Big Dave Daily
The Man of Many Squirrels
I suppose when you have a childhood where your parents move you around a lot, it can affect how you see the world when you grow up.
After seeing as much as I did in my young life, it became hard for me to believe the somewhat shallow words of my friends, teachers, and co-workers. I knew there was always more just below the surface. It amazed me that so many people (and now so many companies) stop at the skin-deep details and rely just on appearances.
This is why I ask questions, why I question the answers, and why I choose to ask more even more questions. I know there is more to the world, because I have seen it. I know there are more interesting details in your head than the words coming out of your mouth. I know there is a better story to tell than just the words we write.
I knew there was always more just below the surface.
David "Big Dave" Smith
The Early Years
When I was a teen, I was that anti-social nerd trying really hard just to get through all the drama. I wasn’t happy in a place with so many rules. My head was down. I had my plans, I had my hustles, and I was on my way down the road as soon as I had a car that would drive me.
Since I had very little direction, I decided to try different job-types and industries. Some of those included the US Navy. retail stores, construction, technical support, sales, marketing, and even a round or two of security services. There were parts and pieces of each that I liked, but the all had the same rules and policies that burned my skin.
After many attempts at living a normal life - whatever that is - I started my own business as a freelance designer. Design became an outlet for my creativity, but to my surprise, had it's own list of challenges. It was better than corporate life, but it wasn't THE BIG ANSWER I was looking for.
With 15 Years invested in my education, career(s), and personal businesses, I took the biggest risk and simply walked away from those options having not found what I was looking for.
I wasn’t happy in a place with so many rules.
Big Daddy Dave
I spent a fair amount of time taking myself seriously. I don't recommend it :P
I started my family when I was 22 by asking my love to marry me. I failed to tell Melanie about the roller-coaster that came with the deal. We didn't always have money, and we didn't always have a soft place to land. But we had each other for support.
Two years later we were parents. I remember the first few days of being a father and the weight that I put on myself to FINALLY get control over this rebellious bullshit that had been following me around. Just like the movies, I told myself that I had to set my own dreams aside because I had a family. It lasted for maybe a year until I burned out on the 3 jobs I had. Not the smartest of moves.
Taking myself so seriously hadn't helped at all. Instead it boxed me up and wore me down faster. Not to mention all the bullshit conflict it created for the girls.
Today Melanie and Sarina are still the most important things to me. The things they do and say bring me the most happiness and simultaneously drive me insane. Thank God she got her mother's good looks.
Taking myself so seriously hadn't helped at all. Instead it boxed me up and wore me down faster.