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Episode 34

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Published on:

25th Jan 2020

3:00am

This Is Where We Take a Stand

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Almost seven years ago, I wrote a short story entitled The Cautionary Tale of Balderdash and Hogwash, which was a chapter in my book, The Parables of Business.

I was reminded of this by one of the readers of my newsletter, who emailed me with a note that stated, “More relevant than ever, with today’s climate of fake news, political divisiveness, and groupthink mentality when it comes to critical thought.”

I re-read the chapter again and, while I’d like to think that the world in general isn’t as gullible as the followers of the two main characters, current events would suggest otherwise. I thought I’d share it here with you in this week's episode, and add some new thoughts, seven years later..

Topics on the menu include

  • How the gullible will always have someone ready to take advantage
  • Why we need to heed the lessons of history if we're to avoid making the same mistakes
  • Why we need to keep fighting for those who have no voice of their own
  • How sometimes the silliest of stories have the biggest ring of truth

Settle back for a chat about not taking anything for granted, and why this time, this place, is where we need to take a stand.

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Episode 33

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12th Jan 2020

7:33pm

Ep 33: Life Owes You No More Time

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This week saw the death of Rush drummer Neil Peart. A Canadian icon, his death saw many people on social media share what he and the band he drummed for meant to them, as well as personal stories and examples of how he specifically had made a difference in their lives.

One of these examples was from my good friend Bob LeDrew who, when speaking about Peart's death on Facebook, made a comment that really stuck with me, and is the title of this week's show: life owes you no more time.

It's a statement that is really timely, as it comes at a time when another good friend is detailing his battle with cancer. In the Facebook group he set up to chart this journey, John Haydon posted a video that talks about how he feels at "this stage of his life", and why he believes the terminology about this being any kind of stage of life is incorrect.

In this week's episode, I dive deeper into both these poignant statements, as well as how other cultures look at life, and why it's only a borrowed amount of time - eventually, we have to give it all back.

Topics on the menu include

  • The fallacy of life being in stages
  • Why we should stop talking about middle-aged as if it were a quantifiable number
  • Why we should heed the wisdom of those nearing the end of their lives
  • The beliefs of the Ufaina tribe, and what vital force is

Settle back for a discussion on the finite time we have on this planet, and the mindsets that are holding us back in the short calendar we call life.

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Episode 32

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1st Jan 2020

11:58pm

Ep 32: Controlling the Ship

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So it's been a while since the last episode. A bunch of stuff got in the way - life, health, home, and more. All the things that usually throw you off track when you let them.

But at the same time, I could have controlled how much I let these things impacted the other parts of my life, and the frequency I shipped them - this podcast, my newsletter, ideas I let slip, etc.

In this week's episode, I talk about why we need to control the narrative, and ship only when we're ready to.

Topics on the menu include

  • Why we should control the way we ship, and when
  • Why quality os always more important than quality
  • How you can take control of your own paths (goals, plans, etc)
  • A new project I've launched with my wife

Settle back for a discussion on realizing how we're defined by our choices and the mechanics behind them.

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Episode 31

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Published on:

27th Sep 2019

11:58pm

Ep 31: Why We Need to Be Better At Being Authentic

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Recently, I posted an update on Facebook about school picture days, and how they encourage false narratives when it comes to our kids.

The thinking was, we push back online when it comes to fake influencers and buying likes on social media, who try and sell us the perfect life that they lead, even when it's anything but.

Yet for our kids, when it comes to the annual picture day at school, we prettify our kids, and tell them they need to be their "best self", so to speak, otherwise the pictures will be ruined.

Is that truly the message and lesson we want to be giving?

In this week's episode, I talk about why we need to be better, and more consistent, when it comes to being authentic in life.

Topics on the menu include

  • How we're adding unnecessary pressure on our kids
  • How our disappointment over something little can be huge for our kids
  • Why we need to realize that smarter does not mean better
  • How strangers at a Gay Pride parade made kids feel loved again

Settle back for a discussion on whether the happiness we're seeking for our kids is actually for them or more about ourselves, and why we need to make sure it's for the right reasons.

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Episode 30

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Published on:

15th Jun 2019

7:00pm

Ep 30: Why We Need to Let Kids Be Kids

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As parents, we can add pressure to the lives of our kids without realizing it. Instead of enjoying life as a kid, they're worrying about approval from us instead, and it's harming their growth.

By adding this pressure, we're setting them up to fail, and potentially leading to deeper issues in later life, including mental health and behavioral problems. In short, we're failing our kids, and we need to start asking why this is the case, and how can we fix it.

In this week's show, I chat about why we need to recognize the signs of our kids feeling pressure, and how we can redress this before it's too late.

Topics on the menu include

  • How we're adding unnecessary pressure on our kids
  • How our disappointment over something little can be huge for our kids
  • Why we need to realize that smarter does not mean better
  • How strangers at a Gay Pride parade made kids feel loved again

Settle back for a discussion on whether the happiness we're seeking for our kids is actually for them or more about ourselves, and why we need to make sure it's for the right reasons.

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Life Through a Dram
Life Through a Dram sees Danny Brown's take on life, being a better person, and appreciating the here and now, all accompanied by a dram of fine single malt whisky.

With a relaxed take and an eye for the good and the inspiring, Danny shares stories and personal examples of people making a difference in the world, as well as how you can make that difference too.

Life Through a Dram is the perfect way to either start your week, or end it.
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Danny Brown

I’m father to two amazing children who make me laugh, cry, hope, fear, anticipate, and cherish every single day. I’m husband to an awesome wife who supports me in more ways than she can ever know, and who I could never repay if I lived a thousand years.

When not podcasting, you can find me in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada, living a quiet life surrounded by trees, lakes, and wildlife, taking inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us.