We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Overberger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It just happened. I wasn’t entirely prepared. Both my parents worked for a company that was not there own so I did not have any experience witnessing someone “start a business”. In the beginning I would go to the library and grab random books from the business section. My goal was to serve the people and the community that I was a part of. Both to make that work so that I could take care of myself as well took some learning and new skills. They took awhile to develop. I did see it as an opportunity and I took it mostly one step at a time. The transition from work for someone to working for my self took many years. I did both for a long time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t know if many people think of teaching yoga as an art. But, I have tried to make it that. I do a lot of personal story telling in my classes. Since my stories are mine it defiantly makes me original. It would be weird if someone told my story. I feel like I got to where I am today by being in the right place at the right time, realizing that I was in the right place at the right time and putting in energy and effort where I thought I might be able to expand. It was not easy but I do enjoy it. I think that makes a big difference. You know, the enjoy the journey thing. I have enjoyed it, hard work and all. The lesson I learned was that I could do it. I didn’t know if it was possible. But, I tried anyway, rather than talking myself out of it. Someone once said to me. “You need to get your brand together” I didn’t know what they meant. I thought it was like business cards and stationary or something. I eventually realized my brand is me. That makes things easy. I don’t have to come up with anything. I just do my best to be myself, who every I am at the moment. I think it would be extremely difficult to do it any other way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well’ it’s Los Angeles. Let’s go to the beach and get in the water. Then we can get a pizza at The Rainbow Bar and Grill or at Palermo’s or vegan at Green Leaf. Maybe I will take them to tiki ti silver-lake if they drink. Perhaps a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and a yoga class at Runyon Canyon.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
James Brown the singer has a biography that I read and he talked about taking his career over and doing things himself. I had a big wake up moment when I read his story. The yoga teachers in the Runyon Canyon Yoga community that started before me (Yogi Steve and Kamala Mathis) brought me into the community as a substitute teach and then a regular teacher. That was a big deal for me.
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