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The Dare to Dream Podcast shows you what is possible when you have the courage to chase your dreams. Through hilarious and relatable personal stories, our guests discuss their time in the trenches and the lessons they've learned. Walk away with a newfound passion for life and the secrets our guests wish they knew twenty years ago.

The Dare to Dream Podcast Vincent Van Patten & Gregory Benedikt

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

The Dare to Dream Podcast shows you what is possible when you have the courage to chase your dreams. Through hilarious and relatable personal stories, our guests discuss their time in the trenches and the lessons they've learned. Walk away with a newfound passion for life and the secrets our guests wish they knew twenty years ago.

    DTD #78: Visit Yourself and Have a Good Time, with Iris of Calabria, Italy

    DTD #78: Visit Yourself and Have a Good Time, with Iris of Calabria, Italy

    Vincent spent three weeks working as a volunteer in Calabria, Italy, under the guidance of Iris. Iris is somebody that makes you smile, laugh, question and think. Mostly, for Vincent, about how simple and beautiful life can be.

    Iris moved from her native Holland as a young woman and has lived in the south of Italy ever since, learning about the land, the people, and most importantly, herself.

    Now, Vincent could undoubtedly tell that she’s a beloved part of her community, even as a non-native Italian. Her love of life is tangible, and every time Vincent spoke or worked with her, he, too, learned something new about the world, about nature, and even about himself.

    Perhaps we don’t need much to be happy—we must simply discover what is important to us and follow it, seek it, explore it, and share that joy with the world.

    Iris now opens up her hillside property to workaway volunteers such as Vincent for those who want to immerse themselves in nature, get their hands dirty, and feel a part of something truly special.

    This episode was recorded in Iris’s garden as a light rain began to come down. We hope it brings you some peace, perhaps some guidance, and a whole lot of joy.



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    Volunteer with Iris in Calabria! 

    • 39 min
    DTD #77: This is The Moment You've Been Waiting For

    DTD #77: This is The Moment You've Been Waiting For

    So often we believe some future moment will make us happy. Because of this, we lose sight of what’s right in front of us. We lose touch with what surrounds us. We disconnect from reality, our sense of self, and one another. 

    The present moment can be tough. But quite frankly, it’s the only thing we have. What are we giving up by waiting? 

    This is it. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

    The silent moments hold the answers, those that fill the empty space which we seldom stop moving to perceive.

    Sink into where you are right now. Listen to what your heart tells you in this moment because there’s something there, whether beautiful or painful or both—something meaningful that longs to be expressed.

    We hope this episode can inspire you to slow down, be courageous in your journey, and fully embrace wherever you are. That’s what we hope to do every step of the way.

    Show Notes:

    Book a discovery call with Coach Gregory

    12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson

    Ego is The Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

    Fisherman Parable

    The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

    Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

    • 42 min
    DTD #76: The Value of a Good Cry (Our First Solo Episode)

    DTD #76: The Value of a Good Cry (Our First Solo Episode)

    Today we made Dare to Dream history. Not because we cried live on the air, (we've already done that before) but because Gregory recorded our first solo episode. 

    This came out of necessity as Vinny is on a farm in Calabria, Italy with no wifi and an amount of cellular data that is running out faster than an ice cream truck on a hot summer day. 

    Join Gregory on this quick 10-minute episode as he gives a hilarious update on what the heck Vinny is up to. You'll also learn why it's important to have a good cry every once in a while and you'll hear firsthand about Gregory's most recent meditation meltdown.

    Gregory had so much fun listening to himself talk on this episode, that he will personally Venmo you $100 if you don't walk away with a smile on your face and a lighter feeling in your heart. 

    Enjoy!

    Show Notes

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    • 9 min
    DTD #75: How Writing and Coaching Can Change Your Life, with Author, Attorney, and Nonprofit Founder, Debra Mares

    DTD #75: How Writing and Coaching Can Change Your Life, with Author, Attorney, and Nonprofit Founder, Debra Mares

    Debra Mares is a real-life Wonder Woman. 

    Having seen professional success as an attorney, a nonprofit founder, an author, and a teacher, Debra's goal is to be an inspiration and role model for Latina women everywhere. 

    Not only has she written three books and won prosecutor of the year, but Debra is also the founder of Woman Wonderwriters, a nonprofit aimed at educating and mentoring those affected by trauma, crime, and other hardships through the arts.

    Throughout her life, Debra has taken bold action. She believes that education is the best way to overcome obstacles and explained how both her books and the nonprofit came to fruition through her working with a coach. Coaching opened her eyes and gave her confidence to do things that seemed completely out of reach at first. 

    Debra is someone who dared to dream of what she wanted and worked incredibly hard to achieve it.

    In addition to discussing her professional journey, we also discuss:

    - Her beliefs on the importance of self-care to make sure you don't burn out

    - Why she loves parties, salsa dancing, and silent meditation retreats

    - The beautiful last words from her mother that will make you rethink how you spend your time

    Come on in for an inspiring conversation that will leave you feeling uplifted and ready to live a big life!

    Show Notes:

    Woman Wonderwriters Nonprofit

    Buy Debra's Books here

    Sleep Smarter - Shawn Stevenson

    Follow Debra on Instagram

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    • 53 min
    DTD #74: Life Can Only Improve When You Honor Your Word to Yourself and to Others

    DTD #74: Life Can Only Improve When You Honor Your Word to Yourself and to Others

    There is much we can't control in life. But if there's one thing we can control, it's honoring our word. 

    On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Gregory and Vincent get down and dirty into the weeds of their continual journey to improve their own lives, and the lives of others. 

    One of the most essential ways to improve your circumstances is to do what you say you're going to do. 

    Tremendous change happens when you commit to something and don't give yourself the option to back out for a certain period of time. 

    Our emotions get in the way; often we won't feel like tackling the project, the work, the difficult conversation. 

    But we've committed. We must continue whether or not we feel like it at the moment. 

    When you do what you say you're going to do no matter what, others will count on you. You'll gain respect for yourself because you've continued to climb, step by step, day by day. You can trust yourself, and you should be proud. 

    Show Notes:

    - Interview with Kobe & Jay Shetty

    - Paul McCartney forcing himself into a flow state

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    • 35 min
    DTD #73: Epiphany at the Opera, with Electropop Artist Barrett Crake

    DTD #73: Epiphany at the Opera, with Electropop Artist Barrett Crake

    American electropop artist Barrett Crake was living the life that many American college grads dream of. He'd landed an impressive gig after graduating from a prestigious university. Life was exciting—he was going somewhere. Yet he felt anxious. He felt trapped. He was working behind a desk, wondering if this was truly the path for him.

    He decided to take a trip where an unforeseen moment would change everything.

    After sitting through a three-hour opera in Berlin, Barrett had an epiphany. He was meant to be an entertainer. 

    Since then, he's pursued the callings of his heart, those which he felt as a young kid but perhaps didn’t understand until it was time to take a drastic step as an adult. 

    When the revelation struck, Barrett quit his job and began putting in the work with acting and then music to become the artist that he is today. There of course are hardships to overcome in any worthwhile journey. But now, years later, Barrett creates music for a vibrant fanbase and has established meaningful, global partnerships with producers such as Nick Ribbens and Mauve.

    Barrett currently splits his time between Lisbon, Portugal and the United States, emblematic of the creative spirit who takes steps every day not only to progress as an artist, but as a human being. Barrett strives to live a life that’s authentic to who he is, and that goes far beyond just making music.

    This episode will light a fire in your soul to take a step, even if you’re unsure of where it’ll lead. You’ll know if it’s taking you where you’re meant to go, and if it’s not, at least now you’re on the journey, no longer waiting, but living.

    Barrett Crake on Spotify

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Barrettcrake.com

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DanWilkinson88 ,

Great Podcast by Awesome Guys

The dare to dream podcast is authentic, inspiring and original. Funny and real, listen in if you’re looking for inspiration and passion if living out your dreams. Keep up the great work guys!

Aprilific ,

Authentic, raw, beautiful, inspiring

I love this podcast! The humor, the candor, the humility and courage that these two friends bring to the mic each episode makes me feel inspired to be a better version of myself.

Trodpwnsu ,

Daring to DREAM!

Refreshingly youthful yet deeply thoughtful conversation from two men who are breaking the mundane chains of societal norms.

Vincent & Greg’s deep conversations allow listeners to reflect on their day to day road blocks - insecurities, pride, stresses etc.

Can’t wait to follow along and listen as these guys grow and pad thai the future.

-TRod

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