10,000 Days, One Thing

If I could give you one thing of value out of this post it would be:

If you want to get something done and you are serious about it,
write it down, post it on your mirror, and look at it every day.

(Or stick it on a note in your wallet. Make it the unavoidable mission in front of you.)

This year I will be hitting my 10,000th day in this world; one crazy thought. In another 10,000 I will be just shy of 55 years old. It never seems like there is enough time in a day, but I can’t help but think, what would I do if I knew I had exactly 10,000 days and counting? Few of us truly know the number to our days, but “What would you do with 10,000 days?” Perhaps something like this:

  • Visit and live in a beautiful foreign country like New Zealand
  • Go somewhere not knowing when I’ll come back
  • Go tornado chasing
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Start that business I’ve been talking about for years

What would you add to the list? If money was not a concern, what would you do? What value would you bring to the table? Its a question I have asked myself many times. I have found that it is a great exercise to spend 15-20 minutes at least once a year doing a mission critical status report for myself; a visualization of goals and direction.

Here’s more or less what I do:

  1. Where was I one year ago? What was I doing? What was I working on? Where was I living? What were my goals? How was I feeling about life one year ago?
  2. What about five years ago? What was going on in my life? Where was I? What were my dreams, passions and goals? Seriously take five minutes and think about it…
  3. … no really, read one and two again and think about it… its okay, I’ll wait..
  4. Okay now that you’ve immersed yourself in your past, where are you today? Have you achieved or worked toward those things you were passionate about 1 & 5 years ago? If not, why? What could you do to change that?
  5. Write that down.
  6. What do I want for myself in the next year? Where do I want to be? What do I want to have achieved? What do I want to work to change? Fix? Improve? … What about in Five years?
  7. Now live in that for a few minutes. What does it feel like to have reached those goals? How has it changed me? Imagine everything about being there, in that new place.
  8. Write down those goals; specifically. What do you want to have done, completed, accomplished, changed in five years? Be truthful to yourself.

Andrew Herr jumping on the golf course at Martis Camp with Sunset in TreeThere are guys I know that have made fortunes simply telling people, “Figure out what you should be doing, and then do that.”  There are tons of blog posts about becoming a pro in anything with 10,000 hours of dedicated practice; in fact there is a young man I read about who is trying to become a golf pro by dedicating his life to practicing it (Dan McLaughlin’s 10,000-hours plan). I’m no rocket surgeon but I’m pretty sure 10,000 hours can fit in 10,000 days.  Whatever it is that you truly want to accomplish, make no more excuses, there will never be a perfect time, make it happen. Get ‘er Done! Some day those 10,000 days will be behind you.

Thank you for reading my blog – Daniel S. Herr.
If you are interested, I invite you to follow me on Twitter @DanHerr

Or Subscribe in a reader

Daniel Herr Profile Picture (@DanHerr)P.S. – If you’re curious, me, as Daniel Herr, if I could give one thing to the world, I would create a non-profit organization with a mission to create, invest in, build, and support sustainable businesses. I envision an organization that reinvests what is earned into the community and the world around it. I want to build businesses not merely with the intention to get rich and the desire become the largest of the Fortune 500’s, but the goal of becoming the best businesses they can possibly be. Choosing instead of big, to be great. And I am working toward that end…

Freedom from Fear of Failure

“Game time t minus 2 hours. #runtostate” – 7pm 17-Feb

I spent the last few years coaching boys high school basketball in Truckee and Reno and honestly I don’t know that anything could be a greater honor and pleasure. The boys that I taught the fundamentals as their junior varsity and club coach for two years just played the last basketball game of their high school careers and lost 42-34 only scoring one basket in the last 2:30 of the game. These are tweets from those players:

Trent McMullen of Truckee going for a dunk in the Boys Varsity Basketball Game vs. North Tahoe High School
Source: Sierra Sun

“Nothing hurts more than falling short of your dreams #crushed” – 11pm 17-Feb

“Hate when u fall short of ur dreams and goals.” – 11pm 17-Feb

“Never hurt this bad, cried that long & cared so much.” – 4am 18-Feb

I understand the feeling; I too was there 9 years ago as the 3A high school team in Northern Nevada not only hoping, but expected to take state with our 6′-8″ center, dominant power forwards, best defense, and 9 seniors. Undefeated throughout league play, facing opponents we have dominated twice already. I remember the feeling in the locker-room at half time; the thought of, “what if we lose?” And I remember that fear of it, debilitating, mentally clogging, jarring you with every point on their scoreboard. I remember the coach’s yell at me during the timeout, “If you don’t learn to take that rebound back up now, you’ll never learn. You’re not going to have another chance.”

“It’s all over. Those four years went by way too fast. #nomore24” – 5am 18-Feb

“Still hurting” – 8am 18-Feb

When I got home I remember writing for hours into the night about how that was the “worst day of my life.” How not only had we lost a game, that I felt it was my fault, that one of our teammates cars had broken down on the way home, and another teammate had his house broken into and sports memorabilia stolen. In my mind I would never play basketball again and I would never have another opportunity.

But today that game and that night are one important lesson in my background, one of my many failures. I have failed many times since then, and I have been wrong more often than I care to admit. The point that I have found and the one I teach my boys is this:

Zac Trim dribbling down the court at Truckee High School
Source: Sierra Sun

Life is always going to throw stuff at you, place obstacles in your way and shit is going to hit the fan. Most of the time you can’t choose what will be thrown at you. The one real choice that you have in life is how you react.

Losses are something I used to fear, but are a very important learning opportunity. Frustration, anger and fear cloud your mind and can debilitate you. Having clarity is not in saying it does not matter; it is in realizing the life lessons. It is in getting back up, being thankful for what you have, and learning how you can do it better.

“Love everyone on my team couldn’t have asked for a better group of team mates.” – 17-Feb

Every outcome is possible when you walk out the door. You can win today and you can lose today. If you act in anger when you lose and do not learn from it, you will fear that anger and lose more often. The nirvana comes in accepting failure as a possibility, knowing what that would look and feel like, and not being afraid of it. Knowing that every end is really a new beginning.

“Im so proud of my teammates tho & if I had to do it again I wouldn’t change anything.” 18-Feb

In this clarity of mind you’re no longer focusing on the scoreboard, but instead on doing the best you can at whatever task is at hand. In not being concerned about winning and losing but being focused IN doing and not UPON doing. I argue that if you focus in doing your very best in the moment for every moment instead of trying to keep your score higher than the other’s, at the end of the game you will have racked up more points than you ever thought possible.

“I’m proud of you man I’m really gunna miss playing with you best three years of my life” – a Junior to fellow Senior player at 1pm 18-Feb

Adam Morgan, Trent McMullen, Eric Holmer, Clayton O'Connell
Source: Sierra Sun

Thank you for reading my blog – Daniel S. Herr.
If you are interested, I invite you to follow me on Twitter @DanHerr

Or Subscribe in a reader


We are in the midst of a paradigm shift, a metaphysical transformation, a change in the way we see and interact with each other an the world. The rise of the “new king” ideas, a new viral mindset that will not be overcome.

I’ve dreamt of my house among and a part of the forest, my bed among the trees. I’ve seen the winds that whip, blowing off the tops of the tallest evergreens. The fire that surrounds and only a fortunate few live to tell the tale. A meeting of the minds among the ashes to deliberate upon what we have done, an election and group decision about our fate going forward.

There was a dream of change some thought would be fulfilled by a new president, an Arab Spring, an uprising and a conquering of what we believed held us down. Victory at last! Only to realize our end was really a beginning; that the change that needs to occur is within. We found that we cannot affect change if we have not changed ourselves. We have a need and a desire to become individual heros while we debate about it and wander in circles. We sit on the couch wondering how; how will I know where to start?

But change cannot be wishful thinking: I think it, therefor it will be. Thoughts do not automatically dictate action; they have to permeate the collective subconscious first, they have to become deep thoughts; experience dictates that infallible belief. I’ve said and done what I said and believed over and over, I know that “I am.”

I love this video: Yosemite HD from Project Yosemite on Vimeo.

I believe in being a change agent through action only; being thrown into the fire and failing quickly when you do only to stand up, dust yourself off and retred a new direction as necessary. My role in this world is to help you be that change, to seize life by the horns, open your mind to the world of possibilities, and show you that you are powerful beyond measure. My goal is to help you step off of that cliff into the water with your own willpower and show you that there is support beneath the surface. The future is what you make of it and today is the first day of the rest of our lives.

I intend to blog about conquering yourself, searching for truth, refocusing on what matters and building the balanced life we all desire.

Thank you for reading my blog – Daniel S. Herr.
If you are interested, I invite you to follow me on Twitter @DanHerr

Or Subscribe in a reader

Dan Herr on Facebook

In case you are looking to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or otherwise, here is my social media directory (points of contact):

Dan Herr's Facebook Page


I have transitioned to WordPress.com for the time being and a new blog at danherr.com. Please feel free to browse my old blog at http://dananimal.blogspot.com/ while I get this one going.

Thank you for reading my blog – Daniel S. Herr

Job Opportunities for Meteorological Students in Renewable Energy – AMS 2012

Below is a video of my presentation at the American Meteorological Society to a session of approximately 150 students on January 21st, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. The topic of conversations was Job Opportunities for Meteorological Students in Clean Energy. Enjoy.

If you have not done so yet, please feel free to browse my Blog.

Transcript from Daniel Herr’ Presentation on Meteorology Jobs in Clean Energy


Poll Audience:

•How many current students do we have in the room?
•How many of you have worked in the Renewable Energy
•Has anyone here conducted research in Renewables?
•How many are interested in possibly getting a job in
Renewable Energy?
2. Daniel Herr
Alright, well I’m Daniel Herr, just as it say right up there
on the slide and I am from Lake Tahoe and the Great State of Nevada; anyone
from Nevada here?
You may be wondering who is this kid up here talking to me,
I’m pretty sure he can’t be over 21, and I bet he don’t even know anything
about meteorology, and you’d be mostly right. I don’t know much about weather,
well really I’m here to learn about weather from you guys. But somebody thought
that I know a thing or two about Renewable Energy, and well I like free food,
so there you have it… dangerous thing giving me a mic.
3. Daniel Herr
And, well, I’ve had some cool experiences coaching high
school basketball, travelling the world, and chasing tornadic supercells… and
from time to time I fill in for Superman.
4. University of Nevada, Reno
And now for my shameless plug and my sponsor in coming here…
I am also a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno where
I am currently pursuing my Masters in Business.
5. RE:newable.energy
6. RE:newable.energy
Now I am going to brush by a few fairly quickly here to get
to the more juicy stuff…
7. GEOTHERMAL.energy
Geothermal, you get the idea, hot water comes out of the
earth, we put it through turbines, we make electricity, simple. Old faithful,
you get the picture. Geothermal is one that is hugely popular back home in
Nevada, not so much with sky pharmacists, moving on…
8. BIOMASS.energy
Biomass, basically burning biological stuffs; typically
chipped wood and the like. If its got carbon and energy it will probably burn.
Unless we have emissions restricted to cloudy days, meteorologist probably
don’t care too much about this one either…
9. HYDRO.energy
Hydro, sure we want to know how much potential energy we
will have stored up from precipitation, and there is a profession known as
Hydrometeorological Predicting, but we’re not going to talk about that today….
10. SOLAR.energy
Now you’ve all heard about this thing called the sun right?
It’s a Giant Nuclear Reactor, 93 million miles away, provides light, without it
we wouldn’t exist; right… so Solar energy is the most plentiful and powerful
here on Earth.
11. SOLAR.energy
So yeah, the sun’s power virtually eclipses all other
current and potential forms of known energy and ultimately is the driving force
for most all other renewable sources.
12. SOLAR.energy
Solar is well understood and I’ve played with it a bit
13. SOLAR.energy
And so has Jim. This is Jim, I call him Mr. Nevada, but he
goes by Jim back home
14. SOLAR.energy
But back to the point, Solar energy is pretty well
understood. We are pretty sure the sun is going to come up every day and we
have a pretty good idea about how much sun on average hits the earth throughout
the year. Based upon 30-year weather records, NREL compiled data into what they
call the RED Book for most major cities in the 90’s and now have an online
format for Photovoltaic developers and installers.
15. SOLAR.energy
So today, more or less within a few clicks I can have most
everything that I need in understanding and financing a solar project. So aside
from revising, updating, and planning on a macro-scale for utility operations,
there may not be a ton of Meteorological opportunity in Solar.
16. WIND.energy
But alas; here is what you have all been wanting to talk
about; the Sexy of renewable energy; Wind Power.
17. WIND.energy
There is a lot about wind energy that is still misunderstood
or lost in the dark all together. Which is to say, there is an opportunity or
two out here for you…
18. research.WIND.energy
Here is what I am talking about; Horn’s Rev. You may have
seen this before; Inter-row down-stream power losses due to vortex shedding and
wakes of upstream turbines. Horns Rev wind energy plant is 15 km off the coast
of Denmark. This picture threw may people in the industry into panic mode a few
years back. Holly crap, maybe wakes are a big deal!
The description I found about this said, “At the time the
photo was taken the pressure was close to the vaporizing pressure resulting in
a visualization of the wakes behind the turbines. In the wake the flow
structure is dissipated into smaller scales causing a pressure change which, in
this specific case, results in vaporization.”
19. WIND.energy
But what I’m getting at is that this is where you are
needed. I have worked with a number of development companies like Invenergy,
Oak Creek Energy Systems, Mountain Wind Energy, and Great Basin Wind in Nevada
and California. The development of wind energy systems in the United States
depends upon locating, assessing and developing profitable locations for wind
20. development-needs.WIND.energy
And here is where I am going to break all the rules about
good powerpoint slides for the shear fact that you need to see all of this in
one place. There are a lot of needs that include your input.
In Nevada, for instance you can’t just wonder out in the
plains, set down a SoDAR and walk away. I work and live in the Sierra Nevadas
and the Great Basin. We call upon the expertise of meteorologists to help site
meteorological towers, Sonic Detection and Ranging and Light Detection and
Ranging Instruments.
21. assessment.WIND.energy
In order to understand whether a location is appropriate for
the investment of upward of $2 Million dollars per wind turbine (not including
excavation and embankment work, infrastructure development such as roads, power
lines, and water), wind energy developers have to know beyond any doubt that a
location is suitable for development. We have to perform highly sensitive
long-term assessments of the potential. Usually focus on the expected average
energy production or what’s called the P50. We use Meteorological towers like
this one instrumented with anemometers, wind veins, barometric pressure
sensors, temperature sensors, solar power, data logging and GSM communication.
We are looking to minimize uncertainty and monetize the wind resource.
22. assessment.WIND.energy
You may have heard about this thing called wind shear… yeah
it play a pretty big role. The industry standard for meteorological towers is
60m these days where wind turbines are getting taller and taller 80m – 125m+
(that’s 400 ft+). We have a hard time measuring that high with towers alone and
unfortunately invalid boundary-layer assumptions and applications of the
log-law have really hurt the industry.
23. assessment.WIND.energy
We started trying to use SoDAR’s more and more, but you
cannot finance a project yet on SoDAR data by itself. In Nevada we’ve seen
complex terrain issues prove very puzzling problems. In particular we ran into
an issue with instruments atop hills where the wind was curving over the
hilltop and creating invalid measurements…
24. The Haves
But enough industry talk, where do you fit in with those
that are already in the industry?
25. Job Titles to Have
Here are some of the management job titles I’ve come across
in the industry relating to Meteorology
26. Working For
27. Job Titles to Have
28. Getting a Job
Now don’t expect to have those titles walking in the door,
you have to put in your time. So how do you do that?
29. Be The Guerrilla
Getting a job today requires being unconventional, creative,
and up with the times. Some call this “Guerrilla Marketing Yourself.” You can’t
just hand in your resume and expect to get the posted job.
30. Getting a Job
So I’ve got some quick tips for you… Start by getting the
right perspective. People are hiring, and they are looking for you, you just
need to know where and how. When you want to search for something, what do you
do? Google it right?
31. I’m Googling For You
So what do you think potential employers are doing?
Googling… But that’s just a start, a baseline, you have to weave the network,
meeting the players, and understanding what hiring managers are looking for.
Start the conversation.
32. Be Curious
And be curious. This is an article that was written about my
style in the Reno News and Review. I’m not saying it right for you, but be
unconventional and you’ll get noticed.
33.  “…He gently knocked,
I knocked on the door with curiosity and general interest
and eventually the interest turned back toward me.
34. “…Then, as people do
Again, what I am saying is that you need to make your own
35. Next Steps
So how do you get started; do your homework, meet the
36. be.unconventional
be unconventional
37. seek.truth
Seek your own truth
38. climb.on
And climb on with determination until your reach the end…
which you will find is only a
new beginning.
39. EL FIN…
Thank You.

Daniel Herr