David Dennis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eckerd Connects, one of the nation’s largest nonprofits providing workforce development, Job Corps, juvenile justice, and child welfare services across the country. His book is called GAMENESS, Land on Your Feet, Not on Your Feelings.

Inspired by the word “gameness,” which is not commonly used today but was prominent in the 1800s, Dennis explores its rich meanings and attributes in his book. The four defining characteristics of gameness that he highlights are a never-quit mindset, resilient purpose, a fighting spirit, and the will to act beyond one’s feelings.

David has earned certifications as a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and childcare administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Becky live in Clearwater, Florida. They have five grown children.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • David’s personal story and background
  • The importance of discipline and acting beyond feelings
  • Cultivating a mindset of game and taking charge of circumstances
  • Turning pain into power and bouncing forward
  • Introducing the concept of gameness and its significance

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