- Meet Dan
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- Meet Dan
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Dan was born in Mesa, Arizona - the third of four children – raised by two incredible parents in a faith-based home – all college graduates – extremely successful business professionals and ‘significant’ human beings! Dan’s inherent and relentless pursuit of personal excellence first manifested itself at eight years of age when he battled through a cancerous abscess in his throat. Dan teaches that today you’ve never been this old before – and today you’ll never be this young again – so right now and every right now matters. No matter what your past has been you have a spotless future. You can’t always control what happens, but you can always control what happens next.
At age 12, Dan starred in a weekly CBS television series and was the voice of a cartoon character. As a teenager Dan was a four sport, 9-Time Varsity Letterman, voted Outstanding High School Athlete’ three years in a row – who became a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, Alpine Ski Racing champion, Intermountain Moto Cross champion, Sunkist All-American Football Player and All-Star Baseball Pitcher, earning a full athletic scholarship to play both sports at the University of Utah.
Dan has spoken to more than 6000 audiences, in all 50 states, in 71 countries, on 6 continents to millions of people, and has worked with most of the Fortune 500 companies, Super Bowl Champions, NASA, MDRT, the United Nations and has been ‘down range’ many times to fire up our combat troops on multiple ‘Military Tribute Tours’ in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.
Dan is an alumnus of the University of Utah (psychology); a University Professor; Podcast Host; New York Times Best Selling Author of 35 books and a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. One of Dan’s famous stories ‘Puppies For Sale’ was made into a film at Paramount Studios starring Jack Lemmon.
As a master storyteller Dan has been published in over 50 million books in 40 languages worldwide; has appeared on over 500 TV and radio programs including Oprah, Glenn Beck, NPR and Voices of America/Radio Free Europe. Dan teaches to focus on what matters most, which is what lasts the longest – knowing the goal is not to live forever, but to create something that will.
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Dan had an ‘Invitation Tryout’ with the MLB Kansas City Royals Baseball Team and was a projected #1 Draft Choice into the NFL by the Oakland Raiders. However, a devastating, paralyzing injury cut short his athletic career. Paralyzed physically and emotionally for fourteen months, with fifteen doctors telling Dan he would not recover – Dan fought his way back and did recover - teaching the steps of resiliency and crisis management, knowing adversity introduces us to ourselves – pain is a signal to grow, not to suffer - in life there are no mistakes, only lessons – we never lose if we always learn - once we identify our ‘why,’ figuring out the ‘how-to’ becomes clear.
Dan has been invited aboard Air Force One; has flown most of the fighter jets and bombers in the U.S. military arsenal; and has soared to the edge of space in a U2 reconnaissance aircraft, teaching that when you slide into the cockpit of any aircraft, you don’t strap into the plane – you strap the plane onto you! In our world of high tech, we still need to take control with high touch knowing ‘reason leads to conclusions, but it is emotion that leads to supersonic action!’
Dan is the modern-day Napoleon Hill who has interviewed billionaires, game changers, world champions, astronauts and Navy SEALS – teaching that under pressure you don’t step up your game – you succumb to the level of your training. Which means pressure is not something that is naturally there. It’s created when you question your own ability. When you know what you’ve trained to do there is never any pressure. That’s why you train and practice so hard.
Dan’s extraordinary life includes serving on the Olympic Committee and carrying the Torch in the Winter Games; racing automobiles at Nürburgring and Daytona and dogsleds in the Arctic; winning the Hamilton Island Sailing Regatta in Australia; playing Augusta National and the Old Course in Scotland; riding his Road King Harley across America with the Willie G. Davidson family; riding elephants in Thailand, camels in Cairo, and starring in some feature films. Dan teaches ‘success is never final’ - that if you wonder if your glass is half empty or half full - you’ve missed the point. It’s Refillable! Thinking positively or negatively doesn’t fill up the glass. The pouring does! It’s easier to act your way into positive thinking than to think your way into positive action!
Dan has been inspired by the extraordinary positive examples in his life beginning with his Dad: S. Wayne Clark - Highly Educated, Air Force Officer, Legislator, Rancher, Miner, Corporate Executive, Devoted to his Christian Faith and Family; Angel Mother: Ruby Maughan Clark – the youngest of nine children raised by a single mom on a farm in Idaho, Founder of an exclusive Catering Business, Musician, Spiritual Guide, Relentless Charitable Volunteer. Dan teaches that when times get tough, no one ever hits ‘rock bottom’ – we hit rock foundation – we hit rock belief and the core values on which we were raised. When our organizations face hard times, they don’t hit ‘rock bottom’ – they hit rock foundation – they hit the baseline governing principles on which they were built. An armored-up warrior never has to get ready – he/she stays ready - when we are prepared we shall not fear!
Dan’s Uncle Ellis Armstrong was chairman of the American Public Works Association, the Commissioner of Roads under President Dwight Eisenhower who conceived and developed the Interstate System, and then the Commissioner of Reclamation under President Richard Nixon who designed and built the St. Lawrence Seaway, Hoover Dam, and Aswan Dam in Egypt.
Dan’s Uncle Lloyd Butler attended UC Berkeley graduating in 1950. While a member of their eight-oared crew, he was named to the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team, where he and his teammates won the Gold Medal in 1948. Uncle Lloyd was later an executive with Standard Oil Company, from which he retired after a long illustrious career.
Dan’s Great Uncle is J. Reuben Clark – who was valedictorian and student body president of the University of Utah, graduated from Columbia Law School, became a professor at George Washington University, received a Presidential appointment as the U.S. Undersecretary of the State Department and then Solicitor General. In 1930, U.S. President Herbert Hoover appointed J. Reuben as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, where he served until 1933, when he was called to serve as an Apostle in his world-wide church. Both the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU are named in his honor.
Dan firmly believes that DNA and the environment and attitude in which we are raised is the #1 reason we succeed or fail, and therefore, teaches what he learned from his heroes about living by the L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. values of Loyalty to truth, Empathy for others, Ambition to succeed, Duty to God and country, Excellence in all you do, Respect for authority, Service before self, Honor, Integrity no matter what, and Personal Courage to always run towards the guns!
Dan is a Gold Record songwriter who has written with many of the biggest names in country music. With the understanding that every song has been written with the same 12 notes, Dan teaches how to trigger more passion, creativity and imagination to stand out as a ‘hit’ songwriter and make every day a ‘revenue day’ - closing another amazing deal/making a huge difference every day!