Blessings are all around us

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work(2 Corinthians 9:8)


As I write this I’m sitting here looking at the sunset over the ocean in San Diego, CA.

So it’s easy to say that I am blessed. 

I get the amazing opportunity to look out from the deck of the beach house I rented and see the waves crashing into the beach and the amazing sunset that god is showing me.

And just a little bit ago we were tide pooling and these amazing girls found an octopus.  Not only did they find it, but they also showed it to the kids and then the kids messed around with it for a while.

As I said it is easy to say we are blessed!!

But here’s the thing.

I’m blessed even when we aren’t traveling, or things aren’t going the way I think they should be going.

Being blessed and knowing that you are blessed is a state of mind.

When I was younger and Jenna and I first got married and we couldn’t afford a pot to pee in (excuse my language, but it’s true) I still knew that I was blessed. Because God introduced me to an amazing partner for life.

Even when we fight I am still blessed that we get to argue together.

Or when the kids were born and pretty much every day we spend together is a blessing. We don’t have to get them new things to be blessed.  And I’m pretty sure that since we have had more than one kid there has never been a full day they have gone without fighting.

We still live a blessed life.

And when the business we run has TONS of issues (like every single day) instead of feeling cursed that things are running perfectly. It’s a blessing that we are encountering the issues that we do.  Because it makes us stronger.

You see God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called!!

Aback to my original point…….

Blessing is not a place that you go or the things that you get. 

It is a state of mind and is your choice if you choose to feel blessed or not.

And guess what?

No one can control whether you feel blessed or not!!!

It is 100% on you.  that’s right it is completely your choice whether you’re blessed or not.

Someone who wants to not worry about anything other than going to work in the morning and going home at night might think that owning a business is a curse. (heck I might even think that way sometimes. Lol)

But not me!!!

For me building the business we have built has been nothing but a blessing!!!

Another great example I got the opportunity to learn today is from my amazing queen, Jenna.

We went out as a family deep sea fishing. And it was all of our first times, except hers, she had gone before when she was a kid.

About 1 hour into our trip, Nathen started chumming the water.  (throwing up over the edge of the boat.)

Then about 30 minutes later Jenna joined him.

Then about an hour and a half later I decided that I needed to see what all the fuss was about so I joined the chumming.

Bless Jenna’s heart she threw up more than any of us.  And she was by far the in the best mood (except for Billy because he caught the most fish and didn’t get seasick, lol).  Afterward, the first words out of her mouth before we even got off the boat were, “That was so much fun, I am so glad that we went what a blessing!”

Personally, I was still trying to get over my sea stomach.  She was too, but her attitude of it all being a blessing was amazing.


Time to take action

Now is the time to take action!!!

I want you to think of the last time that you were blessed, but you didn’t realize it.

Can you think of any????

I have about 200,000 times!!!  Like being seasick just earlier today!  (my head is bobbing like I’m still on the water. Lol)

Now I want you to pause and give thanks to God for the blessing that came from it.


Are you Qualified?

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.


Last night while sitting in our beach house the kids were searching through the videos that were available.

And they ran across the DreamWorks movie, “The Prince of Egypt”

If you haven’t seen it I would recommend that you check it out.

It is a fairly accurate portrayal of Moses’s life up to the point just after they crossed the sea.

As we were watching the movie a few things popped up in my mind.

The first was that God can do anything!

So when you start to feel deflated or like you might not be able to accomplish with you have set out to do.  Just remember that if God can split the red sea, and make the 7 plagues come upon the land of Egypt.

Then he can help you finish your task.

As long as you don’t lose heart.

Another thing that happened to pop into my mind was that people haven’t changed much since the time of Moses.

Think about it…..

Moses got the pharaoh to let the Hebrews go when they had been enslaved for years.

Then when they got to the red sea they all started to turn on him!

Why did you bring us out of Egypt, just to die out here!!!  was just one thing that they said.

Then they did it again just after crossing the red sea. 

Why did you bring us out of Egypt to wonder the desert and die out here???

As people, we tend to lose sight of what God has given us. Even if he just gave something awesome YESTERDAY!!

The last thing that really stood out to me is that God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

What I mean by that is that Moses wasn’t qualified to lead the people of Israel. 

He was slow in speech and had a ton of self-doubt. 

I mean, he actually asked God to give him someone that would talk on his behalf to the pharaoh and the Hebrews.

God didn’t call on Moses because he was qualified. 

It was actually quite the opposite!!

So the next time you feel that you are not qualified to do what you are being called to do.

Remember that God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called!


Take action

Today I want you to take a second and read the story of Moses.

Then after you read (listen to) it. I want you to reflect on all the things that you have accomplished and think about if you were qualified to accomplish those tasks, or if you became qualified because you accomplished those.

Second I would like you to think about what it means to have a herd mentality.

That is where you follow what everyone else is doing. 

Now ponder for a moment on those moments that made you qualified, were they because you used the herd mentality, or was it because you thought outside the box and pushed away from the herd?


A Little More

Do we choose our missions and sometimes our missions choose us?

When I became a CLD tester I was sure that I chose my mission.

But now that I reflect on that “choice” I’m not so true that I chose that mission.

It might have chosen me!

Ok the more I reflect on it I am 1000% sure IT choose me.

I might have thought, “it sure would be nice to make a couple hundred $$ a week to begin with.  Or maybe it sure would be nice to be known as a CDL tester in our community.

Was I qualified to be a CDL tester when I first started looking into it???


I mean I was a good driver, but I didn’t really have the people skills that I needed to be a GREAT tester.

I still remember the first few tests that I did.

There is a part when as the tester I say, “Up ahead, pull the truck over to the right side of the road and secure it as if we were going to get out and check something at the rear of the vehicle.”

The first few times I did this, ok more like the first year. The driver would look at me and say, “did I do something wrong?”

Then I would have to explain how it is just a procedure we have to do for the test.

Now after being a tester for over a decade, no one asks me if they did something wrong.

Because now I know how to say it without causing them to question if they have done something wrong.

My point here is that, to begin with, I was not a qualified tester, but now I am overqualified and have helped numerous other people become qualified CDL testers.

Eclipse DOT is the exact same.

When I first started the business, was I qualified to be a business owner?


But I was called to run this business.  So I did the best I could.

Now, 3 years later. I’m still not qualified to run it.  but I am way more qualified to do it than I used to be.

The exact same thing with God’s First Life!

When we start a new project we are not usually qualified to accomplish that project.

But by the end, we are usually overqualified for that project.  As long as we try hard and give it the “ole college try”!!

Next time you feel that you can’t do something because you don’t know how to do it. just remember that no one qualified when they are called to start the new project.

You Have To Be Willing to Put in the Work

When you want something you have to be willing to take a chance and go after it.


The other day I was chatting with someone about business and where they wanted to end up in life.

I asked if they had a clear purpose and destination in their life of where they wanted to be in the next few years or heck even the next 30 days.

They told me that long term they really wanted to have a business that they could hand down to their kids to run.

That sounds pretty good to me.

So I asked them what they were willing to do to make that happen.

Their answer kind of shocked me.

“Well Dan, I’m not really sure how to make that happen.  If someone was to hand me a million dollars then I could probably create one.  Or maybe if they could just give me a business that I could run then I would have it.”

If you know me you know that I’m not really good at hiding my expressions. So I am 10000% sure that they could see the look on my face.

Before I could do anything they started talking again.

“Dan you sure are lucky that the Lord has blessed you with so much and such a GREAT life!  I wish that would just happen to me.  Someone would just give me a business like yours to be my own.  You know or give the money to start one!”

My first thought was….

Yes, I am lucky that he has blessed me.

And don’t get me wrong I give God FULL credit for everything in my life.  From my amazing wife Jenna, to my kids, to where I live, to the business, our clients, our team, our stuff, the way I was raised, our community, and the experiences that I get to have.

But I have also worked my butt off for him and the life that I have. It wasn’t just handed to me.

After those thoughts passed through my head. I literally laughed out loud!!!

Then I pondered for a second how to respond.

I told him this story.

A very strong Christian was walking through the desert in AZ when he saw this amazing garden.

His first thought was what is the amazing beautiful garden doing out here in the middle of the desert?

Then his next thought was this is a mirage!!

As he walked closer he saw that it was REAL.  So he walked through the gate and marveled at the beauty of the garden and all the plants.

Then he decided that he was going to find the owner and let them know that this garden was only possible because god had blessed it.

As he walked around he found the owner. And proceeded to let him know, “You know that this amazing garden is only possible because of God!”

After about a 30-minute “lesson” (more like a lecture) he finally stopped talking to the owner.

The entire time the owner sat there patiently listening to the Christians lecture.

When he had finished the Christian asked him what he had to say.

The gardener responded, “You are 100% correct this is only possible because of God, but you should have seen this place before I got here. It was just a desert!”

My point here is that god gives us opportunities every day.

It is our choice if we take up the task as our own.  And if we do then God wants to see us succeed.


We have to make the decision to do the work.

God is not going to “hand” you a business, or a finished project.

Because he knows that as people we won’t appreciate the finished product the same if we don’t labor in the creation.

Just like making babies. It’s a lot of fun to begin with.  Then a lot of work, about 18+ years. Then finally after years and years of effort, we get to enjoy watching the fruits of our labor venture out into the world and eventually we become grandparents.

I think you get my point.

God will give us the tools to succeed but we have to be willing to do the work.


Take Action

Today I want you to pause for a second and think about if you have thought about how blessed someone else is.

Did you do it potentially with a haughty heart? (Longing for what they have.)

If you did, look at the risks they took to get where they are.

Are you willing to take those same risks?

The next time you look at anyone else’s creation don’t look at the finished product.

Look at the labor that went into the creation.  From the initial thought (concept) to the design, to the first round, to the finished refined product.


A little more.

As I stand here writing this I am reflecting on the conversation that I had with that person.

And my mind is still blown that they thought that I had been handed everything that I have.

The truth is that that thought is 1000% wrong. 

I went back and reflected on all the decisions that I have made that lead me to where I am today.

From not letting Jenna break up with me in high school. That’s right she wanted to break up at one point and I told her “No I wouldn’t let her do that.”  Then we worked through the issues we were having.

To build our house, we were turned down by more than 9 banks before we finally got approved for a construction loan. And the only reason we got approved was that we found the heart of one person and one branch.  Because we had already been rejected at the main branch.  It was only when I went to a branch that that manager decided to take a gamble on us.

To becoming a CDL tester, it took me over 1.5 years to get figure out the process and get approved by the state.  I had literally had to get approved by a testing unit that knew nothing about me before the state would consider letting me into the program.  Then after that, I had to take time off of work to go to Denver for a week for training. I browed money from my parents to get up there. Then I stayed with my wife’s cousin and she let me borrow her car to back and forth to the training.

Then when Jenna came up to pick me up she got a flat tire and Billy (5 at the time) had to help her change the tire on our van.  And the spare was low on pressure someone amazing stopped by to help her.

To starting our own business, it took years to get traction.  Then after making the decision to step out on our own corona hit less than 4 months later!!  We hired one of our best friends and because of the economic situation, we could keep them employed.  From the daily ups and downs of starting a business to growing into a small business.

To have customers that we bought permits for with our money NEVER pay us back.  Making a mistake after mistake after mistake and learning from every single one of those mistakes. I’m sure that we are not done making mistakes yet!!

I bought a truck thinking that we would be doing a ton of CDL training and testing. Only to have that same truck sit for almost 12 months before I sold it because we didn’t even put 200 miles on it.

To getting my pilot’s license. I wrote a whole devotional on that process alone.  You should read it was GREAT.

The short version is that I got started, but then my instructor put me behind other students. Then when I was ready to go solo in a multi-engine, the instructor told me that he was no longer going to be an instructor.  Just after I helped him add a very unique endorsement to his license using my plane.

To pivoting and finally getting to the finish line.

And whatever comes next in this crazy adventure we call life.

I have had TONS of help.  But every single time something happened I had to be the first one to take action.

I had to ask Jenna on a date. I had to draw up plans for the house and ask the bank for $$.  I had to be relentless when I wanted to become a CDL tester. I put my whole family at risk when we started our business. For my pilot’s license, I had to pivot and find a different direction when the instructor left me hanging. 

Everything that has happened in my life is because I took action.

It was never handed to me, just like it hasn’t been handed to you.

So, if you are one of those who are waiting for an opportunity to come knocking at your door.

Get your butt off the couch, stop playing on your phone, and start looking for that opportunity. 

Because it most likely it is right in Infront of you.  You just have to bend over and pick it up.

Thomas Eddison said it best when he said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Taking Responsibility for Our actions

When you blame others, you give your power away. when you take responsibility, you take back your power, to transform your life.


Yesterday I recorded my second-ever VLOG/Podcast (Video Blog) for Leading From The Middle Of The Pack. 

 I am a bit unique in the fact that I do not like scripts. More to this point when I was a kid we used to put on one-act plays for our community and I was the one that the directors hated.

Not because I was a bad kid or a bad actor.  But I HATED sticking to the lines.

What I loved was being able to put my one spin on it and make it mine. (that’s one reason I never did drama in high school, lol)

To get back to the point I’m trying to make here. I’m not a script guy, I’m more of a bullet point guy.

So as I got ready to record this vlog/podcast I had my topic in front of me and nothing else.

“Why It’s Important As A Leader To Take Responsibility For Our Mistakes!” You should check it out it’s episode 46 (shameless plug)


As I was talking through the topic, I discovered that there are really 3 reasons why we NEED to take responsibility for our actions.

The first reason is for our peace of mind.

Now you might not believe this, but I used to NEVER claim responsibility for my mistakes. I was always finding a way that wasn’t my fault.

When we find an excuse it does a couple of things to us internally. One thing that it does is it allows our mind to truly think that there was nothing that we could have done differently to get a better outcome.

There is ALWAYS something that we could have done differently and it most definitely would have achieved a different outcome.

The other thing that it does is it allows us to continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.

I believe it was Albert Einstein that said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome.”

What great wisdom!!!

If we want different results we have to change something. And when we don’t think that we could do anything different, then guess what????? Nothing will ever change. Because in our mind it wasn’t our fault, so we just keep doing the same things over and over again.

The next reason we need Take Responsibility For Our Mistakes is because of the effect it has on those who are around us.

Think about this for a second…..

Will you trust someone who says, “Hey I messed up? But this is what I’m going to do to make it right!”


Will you trust the person who says, “There was nothing that I could do it is out of my hands!”???

I know that I would trust the person who admits the mistake. You see we all want to follow someone who is human. Because that makes them more relatable.

So when we Take Responsibility For Our Mistakes we are actually making ourselves look and come across as stronger to those around us!

The last thing that I’m going to talk about today is how it looks to those who look up to us when we Take Responsibility For Our Mistakes.

Whether you want to believe it or not, there is someone who looks up to you!

You might not see them right now, but I guarantee that there is at least one being in this world that looks up to you.

Now ponder if you will for a moment, who do you look up to??

Are they perfect, or imperfect?

Do they make mistakes or not?

Are they arrogant, or humble?

Is his name Dan??? Just kidding lol.

My point here is that you don’t look up to people who are perfect. There has only ever been one human being that was perfect that ever walked this earth. And his name was Jesus!

I want to leave you with this one final thought.

If the people we look up to are NOT perfect and they make mistakes, then why can’t we make mistakes too????

Time to take action.

The next time you make a mistake, let the world know, “Hey I messed up!” Don’t expect instant forgiveness though.

It’s really that simple. Just say, “Hey guys I made a mistake. And I’m going to try to fix it.”

A Little More

As I sit here pondering (that’s a big word for me, lol) my past, all the mistakes I have made come to the surface.

Not like cream on top of milk, but more like oil on top of the water.

It’s kind of cool to look at, but I don’t really want to touch it. lol


I have made a TON of mistakes, and in the past, I didn’t really admit to those mistakes. Today is not going to be about making a list of the past mistakes I have made. Because it would be too long. Lol

No, today is going to be about one mistake that I made a while ago that I never really claimed as a mistake until just the other day.

A couple of years ago I went to this convention for marketing. I was really stoked to go to it.

After landing I grabbed an uber to my hotel and got checked in. I could feel the butterflies in my stomach as I walked to my room.

You see I do really good in crowds of people, and I don’t really get too excited about what everyone else is excited about. Or at least I don’t show my excitement. I can thank my mom for that, she is extremely good at controlling her emotions. (Thinking about that I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing because I can hardly ever read her. Unless she’s mad, then I can read her. Lol)

As I walked to my room and got unpacked I noticed that there were banners all around the hotel for the event. This was a massive place, and their brand was everywhere. It was super cool to see. But also, a little scary. What did I just get myself into???

A little while later I walked down and got registered. They gave me a name tag. Ugh I HATE name tags!! And a wristband. Then I started exploring the hotel a little bit because the conference started tomorrow.

As I walked around I would say that 90% of the people I saw either had on some type of SWAG for the event or a nametag. Again it was kind of cool, but I could also feel the butterflies building in my stomach even more.

I grabbed some dinner and went to my room for the night.

The next morning I got up and headed down to the event about 1 hour before it started. Not knowing what to expect.

As I approached the room there was a CROWD of people. When I say a crowd I mean there were a few people there. I later found out that there were about 4500 people there!!!!

Those dang butterflies came back, my mouth dried out and I could feel that it was going to be hard to talk to anyone. I mean this was a business event and I had just hired my first employee less than a month ago for the second time.

The first time I hired someone it didn’t work out because we didn’t really have enough work to keep both of us busy. It really sucked to have to tell someone that. That right there is something that no one tells you when you start a business. You are literally responsible for someone else’s family if you don’t have the work or can’t pay the bills you have to be the one to tell them.

All of those emotions were surfacing once again as I looked at this HUGE crowd. So I worked my way around them to the far side where I found a little corner to stand close to a door that I could get into the room when they opened it.

I chose not to talk to anyone about anything. Instead, I just stood there waiting for them to open the door.

The next four days were amazing. and I did end up meeting some pretty amazing people. But the mistake I made was that I didn’t play it all out. After the event, I would go back to my room. And I would do what I did that morning for the next 3.

My mistake was that I chose to go into the introvert mode when clearly I am an extreme extrovert. I mean I talk to strangers on the street and in the grocery store.

I claimed my mistake just after that conference and from that point forward I have chosen to be the person I truly am when I go to an event. That person who talks to everyone and is not afraid of anything.

But think about what would have happened if I would have said, “I did my best to talk to people and no one wanted to talk to me!” where would I be today??


Or even worse I might have told myself that I am introverted and that I don’t like groups. That would have CHANGED my entire life and business.

When we own our mistakes it allows us to grow.

So get out there and own your mistakes then use that mistakes as fertilizer to fuel your growth!!!

Why titles don’t matter to get the job done

positions and title means absolutely nothing. They’re just adornments; They don’t represent the substance of anybody. every person and job is worth as much as any other person and any other job.

My professional career has been full of challenges,  hard lessons, and TONS of accomplishments for which I give God all the glory.  Without him, none of it would have been possible. 

Today I want to share with you an important lesson I learned along the way that changed the way I think about what it means to be a leader.

From a young age, I knew that I was called to be a leader. 

However, even though I kept applying for new opportunities with different companies, I needed help to land a leadership position. 

I was qualified and did a great job at everything I was asked to do, heck even the managers and supervisors loved me, but I just couldn’t ever land the position with a leadership title. 

That didn’t stop me though. I kept going after being a leader and moving up the ladder because I KNEW that’s where God wanted me to be. 

Fort the longest time I thought God wanted me to be a leader in a business, working for somebody else. That meant that I needed to become a manager. 

What I didn’t realize was that being a leader, and being a manager were two completely different things. 

I give God the credit for always being there for me even when I mess up (and boy do I mess up!). He’s taken me down paths that  I’m so grateful for. He’s the sole reason I have an amazing wife and a beautiful family. 

Little did I know how God had actually been using me in leadership roles the whole time though.  

Looking back I was a leader in every single position I that I ever held. 

I just didn’t realize it at the time because it didn’t come with the title that I thought you had to have to be a leader. 

This AHA moment really came to me when I stepped into a job with absolutely no authority. I was tasked to figure out how to get people from across the company to do what I needed. Like completing paper work and following rules that I didn’t put into place. 

To top it off we were a nationwide company! So it wasn’t like I just pop in on every person and ask them to fill out this form.  Oh yeah and while I’m here would you please just follow these extremely complicated rules? 

It took me forever to figure out how to get what I needed. Mostly because by that time i figured out that I was a leader, it was a few years after I had taken over this new position.  

This position was where I was shown that you don’t have to be in charge to be a TRUE leader. 

I remember there was this one time I was in East Texas. And this guy jumped in a CDL rig and I knew he didn’t have a CDL.

When I calmly asked him WHAT THE HECK HE WAS DOING?????? 

He tells me his boss told him to do it, and that he’s going to listen to his boss, not me!

So I had a really nice conversation with the boss about why he needs a CDL and the boss turns around and tells me he doesn’t care about anything I’m saying. He is here to make money and get S#!& Done! 

I was furious. I was so pissed off at the guy I wanted to scream. But that wouldn’t have gotten me very far. I had to figure out how to get them to change their thinking. They had to see what it was so important that they knew and followed the rules. 

I had to figure out how to LEAD from the middle of the pack.

Over the past years, I have learned through putting myself out there, that you can change the world without the title. 

Long story short, in that position I was able to impact the company and take them from being one for the worst in the nation to one of the best in the nation in less than ONE year. 

This created a huge transition in my professional career. I went from ‘I got to have the title’ to ‘I don’t want the title!’ 

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not about denying the title, but knowing that you don’t need it to make a difference. 

So many people get this idea wrong, that you need to be in a specific position like a manager, or have a specific title calling themselves leader, to make a difference.

News flash. YOU DON’T. And I’m living proof of that.

That’s what I want to get here. I used to be a guy nobody wanted to be around. Striving to be a leader, while acting like a boss.

I had to change my thinking and actions. Changing them from wanting authority to getting people to do what’s right. 

Once I made that shift in my mindset. Once I got rid of the title crap that I really wanted. I was blessed with leadership role after leadership role after leadership role. 

Look at where we are today. 

When I talk about Eclipse DOT or DOT Docs. it has always been and will always be WE did this. 

It used to really bug me when we first got started. People would ask about the business and I would say something like, “Yep we sure have built something amazing here!” 

Their response was, “We? Who are you working with?”

As a GREAT leader, it is your job to lift your team up, not to take credit for what they do.  Give them praise. When they are there, and even more when they aren’t there. 

One thing to remember is Titles don’t matter to get the job done. Take it from the guy who wanted all of them. 

Now I can’t wait to give my title to a more deserving person to run our business!

Imbalance Is Not A Bad Thing

Imbalance, when embraced, can lead to growth and new possibilities.

Today I would like to take you back to when we built our house. 

Talk about a time of imbalance. 

Jenna always knew that we wanted to build a house. And we also knew that we wanted to build it ourselves. 

We had 2 stipulations that we both agreed on before we started building our home. 

  1. We would not be pregnant while we built. 

Jenna wanted to be involved in the building and I knew that I needed her help. 

I love my queen, but when she was pregnant she was miserable. Sick all the time. Extremely irritable. Short tempered. Not understanding at all. Nothing was ever good enough. 

  1. Our kid’s rooms would be 100% the same size so that none of them could complain about the other having a bigger room.  

Both were great things to agree on. 

The thing is that we didn’t bring God into these decisions. We made them and that was that. 

I’m pretty sure that he heard us talking, looked at us, smiled, and said, “Watch this!  I’m going to give you what you NEED not what you want!!!”

We started building our house in February of 2011. Brianna Lynn Greer Was born in March of 2012. 

It took us 14 months to build our home.

You do the math!

Jenna got pregnant just a few months after we started building. Lol

We designed our house for 2 kids. 

Now we have 4……….

None of our kids have the same size rooms. 


Back to the point of this story. 

During the 14 months, it took us to build our home we were extremely imbalanced. 

You should know that Jenna and I built this house with our own 2 hands. 

There were only 2 things that we hired out.  The first was the tape and texture of our drywall.  I had a grandpa that wanted to help us, so he hired some of his buddies to tape and texture our drywall. 

The second thing we hired out was the stucco.

We had a group of people come by and ask if they could stucco our house. They gave me the estimate, and it was so reasonable that I couldn’t do it for that price. So we hired them to do that. 

When I say that we built a house I don’t mean that hired someone to build our home. I mean that we built it from the ground up. 

I dug the foundation, set the footers, ordered, poured, and trowled the concrete. 

Framed the walls, plumbed the house, wired it for electricity, and installed the in-floor heating.

We were doing things that were so far ahead of our time when the inspectors came out to do one of the inspections. He said, “If you didn’t have all this work done I would make you tear it all out and start from scratch. 

Then later on he came back and said, what you did 12 months ago is just now starting to become popular. I’m glad I didn’t make you tear it out.  They are saying what you did is the best possible way to do it. 

When I say we built our home I MEAN WE BUILT OUR HOUSE!

I would get up go to work, come home and go to work on the house.  Then about 10 or 11 pm I would go to bed. Then get up the next day and do it all over again. 

On weekends I was up before the sun came up and worked well into the night by lights. 

Talk about a time of imbalance. 

But here is the thing. 

After that short 14 months of doing NOTHING except building our house. We are still enjoying our home to this day. 12 years and counting!

Originally we built our home on our own because my dad built his, and my grandparents built theirs. 

Not to mention it was going to save us a TON of $$$$.

In the end, I know that god had us build this amazing home because he needed me to know that I can do anything that I put my mind to.  

He needed to know that if the world laughs at you, it shouldn’t detour you. Instead, it should be the fuel that makes your passion EXPLODE!

He needed me to go through that process so that was we boot-strap a multi-million $$ business I would know that times of imbalance are needed for ultimately achieving EXTREME goals.

How To Have It All

How to have it all while being personally and professionally satisfied, if that’s even possible for those of us who are driven.

When things are scary, just do it!

Before we dive into today’s thought, I want to share a little about myself.

I’m from Southwest Colorado & we live on my great-grandfather’s homestead.  My kids are the 5th generation to grow up on the same chunk of dirt.  There’s not too many people who can say that.

Now that’s a blessing and also somedays a curse depending on how you look at it. But for the most part, it’s a blessing to live around family.

You can see more of my life on my socials – where I tend to go a little deeper. My handle is @therealdangreer on Instagram for those of you on there.

Okay, let’s dive in!

It is possible to truly have it all when we choose to relentlessly pursue our calling.

The first thing we need to understand is that we all have a calling in our lives. Everyone is called to do something. I am called to be a father, husband, believer, to start a business and help others.

Working in the trucking and regulation space, the whole DOT side of things is a calling God placed in my life. I know that DOT Regulations are like speaking Greek for most people out there, but that is my calling.

This has led me to start a business and even start a non-profit, doing weekly devotionals, and so many other things because I chose to pursue because of the callings God placed in my life.

I’m not sharing any of this to brag, but I want to show you guys what is possible.

My son is super hardheaded, and he absolutely loves animals. He’s into falconry and is such a smart kid, he got his falconry license when turned 16.

He is one of the youngest in the country to do that.

I have a son who wants to be a voice actor, and my daughter loves to teach, that’s her calling, and my youngest, bless him, wants to be like me someday. And I really hope he realizes just how much of an imperfect person I am.

I digress.

Part of having it all is listening to that calling. This brings us to our first step in the framework.

  1. Acknowledging that we are called for something.

Many of us are called for things we are not ready to do.  Part of my calling personally is to share my love of God with others. Part of it is being a loving husband.

The goal is to acknowledge that we have a calling placed on our lives and working out our path to relentlessly pursue it.

  1. Accept our calling.

Starting Eclipse DOT was something I put off for years. I personally denied starting a business and wasn’t willing to accept my calling.

The truth is that I used to say, “I will never own a business because I do not want the stress that comes with it!”

But when I finally accepted it, my life changed.

We recently watched the movie ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and in it we see Jane Foster, Thor’s girlfriend, accepting that Thor’s old hammer was calling her. She makes her way to the place where the hammer is kept, and she picks it up even though Thor was the only person who was worthy to lift it in the past.

When she gets there, walks over to this shattered hammer and all of the pieces magically come back together and float into her hand.

Now that might not be the best analogy but acknowledging and accepting our calling is crucial to living a life where we can have it all.

  1. Take Action.

Start putting yourself out there. It doesn’t have to be huge steps but moving the needle is important to pursue our calling.

Let’s take a moment to look at architects. Now I’m quite sure, no architect starts off their career by designing a skyscraper. They probably started off by building a small house or shed, then they designed a bidder house, then maybe a mansion, then maybe a story building. Then they moved up to a 10-story building.

Likewise, you don’t want to start by trying to run a billion-dollar company if you have never ran a $100,000 company. The things you learn at each phase are extremely important.

  1. Pursue our calling, relentlessly.

Let’s start with what relentless means 

Dan’s definition is: Never Giving Up. Fighting until you win. Finding a way to make it happen no matter what.

That is Relentless to me.

So far there have been tons of times while I have been going after my calling when I felt unbalanced.

This isn’t a BAD thing.

Here’s the thing when you get relentless you get unbalanced, for a short period of time.

Let’s look at when I built our home.

I would get up early and be at work before the sun came up.  Work a 10+ hour day at work.  Then as soon as I got home I started building our home.

Every hour of the weekend and every hour I was awake was spent on pursuing that dream.

It took me just 14 months to complete our house. And we built it by ourselves, with help from family. But I literally troweled every inch of concrete, laid every hose for the heating and plumbing, hung every sheet of drywall, screwed down every piece of tin on the roof, wired every single light switch in our whole house, and nailed every stud in every wall.

This was a season in my life where I was radically imbalanced and relentless. But as I accomplished my dream my life started to become even more balanced than it was before.

Now I am in much of the same state again because we are building this business.

And like the house, I am driving every “Nail” throughout the business. 

But in the end, I know that my relentless pursuit will have amazing rewards.

In the relentless pursuit of our calling, being unbalanced is unavoidable, but focusing on the right thing helps us move toward our calling.

I want to leave you with this thought. NEVER GIVE UP. Pursue your calling, relentlessly with passion, even when you can’t see it.

Hungry for Pies?

Today I would like to take you through the difference between macro leadership and micro-managing, and how they’ve been crucial in shaping my business.

I was going into town the other day with Jenna and the kids, and I had an epiphany. 

Leadership is a lot like baking a pie. Let me explain. 

On the way to Becca’s Chop Shop (huge shout to Becca!) for my son’s haircut, I was driving past the house of someone I knew. He is someone who would fall under the ‘I’ category in the Disc framework.

People from this category are really influential, but at the same time, not really driven. 

This basically means they lack structure in their routine. 

In my head I was thinking, ‘’Man I wish I could work with this guy, he is really great’’  but deep down I knew we just wouldn’t work out. 

It’s been that way when it comes to working with anybody from that ‘I’ category for me.

The question I found myself asking is why is this the case?

As I was thinking I realized that ”Leadership is like baking a pie”.

Jenna turned over and saw me have this light bulb moment and asked me what I was smirking about. 

I told her with a straight face ‘‘leadership is like baking a pie’’, and instantly it grabbed her attention. 

Think about it. 

What separates a successful business from a mediocre one, is the breakdown of macro-level leadership within it. 

Now I am a BIG PICTURE leader. I love thinking big and opening a bunch of loops. That really gets me excited. 

Makes my engine rev if you will!

What I need is to have a group of macro-leaders on my team who get the big picture, but who don’t necessarily have to be as excited as I am about it.  

We just celebrated some holiday and there sure have been a lot of us stuffing our faces with delicious pies this season. 

So, I am going to use this pie analogy to explain what macro leadership is. 

Besides, who doesn’t love a good pie. 

Macro leaders at each level are what create the levels of success the business will end up having. 

‘‘Behind every great pie, is the leader who had the vision behind making it’’. 

Print that on a t-shirt!

In all seriousness though, the big-picture leaders are the ones who are going to answer the question: What kind of pie are we going to make?  Where is the business going? 

This leader decides the kind of pie the team is going to work together to create. 

Whether it’s an apple pie, a peach pie, or even a ‘mince-meat pie’, yes it’s a real thing, shout out to Grandma Greer for making the best mince pies EVER!!!

It’s important, in those moments, to have a leader that can and will decide the big picture stuff. They give the team a common vision to work towards and help to make sure that each team has what they need to succeed.  

Generally, these are high ‘D’ individuals (if you refer to the DISC framework I talk about).

The first leader that follows in the chain of command, leads by making the crust. Or laying the foundation if you will. 

Every great pie starts off with a great crust. This leader needs to know what kind of base the pie needs to have to take it to the next stage. 

They take us from having a vision to executing the foundation. Whether that’s by making a graham cracker crust or picking dough.

It’s important to communicate the vision clearly with this leader. You then avoid a situation where the leader makes the wrong base for the wrong pie. 

You wouldn’t want to eat a pumpkin pie with a doughy base now, would you?

Think about it can you build a skyscraper on the same foundation that you build a play hose on?

HECK NO!!!!! 

So yes this Macro-Leader needs to know the whole vision in order to truly succeed. 

The second leader in this chain of command is in charge of the filling. Again, it’s important that the big picture is communicated well here too. 

They have a team who begins to create the elements of the pie. 

They go even deeper to understand the small details behind making the pie great, even stuff like how the pie is going to be served. 

The next set of leaders covers the topping. It’s crucial to take care of each element in the process in order to make the final product great. 

Take a pumpkin pie, for example, I would argue that the most loved topping for it would be whipped cream. Replacing that would change the outcome entirely.

The fourth set of leaders are the ones baking this delicious dessert. They need to see the big picture as well because they will be setting the temperature, figuring out how long to keep it in the oven, and how it’s going to be served. 

If they only see the crust and not the filling, how will they know what’s in the pie to know how long to cook it??????

Now we are nearly there! 

The final set of leaders takes care of serving the pie. The final step is to cut it up and pass it out to be enjoyed.  Maybe even serve a little ice cream with it if you really want to over-deliver!

Can you see the importance of communicating the big picture to each level of macro-leaders to ensure that the pie turns out great? 

We go from an IDEA to EXECUTION – with a sweet finish – all through the help of macro-leaders. 

Let’s take a real-life application of this illustration. (shameless plug I know) offers a platform that makes it so simple for businesses to track the compliance of their drivers and their entire DOT program. 

It’s an organized dashboard that allows businesses to quickly get into compliance.  When we say that we take the complexity out of compliance. We take the statement seriously.  


A salesperson who is not aware that our best clients run trucks in their business might end up pitching our platform to doctors who wouldn’t be able to use it.  they might get excited about being able to track compliance. 

Ok, I know no one gets excited about compliance, except for the experts here at Eclipse DOT.  We quite literally eat, breathe, and live this stuff. And yes good thing for you it does get us excited!!!!


There is a huge DISCONNECT between the service the salesperson sold the doctor, and who it is built for. 

Coming back to the pie analogy, if the macro-leader baking it thinks he’s baking a cheesecake and sets the oven at 325 degrees, for 45 mins but in reality, it’s actually an apple pie. The pie that will eventually come out of the oven would not be GREAT. It might be edible, it might not even be that. 

But most definitely it will not be GREAT!

This is why communication across all levels is crucial. One team could compromise the entire operation. 

So many people fail to get this point. 

Leadership is about every person on the team succeeding. It’s not solely for just the big picture folks like me to run the entire operation. 

In my opinion, you don’t have to have the title of a leader, supervisor, manager, or even foreman to act like one. 

Coming back to the whole DISC framework and the friend’s house I passed by… I swear I wasn’t just ranting! 

Ok, maybe I was!  Just a little. lol

High ‘I’ people need macro-leaders to guide them on what to do because they are not super organized. But they are GREAT with people. That’s what makes them successful. 

High-D people on the other hand keep bouncing around from one shiny object to the next, to the next, to the next, to the next…….

And this might stop them from getting the success they desire. They need to surround themselves with OUTSTANDING Macro-Leaders to help them accomplish the bigger picture. 

You need to have macro-leaders who can bring balance to the team with their different strengths. 

If you don’t have a big-picture guy or gal, go find one!

If you don’t have Macro-Leaders on your team to help you accomplish your big goals, then go find them. 

You might consider hiring a mentor to coach you into being the leader your team needs. 

Ultimately, it’s not about being a micromanager – whom everyone secretly despises – but being a MACRO-LEADER who can carry the team towards the BIG PICTURE. 

What The Heck Is Personal Conveyance?

Personal conveyance is operating a vehicle for personal use.”

Hey there Eclipse DOT Family!

The other day I got a call from one of our members and they had some GREAT questions about Hours Of Service.

One of the things that really wanted more information on was personal conveyance. 

You see they had read tons of info about it online, but they didn’t know what was true and what was false.

So we talked about it for about 30 minutes!!!

After the conversation, he said, “You should really write a blog on this. No one knows this info as you do!”


Here it is.  A blog all about personal conveyance.

Some of you might be asking what the heck is this personal conveyance thing? Can I use it? how would it help me?

We all know that the government does a GREAT job of explaining things. (read that with sarcasm, lol)  so here is their definition of it.

“Personal conveyance is the movement of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal use while off-duty. A driver may record time operating a CMV for personal conveyance as off-duty only when the driver is relieved from work and all responsibility for performing work by the motor carrier. The CMV may be used for personal conveyance even if it is laden, since the load is not being transported for the commercial benefit of the motor carrier at that time. Personal conveyance does not reduce a driver’s or motor carrier’s responsibility to operate a CMV safely.

Here is Dan’s definition. Personal conveyance is operating a vehicle for personal use. Like going from the hotel to the restaurant.

Just a little bit simpler.  Lol

The big thing to remember with personal conveyance is you can’t be doing any work for the company. That includes fueling up, moving from yard to yard, and taking the truck to the next stop…..

Why did they create personal conveyance?

Well, because when they made having an ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandatory for any trucks that are new than a 1999 and that doesn’t qualify for an exemption (like short haul or utility). That ELD device automatically records the movement of the vehicle and they also said that all movement must be assigned to a driver.

Let’s say that you are working out of town and staying at a hotel, or rental house. When you start that truck and go to dinner or the grocery store. That movement is now recorded. And that time and movement HAS to be claimed by a driver.

What happens if you have already worked a 14-hour day and need to get groceries for the week?

It would cause a violation on your logbook! 

So that’s why they created this personal conveyance status.

Does that make sense?

So let’s dive a little deeper into what would be considered valid reasons to utilize persona conveyance.

  1. Time spent traveling from where the driver is staying (such as a motel or truck stop) to restaurants and entertainment facilities. 
  2. Commuting between the driver’s yard and their residence. 
  3. Time spent traveling to a nearby, reasonable, & safe location after loading or unloading. The resting location must be the first location reasonably available. 
  4. Moving the vehicle at the request of an officer during the driver’s off-duty time 
  5. Time spent transporting personal property while off-duty. 
  6. Authorized use of a CMV to travel home after working at an offsite location. 

What would be considered not personal conveyance?

  1. Driving a CMV in order to make it easier for the company. For example, bypassing available resting locations in order to get closer to the next loading or unloading point or other scheduled destination 
  2. After delivering a trailer, and the truck unit no longer meets the definition of a CMV, the driver returns to the point of origin under the direction of the motor carrier to pick up another trailer. 
  3. Time spent driving a CMV to a shop for maintenance. 
  4. After being placed out of service. Unless so directed by an officer. 
  5. Driving to the shop after loading or unloading to get another load.

The last thing that I want to touch on is how this effect company drivers vs owner-operators. 

Well, the truth is that it is 100% the same rule for both types of drivers. The big difference is that most companies have a DOT team that helps to give advice and guidance (even if it is wrong sometimes. lol).

So maybe a company driver doesn’t have as much leeway. Or maybe they have a team that knows the rules inside and out and are doing everything it can to protect the drivers and the company. 

The key here is that the rule doesn’t change depending on the circumstance. All that really changes is how you intermediate the rule and what you or the company see as gray area in the rule.

My suggestion would be that if you are unsure if it would be considered Personal Conveyance. Then give one of our experts here on the Eclipse DOT team a call.  We would be happy to work you through the situation. 

That’s the joy of being part of the Eclipse DOT family. We are ALWAYS here for you. 

Here at Eclipse DOT, we have your back, no matter what. 

I sure hope this helps!

Stay safe and keep the rubber side down!

Until next time.

Dan Greer

Dream So Big It Scare Others!

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”

Recently I have been watching Shark Tank.

If you don’t know what Shark Tank is, it is a show where people who have a business or think they have a business go on TV to pitch their business to 5-6 “sharks” (investors) in hopes of selling them part of their business.

In return, they get a partner that helps them by injecting capital into the business. The next step is to scale and grow their business to new levels.

Being an entrepreneur myself, I really enjoy watching and learning from every pitch that is made.

There are some products/businesses that are pitched and I can see the potential.

Then there are other products.

When they are pitched, you think holy cow how can actually think that this is a viable business? There is no way that this will ever work!

As I watch the show it makes me think about our business. My mind goes to what the possibilities are and where we want to take them.

Which for me gets me a little excited. But it also makes me a little scared too.

I have this amazing God-given gift. I have the gift to dream HUGE.

For reals.

I think so big that it scares the majority of people that ask me what I expect our business to accomplish.

One of my dreams is to build a conference center that is shaped like a truck. I know what you are thinking. Dan that sounds WICKED cool!!.

Oh, you weren’t thinking that.  What the heck????

Well, I have had this dream for quite a while now. Well, I was combing through social media the other day and I saw this guy who draws pictures of trucks.

So, I reached out to him to see what he would charge me to create custom pictures for our customers of their trucks.

Because why not…..

Then after we started this relationship, I asked him if he would be willing to create a picture of my future event center.

To my surprise, he was excited to create it!

So we started talking about what i wanted.

He came up with a concept. Then we made a few changes.

Made a few more changes.

Made a few more changes.

Added some elk to the picture, because why not. Lol

Then he added some lights to the building and sent it back over to me.

I loved it! 

So what did I do? I got that picture printed on a canvas so that I could hang it up in my office.

Now I get to look at my dream every day!  Every time I see it I pause for a second and think about the future.

Most people would have just had the thought.

But not me…….

I took action on the thought. And this is the first step in making something awesome!

I have to laugh because the other day as a family we were watching a movie at the house.  It was an animated movie with superheroes and villains.

There was a part of the movie where the billionaire launches his rocket that was built into his house.

Nathen looked over at me and said, “Dad where is your rocket going to be, every billionaire has to have a rocket!”

We all laughed out loud.

Well, in case you are interested in what my events center is going to look like someday, see the picture above.

What I want to do is encourage you to DREAM BIG!

Dream so big that it scares everyone around you!

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