Monday, November 24, 2014

Steve Aspel: I Dare You To Live a Positive Life

by Debbi Dachinger, Dare To Dream Radio Host, Wed. 11am PT

I recently interviewed Steve Aspel, Mayor of the City of Redondo Beach who does the Aspel on the Esplanade radio show on  We had a brilliant conversation. I dare you to accept Steve's dare!

Debbi: What is the greatest lesson you've learned?

Steve:  I was single until age 36. I spent lots of time and money traveling. While I was fairly successful in business, I really enjoyed screwing around. I have traveled to 55 countries. I had more fun than any human should have. But in 1990 I married Pam, a high school friend who was, in fact, my best buddy. We had 2 girls, Catie and Brett. In addition, Pam had 2 kids of her own, ages 8 and 13. So I went from 36 and single to 39 and 4 kids.  I learned that I was having more fun and enjoying life much more after I  started/joined a family. It was not all about ME anymore. I learned to share my life!

Debbi: What is something you are deeply grateful for?

Steve:  I'm obviously deeply grateful my family! The single most important thing in my life. But I am very grateful that I beat cancer. I was diagnosed 4 years ago. Did radiation, chemo and multiple surgeries. I won! Stevo 1 vs. Cancer 0

Debbi: What's the most important thing you do to keep your life positive?

Steve:  Again, I enjoy my family. College kids keep you positive. Professionally I enjoy local politics. I am the Mayor of Redondo Beach. MOST of the time it's a very positive experience. When certain people get me down, I simply visit with citizens that are positive. Most people are positive.

Debbi: If you could DARE the listeners to do anything that will create positive change for them, what would you dare them to do today?

Steve:  Do something nice for a stranger. Expect nothing in return. It doesn't count if you know them, or if you expect to get a positive business result out of it as if you do it as part of your "group."  A group means Rotary, Chamber, church....

Listen to Steve Aspel's Aspel on the Esplanade every Tuesday at 1pm PT on

Happy Thanksgiving!

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