Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!

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I just sent my first formal draft of my doctoral dissertation to my project mentor.  The technical editor is editing it.  I will defend my project in L.A. on June 12 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Graduation is June 14 at 6:00 PM!  Earning an accredited doctorate is an impossible dream that has come true for me!

Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!  Only 20% of those who enter my particular doctoral program ever finish the Doctor of Ministry degree.  It is highly demanding and difficult.  I had an 80% chance of failure.  But it was more than that.  Keep reading and you will see why. :)

Man climbing ice wallMy tag line is: "Transforming Fear into Fulfillment, Hurt into Healing, Pain into Peace and Problems into Possibilities!"  Another way to put it is: "Showing People How to Conquer Chaos and Transform Tragedy into Triumph and Problems into Possibilities!"  I have been tested through the fire personally with this doctorate experience!

Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!  It's happening for me and it can happen for YOU!  Don't let anyone or any circumstance stop you.  Settle it in your heart.  You're going over and not under!  You're the top dog and not the bottom dog!

In high school my counselor told me not to apply for college.  He said I would never make it.  Guess what?  I did it!  Don't let anyone talk you out of your dream!

After earning my B.S. in Wildlife-Fishery Resources degree from the University of Idaho (one of the finest programs in the nation), I thought I would never go back to school.  My degree was extremely difficult and demanding.  It was like a Pre-Med Science degree.  Done. Finished.  I thought :)

I couldn't get the dream out of my heart.  After working as a research biologist for a couple of years, I kept feeling this deep desire to go for a masters degree.  So I began to Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!  I did it!  Not only did I meet the most beautiful bride in the whole wide world, I earned a Master of Divinity degree in two and half years.  It normally takes three years.

Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!  On May 18, 2006, my beautiful bride asked me to apply for a doctoral program at a cutting-edge new school in L.A.  Through a series of miracles, I was accepted. Man at the top of the mountain

I had no idea that this adventure would be like climbing Mount Everest without an oxygen mask!  It was so challenging and treacherous at times, I thought I would literally fall to my death!  It was far more difficult and demanding than I ever thought possible!  I am not the scholarly type.  It has been like learning Chinese in Hong Kong with no one to interpret for me.  Talk about a whole new learning curve!

The Lord placed this dream in my heart.  He gave me the strength and the courage to overcome every impossible obstacle in the adventure!  I have been radically transformed and become a new man through this rich and rewarding experience!

My beautiful bride, Irene, and son, Chris and our other team members helped me Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!  Gary Woltal has encouraged me through the process!  He promised that He and others in Active Rain would not give up on me!  Thank You, Gary and AR!

Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible!  I did it and you can do it!  You may ask:  "What does this have to do with real estate?"  Good question!  It has everything to do with it!  We are in the people business.  People need hope and encouragement.  They need it and you need it!  We all need it!

Dare to Dream and Do the Impossible! 

Comments (15)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Dan, I am so proud of you going after your dreams and thanks for the mention that I assisted with some encouragement. But you have a great support system with Irene and your son too. Keep encouraging all of us Dan. You are a tremendous example that dreams really do come true. Keep us posted on how the doctoral program finally finishes out. I wish you the best as always!!

May 08, 2009 06:12 AM
Mortgage - Puyallup, WA

I love your Mount Everest illustration.  Nobody ever leaps to the top of the mountain - it takes thousands of little steps to accomplish something great - and sometimes each step can be painful to take, but take it we must.

Congrats on your success!

May 08, 2009 06:19 AM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Gary, Thank You for empowering encouragement!  You really do make a big difference to Irene, Chris and me.  We appreciate who you are!

May 08, 2009 07:16 AM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Glenn,  Thank You for your inspiring insights.  Yes, you are right.  Each step is critical.  Sometimes we may have to go three or four steps sliding down before regaining traction and moving ahead.  Through faith and patience we inherit the promises!

May 08, 2009 07:19 AM
Brenda Tressler
Crye-Leike Realtors - Clarksville, TN

Dan... First I want to say thanks again for visiting my post and for your very kind words of encouragement. I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading your other posts. Congratulations again and best of luck! Brenda :o)


May 08, 2009 02:45 PM
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Dan, thank you for visiting my post and congratulaions on dreaming and DOING the impossible.  In the face of an 80% failure rate; you chose to look at the 20% success rate and be in the minority! I love it!

May 08, 2009 05:52 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Hi Dan, it was a pleasure to find your great message on my blog, and I send my big 'congratulations' to you for forging ahead and following your dream. You've inspired me over the months, and I thank you for that. I'm more determined than when 'last we met.' Thank you so much for your message.

May 10, 2009 03:08 AM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Brenda, Thank You for your kind comments.  I appreciate your encouragement.  We are on one team here in The Rain!

May 10, 2009 12:23 PM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Cristal, Thank You for your positive perspective!  I have really experienced a miracle of being transformed in the doctorate experience!

May 10, 2009 12:25 PM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Susie, Thank You for your affirming and inspiring words!  I am highly honored to be able to encourage you!  Your are a WINNER!

May 10, 2009 12:28 PM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Congratulations Dan! 

You inspire us all.

Your blog is now featured on the Optimist Group.  I hope our members will congratulate you via the many well deserved comments.

May 10, 2009 03:45 PM
Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Congratulations - nice post.  Very inspirational.

May 10, 2009 08:39 PM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Mirela, Thank You so much for your encouraging and kind comments.  I am humbled and honored that you wrote how I inspire all of you.  Thank You for making my post a Featured Post in the Optimist Group.  My passion is to give life to others and help them become all they were created to be!  Thank You!

May 11, 2009 03:27 AM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Renee, Thank You so much for your encouraging and inspiring words.  I am honored!  Thank You for allowing me to inspire you!  May all of your dreams come true!

May 11, 2009 03:29 AM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Congratulations Dan! Sorry I'm a little behind in reading your post, but great job by you! God bless you!

Sep 23, 2010 04:41 PM