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Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s wife Miriam interview him in this twist of events. They discuss multiple facets of their relationship in this special episode.
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Daniel Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools, a popular blog and most-downloaded podcast for leaders in education. He helps school leaders fight isolation and frustration through his leadership community, “The Mastermind,” in order to gain clarity and find solutions to their greatest challenges. Daniel is also the author of a “#1 Hot New Release" on Amazon, The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap, which helps educators create legendary schools.
Daniel and Miriam begin the podcast by poking fun. Miriam begins by talking about her pet peeves from Daniel’s actions. She brings up how Daniel’s idea of cleaning is similar to taking a pile of dust and spreading it around the counter evenly, and also how he drips water onto the floor every time he washes his hands. Then they move on to the good qualities, as Miriam describes their marriage as a great adventure. They have a lot in common, and that makes their relationship exciting and fun. Miriam says she loves how supportive Daniel is when things get tough. Miriam credits Daniel for taking the leap, and working hard to achieve his dreams.
“You’ve been working so hard for the past few years, I’ve seen you go through the best of times and some really challenging times. You’ve stayed on course and I’m so proud of you for that.” -Miriam Bauer
When talking about his motivation, Daniel recalls a quote that really pushes him everyday. “Everybody wins when the leader gets better.” This provoked deep thought about Daniel’s leadership development. He felt like he was doing a decent job as a leader, but definitely wanted to improve. There are always ways to improve in anything, and Daniel was constantly finding ways to become a better leader.
“If it’s true that everybody wins when the leader gets better, then it’s my duty to do as much as I could to develop myself to serve the community, because everyone would be impacted in a positive way.” -Daniel Bauer
Daniel talks about where he got his confidence, and how he used that to take the leap. He says it is like double sided coin. One side has all of the fear and anxieties, and the other has the success and confidence. If you let the fear and anxieties win, the confidence and success will lose. Daniel says this analogy has allowed him to be more confident, because he doesn’t want fear and anxiety to ever win this battle.
"You don’t want to get to your grave and have all these regrets and what ifs.” – Daniel Bauer
Daniel mentions how he has a much greater understanding of unconditional love with his wife. If Daniel and Miriam run into problems, they usually figure it out quickly and move on. Any differences they have are settled by the mutual trust they have with each other. Daniel didn’t expect to find somebody that would be in his corner as much as Miriam has been. This allows him to focus on improving himself and his flaws.
"If you’re not careful that neediness or affirmation that everything will be okay, that can really get in the way of intimacy, trust, and relationships.” – Daniel Bauer
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