Who Are You And Why Should I Care What You Think?
I’m just a guy with a weird profile pic who spends more time journaling, people watching, and introspecting than most people spend on their top three hobbies combined. Should you care what I think? I dunno. Maybe? Probably not. You might find out just in case.
But in case you stick around, my name is Daniel Dessinger. I’m 44 years old. I grew up near Fort Worth, Texas. Went to school in Dallas. Moved to Tennessee and bought some land. Got Lyme Disease from a tick bite and eventually relocated to the Florida Gulf Coast with my wife and three kids.
I’ve been blogging about culture and self-awareness since the MySpace era. I spent years as an SEO consultant for brands big and small. And now I run another blog with my wife, who is the beauty and the brains of that whole deal.
My Mission in a Nutshell
I want to challenge the questions you ask and the assumptions you make. Not just to stir the pot (though I was nicknamed “Mister Controversial” at one company), though stirring the pot is a joy in itself.
Regret is Enemy #1. I despise it. I have plenty of it in my history. And I’m now on a mission to help people ask the questions they haven’t asked before that just might lead to a life-changing decision. Little bitty course corrections make a massive impact on long-term direction. I don’t want to miss out on the best things that are possible, and I don’t want you to miss out either!
I don’t share my ideas because I think I’m right and other people are wrong. I write them for you to read because I’ve been so wrong in so many ways that as analyze and question my own judgments, other people seem to benefit from following along.
Have you ever heard a song that expressed your feelings better than you ever could? It’s like that. Some people know what they think and feel but struggle to put it into words in order to be better understood. And some people struggle to pinpoint what they believe and are grateful to see their own thoughts played out before them so they can see how they end.
What Are You Selling?
At the moment, nothing. I’m not offering any products, services, or online courses. A Self Observed exists to help you, if possible, but to help me, at the very least.
I’m at my best journaling within earshot of a crowd or collaborating with a small group of creative people. I find connections between ideas and possibilities that previously had no connection. I hear people’s frustrations and best attempts to reconcile differences and pinpoint the breakdown in communication.
We often assume we’ve communicated with precision while the audience is left wondering what we’re saying. I help people bridge that gap.
Basically, I step in to highlight blindspots. You’re busy and you’ve got a lot on your plate. You need someone on your team who cares more about knowing and being known than winning a debate. You need a friend who’s got your back and tells you like it is so you can go on to bigger and better things.