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Everyday Average Normal Guy

Images of the author: M. Daniel Walsh

Okay, yeah sure – I recovered from spine and brain damage and went on to direct 24 projects worth a billion and a quarter…

…and then there was the whole: Build the World’s Most Popular Yoga Center thing, that was a lot of fun.

…and yeah, I spent 22 years as the apprentice to a 28th generation Master Shaman…

So for me, although I just your everyday average normal guy – I do have this sort of neat duality – The Master Shaman was teaching me at the same time as I was leading these multi-million dollar international projects. It’s like, you take the mystical stuff, and then you apply it, and suddenly it looses it’s mystical edge and just becomes another tool of success…

Does it make sense?

I’ve been pretty lucky to be in the right place at the right time -Several Times.

When I started, I worked as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies including: Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo, Starbucks Intl., and Phillips Electronics – plus lots of others…

After about two dozen successful projects, I got the chance to become a Director for projects in the world of Public Education Funding. Over time, my projects generated over $1.2 billion dollars across 24 different cities working as Executive Director of the Jeremy Thorn Group subsidiary Education Research. When I left, I was overseeing about $2 million dollars, per day.

Both Ends of the Totem Pole

Now, two Million dollars a day is no joke, especially when you know that all the money is going to a good cause like public schools. I feel good about that…

But something weird was happening – As a Director, I was overseeing hundreds, sometimes even thousands of people – and I was still really young. I had learned to bring my ideas to life – But I hadn’t learned to Build Things with my own hands…

I felt like I had climbed too high too fast – so I walked away from the career, and returned to woods to resume my Apprenticeship with the Master Shaman…

There, I got together with some friends, and privately raised over $500k for the construction of what has become America’s Premier Yoga facility located just North of Napa Valley in California. Since I was the Coordinating Director, no-one could say anything when I wrote myself in as Entry Level Laborer.

“With no experience in construction, it seemed appropriate for me to take roles at both ends of the totem pole. So while I handled the project co-ordination, I also labored as an entry-level apprentice to some of the best craftsmen in the world.”

By end of the four year project – I had earned the right to be called “Journeyman”… And although I’m still not a Master Builder, I was able to design and build my own home :-) .

The Pillars of Success

Images of Daniels books and the temple

So during all this, I met, fell in love, and proposed to Molly… But she wanted to live closer to her family in Northern Michigan.

So when we finally completed and opened the Yoga Center, me and the other builders turned the keys over to the teachers and all went our separate ways… Molly and I got married, and moved onto her family land – 400 acres with four generations of her family all within walking distance…

Just then, as we were leaving for Molly’s family land - a Yoga Teacher friend of mine came over and called me Selfish!!!

“Daniel, you know and understand some things that very few people truly grasp. I think you have a Moral Obligation to Teach what you know. It’s selfish for you to just go live in paradise, you need to at least write some books…”

A Moral Obligation! ….sheesh. Okay, fair enough I figure… So I started a company called Pillars of Success to publish my own books – so far I’ve finished two, and am currently finishing the third one.

…and then there’s Monalle

I wanted to do something extra – See, one thing I constantly espouse is the need to Stay Positive through whatever challenges you’re facing…

…and I’m one to stand behind what I say – so I converted Monalle into The Positive Thinking Playground so you’d be sure to have a constant source of positivity day after day… Like a little booster charge to help refill your tank, and remind you what it feels like to be positive.

With fresh Articles, Music, Games, Galleries, Videos – Always Positive All the Time – added daily… It becomes like a commitment, or a reminder you give yourself everytime where you say: “I’m going to make the best out of whatever life brings me.”

There’s lot’s of places to get news, profanity, lewdness, and vulgarity – It’s everywhere… But I wanted to create a gift to people all over the world, a place filled with just stuff that either makes you think, helps you grow, or makes you smile… Uplifting, Fun, and Empowering…

Monalle is for everybody, and it’s not meant for everyone – It’s a tool meant for people who understand that Staying Positive is something that takes effort… Monalle is here to make that effort a tiny bit easier…

So that’s the idea here, and that’s the story behind it :-)

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