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We talk a lot in our online community about Dr. Dan Gottlieb. He is our resident family therapist and answers questions live in the community every Tuesday. When I found out a few weeks back that he would be visiting the office I thought “Cool, I get to meet the guy that’s in our community every week!” After meeting him though, I admit he is much more than that cool guy in our community every week!
It really was an honor to have met him. If I were asked to describe Dr. Dan in one word, my answer would be ‘bright’. His intelligence, wit and humor, persona, and overall outlook on life are bright. (Dr. Dan is pictured here with our Director of Digital Media, Rob Gerth).
Sometimes people tend to lose interest and have short attention spans. After an hour and a half, I felt like I was only sitting in the room with Dr. Dan for ten minutes. Everything he said was insightful, real, and well, bright.
Despite Dr. Dan telling us about some of his own personal experiences, one line really stuck out simply because anyone can relate to it…
“It is much easier to be the person we are than to be the person we think we should be.”
Honestly, sit back and read that over a few times. It doesn’t get brighter than that.
As Dr. Dan spoke, he spoke fluidly and from the heart. He spoke openly, something he agreed makes life much easier.
Reading over my post just now, I realized I used a whole lot of adjectives to describe Dr. Dan. Maybe that is the journalist in me. However, I tend to think I wrote this way simply because, well, it’s the truth. The best adjective to use however, is the one Dr. Dan uses himself on his business card – HUMAN.
Thanks Dr. Dan for coming by and brightening up my day!
PS - Learn even more about Dr. Dan on his website, including his books and radio show.
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