Welcome, I’m Dave Ursillo.

I believe that self-expression is the source of our personal power; that self-knowledge transforms us into leaders by example in today’s world. I’m here to help you express your life in the ways your soul desires. Learn More »



Lead Without Followers

I’m a professional writer, author and self-employed creative entrepreneur whose journey began half of a lifetime ago as a politically-minded student in the post-9/11 era.

I dreamed of becoming a presidential speechwriter and having words recorded in history books. Falling jaded and cynical to the partisan world of politics along the way, I quit my job, abandoned my career path, and started this blog to live my leadership from the inside-out, instead.

More than a decade later, I now guide self-starters and agents of positive change to use their words as vessels of leadership in our world.

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Unavoid Your Writing

For more than 7 years, I’ve found myself in a role of teaching, coaching and supporting fellow writers, freelancers and self-employed entrepreneurs who struggle to get out of their own way on their creative journeys. My system for holistic self-expression, Unavoidable Writing, was born.

Ever since, I’ve worked with more than 400 writing clients as a coach and guide, while teaching over 4,000 students in workshops, conferences, yoga classes, and retreats across 4 continents.

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Let’s Be Pen-Pals

I share essays and stories through a very occasional, very unobtrusive, reader-loved newsletter that shows up in your inbox once every few weeks. It’s something you can actually look forward to reading.

Spanning lighthearted reflections, a diary of international travels, human condition stories, and unpublished articles on mindfulness and everyday spirituality, you’ll also receive exclusive insider offers on working with me and invitations to upcoming events.

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Most Recent Articles

If You Want Things to Get Better, You Have to Risk Them Feeling Worse… at First.

Can we agree on something? We all want things in our lives to get better. We want our salaries and savings to go up, and our credit card and student loan debts to go down. We want our families and all friends to be healthy, well, and happy. We want to feel more space, more […]


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‘Written, Spoken’ Podcast S1E10 Transcript

Quitting my job 10 years ago was for beginnings, I now understand, not endings.


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‘Written, Spoken’ Podcast S1E9 Transcript

In my head, I was silently saying to myself, “We already have a word for cool and that word is cool. Why would we need another?”


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