Dr. David W. Powers's Blog (45)

I Look Like a Big Hairy Chicken in the Bod Pod Egg

Check me out in the Bod Pod! I look like a big bearded chicken.

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I first read about the Bod Pod device in Tim Ferriss' book 4 Hour Body. He praised it as one of the most accurate body fat measurement devices around. I'd done the caliper thing before, but always wanted to try the pod. When I found out that Coastal Carolina University, a local…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on May 16, 2017 at 6:20am — 2 Comments

Choose Your Own Adventure- The Mystery of the Homebrewing Beekeeper

Welcome to the first installment of the Choose Your Own Adventure profiles I'll be doing at drdavidpowers.com.

My focus in life and business is to seek adventure, but that may not mean what you're thinking. Most people think adventure only refers to danger and excitement, but it doesn't have to. My intent with these interviews is to show that adventure can be wherever you find something new and different.

Meet Jim…

Added by Dr. David W. Powers on May 8, 2017 at 2:09pm — No Comments

You’re too old, fat, ugly, skinny, bald, or whatever to make it.

That title is from a myth I busted in my book Breaking into Acting.

It's really not true. As a matter of fact, you may succeed in what you want to do simply because you look different. I do. I'm the only guy on the conference circuit not afraid to rock a fierce, long red Viking beard.

All those other guys out there doing motivational speaking and leadership seminars think a nice suit makes up for a lack of…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on May 2, 2017 at 5:24am — No Comments

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (Redbeard’s Reading List)

Welcome to the next entry in Redbeard’s Reading List!

The next book I’d like to mention for this series is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I finished it last night while sitting on the edge of a huge field while my 9yo son's track team had their field day. Spoiler- the girls totally crushed the boys in tug of war.

The book was recommended by my friend …


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on April 18, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

What's Better than a Punch in the Face?

I'll tell you what's better than a punch in the face...being ready for that punch in the face.

You see, most people set goals, but then give up on those goals when something bad happens. We refer to those times as “getting punched in the face”.

I got punched in the face recently when we lost the financing for a house. We've been living 4 kids and 2 parents in a three bedroom apartment for two years. One of those bedrooms is my office. Now that baby Sherlock is here, we're 5…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on April 11, 2017 at 6:50am — 2 Comments

Baby Number 5 is Here!

I know you've gotten accustomed to a new blog post each week, and I wanted to apologize for not having a new one this week. In lieu of a new post, I'll show you a picture of my excuse for being so busy today.

Sherlock Watson Powers was born last week. Even though he's our fifth child, each one takes a little getting used to. What I'm finding more difficult than I expected is staying up all night as a 42-year-old.

Next week...the first week of each month I…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on March 28, 2017 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (Redbeard’s Reading List)

Welcome to the first entry in Redbeard's Reading List!

The first book I'd like to mention for this series is Essentialism by Greg McKeown. I just read it recently on the recommendation of my friend Paul Grau at Current Leadership Coaching.

For years I've experimented with minimalism because of a desire to not be overwhelmed and inundated with stuff. It helped me rid…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on March 14, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

Are You Utilizing Small Teams in Your Business?

The notion of small team leadership isn't new by any stretch, as you can see from the image below that comes from a decades old military manual.

After its successful use in recent years by special operations troops, many businesses, government entities, and even churches are seeing its benefits and practical applications.

Are you currently working with a small team concept?

Have you tried small teams in the past?

Do you know which one of the…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 21, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

What does getting punched in the face have to do with goals?

In case you haven't been checking in with them or didn't know, every Friday here at my office is Facepunch Friday. It's the day we celebrate proper goal-setting in the face of adversity.

Because goal-setting often involves change and plans gone awry, that's why we highlight the facepunch, in honor of the famous Mike Tyson quote...

Your goals will likely never go according to plan, so that's why we plan for the problems. Here at the office we call…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 14, 2017 at 6:54am — 1 Comment

Best Teambuilding Movies?

I need some input from you on the best teambuilding movies out there. I'd love to get some ideas from you before I put together a poll to vote on the top ten.

My only caveat is that it has to be at least a small team and not a couple. For small team I'd go with 5 or more.

Here's some ideas from my end...

  • Oceans 11 series
  • Uncommon Valor
  • Expendables
  • Ronin
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Mission:…

Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 7, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments

There's No Reason to Quit a Uniformed Job if You Don't Want To

It doesn't matter if you're a cop, EMT, firefighter, or a soldier. There may come a time when an injury, a boss, or the bureaucracy try to force you out. They may very well do it, too.

  • Disability hearing goes the wrong way.
  • All of a sudden you're not promotable.
  • The new chief wants a younger guy in your position.

There are a million reasons you may get booted, but it doesn't mean you have to leave uniformed service if you don't…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 1, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

How Much Money Did Your Business Make in the First Month of the Year? Mine Made...

How wide open are you with your business and your numbers? How wide open do you need to be?

I just finished up an awesomely productive three days with Ryan McRae of ADHD Nerd. I profiled him recently in one of my Success Stories. We worked on a lot of things. I kept him on track a little and helped him escape to the Hot Chocolatier…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 31, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Here's Your Chance to be Featured in the New Edition of My Rapid Skill Development Book!

I need your help with a project I’m working on. My book Rapid Skill Development 101 was published several years ago. The book hit several best-seller categories on Amazon, such as education and psychology, but it’s in need of updating.

Since the book came out I’ve had a few of the readers send me their stories after using it, but I would like to add more for a bigger and more helpful expanded edition. I’m also planning on adding examples of other careers that I’ve had coaching clients…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 30, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Success Profiles- Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange.

This is another in a series of profiles I’ll be presenting. I hope it encourages you and provides the motivation you need to keep moving forward.

Enter Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 26, 2017 at 8:17am — No Comments

Jack Reacher on Military Drifters

I'm a huge fan of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The movies are so-so, but the books are a superb look into the mind of a professional military man turned drifter. For those of you in my age bracket, it's like The Equalizer meets David Carradine's Kung Fu.

I recently read The Affair, and there's a section in the book where Reacher talks about military bums. I want you to read it and feel free to let me know what you think. I served in both the Marine…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 24, 2017 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Why Do So Many People Die Soon After Retirement?

In a recent podcast my friend Dan Miller talked about retirement and what that means for most people.

I wanted to sum up a few points that are very applicable to my coaching clients, but the link is below if you like to listen to the entire thing.

  • He encourages people to have a 25 year plan that includes life beyond retirement.
  • Build a life with courage and not one of ease.
  • Most retirees say they want a life that's stress free and predictable.…

Added by Dr. David W. Powers on September 6, 2016 at 8:51am — 7 Comments

Life After the Uniform- US Military Vets are Fighting Sex Trafficking

Welcome to my series on Life After the Uniform. The goal of this series is to provide options and ideas as the main impetus of my coaching practice is helping men and women in high stress/high risk jobs find fulfilling second careers.

I've worked some with a human trafficking group called The Exodus Road, but nothing like this. I saw this this news pop up recently about their efforts to engage military veterans in combating sex trafficking. I…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 26, 2016 at 7:51am — No Comments

Are You Living Life Forward?

My good friend Kent Julian has a business that revolves around living life forward. As a matter of fact, it's called Live It Forward. In case you're not familiar with the concept, he expresses it as "empowering you to move from dream to do". I've known him for a number of years, and he not only teaches others to do it but lives it in his own life.

Well, guess what? This year will be the inaugural launch of his new Live…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 24, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

Coffee Ramblings

Here's a couple of great pop culture coffee references for you...

My wife and I devoured the entire run of …


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 15, 2016 at 7:59am — 2 Comments

Delta Airlines Should Switch Over to a 550 Team Setup

I'm sure by now most of you have heard of the monstrous computer FUBAR that Delta Airlines faced this week. If you were trying to fly Delta and you're reading this, I'm very sorry. I've slept in airports on several occasions, and it is not fun.


Delta's computer shutdown and subsequent loss of service for virtually everyone in their system is common. Not the specifics but the idea that a small issue cripples an entire operation. Delta is experiencing a problem very…


Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 12, 2016 at 9:28am — 1 Comment


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