Adventures In The Journey

ūüéĮFrom Dreams to Reality: Rewriting Your Story Towards a Better Life’¬†ūüéĮ

After a few years of marriage, the birth of our first child, and weathering a global economic recession, I found myself transitioning from a night shift shuttle bus driver to a full-time realtor. This decision uncovered a new realm of possibilities that once seemed impossible. Our family had just emerged from a dark financial hole, where pure survival, hard work, and sheer determination were our only means of escape. As we embarked on our first vacation since dealing with job losses, and rebuilding, I felt a newfound sense of hope, confidence, and drive to create a better life for my family.

That moment, captured in the random photo above on the beach, was a turning point that sparked a realization of the long, arduous journey that lay ahead. It required a different perspective, a shifting of gears, but with the same laser focus and determination mindset that had propelled me out of the shear survival mode we were previously in. I knew that the road ahead would be very challenging marathon of battles, but I was determined to continue to reach new levels of growth and unlock more potential in my career and personal life.

The key to my own transformation was thinking backwards. I began by identifying my passions, values, and ultimate goals, both short and long term. I reflected on what I wanted to achieve in my life and what a fulfilling existence actually looked like to me. I even envisioned what I wanted people to say and remember at my funeral in the future (hopefully many decades away). With more clarity and intentionality, working backwards from my goals to prioritize my life, helped me identify what I needed to change, and what I had to start being intentional about.

I wrestled with questions that helped me brainstorm and focus, such as: What brings me joy? What am I most passionate about? What are my top priorities? What legacy do I want to leave behind someday? By starting with the end in mind and working backwards from that point, I was able to unlock my more potential and create better opportunities with more fulfillment for myself and my family.

In my opinion, here are some additional questions to consider if you’re yearning for a more fulfilling life.

  1. If you could have an entire day to yourself, what would you do to make it the most epic and unforgettable day ever?
  2.  If you had a magical genie who could grant you any wish, what would be your wildest and most audacious dream for the future?
  3.  If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why does it reflect your unique strengths and abilities?
  4. If you could snap your fingers and have any job in the world, no worries about money or qualifications, what would you choose and why?
  5. What are some of your proudest accomplishments, and how can you build upon those to continue creating positive change in your life and the world around you?
  6. Fear can be a real monster under the bed, what are some of the biggest challenges you’re facing right now? How can you channel your inner superhero to overcome them and live a more authentic, confident, and bold life?
  7. Suitcase? Check. Passport? Check. Adventure craving? Double check. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why? What adventures awaits!
  8. Life is too short to not do what you love. What are some of your favorite hobbies or activities? How can you sprinkle more of that magic into your daily life?
  9. Surrounding yourself with inspiring people is a great way to be motivated. Who are some of the most inspiring people in your life, and what qualities do they have that you admire?
  10. What makes your heart skip a beat and your soul come alive?  What are some of the things that make you feel the most alive and energized, and how can you create more of those experiences in your life?
  11. If we could hop in a time machine and chat with your future self 10 years from now. What advice would your future self give you about how to live your best life?
  12. Our values and principles are like the compass that guides our journey. What are some of the most important values and principles that guide your life, and how can you make sure your daily actions align with those values? What’s your true north?
  13. Life is a journey full of lessons. What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far, and how can you use this wisdom to create a more meaningful relationships and fulfilling life?

When you’re answering these questions, look for a place where you can be alone without any distractions. This could be a quiet room in your home, a park, or a secluded spot in nature that’s quiet (like my walks on the beach). Disconnect from technology by turning off your phone, computer, and any other electronic devices that might distract from your thoughts, just completely disconnect from technology! After that, set aside a specific time for reflection and stick to it. Maybe it’s a few minutes each day or a longer period of time once a week, but make this a routine. Some people have devotions, prayer time, meditation, whatever works for you to clear your thoughts and reflect deeper to better understand what is behind and driving your passions, emotions, and dreams. If it helps, workout, go for a jog, or walk¬†outside. Spending time in nature is a great way to change your normal environment. Make sure you can reflect without the usually noises to gain clarity. Take a walk in the woods or sit by the water and relax with your thoughts. It’s amazing sometimes on what can happen by just changing your environment, or moving your body to get the blood flowing. Another way to process answers to some of these questions is by externally processing with other people.¬†Consider talking to trusted friends or family members or seek the guidance of a professional counselor or engaging with our community in our FB group.

Once you have a clear understanding of your goals, it’s time to develop a plan of action. This involves setting realistic and achievable targets, breaking them down into smaller actionable steps, and taking consistent and focused action towards them. Remember, if these goals and action steps are not in writing, they doesn’t exist! So using a journal to record¬†your thoughts and reflections is key to help you organize your thoughts and track your progress over time. provides a wealth of resources to help you stay focused and motivated in your journey, including articles, videos, podcasts, and a community of like-minded individuals who collaborate together and strive towards intentionally creating a more fulfilling life. Not everyone is hardwired the same. Some people are great at focusing and others need a lot of support to help organize their thoughts. Don’t be afraid to ask others (especially members of our community) for help.

It’s important to remember this is a process that takes time and effort. There will be setbacks and obstacles along the way, new habits to develop, and a tougher mindset to establish that can feel really uncomfortable and overwhelming at first, but with determination, persistence, and focused hard work, and the right resources and support, you will achieve your goals. Keep pushing forward, stay motivated, set up accountability, and never, EVER give up!

A fulfilling life is not about a destination, it’s about enjoying and embracing the journey along the way. Take time to appreciate the small victories with each step, celebrate your progress with others, keep the right mindset, and don’t forget to have fun!

Here’s a short promotional video for a podcast where I was interviewed as a guest. I’m including it for this article because it helps illustrate the right kind of mindset.¬†By challenging yourself and pushing past limitations, you can unlock new possibilities and start living a greater life.

Are you ready to embark on this exciting journey? Are you ready to start climbing to new heights? Let’s get started!

About me

After taking a break from writing and performing music for a couple years, I‚Äôm official back! Not because I‚Äôm trying to be cool, sell stuff, or impress anyone (I‚Äôm too old for that kind of thing and honesty, just don‚Äôt care). Instead, I‚Äôm just one of those creative ‚Äėartsy‚Äô people who loves writing, performing great music, and sharing good stories. It‚Äôs in my blood, it‚Äôs like medicine for my soul, and like an escape from some of the chaos of life. I write about what inspires and matters to me most. I create all this nerd music/video stuff from my home studio in my basement. I‚Äôm a husband and father of three beautiful kiddos. My day job is being a realtor here in Minnesota and I love it!
If you’re interested in having this 40+ year old dad guitarist guy named David perform at your next event? Reach out at

Greetings, folks! Get ready to unleash and grow to your highest potential with our¬†online community ‘Living a Greater Life!‘ We’re here to make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. We’re not your typical self-help gurus who make you feel guilty for not being a billionaire by age 25. Oh no. We’re more like your hilarious, yet wise, BFFs who has your back and will give you the low-down on all the best hacks for living a truly exceptional life.¬†

With practical tools, helpful insights, and inspiring stories that could make you question your entire existence, we’re the one-stop-shop for all your leadership needs (like¬†a motivational speaker on steroids, minus the creepy vibe). We don’t do boring here – we keep it real and entertaining because life’s too short to be serious all the time.

Now, if you’re new to our community, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Grab yourself a drink like a¬†shot of espresso (because sometimes you need a caffeine kick in the pants), and get ready to be blown away by realizing your own potential, future awesomeness. You’ll learn how to live your best life while having a blast, because who said self-improvement had to be dull or full of kale smoothies?¬†So, buckle up and get ready for a wild ride. It could feel as exciting as doing a spacewalk, but without the fear of drifting off into the abyss. So let’s prepare for launch and get ready to do this!¬†Here‚Äôs what is recommended to get the most from our experience together:

Browse through our articles: Don’t just sit there staring at the screen like a confused ostrich – take a peek at the stories on our website! We’ve got everything from personal growth and self-improvement to career development and relationships, and let me tell you, they’re¬†juicier than a gossip session at a retirement home.¬†So, put on your reading glasses and get ready to transform into the superhero version of yourself (with less spandex and more emotional stability).

Sign up for our newsletter:¬†Looking for a way to spice up your inbox and make your spam folder jealous? Then sign up for our newsletter, where we’ll send you more positive vibes than a room full of yoga enthusiasts. You’ll get regular updates with new content and special offers that are hotter than a jalapeno on a summer day. So, what are you waiting for? Join the newsletter party and let’s make your inbox great again!

Follow us on social media: Ready to spice up your social media feed and add a dash of inspiration to your scrolling routine? Then connect and follow us on our Facebook group, where we’ll keep you connected¬†with a community of like-minded folks who are just as awesome as you are but more motivated than a cheerleading squad on Red Bull.¬†So, give your thumbs a workout and join the fun on our Facebook group!

Share with friends and family:¬†If you come across an article that resonates with you, consider sharing it with friends and family. Inspiring others is a great way to spread positivity and encouragement in the world. If you stumble upon an article that tickles your fancy, why not share it with your friends and loved ones? You could be the spark that ignites a fire of inspiration, motivation, or healing in their souls. So if something you read could help inspire someone you know, spread spread the word! After all, who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up in this crazy world?

Take action:¬†It’s time to stop scrolling and start taking action! Whether it’s setting a new goal, developing a new habit, or making a small change in your life, these powerful resources and fresh perspectives are more sought after than a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. So, don’t let them go to waste. Take charge and make a step forward.¬†

Don’t travel alone:¬†Don’t keep all that wisdom and experience locked up inside you¬†like a closet full of ugly Christmas sweaters. Sharing your ups and downs, your triumphs and failures, and all your best practices for life is not just about helping yourself, it’s about breaking down those walls of isolation and making a positive impact on the community and world around you. It’s like being a rockstar, but instead of just shredding on guitar, you’re spreading the love and knowledge with every chord you play.¬†And don’t forget the real icing on the cake – by sharing your experiences, you could be giving someone else the boost they need to get out of a really dark hole. Think about it, you could be the hero that someone else needs, like Batman but with with a more positive attitude and fewer angry outbursts.¬†So, let’s all come together like a big ol’ family reunion, where the only dish on the menu is hot tips and insights, and the dress code is whatever pants make you feel like you could conquer the world (or at least your inbox). So take courage, be bold, and share your stories with our community and the ¬†world because together, we’re stronger than a group of¬†sumo wrestler in a game of tug-of-war.!

Let’s be real, life’s too short to be all serious and no fun! That’s why we’re here to offer you some laughs and practical tips to break through the barriers holding you back. We want to help you climb higher and reach new heights in creating an absolutely epic life! So, buckle up and get ready to blast off to the next level of awesome!

Your fellow adventurer, David Olson

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Igniting the Fire Within: Living with Urgency and Passion

Ahoy, my fellow adventurers! I want to talk about something near and dear to everyone’s heart: A ships’s rudder. Yes, that’s right, that very small unassuming piece of a boat that’s often overlooked and undervalued. I know it’s not the glamorous, sexy part of a boat but it’s the AMAZING unsung hero of any functioning water vessel (and probably deserves its own action movie franchise). Without a rudder, a ship is directionless, adrift, and arguably worthless. But with it, a ship can stay its course even in the face of strong winds and turbulent waters.¬†

A boat at sea without a rudder is completely lost, directionless, and entirely at the mercy of the waves. It’s a sad sight to behold, and unfortunately,¬†a tragic metaphor for how many people live their lives. They react like a pinball, ¬†bouncing from one obstacle to the next, with no clear sense of direction or purpose. They get pushed around and are aimlessly drifting.¬†Similarly, in life, having a clear sense of direction and purpose are essential. Without it, we’re liable to get swept away by the whims of our circumstance and find ourselves way off course.

This concept is important to consider because just like a ship without a rudder, we can easily lose our direction in life and get carried away by external forces, circumstances outside our control, and the distracting opinions of others. By having crystal clear awareness of our own principles, values, and goals, we’ll have a clear sense of direction to steer and adjust our lives in a positive and fulfilling direction. Making small adjustments along the way that can help us stay on course and make progress towards our desired destination.

We don’t just need direction in life, we also desperately need URGENCY!¬†Now hold on to your hats, this next part is shocking.¬†Of the average 78 years that we’re alive to walk this earth, we’ll end up spending a whopping 97.32% of it snoozing, munching, hustling, doing our taxes, or sitting on the porcelain throne! Here’s the actual breakdown:

  • 33% Sleeping: According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Assuming an average of 8 hours of sleep per day, that would be approximately 33% of a person’s day.¬†
  • 36.8 % Working: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American full-time worker works 8.5 hours per day. Assuming a typical 5-day workweek,¬†over 78 years would be a total of approximately 123,660 days, roughly 36.8% of their life.
  • 4.9% Eating: Assuming three meals per day with an average of 30 minutes per meal,¬†1.5 hours per day eating, over 78 years would total approximately 33,930 hours eating, roughly 4.9% of their life.
  • 2% Bathroom: Assuming a person spends around 30 minutes per day on these activities, then over 78 years they would have spent a total of approximately 11,385 hours. This would be roughly 2% of their life.
  • 1% Taxes: ¬†The average time required to complete and file a Form 1040 (the most common tax form for individual taxpayers in the US) was approximately 8 hours a year. This includes the time spent on record keeping, tax planning, completing the form, and submitting it. Assuming a lifespan of 78 years and an average starting age of 20 for tax filing would mean a total of around 624 hours, or 26 days, spent on taxes over the course of a lifetime.
  • 8.33% House Management: The average¬†individual spends about 2 hours per day on household tasks such as cleaning, laundry, organizing, and maintenance. This would amount to about 14 hours per week, or roughly 728 hours per year. Assuming a lifespan of 78 years, ¬†is a total of approximately 56,784 hours spent managing the home over the course of a lifetime.
  • 11.29% Child Care:¬†Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, parents with children under 18 years old spend an average of 2.7 hours per day on primary childcare activities, such as feeding, bathing, and playing with their children.For a lifespan of 78 years and an average of 2.7 hours per day spent managing kids, this would amount to around¬†77,175 hours spent managing kids over the course of a lifetime.

So what’s the point? On average, we only have 2.68% left of our lives to spend engaging in additional activities that we’re passionate about (like hanging out with friends, exercising, ¬†planning our lives, or volunteering). That’s it! If your entire 10 fingers represented your whole life, 2.68% would be around the thickness of your pinky fingernail.

Another thought-provoking and sobering reality, is that roughly¬†50 years of our lives are spent working at a job to enjoy 11 years of retirement. (If we retire at 67, the average retirement age, and have a life expectancy of 78 years, it 11 years of freedom (without considering any physical and health limitations that we will all certainly experience at that age). ¬†It’s humbling to realize and especially in contrast with most people’s current priorities. For some, this s motivating enough to become a human bulldozer willing plow through any obstacle or challenge. But for others it can be so depressing it makes Eeyore seem like an energizer bunny.

Each person’s situation is unique, but it doesn’t change the fact that we’re all racing against the clock. Every moment counts, every decision we make determines whether we’re contributing to something¬†significant¬†or aimlessly adrift to nowhere. Instead of being overwhelmed, we can use a sense of urgency and ¬†motivation to maximize our time, work diligently, follow our passions, ¬†and construct a life that brings us satisfaction where we can relish every moment we have remaining.

A ship’s rudder is roughly 2.5% of the total size of the boat. One tiny part ultimately determines the direction and fate of the journey! Our intentional ‘free time’ on earth is only a small fraction of our entire lives, but what we do with it directly determines the experience and outcome of our journey.

Let me be honest for a moment – are you really living your best life right now or are you stuck being a sad trombone solo? Are you drifting aimlessly, just trying to survive each day? Are you lost in a dense fog without a compass? Without a rudder?

Life is a precious and delicate gift that should be treasured, but sadly, many of us miss out on the full experience. Fear, doubt, and putting things off hold us back from achieving our true potential. Far too many people find themselves stuck in dead-end jobs, unfulfilling relationships, or destructive habits that drain their energy and happiness. Breaking free from these patterns can be a constant struggle, leaving many feeling hopeless and stuck in a downward spiral. It’s a bleak reality that many face every day.

It’s time to stop being distracted and making excuses! No matter what season of life we’re in, it’s time to re-adjust the rudder and take better control for the direction of our lives! Just like a ship’s captain carefully chooses the orientation of the rudder, we need to carefully plan and make the most of where our lives are headed. We can’t afford to waste a single second, because our limited time is SO precious and quickly running out. Whether it’s reconnecting with loved ones, pursuing our passions deeper, or spreading kindness like glitter at a craft fair, we need to take action and be VERY intentional about where we set our rudders and have urgency to sail towards a brighter tomorrow!

Imagine waking up every day feeling energized and excited about the possibilities that lay ahead. Imagine feeling fulfilled by your work, relationships, and personal growth. This is not just a fantasy, it’s a reality waiting for you to claim it. So what are you waiting for? Start building the life of your dreams today, because tomorrow is not promised.

Unleash your true potential and live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t let fear, doubt, or uncertainty hold you back. It’s time to take charge and make intentional choices that align with your values and passions. You have the power to create something extraordinary, and there’s no better time than now to take bold steps forward to elevate your life. Remember, it’s not about the number of years you spend on this earth, it’s about the impact you make and the legacy you leave behind. So go ahead, start today, and let your light shine bright!



Our Story

“An exceptional life is finding joy in the journey & not just the destination.”

Get ready to embark on a journey of inspiration and transformation, as we delve into the reflections of a transformative leader named David Olson.

David’s story is one of grit and determination, starting from humble beginnings in rural Minnesota to becoming a thriving business leader, entrepreneur, and artist. His personal and professional growth is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and he openly shares some of the vital experiences that have shaped and given him new perspectives for achieving an authentic, inspiring, and fulfilling life.

But this is not just a solo expedition. This space was created to bring us together as a community of collaborators, supporters, and travelers. A place to learn and grow together into our best selves, develop authenticity, integrity, and purpose, and ultimately build an inspiring and supportive community.

So embark on your journey together, be inspired, and be open to start living a greater life!

‘Connect the dots’ ¬†and find more significance, gratitude, and opportunities! ¬†Join the movement towards creating and ‘Living a Greater Life!’

David received his undergraduate degrees in Music, Psychology, and Theology at Northwestern University in St. Paul and a Master‚Äôs Degree (MDiv) from Bethel University. In the middle of the economic crash of 2007, he unexpectedly found himself switching from a full-time ministry career to building a real estate empire as a licensed realtor, broker, general contractor, and insurance agent in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida. ¬†David lives in the southwest metro of the Twin Cities with his wife and three daughters. When he’s not up at his cabin in Crosslake Minnesota,¬†he volunteers as a substitute teacher at some local schools, leads music at churches in his community, and enjoys reading and writing.

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