by Dana Cavalea May 03, 2021

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Hi Team...

I hope you had a great weekend! 

This weekend was a lot of fun for me as we spent some time at the local gun range with some friends!

Growing up in NY, around the metro area exposure to firearms was taboo, but, after spending time in baseball and in the South, I was taught about firearms in a different way.

About 8 years ago I did a course with the Navy Seals in Coronado, CA and we were given the run down and it was quite amazing.

So, this weekend, my wife and I, furthered our learning- as she had never shot before.

It was great to see somebody else learn a new skill-and then see how empowered they were after learning it.

Which, got me thinking....

How often do we learn actual skills today?

If you are like most, not often.

I mean, we learn by reading or watching social media, reading articles, etc. but most of what we read today is opinion, or, learning a certain way based on the perspectives of the writer and/or outlet in which the writer works for.

But, for the purposes of this writing, I am talking about actual skill acquisition.

Meaning, you learn something that will produce an immediate outcome for you, or, an outcome over time.

A few months ago, I was on our farm and had to install a gate.

I had never done it before.

After 4 trips to Lowes for the right drill bit, I figured it out for the most part.

Then, my neighbor, Vince came by and said, "Son, let me show you how to do it."

He taught me all the nuances of how to hang this farm gate- skills you can only acquire by doing and immersing yourself around a seasoned farmer.

See what I mean?

That is real learning.

As we get older, we get so used to our habits, routines, and ways of doing things, including learning, that we actual grow very little or not at all.

I believe that the more you can acquire skill sets and knowledge, even outside of your desired subject matter, the better you get as a person and most importantly as a thinker.

Think about your inner circle.

Is everybody thinking the same?

Or, kind of thinking the same?

Most likely.

Many of us find comfort in surrounding ourselves with similar thinkers. Over time, we become and stay like each other.

The goal is growth.

It always should be.

To keep growing is to keep expanding yourself and your horizons.

My whole goal behind these writings each day is to get you to think differently. 

To think in a non-linear fashion so that you can create growth and expansion in your life by trying new things, thinking differently, and understanding yourself and your patterns at a deeper level.

What skill(s) would you like to acquire?

A few months ago, one of my clients began an improv class and it really brought out his best as a top sales person. Next, he is going to start painting- another curiosity of his.

As we expand, we grow.

Keep challenging yourself.

Find new ways, challenge your old ways- but do it all by taking action, not over-thinking!

Got it?


Let's go win this week!

Your Coach,



Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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