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Have you heard comments like these when you’ve shared a dream, an aspiration, a project idea you feel passionate about?

You can’t do that. That’s a crazy idea. No one else has been able to do that, what makes you think you can?

dave van manen colorado trailI have. Many times. My life has been about doing things that, well, many people thought I couldn’t – or shouldn’t – do. 

Whether it was wanting to take off across the country in a van when I was young and just married, recording albums of original music, writing a book, starting a not-for-profit, or raising over $1.6 million to renovate an unused, depression-era building into an eco-lodge…

Non Profit Consultant, Author & Visionary LeaderSure, I’ve had some failures (which turned out to be great learning experiences and often led to great opportunities), but I’ve had some pretty amazing successes too. And all along the way,  I’ve heard my fair share of comments that could have deflated my dreams.

But, I never let these get in the way.

I would consider them, of course, as not every idea is a good idea. As Neil Young sings, “If you follow every dream, you might get lost.” For every idea, I’d weigh the pros and cons, I’d look at it from lots of angles, I’d talk to who I needed to talk to, and then, when enough information was gathered and a plan was formulated, I would act.

There is no substitute for passion. You can have all the education in the world, all the certifications, all the right letters after your name, but if you are not truly passionate about making your dream a reality, it’s not going to happen.

I know what it’s like to take a glimmer of an idea, work with it, mold it, role with the countless ups and downs, and ultimately turn it into reality.

I’ve done it personally, I’ve done it professionally, and I love to help others take their ideas and turn them into reality.

“The dream drives the action.” ~Thomas Berry

What Fires Me Up

I especially like to work with folks who want to make a difference in their communities. If you have a dream that may involve starting a not-for-profit, or helping those in need, or addressing a social / environmental issue in your community, I’ve been there and I can assist you in making your dream come true.

I know what’s it’s like to deal with the roller coaster ride of creating something out of an idea – the highs and lows, the self doubt, the excitement, the long road. I can walk that road with you to make it just a little less scary, just a little bit easier. I can be your sounding board, I can help you sort out what to do next, I can help you come up with a plan that gives your idea form and structure.

“It’s those who think out of the box that are often the real game changers.” ~Dave Van Manen 



Are you ready to work with a partner who can make your dream a reality?

If you are creating an organization, running an organization, or working on a special project, let’s connect and talk about how I can partner with you on your path to success. I have a lifetime of experience of taking ideas and turning them into reality. Let’s talk soon and get you on your way to living your dream!