What to expect in this episode:

In this episode of the Resisting Beta podcast, host Andrew Bontz interviews Dave Durand, former CEO of Best Version Media, who has had a significant impact on Andrew’s life as a professional father figure. The discussion centers around the definition of success and life balance for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Here are the main takeaways from the episode:

  • Dave Durand helps people understand the ups and downs of life, including suffering, glory, success, humility, and finding joy in the whole thing. He also helps people come to a level of understanding and conclusion about what life is about to reduce anxiety and find meaning.
  • Durand discusses the four levels of happiness that people pursue: physical happiness, accomplishment, philanthropic happiness, and existential understanding. He argues that the pursuit of happiness only makes sense when God and heaven exist, and ultimate success is achievable by recognizing and responding to God’s will.
  • The fourth level of happiness is an existential understanding, which is about seeking what is good, true, and beautiful. Pursuing what is good, true, and beautiful in everything one does leads to a life of fulfillment and alignment with one’s life purpose and mission.
  • Dave Durand talks about how individuals with different temperaments have natural virtues and vices. He suggests taming vices and fortifying virtues, as success is achieved by doing what one does not feel like doing. The four cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance, which build on top of each other.
  • Durand suggests managing six different plates in life – faith, family, finances, physical health, social contributions, and continuing education/vocation. He advises listeners to spin each plate every day just a little bit and to focus on making small improvements each day.

Action steps for the next 7 days:

  1. Wake up on time
  2. Say your prayers
  3. Eat right
  4. Work out
  5. Learn something
  6. Be better with everyone in your life

If you fail, begin again the next day.  Focus on momentum and getting better every day.

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