F*ck Dying: How Cheating Death Kicked My Ass into Loving, Learning and Living My Best Life
Hi, my name is Dan Clark and I shouldn't be here today.
I had a heart attack... and barely survived.
I wasn't living right.
Stress nearly killed me.
And in talking with people, I realized that what I was feeling was universal. We get so hung up competing in every aspect of our lives...
We forget to live.
You might remember me as Nitro, that buffed-up guy on American Gladiator. Whenever I felt any sort of emotion, I felt like I needed to build my shell even harder.
And it all led to me having my heart attack.
When I laid there in the hospital, all I could think about was... did I make a difference? Did I live the life I wanted to?
That experience of facing my mortality shined a light on what I loved in life, my reasons for living and how I wanted to live.
It gave me a clarity that I wanted to share in my new book F*ck Dying.
F*ck Dying is a culmination of everything I’ve learned about changing my life and helping others change theirs.
If you’re looking for ways to practice courage and fully show up at work, at home and with the people you love...
If you’re trying to figure out how to move forward after a setback or trial and still hope, still dream, still see the possibilities in front of you...
If you want to transform your life, find balance, deep satisfaction, inner peace and connectedness...
This book is for you.
About the Author
In 2013, Dan had a heart attack. Facing his mortality shined a light on what was important in life. Since then, the former NFL football player and star of American Gladiators has been sharing everything he learned about happiness and what makes a life worth living as an in-demand writer and speaker.
He has been featured on media outlets such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, Tyra Banks Show, People, Time, Esquire, Men’s Health, Maxim, and the Huffington Post. He was the last straight guy to date Ellen, even if it was only on TV.
And, yep, he Crossfits.
When I finished an early draft of this book I sent it out to a few fellow authors, media figures, and a small group of regular folks to give me feedback. They were instrumental in shaping the book.
“Enormously smart, brave-hearted, extremely personal. Filled with practical advice you can use right away. This book will help thousands of people. “
- Myles Knapp – Contra Costa Times
"F*CK DYING is raw, inspiring, and beautiful — in all the right ways. I know people will pick this book up because "Nitro" wrote it. But they'll read all the way to the back cover because Dan — the REAL Dan — opened up his heart (literally) and spilled it onto the pages with refreshing authenticity and a powerful story of transformation."
- Mark Henson, author of Ordinary Superpowers: Unleash the Full Potential of Your Most Natural Talents
“F*ck Dying shines a light on things that really matter. Things that makes us happy. Page by page, Dan weaves beautiful anecdotes into simple secrets for everyday life that will increase your happiness.”
- Karen McCullah, screenwriter of Legally Blonde, 10 Thing I Hate About You and The Ugly Truth
- In F*ck Dying, Dan “Nitro” Clark has fearlessly shared in intimate detail his personal transformation that resulted from his heart attack and near death experience. Through his clear, concise writing, you’ll discover the insights that resulted from his life-changing experience, ones that you’ll be able to apply to your own life to create greater peace and happiness. I guarantee you’ll be moved, inspired, and encouraged to adopt a more life positive attitude and make it a point to cultivate happiness in your own life."
- Dr. Steven Farmer, author of Earth Magic, Animal Spirit Guides, and Healing Ancestral Karma.
"Dan Clark is one of the MOST passionate motivational writers / speakers I have ever had the privilege to witness. His words on the page and on stage about overcoming adversities are intensely and deeply penetrating. His new book F*ck Dying shares his extraordinary journey through life and left me feeling richly inspired, extremely motivated and with the attitude I could, and will, conquer any obstacle life throws at me.
-Tanya McMeans, Syndicated Radio/TV Producer, The Joe Pags Show, iHeart Radio
"Aspirational. Transformed. Edgy. Self-effacing. Larger-than-life. Expert. And honest."
- Mike A Snyder MD, author of the Full Diet from Hay House
“Dan Clark, aka Nitro from the American Gladiators, drops an F-Bomb in his heart-stopping, literally, new book F&*% Dying. You will feel his honest heart beat in this heart to heart account of a real man's, and I do mean a "real" man's journey from fat to fame to fear to fearless to finally fortune from the inside out. Sometimes you really can make lemonade from lemons that feel like a heart attack. Drink it...it tastes like Hope.”
- Dr. Marissa Pei, Award-winning On-Air Personality TV Commentator Corporate Psychologist aka the 'Asian Oprah'
Change yourself, change the world.
When you back this project, it's about more than getting a copy of my book.
It's about becoming a part of a movement!
All changes in the world start with changing ourselves. We must become the change we want to see in the world.
By changing ourselves and becoming the architects of our happiness, we become the inspiration of change for others.
When you are happier, it makes the people around you happier.
It creates a ripple effect of happiness and positivity in a world that is starved for it.
I THANK YOU for your support and will see you soon!
Bonus chapters: I'm sharing 3 bonus chapters that will only be available on Kickstarter. These are chapters that I love but somehow couldn’t find a way to fit in the book, including one about a simple trick I use for crushing procrastination. They'll be PDFs you can download for your reading enjoyment. These won't be available anywhere else.
Limited Edition Hardcover book: I’m only printing hardcover books for this campaign. If you want a hardcover book this will be the only place you can get one. They won’t be available anywhere else. When this book goes to Amazon and other online retailers you will only be able to purchase the paperback version.
Acknowledgments: when you receive a special MENTION in the back of the book thanking you for your support, your name will forever etched in perpetuity, in all versions of the book, both print and digital. Once this campaign is over, so will this opportunity.
One-on-one with Dan. I get requests all of the time, but haven't done this in years. Simply put, I don't have the bandwidth to handle one-on-one clients. But to celebrate the launch of this project, I'm opening this up to a very limited number of people. You'll get to hang with me and work out or hike or meditate, and learn firsthand everything I know about health and fitness, and hear directly from me, my best practices on how to lead a happy, healthy, better life. These sessions will last around 90 minutes and take place in Los Angeles.
3-month coaching & private event: At the $1,495 level, I'm taking on 10 people in a small-group coaching program that will last from mid September through mid December, and end in a private event in Los Angeles. The coaching will be on how to find peace, balance and happiness and deal with life changes and other struggles – basically, what I cover in the book. You’ll be able to ask me questions and work with other people in the program, getting accountability and support. The live event will be with me, and last a full day, and will include guest speakers and group activities. It’ll be great to meet each and everyone involved in person!
Private Dinner with Dan at Spago: You and a guest will enjoy a private dinner with me at Los Angeles's most famous restaurant Spago where I'll be picking up the tab (alcohol not included). You'll have the opportunity to ask me anything you want and to hear directly from me my best practices on how to lead a happier, healthier, better life. I'll work with you to find a time that fits into your schedule.
Dan speaks at your event: I will come and ignite your audience at your event, conference or company. Topics include: Motivation and inspiration; Triumph over Tragedy - success through change and tough times, The How of Happiness, and Fitness and Health. I'll speak for up to an hour, and will be available for Q&A after or whatever else you like (no jousting or tennis ball cannons included)!
American Gladiator one-of-a-kind Leather Jacket + Private dinner: You and a guest will enjoy a private dinner with me at the restaurant of your choice. I'll pick up the tab (alcohol not included) and present to you my personal one-of-a kind Original American Gladiator jacket by legendary designer Jeff Hamilton who has designed jackets for some of the top celebrities in the world. This is a magnificent piece. I'm reluctant to call it a jacket. It's more of a work of art.
Special thanks to my team:
Karen Stuth, Satiama Writers Resource, Book launch manager
Ryan Boudreau, Videographer Addictive Media
Book cover photo, Ben Ceccarelli Pike FX
Risks and challenges
The risk with this project is low.
There could possibly be delays with the printing or shipping, but we will do everything in our power to get the books to you at the designated time.
We want you to enjoy F*ck Dying as soon and possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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