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The Dare to Dream Podcast

79 EpisodesProduced by Vincent Van Patten & Gregory Benedikt Website

The Dare to Dream Podcast shows you what is possible when you have the courage to chase your dreams. Through hilarious and relatable personal stories, our guests discuss their time in the trenches and the lessons they've learned. Walk away with a newfound passion for life and the secrets our guests … read more

79 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

DTD #79: Finding Peace, Play, and Healing with Wolf Castillo

July 1st, 2022

1:17:00

Life has a funny way of connecting you with the people you are supposed to meet. And it's often in the least grandiose of circumstances that the …

DTD #78: Visit Yourself and Have a Good Time, with Iris of Calabria, Italy

June 24th, 2022

39:33

Vincent spent three weeks working as a volunteer in Calabria, Italy, under the guidance of Iris. Iris is somebody that makes you smile, laugh, …

DTD #77: This is The Moment You've Been Waiting For

June 17th, 2022

42:15

So often we believe some future moment will make us happy. Because of this, we lose sight of what’s right in front of us. We lose touch with what surrounds us. We disconnect from reality, our sense of self, and one …

DTD #76: The Value of a Good Cry (Our First Solo Episode)

June 9th, 2022

9:57

Today we made Dare to Dream history. Not because we cried live on the air, (we've already done that before) but because Gregory recorded our first …

DTD #75: How Writing and Coaching Can Change Your Life, with Author, Attorney, and Nonprofit Founder, Debra Mares

June 3rd, 2022

53:43

Debra Mares is a real-life Wonder Woman. 

Having seen professional success as an attorney, a nonprofit founder, an author, and a teacher, Debra's …

DTD #74: Life Can Only Improve When You Honor Your Word to Yourself and to Others

May 26th, 2022

35:01

There is much we can't control in life. But if there's one thing we can control, it's honoring our word. 

On this episode of The Dare to Dream …

DTD #73: Epiphany at the Opera, with Electropop Artist Barrett Crake

May 19th, 2022

44:24

American electropop artist Barrett Crake was living the life that many American college grads dream of. He'd landed an impressive gig after …

DTD #72: Fuel For Your Soul

May 13th, 2022

36:14

After the recent guest episodes of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Vincent and Gregory are back in action recording together and they're way too happy …

DTD #71: Break Free From Your Past and Create Your Own Identity, with Author Neha Sonney

May 6th, 2022

42:26

For many of us, it can feel like where we come from is where we're going to go; that our past defines our future; that how we were raised is by …

DTD #70: Upgrade Your Life Through Breathwork and Cold Exposure with CEO & Certified Wim Hof Instructor, Reis Paluso

April 29th, 2022

58:40

When someone asks you if you're ready to upgrade your life, I hope you say yes. That's what Reis did, and his willingness to step into the unknown led him on a wild journey of introspection and self-discovery. From …

DTD #69: Transcending Where We Come From with the Brazilian World-Traveler, Bruno Schroeder

April 21st, 2022

41:04

Bruno is a guy who spreads joy in this world.

For the first guest appearance of The Dare to Dream Podcast overseas, Vincent had the privilege of hanging with his mate and hostel co-worker while staying in Lisbon, …

DTD #68: Must We Live the Life That's Expected of Us?

April 16th, 2022

30:48

Warning: this episode may feel like a bit of an existential life crisis. In it, we explore a few of life's questions that we are currently grappling …

DTD #67: Living in a Hostel, How to Use Social Media While Traveling, and Why You Need to Live an Interesting Life

April 9th, 2022

34:20

Have you ever had so much fun at a hostel while traveling that you asked yourself, "I wonder what it would be like to LIVE here?" No? Well we'll tell …

DTD #66: Vinny's Launch to Lisbon - DTD Goes International

April 1st, 2022

18:58

Today was a special moment in Dare to Dream history. This episode was recorded as Vinny was sitting in Montreal, waiting to board his flight to Lisbon, Portugal, where he will be living in a hostel for the next three …

DTD #65: Living a Life Without Regret, w/ Columbia-Based Writer Sara Burdick

March 24th, 2022

50:03

Columbia-based writer Sara Burdick is a curious soul, a world traveler, a seeker of truth and meaning — a dreamer. What’s unique about Sara is that …

DTD #64: The Paradoxical Art of Doing Less But Getting More

March 17th, 2022

19:43

This episode is a quick 20-minute pop where we use a thought-provoking article by Mark Manson as a springboard to explore the concept of doing less while getting more. 

It's easy to assume that the harder we work, the …

DTD #63: Let Your Thoughts Die So You Don't Have To, with Professional Skateboarder Mitchie Brusco

March 10th, 2022

1:05:31

Mitchie Brusco’s life has revolved around skating since he first stepped on a skateboard at age 3. His tribe of mentors includes extreme athlete …

DTD #62: Quick Hits of Wisdom and How Our Lives Are Changing

March 4th, 2022

43:52

Random thoughts. Mysterious musings. Lots of laughter. 

What more can you ask for!?

This episode epitomizes why we started The Dare to Dream Podcast: we discuss life changes we're undergoing, lessons we're learning, …

DTD #61: Living a BIG Life with Author, Leader and Perennial Seeker Rick Broniec

February 25th, 2022

55:54

Over the past 70 years, Rick Broniec has continuously broken the mold of what is expected of him as a man, a Midwesterner, and a chemistry teacher. 

DTD #60: Learning To Love the Man in the Mirror with Australian Ninja Warrior, Brandon Clift

February 19th, 2022

55:57

Growing up as a professional gymnast, Brandon always wanted to hold a world record. Little did he know that he'd achieve that feat by being …

DTD #59: Reconnecting With Your Inner Child

February 11th, 2022

30:56

If you zoom way out and take a look at your life, what is most important? 

What would your inner child tell you to focus on? 

Is there ever a …

DTD #58: Fortune Favors the Bold

February 3rd, 2022

32:26

In this high-energy episode, we discuss the idea of flirting with life, and how we’ve put this idea to the test by striking up conversations and getting into as many strange situations as possible.

Get ready for some …

DTD #57: Dare to Live a Life That’s Truly Yours with Paris-Based Creative Shabnam Ferdowsi

January 28th, 2022

54:23

“Have you ever felt paralyzed with ambition before?” Writes Paris-based creative Shabnam Ferdowsi in her article on Medium.com.

“A dream so daunting …

DTD #56: Comedian/Philanthrepreneur/Ironman Daniel Powell, an Ordinary Man Leading an Extraordinary Life

January 21st, 2022

1:16:57

Daniel Powell is a San Diego local legend. 

You might find him suited up as his alter-ego Captain Challenge while leading a flash mob dance party; spreading joy through his stand-up comedy; finishing a marathon in …

DTD #55: Thriving in the Unknown, Reinventing Yourself, & Leaning Into Love with Actress and Soap Opera Superstar Eileen Davidson

January 7th, 2022

49:54

Actress and daytime soap star Eileen Davidson followed her heart at an early age and has been thriving in the unknown ever since.

We’re all going …

DTD #54: Health, Connection, and Pursuing What's Meaningful—Our Recipe for Happiness in 2022

January 1st, 2022

40:28

When it comes down to it, what do we truly need to make us happy? 

This meaningful episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast puts a bow on 2021; we're …

DTD #53: Outlasting Adversity and Prioritizing Happiness with Actor & Writer Duke Van Patten

December 17th, 2021

1:01:52

Hanging out with Duke Van Patten is like drinking a cup of strong black coffee on a sunny day with Robert De Niro or Hugh Grant or perhaps Jimmy …

DTD #52: Seek Your Dream Life, Not a Dream Job

December 10th, 2021

36:27

Spoiler alert: It should be illegal for two people to have this much fun together. If you’re not prepared to witness what happens when two best …

DTD #51: Sitting Down with Syence, LA's Hottest Up-and-Coming Electronic Music Duo

December 3rd, 2021

50:06

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Zach Montoya and Brayden James, better known by their artist name: Syence. These two dudes met in a science …

DTD #50: Celebrating 50 Episodes and the Wisdom That Has Saved Us from Ourselves

November 24th, 2021

39:02

For the fiftieth episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we reflect on the essential wisdom that has inspired us most profoundly while on this journey …

DTD #49: Lindsay Bilezikian’s Quest to Heal the World (and Herself) Will Leave You Feeling More Present and Joyful in your Mind, Body and Soul

November 19th, 2021

1:06:35

Lindsay Bilezikian is a multidimensional human being who is on a quest to heal the world. By day, Lindsay serves her community as a certified Pilates …

DTD #48: The Stoicism Starter Pack — Leverage This Ancient Philosophy to Combat Anxiety and the Fear of Being Judged

November 12th, 2021

36:44

Stoicism is an ancient philosophy with modern benefits, associated with figures such as one of the last "good" Roman Emperors, Marcus Aurelius, and …

DTD #47: Social Media Isn’t Going Anywhere—Here's How to Make It Work for You

November 5th, 2021

34:50

Social media has undoubtedly shifted the bedrock of society. 

We live our lives through our little screens just as much as we exist in the real world. Is this catastrophic? De-humanizing? Downright frightening? Well, …

DTD #46: Practical Philosophy, the Hero's Journey & Modern Courage, with Dane Sanders

October 27th, 2021

1:00:07

Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter. The Lion King.

In the classic hero’s journey, the hero leaves the familiar and sets out into the unknown. They face adversity and fall to their knees. Yet, they overcome, and …

DTD #45: Listening To Your Inner Voice Will Make Life a Whole Lot Better

October 23rd, 2021

40:41

Your inner voice; it's probably talking to you right now. The angel and the devil on your shoulders. 

We often give our inner voice a negative …

DTD #44: Building Dreams in the Digital Space, with Tech-Focused Entrepreneur Tallulah Daly

October 15th, 2021

39:09

Entrepreneur and business owner Tallulah Daly is one cool, composed, tech-savvy woman. Tallulah grew up in Malibu, CA, yet defied the odds when she …

DTD #43: You're on Your Path. Enjoy Every Second of It

September 30th, 2021

40:38

We don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re having a hell of a lot of fun along the way.

Join us for a comical dialogue on philosophy, vulnerability, …

DTD #42: How to Find Your Way When the World Keeps Telling You No, With Vincent Van Patten Sr.

September 24th, 2021

46:12

Vincent Van Patten Sr. has paved his way in the world through perseverance, love, and grit.

On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Vinny’s dad, Vincent, to discuss his …

DTD #41: Raising The Bar of Happiness With Entrepreneur and Spiritual Sage, Matt Winkley

September 16th, 2021

59:55

At age 26, with a broken heart and a burning desire to be his own boss, our guest Matt Winkley moved across the country and started asking these big …

DTD #40: Open Your Eyes and Strengthen Your Heart With Content Creator & Holistic Nutritionist, Isa De Burgh

September 10th, 2021

51:24

It’s never too early to take full control of your health and overall wellbeing. In fact, if you’re young like us, it’s about time you do.

Perhaps you …

DTD #39: Overcoming Fear & Finding Yourself with Digital Nomad Tom Kuegler

September 2nd, 2021

59:18

This is a very special episode, and evidence of what is possible when we Dare to Dream!

Tom Kuegler is a business owner, a vlogger, and top writer on Medium.com where he created the publication The Post Grad Survival …

DTD #38: The Stellar Life of Rad Dad and Fitness Legend, Dan Miller

August 27th, 2021

1:06:05

From the snowy mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Australia; from a restaurant founder and owner of eleven years to being a lead on the …

DTD #37: Forget About Success and Listen to Your Intuition

August 23rd, 2021

31:14

Success. Money. Happiness. Love. 

These are all targets that many of us are aiming at. Yet what if the best way to attain these outcomes was to …

DTD #36: Mastery Means Treating Everything With a Light Touch

August 15th, 2021

33:23

There will always be moments in life that weigh heavy on our shoulders. But what if we could handle all of life, even these weighty experiences, with …

DTD #35: Your Problems Are Making You Grow—Why You Shouldn't Wish They Were Different

August 3rd, 2021

36:44

The Dare to Dream Podcast is our way to share what we’re learning, how we’re growing through challenges, and what’s inspiring us to think …

DTD #34: Lessons from the Tao Te Ching to Help Us Ease Into the Flow of Life

July 23rd, 2021

37:39

In life, there is a time for doing, often by pushing towards a goal with determination. There is also time for stepping back, reflecting, and letting …

DTD #33: Don't Give Up On Your Dreams, Ever.

July 15th, 2021

50:16

On episode #33 of the Dare to Dream Podcast, we had the pleasure of hosting actress and life coach Betsy Russell. Betsy has led an exciting life of going for her dreams, leaving home to pursue acting at seventeen years …

DTD #32: Being In the Trenches of Your Own Heart and Soul

July 7th, 2021

26:35

Daring to dream is a daily commitment of believing that there is something more to go for; it’s realizing we can get more from ourselves, that this life is worth giving everything we have. Yet more doesn’t mean …

DTD #31: Stop Waiting For Permission to Change Your Life

June 30th, 2021

49:11

It’s been a year since the two of us joined forces, jumped into the void of uncertainty, and began living the lives we were born to live. While we certainly don’t have it all figured out—nothing, really—we have learned …

DTD #30: Focus On Today and the Future Will Take Care of Itself

June 19th, 2021

29:43

When we give our absolute attention to the moment, it feels like time fades away and becomes nonexistent. We’re not focused on the future or the …

DTD #29: Dare to Dream Goes Pro

June 13th, 2021

33:55

Last week we turned the page—now we’re starting a new chapter. 

With new mics and summer upon us, we’re excited. As we both seek guidance and wisdom from others who have been in our shoes before, we’re discovering that …

DTD #28: We're Turning A Page

June 6th, 2021

35:30

We’re turning a page—perhaps you feel it too. 

The tides are shifting and a new story is ready to be written. 

On this episode of the Dare to Dream Podcast, we throw it back to episode one by returning to Zoom by …

DTD #27: Gratitude, Leadership, & Breathing Deeply

May 22nd, 2021

29:06

If you focus on what you lack, you'll lose what you have. If you focus on what you have, you'll gain what you lack. 

Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism, describes this as one of his key life principles. His recent …

DTD #26: How to Feel Grounded and Move Forward Through Seasons of Uncertainty

May 7th, 2021

27:45

Perhaps you’re not exactly where you want to be.

You are somewhere, of course; but often it’s easier or less frightening, not to stop and look around, not to ask questions, in fear of what the answer might be.

Are you …

DTD #25: How Thinking Deeply Will Shape Your Habits

April 30th, 2021

37:48

When was the last time that you set aside time for some meaningful introspection? Put another way, how often do you let yourself sit in your own …

DTD #24: How Meditating On Our Mortality Gives Life Profound Meaning

April 23rd, 2021

27:48

Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that means “Remember that you must die.”

The phrase has its origins in ancient Rome, where it is believed that slaves …

DTD #23: Untangling Life's Preconceived Expectations

April 16th, 2021

49:25

In this episode, we explore the concept of a "life ultimatum," the demand we put on ourselves to be a certain person or have specific things (like a …

DTD #22: Create Boundaries So You Can Break Them

April 9th, 2021

31:33

In a world with seemingly endless possibilities, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The plethora of options and choices we face every day can lead to decision fatigue and hours spent wondering what to do next. The good news …

DTD #21: Surrendering To Life: Our Favorite Lessons From Michael Singer's Life Changing Books

April 1st, 2021

30:32

Michael Singer is a bestselling author, meditation center founder, and former software programmer.

Two of his books, The Untethered Soul and The …

DTD #20: Don't Die With Your Music Still In You

March 26th, 2021

30:21

We all have a special gift to give to the world, a song to sing. Whether it's through our art, our humor, or our sparkling personalities, we all possess a gift to make this world a better place. 

Many of us, however, …

DTD #19: Don't Let Technology Get in The Way of Your Dream

March 17th, 2021

36:25

We live in the most technologically connected time in history, yet, we're the loneliest we've ever been. Depression, anxiety, and suicide rates are …

DTD #18: It's Not About You

March 10th, 2021

30:49

There's someone out there who needs you. 

Often we get in our own heads and tell ourselves that we’re not good enough, that what we’ve been through doesn’t matter, that we don’t have a voice. But your voice is more …

DTD #17: The Small Steps That Have Led to This Surreal Moment

March 4th, 2021

32:27

The journey has only just begun. Still, it feels surreal to be where we are now compared to a year ago. 

In this episode, we break down what it means …

DTD #16 From the Road: Did You Enjoy Your Life?

February 26th, 2021

28:43

We are zippin’ down the I15 and feeling inspired. We both had a bit of an existential crisis this week and came out the other side stronger. We go over the two questions Greg will begin to ask himself in any situation …

Episode 15: The Power of Gratitude

February 19th, 2021

30:32

The search for happiness is one of the most essential of human experiences. We search, scour, and seek the experiences and things in life that will …

Episode 14: You Can’t Fail If You Dream Big Enough

February 12th, 2021

30:12

Success means taking that first step toward your dream. Everything else that comes up along the way is part of the beautiful journey. There’s no such …

Episode 13: Self Love is The Answer

February 5th, 2021

30:16

Self love; why does it feel so difficult? On this episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast, we discuss how to make amends with our inner voice to …

Episode 12: The Greatest Lessons We've Learned In Life

January 29th, 2021

42:39

This is an episode that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. It encompasses many of the insights, lessons, musings, and thoughts that have …

Episode 11: Start The Day in The Best Way Possible

January 15th, 2021

36:11

The morning routine is a time-tested way to begin the day in a positive mindset. In this episode, we dive deep on the Miracle Morning, based on the book Miracle Morning by author and success coach Hal Elrod. We bring …

Episode 10: Your soul isn't here to achieve; your soul is here to grow

January 7th, 2021

44:01

In The Dare to Dream Podcast season one finale, Greg and Vincent discuss Vincent's recent road trip through the Pacific Northwest and how getting out …

Episode 9: When optimizing our lives goes too far

December 9th, 2020

31:09

In episode 9 of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Gregory and Vincent discuss how "optimizing" our lives can lead us to focus too heavily on accomplishments and checking off a to-do list. Gregory tells how he's shifted his …

Episode 8: Why we must hold on tightly to our dreams, but remain open to how they may come about

November 30th, 2020

27:33

In episode 8 of The Dare to Dream Podcast, Vincent and Gregory speak vulnerably and from the heart on what they're experiencing during this changing …

Episode 7: What will 2020 mean to you?

November 20th, 2020

1:15:31

In episode 7 of the Dare to Dream Podcast, Gregory and Vincent discuss the importance of solitude and scheduling time to be by yourself. As we near …

Episode 6: Greg's foray into the carnivore diet, Vinny's November writing challenge, & becoming valuable before your valued

November 10th, 2020

36:04

In episode 6, Gregory and Vincent discuss what it's like to eat nothing but meat for a month, Vinny's approach to daily writing and his November writing challenge, and what has inspired them to become valuable. They end …

Episode 5: Overcoming resistance, the voice in your head that tells you you're not good enough

September 27th, 2020

32:53

In episode 5, Gregory and Vincent discuss the ways they overcome resistance, the incessant voice in our heads which tells us we're not good enough. They explore how the power of the human imagination is often scarier …

Episode 4: Sitting down with performing artist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur - Timothy John

September 14th, 2020

1:04:13

In this episode, Vincent and Greg sit down with their first guest Timothy John, a leader, dreamer, and master storyteller. We discuss the benefits …

Episode 3: Embracing change & letting go of our past identity

August 16th, 2020

34:34

In this episode, Vincent and Greg discuss embracing change and how a seemingly negative event is often a blessing in disguise. They dive into the …

Episode 2: Discussing the inner dialogue, becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable, & measuring life based on achievements

August 5th, 2020

1:42:52

In this in-person episode 2, Greg and Vincent discuss several topics, including the inner human dialogue, and how we speak to ourselves throughout the day. Second is the mindset shift that comes from being comfortable …

Episode 1: Adapting to a New Lifestyle and Mindset

July 9th, 2020

40:00

In episode 1, Vinny and Greg discuss the lifestyle and mindset changes they have implemented since departing from their corporate jobs to face the great unknown. Join them as they detail their initial feelings, small …

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