Are You Living Your Dream or Someone Else's? With Bestselling Author Dave Hollis

Dave Hollis

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Dave Hollis

Dave Hollis is a New York Times bestselling author. He’s also the host of the Rise Together podcast, a keynote speaker, and a life and business coach.

He previously worked as the President of Sales for the film studio at The Walt Disney Company but gave it up when he realized he wasn’t living his dream. 

He has a new book coming out in October of 2021 called "Built for Courage," where he shares how he is rebuilding his life again after divorce.

Why Dave Hollis Is Mentally Strong

Dave doesn’t claim to have life all figured out. He doesn’t hide his struggles from his readers or his listeners. Instead, he talks openly about the mistakes he’s made and what he’s learning along the way. 

He creates a lot of helpful content for his readers and his listeners. And much of it is based on the lessons he’s learning as life is unfolding.

It takes mental strength to talk about problems and mistakes. It takes even more mental strength to share your journey as it unfolds when you aren’t sure how things will turn out.

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • Some of the lessons Dave learned from going through his hardest year ever
  • Why Dave is willing to talk about his ongoing pain and struggles publicly
  • Why you should think about how you feel when you’re by yourself
  • Why it’s so important to honor the promises you make yourself
  • Why journaling can be so good for you and how to get started
  • How to create space for more stillness in your life (and why it’s so important)
  • How to know if you’re really living someone else’s dream or your own
  • How Dave has learned to embrace uncomfortable emotions
  • Why Dave goes to therapy and what he’s learning along the way
  • The life-changing exercise that has helped Dave manage his anxiety

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

People aren’t either “mentally strong” or “mentally weak.” Everyone possesses mental strength to a certain degree.

Dave talks a lot about the exercises and strategies that help him grow stronger, like journaling and therapy.

Those choices that he makes to improve himself help him grow stronger and improve his mental health.

He clarifies that some factors outside of his control have impacted his mental health, such as the pandemic. But, he knows it’s up to him to take steps to take care of himself every single day.

Quotes From Dave

Dave Hollis

If you find yourself sailing off of someone else's map, you're never going to get to the destination.

— Dave Hollis
  • If you've given your best effort, who cares, what anybody else thinks, 
  • You have to do the uncomfortable even when the uncomfortable ends up making other people uncomfortable. 
  • As you start to embrace your truth, as you start to embrace why you're actually here.
  • I dubbed my patio the ‘patio of peace’ to force stillness so that I could create a relationship with my emotions, understand what I was thinking and feeling, and deeply connect with why I'm here and what I'm supposed to do with my life.
  • I'm not necessarily happy to be sad, but at least I can understand why sadness believes it has a role in having presented itself.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.