Dan Salas - To Be A Captain
February 26, 2016
Hosted by Nelinia Varenas
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Dan Salas was raised in a struggling single parent home and learned very early that survival depended on his becoming resourceful, tireless and committed no matter how old he was. Although opportunities arose that might have compromised his integrity and pride, even as a youngster, if any choice did not feel right, he mustered up the strength to reject it. Dan created his life out of virtually nothing except a dream and a vision of being one with the majestic seas. Dan is the first to admit that his journey was not without challenges and set-backs. He recounts the people and experiences that kept him going, even though it would have been easy to quit. Join us to hear about Dan's sometimes precarious yet inspiring life as he escaped hunger and threatening circumstances. Also, tap into his passion and love of the ocean's wonders as an allegory of life. [The photograph of Dan Salas is courtesy of the Torrance Daily Breeze.]
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Why do people decide to take a bold action or to do nothing? This smart, spirited and fun show takes you on an inspiring tour through the life-defining experiences of remarkable people who, with grace, selfless purpose, vision and drive, have saved lives, infused hope and provided critical help to others. These true stories delve into the thoughts, perspectives and emotions of guest speakers as they juggled decisions that ultimately altered lives of others for better. Provocative and yet sincere questions will reveal motivating touchstones for you as you apply what you hear to your own life. Our program is designed to provide authentic, frank, and at times humorous conversations. The undercurrent of the program is to help you expand the legacy that you leave in your wake and to become an inspiration and a beacon of joyful living to others.
Nelinia’s parents immigrated to the United States with the dream of living a life of which they could be proud and that would grant fulfilling opportunities, happiness and intrinsic satisfaction. Nelinia’s father and mother instilled the values of integrity, responsibility, respectfulness, curiosity, knowledge, sacrifice and hard work. Throughout her life, Nelinia has surrounded herself with role models who encouraged her to set high standards, achieve and succeed. These same role models also helped her evolve into the caring and compassionate person she is today. Nelinia is committed to helping people in the same way that she was helped: through encouragement, kindness, selflessness and vision. As a perennial student of life and boundless optimist, Nelinia stays engaged with people in all walks of life. She is a member of Rotary International, Junior League, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters International and Business Networking International.