An Interview with Daniel Blanchard: Feeling Lucky?

Aug 11, 2015 by


Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) Daniel, in your inspirational book, a young man gets a visit from his grandfather. What lessons does the grandfather seem to offer his grandson?

Hope… and even more important, some simple strategies to a better life that comes from self-initiation and persevering until the job is done. Also, getting some help through mentors and reading.

2) Why does it seem that there is very little mentoring going on in American nowadays?

I think people are busier than they used to be. Also, with all the Hollywood emphasis on young and beautiful, and these video games and television programs that show a general lack of respect for our elders… our culture is slowly losing that precious success secret of the young learning from the old.

3) The good old days – seemed to have been good for the grandfather, but not so for the grandson. Your thoughts?

It’s just a fact that there is more competition today. After WWII the U.S. and our factories came out in pretty good shape without much competition. Our grandparents could go down the corner and get a good paying factory job with decent hours and live a decent family life. Today, a lot of the world has been rebuilt with newer factories among other things, and with the Internet being such a big part of our lives now, the playing field all around the world has been leveled. This makes things very difficult for our young people today. However, there is a good side to this increased competition. Just as the fierce competition of the Olympic Games has causes our athletes to continuously get better, the increased competition that we are facing today in all areas will force us to also get better.

4) In “grandfather’s day” there seemed to be honor, integrity , reliability and a lot of other things that are missing today. Where did we miss the boat?

We weren’t so rushed back then. Then wasn’t so much pressure to turn a profit among incredible competition. This being “under-the-gun” mentality has really pushed a lot of people in to doing dishonorable things. It saddens me when I hear people say that they don’t trust anyone. I miss the days of a handshake being enough. However, even among all of today’s pressures, all is not lost. One must remember, that people vote with their feet, and if they feel that you are ripping them off or being dishonest with them, they will eventually walk away and look for someone else. And once they find that honorable person, they will be loyal to them because they know that they found a diamond in a coal field. In the end, integrity and reliability still matter!

5) We hear a lot about “life coaches” Why do you think this is?

Life is more complicated than it used to be. And with our world spinning so fast and changing so fast, it’s easy to feel like you’re being left behind. I recently read somewhere that we are one of the most educated generations of all time. The funny thing is that it certainly doesn’t feel that way. This is where some help would be really helpful. I have had a couple of life-coaches and they have really helped me see things that I hadn’t seen before on my own. In addition, they had pushed me to do things that I hadn’t done before because I felt like I was just too busy to get to it. I think with the continuing dizzying pace of our world we are going to see more and more life-coaches. I am now a certified life-coach, and am already helping people live a higher quality life. Life-coaches make sense in these hectic confusing times.

6) Grandfather seems to have memories that sustain him and encourage him. How do we get our current generation to understand this?

By pointing it out. We all have past successes, and if we took the time to go through our lives year by year and month by month we can see all of the little successful memories that we all have. Furthermore, we can draw from these success memories when times are getting tough. I used to do this all the time when I was training for the Junior Olympics in wrestling. Drawing from these past successes gave me the emotional and physical courage and energy to push harder and to become more successful. Imagine, now knowing about all of these little success memories that we do have, if we now approached an older person and asked them about their success memories… I think we can learn a lot here, don’t you?

7) Coaches, in general, seem to have more influence or a greater impact than teachers or even parents. Why is this?

Well, there are a lot of reasons. One is that students feel that they are forced to be with that teacher, learning about a subject that they may not be fully invested in. With coaches it’s a very different situation. The kids want to be there, and they want to learn so they can get better.

Another factor is that coaches have figured out something that we should all borrow. Coaches use words that get kids motivated to try harder. Coaches push kids’ emotional buttons. Coaches aren’t worried about facts and dates. They want to get a kid emotionally charged up, jumping around and pumped up. I know to some of us, this sounds crazy, but it works and we should be doing some of these little emotionally charged things too.

And for parents, I say hang in there. You are still the most important person in your child’s life, regardless of how they try to hide that fact…

8) Give us one lesson that you think is important from this book?

(C.A.N.D.I.) Constant And Never-ending Deliberate Improvement! If we deliberately improve just a tiny bit every single day for the rest of our lives, we will create a wildly successful life that we never could have imagined!

9) Give us your Facebook page and how to get the book on Amazon and your website to visit.

My Facebook Page is:
Granddaddy’s Secrets Facebook Page is:
Amazon Author’s Page is:
My website is:
Twitter: @Dan007blanchard

10) What have I neglected to ask?
What’s next? I’m working on my Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership book series, as well as an academia book that will soon be out that is called, “Evaluating Professional Development: A Case Study of an Inner City High School”. In addition, I am speaking professionally and doing life-coaching, as well as still teaching in the largest inner city high school in CT.

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