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Yesterday I spoke about how we are all perfectly imperfect.  This was an epiphany I gleaned from my weekend in St. Petersburg at Elliott Hulses’ Strengthology Workshop.

The way this epiphany came, however, was not the usual flash of insight that is accompanied by excitement and a rush of good feeling.  In fact, it came up slowly, on my blind side, and when I first became aware of it, my first response was, “Aww, really?”

Elliott’s workshop was on what he calls the Fourth Layer of Strength — presentable strength.  It’s the ability to showcase your unique gifts and share them with others.

When we think of gifts, we really think super powers.  These are the things that other people have that we admire them for, with Elliott that’s strength and conviction, self confidence and not a little swagger.  He’s taken what was ostensibly a fitness business and grown it into a ministry of personal development.

Which is why we relate, I too am a minister of the soul, only I can’t quite pull off the swagger Elliott has.

The reason I fought this particular epiphany was that it held the realization that I had been trying to be something I’m not.  I was trying to copy Elliott, who’s sexy and has swagger.  In this sense, I’m not and I don’t.

Yes, I know I’m sexually attractive enough to have appealed to my beautiful wife.  We have maintained a very successful and loving relationship for twenty years, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking sexy in a mass appeal sense.  Mick Jagger is sexy, even though anyone who looks at him clearly has to admit — he’s butt ugly.

What I had to realize though is that not being sexy like Elliott is actually a strength.  What good would I be if I were just like Elliott?  He already exists.  How would I help anyone by doing what he does?  It’s already being done.

What’s not being done is me.  There is no one else out there just like Dave Hall.  No one can do what I do.

I am perfect in my imperfection.

If this is true for me, which it is, that means it’s also true for you; as you are, right now.

Don’t miss out on your gifts because they don’t look like someone else’s.  You be you.  By being you, you’ll find all kinds of swagger.  It’s the natural expression of a soul allowed to fully be itself, we’re all attracted to it.

So, embrace you.  Be you.

To your perfect imperfection,


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Perfectly Imperfect

As usual, I had a great time in St. Petersburg.  Elliott Hulse always delivers and this workshop was no exception.  I am, however, glad to be home.

Now that I’m home, I have work to do.

I faced some hard truths this weekend.  Whether he was aware of it or not, Elliott held up a mirror that showed a face I had been running from.  It was time to take a hard look and accept some truths.

Here’s a story:

A monk, having spent years of study and meditation approaches his master, “Sifu, what should one do when faced with frustration?”

“Encourage others.”

I’ve been doing this all along without even realizing it.  The core of my work is the message that you can be better.  You can have the things you want.  You can live the life you want.  Strength and fitness have been my vehicles to realizing this, but they’re not necessarily the vehicles for my message, because…


There is nothing you have to change.

To have the life you want, you MUST start with this understanding.  If not, the trajectory gets all wrong and we miss our target.

Sure, we all have things we want to change, but we change them because we want MORE, because we DESERVE more, not because we are broken or flawed.  There is nothing to “fix,” only things to IMPROVE.

These are vital distinctions.

In his own subtle way Elliott reminded me of this.  He did this by reminding me of who I am, which, honestly, was the mirror I didn’t want to see.

I have a gift and an audience all my own.  Trying to be someone else is impossible.  It serves no one and only leads to failure.

So, to quote my new friend Teiko Reindorf, “I’mma do me.”  And, hopefully, by “doing me” I can encourage you to “do you.”

To your perfect imperfection,


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