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January 02, 2020 3 min read

Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself! Let’s get to it:

What’s something new I’m watching?
We recently finished "Man in the High Castle" on Amazon Prime. This series is loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel (and loosely is an understatement). The Amazon series presents a different scenario to the ending of WWII where the Allies lose the war and the United States is split between the Japanese and Germans.

If you start watching it (which I recommend) give it a few episodes to build the plot. The acting is good and the sets are stunning.

What’s one purchase that’s had a positive impact on my life?
I used a few Amazon gift cards from Christmas to purchase a percussive therapy gun to help with sore muscles and to stretch things out. After a week of using it I feel it was worth the investment and I feel much better after working out.

What’s one failure from the week that made me better?
I'm going to extend this form the week to the year. I came to a handful of harsh realizations about 2019, the biggest of which was the constant chase I was on. After reflecting on this I learned that i've been chasing something for the better part of the last decade. Whether it was graduating college, getting that first job, getting a better paying job or chasing the potential with Combat Flags, I have been so busy chasing that I haven't stopped to enjoy where I am in life. And this is my goal for 2020. To enjoy where I am.

Conversely, what’s one success that made me better?
Coming out of the Fox Business interview it was pretty clear that I needed processes to change for Combat Flags to 1) scale it and 2) continue to enjoy it. The first step in that, and one that is now well underway, is partnering with another company to take over order fulfillment. With just about 2 hours a day typically for Combat Flags, spending half or more of that time fulfilling orders isn't a good use of my time nor does it keep my heart in the business. So, realizing that something needed to changed and acting on that change is my success.

What have I been reading?
Winds of War by Herman Wouk. It's my all-time favorite book and it's been about 5 years since I last read it. Wok's ability to create scenes and build relationships his characters is masterful. If you're a fan of historical fiction you should look into this book. Next up is the follow on called War and Remembrance.
That’s it for this week’s Just a Few Things. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. Like I mentioned earlier, feel free to drop a comment with a few things you’ve been up to!

That's it for this week's edition of Just a Few Things! Feel free to drop a few things you've been up to in the comments here or on Facebook or Instagram!

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    3 Responses

    Rich OConnor
    Rich OConnor

    January 23, 2020

    Dan- I’m new to Combat Flags and am astounded at your innovative idea to support “Stop Soldier Suicide” programs.
    Winds of War is a classic with the follow-up War and Remembrance just as good. Took a few episodes to get into “high castle” but it eventually caught on. Please let me know when the 3×5 flags made from Army fatigues will be available as I want to order for my self and my 4 boys. Thanks

    Eugene Williams
    Eugene Williams

    January 07, 2020

    I appreciate what you are doing, also watching ’ high castle ’ interesting view point.
    JoAnne Jacobs
    JoAnne Jacobs

    January 04, 2020

    So glad you reminded me of Winds of War. The book really impressed me when I read it as a young adult. It’s time to read it again! Have a happy and rewarding 2020.

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