Secret to Success: Be Yourself

Dr. David Powers is a problem solver, but sometimes that makes him a problem creator as well. He regularly conducts seminars and consults with both businesses and individuals on balancing the various aspects of life and making the pieces fit. Considered a human puzzlemaster, he has a penchant for deciphering how a client's uniquities create a recipe for success.

Dr. Powers is a best-selling author in the areas of cognitive psychology, experimental education theory, and adventure travel. He is a decorated veteran of both the Marine Corps and Army and a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Powers is a certified genius and member of the Mensa Society. He is married and the proud father of three feral boys and one princess that he and his wife homeschool. His mission in life is to find the magical best mug of coffee in the world. (Kent is on the same mission.)

photo credit: Dr. David Powers


If you boiled life down to one philosophy that brings meaning and adds value to your life no matter what circumstances you face, what is that philosophy for you?

I actually have two. One is for adult audiences only. It is “Moderation is for Wimps.” (Note: Kent took editorial licenses and changed David's wording, but David said you are free to contact him for the exact phrase.) That's kind of my own personal philosophy that I don't broadcast often because most people can't handle the language or the message.

In public, I live by the edict of “action first.” I'd rather make mistakes in forward motion than live with the regret of inactivity.

What are one or two keys to success for you? 

My main key to success is the seven P's ideal of Proper Prior Planning Prevents Pathetic Poor Performance.

What is one of the biggest mistakes you've made and what did you learn from it?

My biggest mistake in life is not truly and completely embracing my uniqueness earlier in life. I tried so hard for so many years to conform to other people's ideas of how I should dress, act, cut my hair, work, and spend my free time.

I learned life is so much more fun if you live it on your terms. I might make a lot of people mad, offend people, and outright scare others, but I'm having so much fun these days as the scary, bald, red-bearded Viking guy who reads comic books and watches romantic comedies.

What is your best advice for people who want to SHOW UP AND SHINE? In other words, what would you say to help people live into their bigger story?

It sounds so cliché until you finally live it, but you have to be yourself. People that show up and shine, people who live into their bigger stories, don't often look and act like the rest of us. Look for someone that's truly comfortable and confident in their own skin and you'll usually find something that makes other people nervous. You know what that is? It's not the tattoos, beards, piercings, or clothes that make people nervous. It's that scent of freedom that people are afraid of. Be yourself!


Question: What do you do to authentically be yourself?