Hi, I’m Dave Ursillo. Welcome to my online home.
Since 2009, this is where I’ve built a modest name, business and platform for myself as a writer. I’m a self-employed creative who spends his days working with self-starters and service-minded professionals who want to leave a legacy of love in their wake.
I help them do that at the intersection of self-knowledge and self-expression.
(Also, here’s a picture of me as a toddler dressed in a yellow blazer while sitting backwards on a wicker chair. You’re welcome!)
A writer at my core, over ten years I’ve self-published 6 books, published over 550 articles, and worked with thousands of students and clients from more than a dozen countries.
From copywriting and content production to coaching and e-course creation, my work is ever evolving — I’m passionate, curious and relentlessly eager to learn, share and grow. I’ve been a freelancer, a storyteller-for-hire, a public speaker, a workshop leader, a yoga teacher, a coach, and a host of destination retreats in places like Costa Rica, India and Peru.
The centerpiece of my journey revolves around the power of knowing oneself, and expressing that inner truth throughout our everyday lives.
I believe that:
- Knowing yourself is your path to peace, purpose, fulfillment and service in our world.
- You are whole and complete by your divine nature; that nothing about you is broken, less-than, or lacking.
- Unearthing, and expressing, the soul-code that resides within you is your inner compass to full self-realization.
- As Rumi said, there are “a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground,” or countless ways to live well, be whole, and contribute to the good in our world; there is no one way, outlook, perspective, method, or moment.
- My job as a guide is to lead you back to yourself, what you already know, and perhaps some of what you might have forgotten along the path of life (because we all have that tendency to forget from time to time).
Once upon a time, I was an aspiring presidential speechwriter who took up the path of public service after watching the events of September 11, 2001 unfold from his high school library’s fuzzy television.
Desperate evermore to live a life of purpose that served the good in the world, I dreamed of someday writing words that would be spoken by Presidents and remembered in history books.
At some point along the way, I decided that I wanted to be the one who spoke my words, instead.
Today, my world, my work, and my everyday life revolve around creating containers for transformative self-knowledge in an age of noise, distraction and endless competition for your attention.
The truth is, I never really left behind my calling to find a path of personal leadership in today’s world.
I believe that self-knowledge is the gateway of service, because the truest and purest form of leadership is by example — and not, as our society often says it is, dependent upon follower counts, wealth, or social status.
Our world is desperate for more people to start believing in themselves as genuine leaders. That, I believe, will bring us the peace, healing, union that we all crave.
But it all begins with us.
I’m grateful that you’re here,
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Some Other Highlights Since 2009
- My young career in public service peaked as an intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2008, where I wrote environmental policy reports and filled in as a proxy for Presidential Appointees on inter-agency conference calls
- I started my blog just days after quitting my job (working alongside a rising gubernatorial candidate in my home state of Rhode Island) with a dream to become a best-selling author someday.
- My first ever book proposal got rejected nearly 200 times by literary agents — and who can blame them? I had some good ideas, but needed a lot more experiences before landing a book contract.
- I went on to self-publish 6 books since 2011, including two collections of poems, a book of travel-based essays, and a collaborative project that made 20 of my writing clients first-time authors
- I’ve spoken at conferences, taught workshops, or hosted retreats on 4 continents (North America, South America, Europe and Asia), including wonderful cities like Berlin, London, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, and Brussels
- After only leaving the country once by the age of 26, I’ve since traveled to nearly 30 countries since 2013, including destinations like India, Cuba, Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco, Turkey, Colombia and beyond
- My words and work have been seen on CBS News Sunday Morning, Psychology Today, INC, Forbes, and the international best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.
- I’m a certified yoga teacher, and taught locally for four years, before taking a planned sabbatical in July 2018
- I created free and low-cost yoga programs for healthcare providers at Planned Parenthood in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as for recent-arrival refugees and immigrants in an adult literacy center in the area.
- Walden Pond (of Henry David Thoreau fame) is one of my favorite places to visit, since it’s only about an hour from my home in Rhode Island, and I can also brag that I’ve visited Machu Picchu in Peru (twice).
- Since 2009, I’ve personally fundraised over $10,000-worth of donations in support of a variety of causes, including healthcare for military veterans, education for at-risk girls in West Africa, HIV/AIDS prevention, mental health causes, public service journalism, animal welfare, clean water access, and beyond.
- I have a deep affinity for counter-culture, graffiti murals, street art, art-as-activism, and always find myself exploring new perspectives.
- I have secret passions for gardening, bird-watching, and guilty pleasure TV shows like the Great British Bake Off and Queer Eye. Also, I’m obsessed with English Premier League soccer.