An Interview with Daniel Blanchard: Feeling on A Roll?

Jan 4, 2012 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico

1) Dan, your second book is about to come out- how are you feeling?

I feel psyched that my second book is about to come out. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure that I’m not dreaming.

2) To follow up on your first book- are you just a lucky guy or do you work hard at what you do ?

Well, since my first book was titled, “Feeling Lucky?” I have to say that I am a very lucky guy. However, not all of my luck is just good old fashion luck, but much of it is hard work meeting opportunity. I worked very hard to create my own luck, and now I’m reaping the reward with a second book coming out.

3) We are just starting out a new year—do you feel optimistic, realistic or pessimistic about things?

I know these are tough times for many of us, but I think we all need to remember that tough times don’t last, tough people do! I’m always optimistic. In high school I was even voted most optimistic. Hey, I even read a study not too long ago that said people who smile more tend to get more of the good things in life. So why not smile, and why not be optimistic!

4) Tell us about your grandfather- and his impact on you .

My book series, Granddaddy’s Secrets, is a fictional. But of course even good fictionals are written on what the writer knows, thus giving it some truth. In regards to this truth, however, I didn’t know my Grandfather. When my mother was alive she told me he was a great man, but unfortunately he died when I was very young. I guess the Granddaddy in my book series is the type of Granddaddy that I wished I had, as well as the type that I wish all kids had.

5) How does one go about “Feeling lucky” in this very stressful world?

Always remember that those who feel lucky tend to act with more confidence. And those that tend to act with more confidence tend to succeed more. And those who tend to succeed more tend to get the nicer things in life. So it’s simple; if you want the good things in life you better make a concious effort to feel lucky!

6) I know some people that always seem to feel happy- but they are not ambitious, not very responsible, reliable or dependable…..your thoughts?

There’s always those type of happy people. But is that really just a front? How happy can they really be if they’re not succeeding in life and thus not able to pay their bills? You can’t be blind to life’s realities. Happiness is not enough. You have to use happiness to give you the courage to act. Once the “doing” is no longer unbearable, then there will be more “doing” in your life. With happiness, more “doing” and a little luck, you might surprise yourself with how far you can actually go in this life.

7) What have I neglected to ask?

Let me tell you about my family. I have a loving beautiful wonderful wife and five beautiful priceless children. Part of me writing this Granddaddy’s Secrets Book Series is to leave a recipe of success that they and all children in this world can follow to a higher quality of life. Now don’t get me wrong. I believe that spending time with them is the most important thing that I can do for them, and it should be for all of the adults in this world. We all need to spend time with our youth for they are our next generation. However, for those times that I’m just not there, my children and all of the children of the world can pick up one of my books, study it, and create a better life for themselves.

8) Where can interested people get a copy of your book—if they are lucky enough to have internet access and a few extra dollars?

My books, “Feeling Lucky?” and soon to be out, “Feeling Good.” is available on the Amazon website, Barnes and Noble, and Borders. However, I think you should go to my website to order it because there you will be able to find out more about me and read my amazing blog. Check me out at:

9) What have I neglected to ask ??

Who am I to write a book about teen leadership? I presently teach high school social studies in Connecticut’s laargest inner-city high school. I have coaching and teaching teens for over twenty years. I have seen many succeed, like that time I was on the coaching staff that coached Connecticut’s first national wrestling champion, and the countless students that have gone from nothing to ivory league schools. Unfortunatley, I have also seen many students fail, some had all the odds against them, but even worse most of these kids that failed even had themselves against them. They just weren’t motivated, and just didn’t know what to do to get out of their ruts. Well, I have some bad news for you. The diference between a rut and a grave is only the depth. I have spent my entire professional career teaching these kids how to be motivated and what to do in order to succeed. And now my secrets are written down for all to see in my Granddaddy’s Secrets Book Series and my website at:

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