The Island Bum

September 12, 2022
Executive Coaching

The other morning when I was on my beach run I saw a man with a white T-shirt that said:


“Island Bum”


As he passed me I couldn’t help but notice that title.

I looked up the word “bum” in the dictionary and one definition said that it was person who devotes an unspecified amount of time to doing one activity”.

I think there is that inner part of us that wants to occasionally be a bum. Getting lost doing something we find to be very relaxing. Not being on a schedule. Not having to do anything we don’t want to do when we want to do it.

Because I live in Florida, I see people who visit here or reside here who come from colder spots of the country.  They seem to enjoy being a “bum” once in awhile.

I guess I get to be a bum more than most, since we live here in what’s called “paradise”. It’s a quick trip to the beach to eliminate stress and take time to truly relax.

Of course you can occasionally be a bum no matter where you live.  There is beauty in any city.  


What would you be doing and where would you be if you wore a t-shirt to announce you being a bum.  Maybe your t-shirt would not say ISLAND bum.  What would it say?  


____________ Bum.  (Fill in the blank.)

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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