KEW Are vs Should Interview Series: Dalton Johnson

This was a really fun interview. I hesitate to say that, because it implies that not all the interview are fun, but I’m saying it anyway.

It’s kind of like when people say, ‘to be honest with you . . . ‘, because that implies they are sometimes dishonest.

But just watch Dalton Johnson talk and you’ll see what I mean. His enthusiasm and sense of humor are infectious. And his story is cool. His storieS are cool. And he has a lot to say about the Are vs Should Problem. Not the least of which was how the book, ‘The Alchemist‘, by by Paulo Coelho addressed a very similar issue.

Dalton talks a lot about the journey we take. I see it as the journey of the Are vs Should. Along our pathway we see choices. Some of these choices come from within (I want to do a podcast, Dalton wants to bicycle around New Zealand) and other choices come from without (and are in the realm of the shoulds).

What makes Dalton’s stories compelling, is he doesn’t seem to suffer from much of the Are – at least not the way I do. His journey, for the most part, seems to be about checking in with himself first, and asking the question, ‘what do I want?’. And then he does that very thing.

And if the passion and humor are any indication, I’d say Mr. Johnson has made very good choices. I could him as evidence that ‘following your are’ can lead to a successful life (measured not in money or power, but in other units). And this, I think, is a compelling model.

In the context of the Are vs Should Problem, it’s no secret that I am rooting for us all to choose more ‘are‘ and less ‘should‘. I present to you an example of how that can pan out for us. And it’s never too late.

You can connect with Dalton on instagram and see his gorgeous photography here: Dalton’s Instagram (incredible pics of incredible places) :

You can also check out his thoughts in his blog here: Dalton’s Blog (insightful reading):

Here’s a link to the downloadable podcast, or please subscribe to my podcast wherever you get your podcasts (Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc. – and don’t forget to provide a review!):

Here’s the YouTube video version – please note that we had bandwidth issues toward the end and the video cuts out for a few minutes, but the entirety of the interview is in audio and video formats:

Thank you for listening, watching, reading, or participating with me in any way you are comfortable.

KEW Episode 26: Habits – Why are they so hard to break?

Seriously. WTF? Habits are really hard to change. Trying to exercise? Eat better? Cleaning up your potty mouth? It ain’t easy. And the crazy thing is, as hard as habits are to change it seems like picking up bad habits is easy. Changing habits is hard stuff. And I’m not just talking about physical addictions or bad habits. Besides just habitual behavior we also have emotional and intellectual habits that could use some modification. I overthink to the point of anxiety – I’d like to change that habit! I have an addiction to nicotine – that one needs to go. I habitually prioritize my family’s needs over my own – this one is HUGE, and I STRUGGLE to even modify it a little. In this episode I’ll discuss my own issues and demonstrate how the struggle to change habits is universal. I don’t have much advice to offer, except that changing habits is probably a slow process that will require some effort – there’s no magic bullet.

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