The Gift of Leadership with Michael and Carolyn
During the busy holiday season, Michael and Carolyn are curating special gifts that encourage leadership!
Our first gift is lemonade! Mikaila Ulmer started her own lemonade stand when she was stung by a bee when she was 4 years old. She researched more about bees and decided she wanted to help. Now her lemonade is sold in stores throughout Texas!
Our next gift is bow ties! Moziah Bridges started his own handmade bow tie company as a young boy and is now running a business with 5 employees. He’s made his rounds from the white house, to the Steve Harvey show to Oprah Winfrey.
Let’s meet our Dreamer and Doer!
Dan Tigert: Creative Director of Calm in Your Palm
Daniel Tigert is the Creative Director for Calm In Your Palm LLC; a children’s publisher and producer of books, toys, and games that highlight the foundational skills of emotional intelligence for babies and toddlers. He is tasked with product design, brand development, and implementing creative marketing solutions for Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks; the latest property release from C.I.Y.P. Building upon his previous experience in self-management and promotion as a professional triathlete and as a co-owner of Terra Tri LLC, a triathlon training Co., Daniel is building Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks into a global brand. His aim is to positively affect the personal and professional relationships that future generations define for themselves.
Well-developed foundational skills of emotional intelligence (EI) or ‘soft skills’ have been proven to be one of the most definitive factors in professional success. Improved decision making, enhanced focus, a boost in well-being, and an increased ability to resolve conflict are some of the real-time results that are generated from infusing EI into an early childhood curriculum. C.I.Y.P. is committed to making EI resources available for every parent, because every child deserves a strong emotional foundation.
Dan is more of a natural dreamer. It’s something that comes easily for him and he loves the limitless possibilities that come with dreaming.
The Dichotomy of Sports and Art
Dan’s mom was incredibly devoted and invested in him. She was a doer who instilled the dreamer in Dan. She taught him to approach his dreams without fear. Dan was always involved in sports as a kid, but he also had a creative outlet through art. He and his mom bonded over the shared triathlon experience, as they are both triathletes!
From Injury to Triathlete
Dan played football and wrestled during high school. One year he had an injury and was prescribed water therapy. Dan realized he loved the time he spent swimming and started to enjoy it! He signed up for his first triathlon just after his mom finished her first triathlon.
This caused Dan to shift his dreams. He encourages others to be adaptable when it comes to going after your dreams. Nothing ever goes seamlessly, so be ready to change and adapt with your dreams and goals!
Calm in Your Palm
When Dan was training athletes, he met Rene who wanted to start a children’s brand for positive affirmations. Dan was hired for illustration on the new children’s book they created. During the process, they realized there was little out there for children in regards to emotional intelligence. Hoppy and Poppie PinkCheeks was born.
Middle School Advice
Take some time to meditate. Assess where you are in life and decide what success is going to mean to you. When you step back and evaluate yourself, you can avoid some of the self doubt and can articulate your dreams!
- Be ready to change and adapt while going after your dreams.
- Make sure the fearless steps you take are in a positive direction.
- Spend time meditating. Evaluate yourself and articulate your dreams.