Living Life Through a Lens of Gratitude with Daniel Hack

005: Living Life Through a Lens of Gratitude with Daniel Hack

Daniel Hack is the founder of Gr@titude Sunglasses and is a champion of living life through a lens of gratitude.

Daniel shares his story about how he started Gr@titude Sunglasses and what it means to make every day count. He also shares the impact of being in the King’s Council has had on his relationships and on his business.

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[00:00:00] Rylee: [00:00:00] Did you live in a van for months? This was, this was a choice.

[00:00:04] Daniel Hack: [00:00:04] Yep. Seven months in a van being from Minnesota. I can imagine it’s even crazier for my [00:00:10] friends who don’t live on the West coast.

[00:00:12] Rylee: [00:00:12] So what was the realization that you had or what was that kind of aha moment then where it was like, you know what positive. Thinking might not be [00:00:20] the ticket to

[00:00:20] this.

[00:00:21] Daniel Hack: [00:00:21] So the first moment for me to get out of kind of that autopilot was actually starting to meditate. I had a friend who would hunt and they, you know, you sit there and a [00:00:30] blind for four hours. That sounded horrible to me, but. Looking back it’s because I didn’t want to spend that time in my own thoughts.

[00:00:38] I wanted to distract myself with other [00:00:40] things. I told myself, Oh, well, I’m getting better. I’ve got podcasts, I’ve got these different things, but really I needed to spend that time with myself.

[00:01:01] [00:01:00] [00:00:50] all

[00:01:02] right. All right, everybody. Welcome back. To another episode of the Kings council podcast. And man, I am super excited today [00:01:10] to really dive into a dude that’s, you know, been a part of the King’s council. He’s become a buddy of mine as of late one that I know you guys are really going to get. Behind with this [00:01:20] movement that he’s got here called the gratitude movement, Mr.

[00:01:23] Daniel Hak. Welcome to the show.

[00:01:26] Thanks for having me super excited for our conversation.

[00:01:28] Rylee: [00:01:28] And I’m actually so [00:01:30] stoked about this. We’re in sunny, San Diego here Tuesday morning. It is right. We’re about to dive into one of our leadership development days that Daniel’s a part of the upper room. Within the Kings council, but we [00:01:40] thought, man, how great would it be?

[00:01:41] Just to get to know Daniel A. Little bit more for everybody within, you know, just the tribe and all of our listeners within the King’s council podcast, just to know more about [00:01:50] him and then really his mission, the movement that he’s on here with being able to see through a lens of gratitude. So Daniel, give us a little background on yourself, man.

[00:01:59] I know you’re not. [00:02:00] Not originally from California here, but take us back to like young Daniel, Daniel son, and lead us up to just, you know, [00:02:10] where you are today and this mission or this movement that you’re on here with the gratitude.

[00:02:15] Daniel Hack: [00:02:15] Definitely. So I grew up in Seattle, born and raised right next to the university of [00:02:20] Washington there and went to high school, the closest school to university of Washington.

[00:02:25] Then I ended up at Western Washington university, but I love. Activities [00:02:30] and being outside and doing different things. And so San Diego really had had my heart. I visited here with my cousins living down here. And so I knew that I would end [00:02:40] up in San Diego. And so after college I ended up actually just graduating early and moving right down

[00:02:46] Rylee: [00:02:46] right at home ma’am and the sunshine didn’t have anything to do with it.

[00:02:49] I [00:02:50] imagine it had

[00:02:51] Daniel Hack: [00:02:51] everything to do. If I’m outside, I just look up and say, this is why I moved here.

[00:02:56] Rylee: [00:02:56] I love it, dude. That’s funny because Scott and I, when we’ve we flew in [00:03:00] yesterday and we’re like, man, we really loved the weather, but you know, we’ve been coming in here like every month for the last few months.

[00:03:06] And we’re like, I don’t, I’m not really gonna miss at that flight coming, you know, [00:03:10] all the way from Minnesota every single time, but definitely gonna miss the weather coming in, not here so much, but anyways, man, tell me a little bit about. You know. So how long ago was that you moved? That was [00:03:20] 2011, 2011. So you moved here and then let’s get into just more of like your story man, and the movement that you’re on now with seen a [00:03:30] lens of gratitude.

[00:03:31] Definitely.

[00:03:31] Daniel Hack: [00:03:31] So with what we’re doing now, I’ll just start with that and then kind of go back to the origin. So we champion mental health with empowering sunglasses and it’ll eventually be [00:03:40] empowering products. So we do that. The sunglasses are a reminder to live life through a lens of gratitude. So on one arm, it says live life through a lens of gratitude [00:03:50] and the other arm, it says, make it a great day.

[00:03:52] My dad used to say, we don’t have control over everything that happens, but we do have control over how we respond to it instead of having a great day, [00:04:00] which is letting the day come to you, make it a great day is actually taking the control back of. W what our day ends up like. And so we have that control [00:04:10] to make it a great day.

[00:04:11] So it was something that was really instilled in me at an early age. And actually my dad passed in 2010. He had, [00:04:20] after his third bout with depression, he took us life. And so we have our social impact arm. That is for each pair of sunglasses that we give away or that are purchased. We give away a [00:04:30] pair to someone who’s lost a family member to suicide, but then we also give them resources.

[00:04:35] So the main thing for us is that I really wanted to have that one-on-one [00:04:40] relationship with someone who has lost a family member who was in that position that I was in and full transparency for 10 years of my life. I just lived surface level. So you ask what it [00:04:50] was like when I moved down to San Diego, my defense mechanism.

[00:04:53] Was keeping myself busy and an autopilot. And then also part of it was actually positivity. It was, [00:05:00] I wouldn’t actually process the loss and I would just find the silver lining in everything. But really it was inauthentic in some ways, [00:05:10] because I wasn’t actually processing the way I was.

[00:05:12] Rylee: [00:05:12] Hmm, man. So your pops passed in 2010 and then you moved.

[00:05:17] Down here to San Diego. Okay. [00:05:20] You said you just kind of live in life surface level. And I think a lot of people are operating in that aspect trying to find that silver lining or just trying to think positive. And as much as [00:05:30] we try to think positive, you know, I’m a firm believer that we want to be optimistic in all situations, but oftentimes life.

[00:05:37] Dude life can suck at times. Right. And [00:05:40] it’s hard to remain positive. So what was the realization that you had or what was that kind of aha moment then where it was like, you know what positive. Thinking might not be the [00:05:50] ticket to this, but what was that like that aha moment we’ll call it that, that triggered that for you.

[00:05:54] Daniel Hack: [00:05:54] So the first moment for me to get out of kind of that autopilot was actually [00:06:00] starting to meditate. So what happens is, is if we’re just in that like autopilot, continuing to do the same thing, living surface level, I didn’t know I was doing that. So that’s the thing that I speak to [00:06:10] people on is that you may, we may not even fully understand that Ida roommate.

[00:06:14] Who’s talked to me later about this, but he said, I noticed how you would take two minute showers and you’d have a [00:06:20] podcast on, or be on the phone, call up until the shower. And then you jump right on right after. And I didn’t even realize that I didn’t want to be alone with myself. I had a friend [00:06:30] who would hunt and they, you know, you sit there and a blind for four hours.

[00:06:33] That sounded horrible to me, but looking back it’s because I didn’t want to spend that time in my own [00:06:40] thoughts. I wanted to distract myself with other things. I told myself, Oh, well, I’m getting better. I’ve got podcasts, I’ve got these different things, but really I needed to spend that time with [00:06:50] myself.

[00:06:50] And so, yeah. What I, once I started to meditate, what’s called metacognition, which is thinking about your thoughts. I then saw that I was [00:07:00] living for other people’s affirmation. I was living out of alignment. I was wanting to fill up a, really a void in my life, which was left by my dad. And I actually a [00:07:10] relationship with God is what.

[00:07:12] Actually came from my period of self-reflection. So I saw that I was living out of alignment. I saw those living for other people’s validation. I had, I was the most [00:07:20] successful rep at our company doing sales. I had a loft condo downtown, a glass ping pong table. I was really trying to impress people. I used to correct people when they said [00:07:30] apartment.

[00:07:30] I would correct them to a condo because I wanted them to know that I owned it. Sure. Because I needed that validation, which is sad to think about now. But. It is the truth. [00:07:40] And so what I did is I actually had a, what I call a pattern disrupt now because I had to get out of that environment and out of that same thinking and the same.

[00:07:50] [00:07:49] Really environment there. And so I actually lived in a van for seven months. I said, how can I impress people, impress girls or other people if I’m living in a van. And so during that time, it was [00:08:00] really a period of self-reflection and I actually connected with Steve Weatherford’s podcast through that time, which what I’ve found is that God speaks to me one of my [00:08:10] top five.

[00:08:10] For the StrengthFinders is I’m a learner. So he speaks to me through books and podcasts. That’s the way he gets to me. And so I followed Steve initially or his Armageddon [00:08:20] workout, but then he started to post more posts, more and really engage with them. And I’ve listened to the first podcast all the way through.

[00:08:27] And he had a guest on there, Rex crane, just [00:08:30] the first person where he had really brought someone instead of just business. He brought faith into it. And through that podcast, I sent it to a friend because it’s, God will speak to me sometimes, but then I don’t [00:08:40] listen to it. I think it’s for other people.

[00:08:41] And she ended up going to C3 and then actually that Sunday, they announced that the following Sunday, Rex crane speaking. So I [00:08:50] was like, okay. I there’s, there’s no coincidence there. So I ended up coming to C3, connecting with my faith and really reconnecting with our relationship there, which [00:09:00] was something that I was missing.

[00:09:01] But, but during that time, I just continued to grow and be with myself and then be also surrounded by people because you are the average of the [00:09:10] five people you spend the most time with. So I spending time with God. I was spending time listening to ed, my legs and Steve Weatherford and all of these people.

[00:09:17] So I was really. Refining, [00:09:20] um, a mindset of vulnerability like Steve. So amazing at being vulnerable. He really showed me that masculinity is vulnerability. So through that I [00:09:30] continued to grow. And then it’s interesting that the actual convergence of how I went from this period of self-reflection to actually finding my purpose with [00:09:40] gratitude was the convergence of three points.

[00:09:42] It was, I help athletic teams raise money. And so. I’d lost a sale to a football program who decided to [00:09:50] work with somebody because of blender, sunglasses, they were giving them away. So I had sunglasses. I was looking for people to partner with. Then I’d seen the difference that, [00:10:00] you know, awaken church, which then C3 that podcast or Steve’s content, a number of other content and books were making in my life.

[00:10:07] If I’m in front of 20,000 students, I want to give the [00:10:10] gifts that I’ve been given. So I was looking for ways to transition from helping them raise money, to like just giving them one small point. But what happened was I tried it, there was not a smooth [00:10:20] transition. And the last was actually, again, working through Steve.

[00:10:23] He had a guy named Nick Sandton Anastasio on there. He has Hanhardt syndrome. So he has no legs. One arm had one finger, but [00:10:30] he is the most positive, optimistic person you’d ever hear. And he talked about how. He’s so grateful to be born a human, to be born at the time [00:10:40] that he was, because if he was born in the Roman times, they may have thrown him off the cliff, right.

[00:10:44] To be born to his parents who taught him really the figure it out muscle. And he said this thing, that, [00:10:50] that really was the convergence that, that. Brought about the idea. He said the world would be a better place if everyone lived life through a lens of gratitude. So at that moment, I was like, I’m going to start a [00:11:00] sunglasses company called gratitude lenses to help facilitate and be a reminder to live life through a lens of grace attitude.

[00:11:07] Rylee: [00:11:07] I love it. So I’ve been writing notes as he’s talking to him because [00:11:10] there’s so much that I want to go back on and unpack Gabriel, because we’re going to get into gratitude, but. Did you live in a van for months? This wasn’t, this was a choice.

[00:11:19] Daniel Hack: [00:11:19] Yep. [00:11:20] Months in advance. So being from Minnesota, I can imagine it’s even crazier for my friends who don’t live on the West coast.

[00:11:27] I didn’t see that, but yeah. That’s

[00:11:29] Rylee: [00:11:29] hilarious [00:11:30] actually this morning. So our hotel is like right on the water here. Then this morning I get out and I’m just like counting the vans alongside of the road. So I can actually envision [00:11:40] that now. But you, so you owned your condo. Did you sell the condo? Rented it out during that

[00:11:44] Daniel Hack: [00:11:44] time, send it out.

[00:11:46] Pull the rip cord. It was like short term corporate rentals. So it was like two [00:11:50] months, three months. So the first one was like a three month commitment. So I was. I still had an exit strategy in case it didn’t

[00:11:57] Rylee: [00:11:57] work. Nice. I love it, dude. [00:12:00] So during that time, you’d mentioned that a pattern disrupt, which I think is so Epic because, you know, I, I do a lot of those when I’m like in a funk and we teach our clients [00:12:10] to do those as well of, you know, just changing your environment or your motion can certainly create your emotion.

[00:12:16] So when you did that, went and lived in the van, was it. A [00:12:20] lot of podcast, a lot of reading books or what was it that you, were you working still at the time? Yep.

[00:12:26] Daniel Hack: [00:12:26] I did three things. Went to dog parks, played beach [00:12:30] volleyball and listened to podcasts. Reading was a little different in the van I could, but, but it was more podcasts cause I was driving.

[00:12:38] Rylee: [00:12:38] Yeah. So I know [00:12:40] all of our dog lovers are going to ask them. So you had a dog or you just went to dog

[00:12:44] Daniel Hack: [00:12:44] barks. I have a dog. And so I had it set up with AC in there and then so Jackson actually loved it cause he was [00:12:50] with me all the time and it was one of the things that being in sales and outside sales at the time.

[00:12:55] I was driving around throughout the County. So he’d be alone during the day. I’d have someone come take him out [00:13:00] midday, but I always felt like I wanted to spend more time with him and be able to take him to places. But I mean, we did the second month there, I did a 30 days of sunrise, so I took a [00:13:10] picture each day for sunrise.

[00:13:11] So we were. Either at Del Mar dog beach or Kate sessions park, or a bunch of different places. So nice. He loved that [00:13:20] aspect. He doesn’t like the moving of the car, but he like shoots down into the dry or the passenger side where the feet are. So if there’s actually someone there [00:13:30] that can get a little, but that’s his spot because he feels a little more safe.

[00:13:34] I love

[00:13:34] it.

[00:13:35] Rylee: [00:13:35] So you still have Jackson. Oh, yeah. Yeah. What kind of dog? Cause if I don’t ask, my wife’s gonna yell at me. [00:13:40] So I’ve got to ask what kind

[00:13:40] Daniel Hack: [00:13:40] of dog he’s a boxer mix. He’s a rescue, but I like to say he’s a, a combination of all of the best breeds all into one. So he’s [00:13:50] arguably perfect. But you know, that’s a bias

[00:13:52] Rylee: [00:13:52] opinion.

[00:13:52] Well, you look through the lens of gratitude so I could see that. Exactly awesome brother. So you’re living in this van, which by [00:14:00] the way, this is what three, four years ago, when is

[00:14:01] Daniel Hack: [00:14:01] this 2018 to 2019. So yeah.

[00:14:05] Rylee: [00:14:05] Yep right on. So not that long ago at all. And that’s when [00:14:10] it is, that is when you actually had this, you were listening to the podcast with Nick.

[00:14:14] W what’s his last name again? I can’t even  I see it spelled out. [00:14:20] Awesome. So it was that when you actually heard that podcast and that’s when the fish was right there at the end of it. Perfect. Perfect, man. And then what dude, you mentioned blender, [00:14:30] sunglasses, and there’s other companies out there that.

[00:14:33] Somewhat do a version of what you do. I know Tom’s shoes is like buy a pair, give a pair. [00:14:40] So you’ve got a similar concept where, you know, each pair you’re able to give a pair. But what I love most is the resources that you’re able to help support. But [00:14:50] before we even get into that, too, let’s talk about what your resources are actually about.

[00:14:54] And a lot of it kind of stems back to your father and his Passy. Right. Can you just elaborate on that a [00:15:00] little bit for us?

[00:15:01] Daniel Hack: [00:15:01] And this is something I drilled into is, is, you know, we do this activity called the Y identity where you keep asking yourself why, why, why then what I [00:15:10] found is that I want, there’s two people that we serve.

[00:15:12] We have the people who are buying the sunglasses and the people who are receiving the sunglasses and. Essentially what it is is I want to [00:15:20] be able to serve my previous self and give the resources because it took me 10 years to go talk to a therapist. It was actually Andy Mineo. Steve’s what were [00:15:30] the morning?

[00:15:30] Mighty 300, the mighty 300 calls she said go into therapy is like getting a PhD in yourself. And once he said that, I was like, okay, fine. I’ll go. And [00:15:40] people have been saying it for years, but it really did help. But what happened was is I, I did that surface level thing. I didn’t have the resources. I didn’t, I knew what I was supposed to do, but I didn’t go and do it.

[00:15:50] [00:15:49] So I wanted it to be able to help facilitate that. In other people, but also give them the hope. So it’s it’s that, but then the other side of it is also empowering people that they have the choice [00:16:00] to choose gratitude so that we can look at life through a different lens. And our goal is really to eradicate.

[00:16:07] Depression and mental illness. I mean, it’s a [00:16:10] large goal and we’re going to do everything, a watch vision that we can, but to really give those resources. And I think one of the key aspects to resources is a community. I think we’ve [00:16:20] seen that with King’s council. We’ve seen that with the people we surround ourselves with is it’s not a knowledge issue that we’re in, in today’s day and age, it is an adoption [00:16:30] and environment.

[00:16:31] So how can we help facilitate people knowing? Cause there is about. You know, anywhere from 10 to 15 different ways that you [00:16:40] could utilize to really process loss, to go through something like that, to help really lift somebody up during that time. But how do we get somebody to actually do [00:16:50] that? And so my thought was initially, we’re like, we’re going to give back to a nonprofit.

[00:16:54] Well, instead of that, why don’t we. Give back the sunglasses, because then we have a direct relationship [00:17:00] with that person and we can bring them into an ecosystem. So what we want to do is gratitude. I think of it almost like a century where like, we’re going out instead of re [00:17:10] going to a therapist or a therapist receiving a like request to see them is almost re reactive in a way, because they’re saying, Hey, I need help.

[00:17:19] Right. What about the [00:17:20] people who want. Asking for help, who’s going to them. How are we reaching them? So we wanted to make it so that we’re going out into culture, into really our [00:17:30] community, making cool sunglasses, making it so that people will have a real conversation, but then also reaching people so that we can bring them into the ecosystem and give them

[00:17:40] [00:17:39] Rylee: [00:17:39] what they do.

[00:17:40] I love it, man. So it’s yeah, I think you hit it on the head. So many people. Need help. They just don’t necessarily. And sometimes it [00:17:50] takes people rock bottom before they actually will, will reach out and request help. Right. But for some it’s just. They’re just wandering and don’t necessarily know. So I [00:18:00] love what you said about a community of like creating the environment or the culture where it’s okay to ask for help or, uh, just being around people that are seen other [00:18:10] people ask for that help.

[00:18:10] So what type of community is it or how do people know? Is it like an online group or are you doing meetups or tell us a little bit about this community?

[00:18:19] Daniel Hack: [00:18:19] Definitely. [00:18:20] So right now we. One of my favorite quotes is start small, think big scale fast. Um, so we wanted to start really in San Diego. So we did in-person [00:18:30] events.

[00:18:30] We do them once a month. So really to, to facilitate that community, then what we’re doing is we’re actually launching through something that we connected on through this awesome [00:18:40] app called mighty networks, where we’re launching an online community so that we can reach people throughout the nation and really.

[00:18:45] And engage with them. So through that, we’ll be able to have monthly [00:18:50] zoom calls to be able to connect with people through that way, and really just facilitate those relationships between people so that we can give them the [00:19:00] resources. We can let them know that they’re not alone. And one of the things that we want to do is continue to tell people’s stories.

[00:19:06] So I just had a friend who talked about [00:19:10] how exercise was, it was a big thing. She’d always dealt with it. Anxiety and depression stemming from a few different things, but she had like this amazing story, which [00:19:20] she isn’t the most comfortable public speaking. So we’re figuring out how I can tell her story in a place where she’s comfortable, but she was comfortable sharing it with me.

[00:19:28] And it was the most [00:19:30] amazing way that she talked about how exercise, how, who she surrounded ourselves with through a number of different aspects. Well, really what helped her get off of the medications that she [00:19:40] didn’t need to have that crutch, which some people do need those medications. And some people don’t really, it’s a case by case basis, but for her to tell that story, [00:19:50] it then gives hope to other people.

[00:19:51] So we want to really continue to champion other people’s stories so that it can give hope. To those people who are [00:20:00] processing that loss of those people who just need that. And then we have, what’s called a book of hope that really helps people process and go through their emotions from fear, guilt, shame, [00:20:10] worry to joy, gratitude, and a number of different aspects so that they then have activities.

[00:20:16] And then we’re coming out with a journal where they can then dive deeper, because really we just want [00:20:20] to continue to give the resources cause we have. Two different things that we give. We have reminders, which are like sunglasses, some other things, and then facilitators, which really [00:20:30] impact and make the dishes.

[00:20:31] Right.

[00:20:32] Rylee: [00:20:32] I love it. Man. One thing that you’ve mentioned a few minutes ago was this wide identity. Is that something elaborate [00:20:40] on that a little bit. Cause I love it because I think a lot of us struggle with our identity and who we are as, as a man or as a woman. But I love this take on it. Explain [00:20:50] what you mean by why identity.

[00:20:51] Daniel Hack: [00:20:51] So why identity is really keeping, asking yourself, like why? So an example would be, we went through this where like, okay, Daniel, you started [00:21:00] a sunglass company. Why? While I want to help facilitate people living life through a lens of gratitude, right? Why I want them to know that they have the choice to be able in any [00:21:10] circumstance on how they respond, why, and then keep asking why.

[00:21:13] And it gets down to the point where I want to help. I want my dad not to still be here. I want [00:21:20] my, you know, for mental health and depression to, to not be an issue. And I want. For my previous self, the younger Daniel, to [00:21:30] be able to process that loss. So if you keep asking why, why, why you’re able to drill down.

[00:21:36] Into what that really is.

[00:21:38] Rylee: [00:21:38] Yeah, that’s good, man. [00:21:40] And I love this, this concept of, of looking at a life, choosing to look at life through that lens of gratitude, because it is, it is a choice and it’s a lot of it [00:21:50] is our perception. You know, our perception is our perception. That’s our reality. And if we can learn the tools that you’re talking about, these resources, to be [00:22:00] able to understand that we can choose.

[00:22:02] To look through that lens of gratitude. It’s going to alter all aspects of our life. So I love them. And you started with the [00:22:10] sunglasses, but you guys got some other products and things coming out as well in the works.

[00:22:13] Daniel Hack: [00:22:13] Definitely. Yep. So the next thing is a gratitude journal. So what the positive psychology study of [00:22:20] 2005 found is that by writing three things, you’re grateful for, it will increase optimism by 15% increase happiness by 10%.

[00:22:27] Decreased depressive type symptoms by [00:22:30] 30% and increase your sweet sleep quality by 25%. So that’s just by writing three things that you’re grateful for each day. So we want to really help to [00:22:40] facilitate that. And then, then we’ll do a number of different things, which part of it is actually inspired by something that you said in the morning, when you say legs, feet [00:22:50] hit the ground water I pound is how do we get people to.

[00:22:53] To the table to actually write what they’re grateful for. So a water bottle having, having that that’ll be [00:23:00] in the pipeline as well, so that you have that reminder to go and write what you’re grateful for, or when you drink water each day that you can see, okay, maybe I need to switch the way that [00:23:10] I’m looking at this.

[00:23:11] So we continue to have those reminders. That’s

[00:23:14] Rylee: [00:23:14] good, man. We call them triggers, right? It’s like feed it. The groundwater I pound that’s a trigger that I’ve been able to [00:23:20] instill. And like, when you put on the sunglasses, like, dude, there’s not a day, they don’t even have to be your sunglasses and all reality.

[00:23:25] But when I grabbed my sunglasses, I actually think of you and think [00:23:30] of an attitude of gratitude. Right. So that’s amazing. Yeah, absolutely. Man. And the water bottle idea. I love it. And I don’t our coaching call last. I mean, it’s [00:23:40] still actually here. I always think that things are like so crazy that this happened, but it’s not like everything is in.

[00:23:46] It happens for a reason. Our monthly theme throughout the month of March is [00:23:50] we’re talking about attitudes. So Steve, the assignment that we had, our champion reps, and I love your language, dude, you’re, you’re always talking about that champion, you know, mindset or champion the [00:24:00] ins the story, our reps this month, or this week is waking up and writing three things.

[00:24:06] That we’re grateful for every single morning. I don’t know if you saw that in the Slack channel, but people that are [00:24:10] writing all those three things down. So that’s, that’s what we’re doing for the next seven days. So I know that was stemmed from, from Uman and what you’re doing here with the gratitude movement.

[00:24:18] So, and it’s so

[00:24:20] [00:24:19] Daniel Hack: [00:24:19] powerful because you can see the tangible difference that it makes. When you do that, or even doing a practice like we did, we’ve done these gratitude events where you just spend 15 [00:24:30] or 30 seconds just saying what you’re grateful for and then letting the other person go next. And then you go back and forth.

[00:24:36] You actually learn something about that person, but you can feel the tangible [00:24:40] difference in the environment in the way that you feel. And it’s so powerful

[00:24:44] Rylee: [00:24:44] in that aspect. Yeah, absolutely. Is. And even doing that with like, Your, your spouse, your [00:24:50] loved one because oftentimes, you know, my wife and I just kind of went back and forth of like things that we’re grateful or happy for, what we appreciate about each other that we so often take for granted.

[00:25:00] [00:25:00] Right. Like, my wife is just super structured. If I, if I literally say something that I don’t even, I don’t mean for her to go do like, Oh, we need, I need more [00:25:10] paper towels. Like paper towels are ordered before that even comes out of my mouth. Like, that’s just stuff that I love about her, but she doesn’t know that.

[00:25:16] Or. Understand that I appreciate that unless I actually express [00:25:20] it to her or write little love notes to her, you know, writing down things that you love. So I

[00:25:24] Daniel Hack: [00:25:24] love it, man. And that’s why I love this word of champion. The, so that’s why it’s we champion mental health through [00:25:30] empowering product through empowering sunglasses is because you’re championing and lifting her up, but also lifting the other people up.

[00:25:36] So gratitude is, is more than [00:25:40] just writing what I’m grateful for. What it is is it can be utilized. As a tool to, to lift other people up, to be able to show other people what you’re grateful for about them, [00:25:50] or to give the gifts that, that you may have. And other people like you, when you go to Chipola, you can lift them up.

[00:25:55] You can champion them through that, you know, so grateful for you guys as [00:26:00] hard work and everything that you’re doing, or really just have that opportunity to have a real conversation. That’s why one of our core values is go deep in conversation. So when [00:26:10] someone compliments the sunglasses. They can talk about, Oh yeah.

[00:26:13] It’s a reminder that we have the choice to live life through a lens of gratitude. Oh, okay. Well, that’s not how it [00:26:20] is the weather right now. It’s a real conversation, but it’s really an opportunity to champion other people and lift each other up because that’s the human experience. Like that’s what [00:26:30] we.

[00:26:30] Are designed to do is be in community, but then also lift each other up, especially in times of need or, or times where we can see that other people are hurting, which [00:26:40] in, in today’s day and age, it’s more people than we’d

[00:26:42] Rylee: [00:26:42] like to. Yeah, man, it’s so true. And that’s again, why I just appreciate what you’re doing, man, because right now the, [00:26:50] the, the climate that just.

[00:26:53] The world in general, it’s like, it’s, we’re struggling, dude. And the only people that are going to make a change. So many people talk about all this [00:27:00] needs to change or this needs to happen. And, and they, they, they’re more of like complainer’s, or they’re just sitting on the sidelines. And what I love, what you’re doing brother, is that you’re in the game and you’re, you’re doing this like, With [00:27:10] mission with purpose.

[00:27:11] And that’s why I’m just so grateful that you’re a part of the King’s counsel tribe, and that we get to do this and, you know, be a catalyst [00:27:20] to what your big vision and mission is here. Because again, if we don’t do it, nobody’s going to do it right. And that’s for any of the listeners right now. It’s like, if you’ve got that vision and you’re.

[00:27:29] It’s the [00:27:30] back of your head or you feel like you’re prompted to do something, like just do it right. What, what are you? What’s the worst that can actually possibly,

[00:27:37] Daniel Hack: [00:27:37] yeah. And that’s so good. And if it [00:27:40] weren’t for the environments that I was around, gratitude would still be an idea. I spoke it out at a what’s like a connect group through awaken, but it was [00:27:50] business focus.

[00:27:50] So it’s a Pathfinders connection. And so everyone was sharing their ideas or their businesses they had started. And I thought it was just people who were into business. So I actually [00:28:00] started a company previously, but I was only doing the sales at the time. So I spoke that idea out, but because I spoke it out, they then champion were like, that’s amazing.

[00:28:08] That’s an awesome idea. [00:28:10] Yeah. If I had never said that out loud at that time, we might not have the sunglass. We may not have been able to make the impact that we have and really created this movement. [00:28:20] So it’s like I took a chance and was vulnerable with an idea that, you know, we all can create different stories in our head, but we, I mean, God puts those ideas in our, in us [00:28:30] for a reason were made by design.

[00:28:32] Just continue to work it out. And it doesn’t, it was not the way that it was. When I first had the idea, it was, I’m going to put one foot in front of the other, [00:28:40] just keep going and keep going. And then it just continued to form into what it is today. And it’s continuing, it will, it will always be. It’s like us as humans.

[00:28:48] We’re always growing, [00:28:50] but it doesn’t need to be perfect the first time, but I just need to be better than I was was yesterday. That’s good,

[00:28:54] Rylee: [00:28:54] Daniel. Yeah, that’s it. I mean, our, our thoughts become our words, you know, and by speaking it out, [00:29:00] become our actions. Our actions become the habits and the habits are really what.

[00:29:03] Make a long lasting change and we can be that transformational change in this world. So that’s awesome, brother with action [00:29:10] comes clarity, and that’s what you’re doing, man. Appreciate you. Where can people go to know more about gratitude or even just the movement? I know you’ve got a website and different things like that, but tell us about what you’re [00:29:20] doing and how our listeners can be a catalyst to, to just further the movement, the mission that you’re

[00:29:26] Daniel Hack: [00:29:26] on.

[00:29:27] Beautiful. So our website’s gratitude [00:29:30] our Instagram. We like to keep a consistent is exactly the same gratitude If you want to follow me, I’m Daniel D hack, and [00:29:40] really just want to also honor you Riley and the impact that you have had in our friendship and also mentorship.

[00:29:45] Mentoring the difference that you’ve made in some of the connections and some of [00:29:50] just the business strategies has been a catalyst like after our last leadership development day, introducing me to an amazing guy in marketing [00:30:00] has really been a catalyst for change in my business and went in, in gratitude in the movement.

[00:30:07] And. Through business is how we make [00:30:10] impact. So that’s why I like to call it a w I movement brand, is that be by being able to have some of the strategies and tactics and [00:30:20] different things that you’ve learned, you’re now giving those. So I really wanted to honor you and the impact that you specifically, as well as King’s counsel has had on.

[00:30:29] Me [00:30:30] personally, but also in the growth of the business.

[00:30:32] Rylee: [00:30:32] Yeah. I appreciate that. Thank you so much. I do appreciate that. I take that to heart because that’s, that’s really the mission of that, that we’re on is to be able to [00:30:40] like, It’s a spur that, that, you know, I think all of us have these God-given talents, gifts, ideas, visions.

[00:30:48] We just, we don’t have the fuel [00:30:50] necessarily to get it up and going. And that’s, you know, I think we are, I don’t think I know we are creating a new economy within the King’s council and it is this Christian [00:31:00] economy where we are going to be able to just not only bless. Thousands and thousands and millions and millions of people, but that, that, that dollar that’s going to pass from one, you know, [00:31:10] gratitude business King’s counsel to gratitude, gratitude to whatever business it is.

[00:31:14] It’s like, we’re going to be making a transformational difference, a legacy style difference here with this new Christian, this [00:31:20] kingdom economy that we’re building within the Kings council. And it starts with us. It absolutely starts with us. And again, I just appreciate you being on and. Being a part of this man that the foundation [00:31:30] of the Kings council.

[00:31:31] And we’re going to for sure, put your link in the show notes here, but again, gratitude, movement dot C O follow Daniel on Instagram and reach out to him. [00:31:40] Let him know how, you know, you’re, you’re teaming up with like athletic teams and. And, you know, other groups that could do like fundraisers and things like that, right.

[00:31:47] Is that a version of it that’s

[00:31:49] Daniel Hack: [00:31:49] separate, but I [00:31:50] also help athletic teams raise money. But what we do is we utilize the sunglasses as something to be able to transition from helping them raise money, kind of in the online space. [00:32:00] To having that conversation about the choice of gratitude and doing different things there.

[00:32:04] And then through that, I’ve actually started to speak at schools. Like I spoke at Santa Fe, Christian was able [00:32:10] to, to share my story and how God really moved in that just to continue to be able to impact that next

[00:32:16] Rylee: [00:32:16] generation. That’s great, man. So if anybody is looking for speakers, Reach out to [00:32:20] Daniel, get him on that stage and he will absolutely leave an impact on the audience.

[00:32:24] So, and I obviously can’t leave an episode without throwing a plug for the King’s [00:32:30] council in the upper room, the leadership development day that we’re diving into right now, we’re going to spend the rest of the day diving into business and strategy marketing. We actually have a branding expert coming in [00:32:40] today, which I’m super stoked about.

[00:32:41] Yeah. So he actually

[00:32:42] Daniel Hack: [00:32:42] did our branding. Melinda Morgan did. He’s the one and who created gratitude with that symbol? So it’s very clean, but he’s the [00:32:50] one who he actually spoke at a conference. And so when I started that conversation of branding, so he’s, if you look it up, Our logo and our branding came

[00:32:59] Rylee: [00:32:59] from him.

[00:32:59] Oh, [00:33:00] check that out then. This is one of the guest speakers that we have coming in today. So check it out. If it’s of interest to you at all, text King, K I N G to (727) 472-3860. [00:33:10] That’ll be in the show notes as well, but do yourselves a favor, reach out to Daniel, give him a follow and support. The gratitude mission, and really just living a life by looking through a [00:33:20] lens of gratitude, Daniel, thanks for being on the show brother.

[00:33:22] Thank you.

[00:33:27] Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of the [00:33:30] Kings council podcast. For more information on the Kings council and becoming the CEO of your own

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