In this episode, I interview the Founder of The Higher Purpose Project, Dan Adams. The Higher Purpose Project is a global initiative that brings together individuals of all ages and cultures, committed to elevating their level of impact to the world. From Dan we learn about pursuing your dreams and taking advantage of opportunities and taking the steps necessary to get there.
Dan Adams is a storyteller, systems builder, athlete, and human connector. His notable accomplishments include co-creating the 2012 ESPY award winning initiative, Mission Kilimanjaro, becoming a Div 1 NCAA record holder, serving as a member of the US National Team, competing against Pacman Jones, Priest Holmes, and Rich Gannon on Season 4 of Pros vs Joes, and building upon his experiences in finance, film, and marketing to tell powerful stories. Through consistently finding new ways to create value, Dan has had the opportunity to collaborate with many amazing individuals working in different fields.
In 2013, he co-founded The Higher Purpose Project after witnessing the need to empower young generations to be the change and evolve failing structures found in political, religious, educational, and financial sectors.
Dan brings to The Higher Purpose Project years of experience crafting powerful events and is excited to build upon his ability to connect and strengthen a new generation of leaders.
He has been featured on SpikeTV, NFL Network, TBS, and ESPN. In 2015, he will assist Kyle Maynard in reaching the top of the highest point in South America and will continue expanding the global impact of The Higher Purpose Project.
Some Questions We Ask:
- What’s your favorite book? is there a book that you give off to others or one that’s influenced you most?
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Gaemi
- When you hear the word successful, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
- What do you say to someone who’s listening to this podcast, to try that first step that you try to shift that mindset, looking at obstacles a different way, looking at failure a different way?
- Do you feel like that your development has been more nurture from that environment or do you have some innate skills, or is it a combination of both?
- What’s your family background? What was the environment like, growing up those transformative years?
- Looking at your background, what drives you, what is the core here that got you to be such a high performer in so many different fields?
- What about documentaries, do you watch them? Do you have a favorite?
- If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?
- Joseph Campbell
- Carl Jung
What You’ll Learn In This Episode:
- How he connected a lot of dots, from the financial world, he took advantage of opportunities, that led to where he is now.
The important thing too in this process is, I took a lot of small steps that people lose track of. Like a lot of people want to do these big things that are captured by the media and shared by millions of people, but you have to start with the basics.
- What he is trying to accomplish with The Higher Purpose Project
- The role of adversity in finding this higher purpose, and getting into the next step to success
Adversity is a necessity. The real gift that you get in going through that process in constantly being willing to confront different things, push through different obstacles, is you get this level of empathy and awareness that increases your ability to connect with people.
- Developing resilience, grit, self-motivation
If you’re coddled growing up, if you have a family that prevents you from making your own decisions, learning from your mistakes, what happens is later in life, you basically are paralyzed. You’re not decisive.
- What he’s learned from sports
- The importance of having goals
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