Have you ever felt lost in life, trying to find where you belong?
Daniel Chidiac is an acclaimed author whose works have been described as “a unique philosophy,” with “a clear and positive understanding of how the world works.”
He is the author of the #1 best-selling book, “Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO,” and upon finding this book synopsis online, we became intrigued to find out more…
Have you ever wondered why there are few people living their dream, yet others seem to be slipping further away from theirs with every day that passes? Have you ever asked the questions “What am I here to do?” “What is my purpose in this life?” “Who am I?” By opening “
Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO,”
you will find answers to questions you have searched for your whole life. Be ready to be intrigued, fascinated, and amazed. Not by this book, but by your own power.
Not one to beat around the bush, Daniel himself once said, “I love to resonate with people through my writing. I want to talk about things that are real, things people can relate to, and topics that we all go through. I don’t like sugar coating what I feel, so I do my best to make my writing as real, raw and direct as I can. I will write what lies deep within me.”
Of course we resonate completely with this statement, because that’s what RiseUpEight is all about. We just had to find out more about Daniel’s background and how he got to where he is today: traveling around the world, meeting with world leaders, and a “guru” to so many…
From what we have read about you, Daniel, you have traveled quite a bit to meet with and to learn from some of the most successful people in the world. Can you please share with us where you came from (your beginnings), and eventually what catalyst set you on this road?
It all started when I was in high school, and I was taught that I needed a university degree in order to be successful. For some reason, that didn’t resonate with me. However, being very young, I didn’t know what else to do with my life, so I enrolled in a commerce degree. After one year, I dropped out. I worked many jobs to save money and started my first business (importing clothes from Italy) at age 19.
Due to the global financial crisis at the time and because I didn’t yet know myself, the business didn’t do too well. But I learned. I had a spiritual experience through this down period in my life and started writing. I found refuge in expressing myself and showing others the amazing things I was discovering about my inner self and mind. It sent me on a journey that I knew was my calling. I am a silent partner in another business now, but due to the success of Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO, and working on another book, I am more focused on that.
And regarding speaking with these very successful people, it seems to be a Herculean task just to initially contact them, without knowing someone personally within their inner circle. How were you able to get in touch with and meet with these seemingly “unreachable” people?
Yes, it can seem daunting and tough. However, if you believe in what you do, you will find a way. If there is someone I want to meet or work with, I will pursue it to the end. I will keep contacting. I don’t care if they find me annoying. If you want something, go and get it! Find their email, find where they work, etc. Boldness has been the key for many great achievers.
Just DO IT, right? Can you share any memorable experiences or lessons learned you have had in your travels, or when speaking with these people? Any specific memory that you can share from someone who had an impact on you?
Yes, there is one that sticks to mind. Going through my journey, I was always fascinated with great achievers’ minds. There was one particular multi-millionaire and professor who I wanted to pick the brain of. At the time, I was “mind coaching” a celebrity on Dancing with the Stars. This professor’s wife was also on the show, so I knew he was going to be there.
However, this particular show, he was bringing his 90-year-old mother with him. It was on the news and on a major channel here on TV. I was sitting in the front row of the studio, and he was a few rows behind. I couldn’t get to him, but I knew life would create the opportunity, and I would get my chance.
As I went to the back room during the break, he was there with his mother. People knew who he was and were just staring. I knew they would all be looking if I went and spoke to him, but I lost my fear and went straight up to him. I said, “Excuse me Prof, I just wanted to come over and introduce myself.” We got speaking from there, and he told me how happy he was that I had the courage to do that. He said that I reminded me of him when he was young. We exchanged emails and spoke often after that.
Yes, Don’t be afraid of what other people think, just take action and STOP THINKING. Just do.
About your book: You said, “I was going around in circles for years, trying to find my passion in life; I was always looking on the outside, and to my constant disappointment, I never found it.”
We really enjoy your “no holds barred” attitude, unafraid to explore the dark side, because that is what we are all about here at RiseUpEight, understanding that we must go through the darkness (and learn from it) to experience the light. It seems that you have been through some difficult times to reach your current place in life. Can you please tell us your own story of overcoming challenges, without the sugar coating?
Well yeah, I was looking on the outside. I used substances, took drugs, which I mention in my book. I also put my happiness solely on holidays, girls, partying, etc. I mean, yes, we can all have fun, but when you are doing these things to fulfill yourself, you will come to a sad realization. I decided to search within. I started focusing on my thoughts more.
I realized the importance my thoughts had in creating my constant disappointment. So I thought, “If my thoughts are causing my grief, they are also the reason for my fulfillment.” When I realized how much power my thoughts had, I trusted myself a lot more.
And we aren’t going to be happy all the time. Sometimes I see the concept of happiness as a myth. Just because there are times in your life that you aren’t jumping for joy, it doesn’t mean you are depressed. It’s life. There are roses, but they also have thorns. They smell good, but they also have things that can cut you. Embrace life for what it is. Accept the polarity of it. That will get you through more than anything else.
Right, because there are naturally ups and downs in everyone’s life…And through this experience, if you were to look back and speak to your younger self, what would you tell him about this difficult journey that he had ahead of himself?
I know that no matter what I would have said to him, he wouldn’t have listened. He was too stubborn! But in all seriousness, I would say, “It all works out in the end. Have faith, have trust. Embrace what’s happening. Yes, you are going through a tough time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s waiting for you.”
Your book, Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO has been described as “a psychological and emotional journey that is certain to unlock our truest potential.” Can you, in your own words, explain what the book is about and how it can help people who read it?
The book is about creating direction. It’s about opening the mind, seeing experience from all different angles and helping to realize that all the pieces of your life are like a puzzle, ready to fit into a bigger picture. The book shows you how to fit them all together and make sense of your experience. It guides people to understand their emotions more and to properly use the most important thing we have: our mind!
And what can this book help us with that we already don’t know? What about the book’s philosophy is unique in the self-help niche?
I think the difference with Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO is the language. Because of my age, I’m connecting with a lot of the youth. I understand what they are going through in the modern world and the pressures we have today to succeed. I write from the perspective of my journey, front to back. I am not writing it 10 years later. I captured my awakening and directed it towards the reader. This book is my journey and their journey at the same time.
Can you go into your beliefs about the phrase, “I can’t”?
It’s a phrase that can be very damaging to the mind. If you get into the habit of saying “I can’t,” even if it is about doing small things, you will never believe in yourself. There is a difference between “not wanting” to do something and saying “I can’t.”
Yes, it’s a choice. And you have been quoted as saying that in order to change your life, you need to change the way you think. Can you please elaborate on that?
You need to look at your thoughts. You need to think about your thoughts. It’s only by being an observer of your thoughts that you can really change your life. When you notice the impact that your thoughts are having on your emotions, and hence your life, you can change them.
I like how you put that, I have always thought that in order to change, you must first accept it and then proceed to change it. …Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Persist! It is usually the tough times that teach us the most. If you get through the times where nothing is going your way, miraculous things happen. Keep your visions tight.
I love that. And last question before you go, I have several empowering personal rituals that I do when I’m not feeling it my best that allow me to be the best that I can be, and I’d like to ask you, if I may…Do you have an empowering personal ritual that you do to get yourself to feel great that you can share with us?
I almost get into a meditative state and focus on what’s great in my life and what I want. That usually helps! If I’m finding that very difficult, I accept that it is a tough time in my life, and that it will pass over.
Thank you Daniel, and how can people reach you?
Through my website, www.danielchidiac.com, thanks!
As you’ve read in this interview, Daniel went through a period in his life where he was looking on the outside for happiness; partying, living to excess, but can see now that it was necessary for him to go through that period to get to the next phase in his life, where he was able to look within himself and his own thoughts to find the happiness he was seeking. Then he applied what he learned from his own life to teach others.
Our take: Just as the seasons outside of us change, our lives have their own internal seasons, where our winters can be harsh and cruel, but we must accept that our winters will come, because they will only be followed by the spring, where we can flourish again! By accepting this, then you can go about changing yourself.
Daniel walks the walk himself and takes you through his own footsteps to learn what he has learned himself.
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