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David G. Johnson

For more than 20 years, it’s been my privilege to advise businesses on sustainable growth strategies. I’ve worked as a consultant to businesses small and large alike on multiple continents. Today, I most enjoy working with business owners and their teams to put marketing systems in place to allow them to achieve their dreams!

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’m incredibly grateful to the #NeurodiverseSquad that has become a tremendous source of inspiration, knowledge, and support along the way! 

Growth for business owners
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my Interests

Professional: All things small business, marketing, and technology

Personal: Learning, developing people, and adventure


Grow The Dream is the marketing advisory and training firm I founded in 1998.

Sunrise over Bahia Honda. From an unforgettable motorcycle trip with my Dad to the Florida Keys


  • 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 campaigns with stunning results
  • Leveraging automation tools to ensure that the most important communications and activities are executed correctly every time.

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


  • 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

Certifications, Memberships, & Involvement

Marketing & Sales Automation

Infusionsoft Certified Partner

Optimizing automation for business owners using Keap and Infusionsoft by Keap

Zapier Certified Expert

Automating workflows and connecting systems together to save businesses time and money

Open source software

WordPress Community

WordCamp speaker, co-organizer of the Sarasota WordPress Meetup

I’ve Worked With

Latest Blog Posts



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...

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Is WordPress Still the Right Answer?

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?...

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Trying Not to Fly By the Seat of my Pants

Trying Not to Fly By the Seat of my Pants

Adjusting 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...

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