29 episodes

Our dreams are often put on hold because society rewards being realistic and reasonable. Only after we achieve traditional success metrics such as a secure job can we afford to think about what makes us feel alive. Sadly, many of us die having never really lived. Some of us, however, refuse to settle for an ordinary life. We Dare to Dream of living a life we truly love while striving to put a dent in the universe by living most irregularly. Join Vinny and Greg as they embark on a grand adventure to find what lights their souls on fire.

The Dare to Dream Podcast Vincent Van Patten & Gregory Benedikt

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Our dreams are often put on hold because society rewards being realistic and reasonable. Only after we achieve traditional success metrics such as a secure job can we afford to think about what makes us feel alive. Sadly, many of us die having never really lived. Some of us, however, refuse to settle for an ordinary life. We Dare to Dream of living a life we truly love while striving to put a dent in the universe by living most irregularly. Join Vinny and Greg as they embark on a grand adventure to find what lights their souls on fire.

    DTD #29: Dare to Dream Goes Pro

    DTD #29: Dare to Dream Goes Pro

    Last week we turned the page—now we’re starting a new chapter. 

    With new mics and summer upon us, we’re excited. As we both seek guidance and wisdom from others who have been in our shoes before, we’re discovering that nobody knows the right path we should embark on, what we should pursue, or how we should live. Only we know what feels right to us, which is perhaps a blend of the different perspectives we’ve garnered.

    As we question the next steps we’ll be taking as individuals, we’ve found that there’s tremendous joy, peace, and meaning found in the stillness and the unknown. It may be unnerving not knowing what the future holds. Yet it’s also a time full of limitless possibilities when we see each day as a chance for the extraordinary to unfold. 

    In this episode we also discuss:

    — Vinny's book Arrows of Youth, coming out in just a couple of weeks! Join his Weekly Insights for early access!

    — Adding a celebration clause to every goal 

    — Viewing life through a storytelling lens

    — Our working definition of anxiety



    Show notes:

    How To DESTROY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS & Master Self-Discipline! | Light Watkins & Shawn Stevenson

    Knowing Where to Look, by Light Watkins

    Arrowsofyouthbook.com

    LIFE LESSONS That Will Change EVERYTHING with Satsang | Aubrey Marcus Podcast

    Homework for Life | Matthew Dicks | TEDxBerkshires

    • 33 min
    DTD #28: We're Turning A Page

    DTD #28: We're Turning A Page

    We’re turning a page—perhaps you feel it too. 

    The tides are shifting and a new story is ready to be written. 

    On this episode of the Dare to Dream Podcast, we throw it back to episode one by returning to Zoom by necessity; but don’t let this deter you!

    This episode is powerful, as Vincent reads a story from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, a book by writer, public speaker, and social philosopher Charles Eisenstein that has drastically changed his perspective about the world and our current situation. We laugh hard and have a heck of a lot of fun—join us as we turn the page into a new story and discuss the future of The Dare to Dream Podcast. We can’t wait to share this time with you.

    Show Notes

    Aubrey Marcus Podcast - Charles Eisenstein 

    The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible - Charles Eisenstein

    • 35 min
    DTD #27: Gratitude, Leadership, & Breathing Deeply

    DTD #27: Gratitude, Leadership, & Breathing Deeply

    If you focus on what you lack, you'll lose what you have. If you focus on what you have, you'll gain what you lack. 

    Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism, describes this as one of his key life principles. His recent appearance on the Modern Wisdom podcast as well as Aubrey Marcus's latest podcast with leadership expert Simon Sinek gave us an abundance of interesting ideas to discuss. Some of our favorites we explore in the episode are:


    Are you rushing through your life?
    Why taking six deep breaths before dinner is a good idea
    How gratitude is the key to unlocking a better life
    Why it's impossible to feel fear, anger, guilt, or shame while in a grateful state
    How gratitude changes your brain (enter reticular activating system)
    Saying one thing you are grateful for after every time you complain
    The 1,000 mistake rule

    And much more!

    Join us for an upbeat episode full of laughter and learning.



    Show Notes:

    Modern Wisdom - Greg McKweon

    Essentialism - Greg McKweon

    Aubrey Marcus Podcast - Simon Sinek 

    Jordan Peterson

    • 29 min
    DTD #26: How to Feel Grounded and Move Forward Through Seasons of Uncertainty

    DTD #26: How to Feel Grounded and Move Forward Through Seasons of Uncertainty

    Perhaps you’re not exactly where you want to be.

    You are somewhere, of course; but often it’s easier or less frightening, not to stop and look around, not to ask questions, in fear of what the answer might be.

    Are you happy with your career, your relationships, your path?

    You may not know exactly what you want; very few people do. But do you feel like you are standing on solid ground? Or do you feel ungrounded, lost, and unsure of what next steps to take?

    To get to where we want to go, we first must recognize where we are.

    This can be disheartening, as it makes us face reality. We can no longer wish and hope that things will work themselves out. We can’t hide issues, adverse situations, and character flaws in the fog.

    We must honestly assess where we are and face our situation if we wish to ground ourselves. It is only from this solid foundation that we can begin to move forward.

    Join us as we discuss personal strategies on how we re-ground ourselves when we feel like we have wandered off course. If you are facing uncertainty in your life, whether career or relationship-related, we hope this episode will inspire you to start thinking deeply about your life.

    Your future should excite you; but to get to that dream, you must first face the music of your current reality. If it’s not what it should be, it’s time to make a change.



    Show Notes

    Jordan Peterson - The Psychology of The Flood

    David Epstein - Why Specializing Early Doesn't Always Mean Career Success

    Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings

    Join Vincent's Weekly Insights

    • 27 min
    DTD #25: How Thinking Deeply Will Shape Your Habits

    DTD #25: How Thinking Deeply Will Shape Your Habits

    When was the last time that you set aside time for some meaningful introspection? Put another way, how often do you let yourself sit in your own thoughts guilt-free with no distractions, no multi-tasking, and no technology?

    We often talk about making time to journal as a way to reflect. But in this episode, we discuss why we must make time to do nothing but contemplate who we currently are, who we want to become, and if we’re happy with how our actions are moving us closer or further away from that ideal future self.

    In today’s fast-paced society, we often only consider these deeper questions during times of turmoil and struggle. We think about our relationships once one is going up in flames, or we decide to change our fitness habits only when we are no longer willing to accept the number that blinks back at us on the scale.

    We don’t have to wait to hit rock bottom to make a change. That’s one way to take action, but there’s a better way.

    From making technology-free daily walks a routine to exploring the benefits (and social costs) of doing sober months, we get specific on how our lives are being shaped by our goals and aspirations. If we’re proactive, we may start living the life of our dreams before life tells us to change by taking back our time and savoring every second.

    On a recent episode of Chris Williamson’s Modern Wisdom podcast, Williamson claims that sobriety is both a productivity tool and the best competitive advantage currently available. This claim definitely got our wheels turning and inspired much of this episode.

    Join us for personal anecdotes, deep questions, and a lot of laughter!



    Show notes:

    Honored to have our good buddy Thatcher craft up our official intro/outro. 

    Find his SoundCloud below:

    https://soundcloud.com/thatcha

    Modern Wisdom Episode #313 - Cancel Culture, Sobriety & Identity Change

    Sadhguru - Inner Engineering

    Join Gregory's Weekly Wonderings

    Join Vincent's Weekly Insights

    • 37 min
    DTD #24: How Meditating On Our Mortality Gives Life Profound Meaning

    DTD #24: How Meditating On Our Mortality Gives Life Profound Meaning

    Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that means “Remember that you must die.”

    The phrase has its origins in ancient Rome, where it is believed that slaves would accompany generals on victory parades and whisper these words to remind the generals of their mortality. It was a measure to prevent the successful war heroes from being consumed by hubris (excessive pride and self-confidence).

    In this episode, we discuss how thinking about our own death on a daily basis truly leads to a more meaningful way of life; pondering the fact that any day could be our last makes us cherish what time we have.

    Imagine a world in which everyone treated each interaction as if it could be their last. In this scenario, what would you say to a loved one? A stranger? A best friend? What are you waiting for?

    Instead of dismissing the fact, the truth is, today could be your last day. What, then, will you do with it? Who will you tell you love them? What dream will you embark on? What will you do to foster a sense of peace and joy, no matter what it is you’re doing?

    This episode is full of love and made both of us entirely grateful for every second we have on this planet. We sincerely hope it can do the same for you.

    “Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left, and live it properly.” - Marcus Aurelius



    Show Notes

    On Purpose with Jay Shetty - Featuring Will Smith 

    Night - Elie Weisel 

    Ryan Holiday 

    Marcus Aurelius 

    About Time (Movie) 

    Join Gregory's Weekly Wanderings

    Join Vincent's Weekly Insights

    • 27 min

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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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Sets you on the right course

Learn by listening to both hosts personal experiences and apply what works best you.

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