In this episode, I interview the Founder of The Higher Purpose Project, Dan Adams. The Higher Purpose Project is a global initiative that brings together individuals of all ages and cultures, committed to elevating their level of impact to the world. From Dan we learn about pursuing your dreams, taking advantage of opportunities and taking the steps necessary to get there.
Dan Adams is a storyteller, systems builder, athlete, and human connector. His notable accomplishments include co-creating the 2012 ESPY award winning initiative, Mission Kilimanjaro, becoming a Div 1 NCAA record holder, serving as a member of the US National Team, competing against Pacman Jones, Priest Holmes, and Rich Gannon on Season 4 of Pros vs Joes, and building upon his experiences in finance, film, and marketing to tell powerful stories. Through consistently finding new ways to create value, Dan has had the opportunity to collaborate with many amazing individuals working in different fields.
In 2013, he co-founded The Higher Purpose Project after witnessing the need to empower young generations to be the change and evolve failing structures found in political, religious, educational, and financial sectors.
Dan brings to The Higher Purpose Project years of experience crafting powerful events and is excited to build upon his ability to connect and strengthen a new generation of leaders.
He has been featured on SpikeTV, NFL Network, TBS, and ESPN. In 2015, he will assist Kyle Maynard in reaching the top of the highest point in South America and will continue expanding the global impact of The Higher Purpose Project.
(03:13) Dan’s background
(04:15) Looking at your background, what drives you? What is the core here that got you to be such a high performer in so many different fields?
(05:40) What’s your family background? What was the environment like, growing up in those transformative years?
(08:04) Do you feel like that your development has been more nurture from that environment or do you have some innate skills, or is it a combination of both?
(10:50) How did you get to connect a lot of dots? From the financial world, you took advantage of opportunities, that led you to where you are now?
(14:20) You started to elaborate on opportunities that started to show themselves as you started to really build these small skills and relationships. Can you talk through what led to The Higher Purpose Project?
(21:21) Let’s talk about where that’s led you now to Higher Purpose Project. Tell us what it is and what you’re trying to accomplish and what’s the next step.
(23:47) What are the types of people that have been attracted to these summits? Are they leaders in their field, small business owners/ What’s the demographic?
(26:11) What do you think the role of adversity is in finding this higher purpose, getting into the next step to success?
(27:43) We talk about resilience, grit, self-motivation. Do you believe that this can be developed?
(36:47) What do you say to someone who’s listening to this podcast, to try that first step that you try to shift that mindset, looking at obstacles a different way, looking at failure a different way?
(39:50) When you hear the word successful, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
(40:19) What’s your favorite book? is there a book that you give off to others or one that’s influenced you most?How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Gaemi
(42:07) What about documentaries, do you watch them? Do you have a favorite?Showrunners Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
43:26 If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?Joseph Campbell Carl Jung