fearless Living: Day 3 – Stretching Beyond

It’s Day 3 of living fearlessly. Do you sense something changing within you? If not, don’t despair, change isn’t easy under any circumstances.

Today, we will center our energies on stretching beyond the familiar. This suggestion can take many routes: taking a different path to work, trying a special dish for dinner you’ve never sampled before or calling up an old friend whom you’ve forgotten over the years.

It’s tempting to fall into a routine; day after day and year after year. Human beings are creatures of comfort; we crave the convenience of knowing what’s next; preparing for the new and surprising can be stressful because it’s unknown.fearless

The unknown, however, can be a destination bursting with excitement, with wonder, with exhilaration. Think of how you felt when you took on that challenging assignment at work only to impress yourself and your peers. How about when you ran 2 miles in the morning instead of the usual 1 mile? Your body may have been saying ‘stop’ with the ferocity of a lion, but you pushed through and felt alive and alert from stretching beyond the familiar.

Go deep into the unknown today. Find a place that’s foreign. Enjoy the spontaneous, spectacular joy of something new. That’s living fearlessly.

Until next time,

Dan Naden

The 5 Days of Fearless Living: Day 2 – Love Someone

In Day 1 of living fearlessly, we talked about publishing something. My hope is that you took this advice to heart and finished that story, touched up that painting and released it to the world. The art of publishing is free and empowering.

Now it’s onto Day 2: Love someone as if there’s no tomorrow. Let’s face it: many of us live very busy lives. But let us not mistake busy time for significant time.

We might be married to a special someone; we could be dating someone; we could have a brother or sister who we’ve underappreciated over the years.fearless

Today: take a few minutes to shower that special someone in your life with unconditional, no strings attached, love. This gesture could take many forms: attention, a hug, flowers, a chocolate bunny, or a few unforgettable words of encouragement. Make that other person think, “Wow, it really means much that you would go out of your way to think about me.”

Living fearlessly isn’t all about jumping off cliffs, taking a leap of faith into something bold and unknown. Finding a cherished relationship and strengthening that bond with a kiss, a gift, or just being genuine may be one of the most challenging gestures in aiming towards living fearlessly.

Until next time,

Dan Naden

The 5 Days of Fearless Living: Day 1 – Publish something

What would life be like if you lived without fear? How would your days and nights be different? I ‘think’ I live fearlessly, but do I really?

Today, I take a small step by doing something I’ve never done before:  write a blog post every day for 5 days straight. I want to publish something without a second thought or doubt.

Let’s call this: the 5 days of Fearless Living

Day 1: Publish something.

When you are creating something: a Web page, painting, poem, lesson plan, there’s always the ability to improve your creation. There is, however, the danger of ‘overdoing it’.fearless

Your ‘creation’ is meant to be enjoyed by others. Let your ‘baby’ breathe its first breath in the world. Let your Web page go, releasing it to your target audience for reaction. Did your customers click what you wanted them to click? You’ll only get this valuable data by making your creation live.

If you are a teacher, your students are looking to you for inspiration, encouragement, confidence. The lesson plan that you’ve been trying to perfect for weeks needs to see the light of day. Your students will tell you by their reaction and comprehension to determine what alterations (if any) need to be made.

Publishing is difficult. Will others think you aren’t talented or smart? Will a critical comment from your audience cripple further publishing endeavors? The answer: Who cares? Go for it. You create because you feel you have something to say or share. A great idea never validated is still just an idea.

The iPad would never be in nearly every household if it had never shipped. The Tesla that you or your friend is driving would never leave you breathless until someone with courage said, “Let’s do this.”

Publish something. Do it now; your audience, friends, family, acquaintances, the world want to hear from you.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 2 of Fearless Living. Now is your time to be the person you can be.

Until next time,

Dan Naden

COMIC: News You Can Lose

Unfortunately, local news has lost its way.

As ratings for local television news has plummeted, the news directors and executives have resorted to sensationalism to attract a generation that’s going elsewhere for news (Web, cable, friends, or ignorance).

As a media wonk, I’d encourage news outlets to think of reporting on themes that celebrate the best of mankind. This is an uphill climb as stations are under enormous pressure to deliver results (ratings and ad dollars) – now.

Editorial decision-making powered by the spinning news wheel.

Editorial decision-making powered by the spinning news wheel.

Until next time,

Dan Naden

The Journey of a Team

A glimmer of hope.
A setback.

A team doesn’t become a tight-knit, unbreakable unit overnight. Getting to the point where trust is apparent and effort is instinctive requires hard work. A coach can uplift a confused, meandering lost team, but real focus requires the actual team members to step forward as leaders. The fight, drive and motivation must come from within the ranks. A inevitable setback won’t be a crushing blow to a team’s evolution, but a learning place where growth is free and fluid.

Team on.

Until next time,

Dan Naden

COMIC: Kanban in the Prehistoric Days

The simple, tactile, powerful act of moving a card along a wall to improve and maintain a high level of production wasn’t lost on the Neanderthal people. 😉 #agile #kanban #pmi #geterdone