About David Johnson (or at least this one):
For more than 20 years, it’s been my privilege to advise businesses on growth strategies.
And while some of those companies have been quite large, I find the work I do with business owners and their teams the most fulfilling. Perhaps it’s because I started my first business at 19 and know first-hand the thrills and challenges that can only come from leaping out with little more than a dream.
In 2018, I discovered that I had been battling undiagnosed ADHD for my entire life, and began a new journey of discovery that continues to surprise me the more I learn. I began occasionally writing about ADHD and in 2020 launched the Kick Some ADHD podcast (more on that below).
I’m incredibly grateful to the #NeurodiverseSquad that has become a tremendous source of inspiration, knowledge, and support along the way!
Here’s some of what I’m up to…
In 2018, I discovered that I had lived for more than 4 decades with undiagnosed ADHD. This was a startling epiphany, which I’ve begun writing about here.
The company I founded in 1998, Grow The Dream, provides marketing strategy, inbound marketing services, and a smattering of other solutions for businesses looking to grow in the digital age.
We also consult and train on developing strategy, leveraging technology, and creating fantastic relationships. Looking for great tips? Check out our strategic marketing blog.
Some of my many, varied, and unusual interests…
All things small business, marketing, and technology.
- Taking business owners through a life-changing strategic process that clarifies their unique identity and sets them up to serve the right people in the most impactful ways
- Quantifying ROI and creating high-performance inbound marketing campaigns with stunning results
- Leveraging automation tools to ensure that the most important communications and activities are executed correctly every time
You’ll find some of my writing here on this site, but I also occasionally blog about marketing, technology, our beautiful city of Sarasota, (and just about any and everything else) at Epiphany Digest.
Speaking, Teaching, & Training
- Helping people discover and tap the deepest areas of meaning in their lives
- Inspiring people to dream and to nourish and grow their dreams
- Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of the most profound aspects of human existence
- ADHD: Co-host: Kick Some ADHD (see above)
- Fiction: I’m having a blast lending my voice to the ingenious stories of Taylor Waldon on The Legend of CA Man (NSFW)
- Marketing: My good friends Rod Thomson & Josh Muccio produced the Grow The Dream Show with me from 2015-2016. Many of those episodes are every bit as relevant today as they were then.
My greatest joy in life is being a Dad to the most wonderful human being imaginable.
She’s in her teens and is genuine, brilliant, and talented—not to mention beautiful inside and out.
On any given day, you might find the two of us listening to audiobooks or great music, playing Minecraft, or plotting the takeover of the known world (or at least giving it an epic RickRoll.)
Random interests that might not be classified as professional (currently!):
- The inner workings of the human mind and brain: consciousness, thought, the subconscious, neuroscience, brain chemistry, and anything related!
- Music composition and performance
- Strategy games, puzzles, and challenges
- Reading and, more recently, listening to all kinds of books
- Motorcycling, camping, and the outdoors
Involvement & Certifications
Open Source Software
WordCamp speaker, co-organizer of the Sarasota WordPress Meetup
Marketing & Sales Automation
Zapier Certified Expert
Automating workflows and connecting systems together to save businesses time and money
Infusionsoft Certified Partner
Optimizing automation for business owners using Keap and Infusionsoft by Keap
Latest Blog Posts
I also write about technology, marketing, Sarasota, and more at EpiphanyDigest.
- ADHD: CRS?I’ve always thought of myself as someone who has a good memory. Ideas, concepts, random facts… these I can often conjure up at will without breaking a sweat. But after my ADHD diagnosis, one of the many epiphanies I’ve had in the process of rethinking my entire life has been about memory memory. ItContinue reading “ADHD: CRS?”
- Is WordPress Still the Right Answer?Since the day I first discovered WordPress (also the day I set up my first site), it’s been the right answer to so many questions my clients ask me: How can my business become more visible online? WordPress. How do I organize and manage my content marketing efforts? WordPress. How do I help peopleContinue reading “Is WordPress Still the Right Answer?”
- Trying Not to Fly By the Seat of my PantsAdjusting to life—and especially work—with ADHD has been a bizarre experience. In fact, it has been a complete paradigm shift. Apparently, it’s not unusual for ADHDers to gravitate toward owning their own businesses. This is also true of INTPs, which makes me wonder if there’s any correlation between Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and ADHD, butContinue reading “Trying Not to Fly By the Seat of my Pants”
- I Have ADHDThere. I said it. …and not as a punchline or as a wisecrack, which I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve done before. But that was before I believed it was real. Boy did I have a lot to learn. How It Happened It started nearly two years ago for me. Not the ADHD—I’ve had thatContinue reading “I Have ADHD”
- You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind ToI’ve been planning to write publicly about my ADHD diagnosis for some time now. There are handful of blog posts sitting in my “drafts” here just waiting for me to take the plunge. [Update: I took the plunge. “I Have ADHD” is now up. More to come!] What was I waiting for? I don’tContinue reading “You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To”