The Awesome Test…Take It!

Via David Romanelli
on Nov 9, 2011
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In anyway you are hard on yourself for not being where you think you should be in life, take today, if not just today, to be stoked on who you are and where you are.

Because our world isn’t built to make you feel good about yourself. Awesome is an inside job.

As Morrie Schwartz, subject of Tuesdays with Morrie, said, “The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”

The following 3 questions should help determine if you are awesome and able to rise above “the culture.”

1. Someone doesn’t like you. What do you do?

a. Ask them why and try to change yourself

b. Go home defeated, cry, and go on an Adderall-induced smoking binge

c. Tell ’em to stick it where the sun don’t shine and walk away

2. You feel badly about yourself when you are with a certain energy-sucking companion. What do you do?

a. Ask them to go into business with you

b. Imitate their style

c. Realize that we are the average of the 5 people we hang out with most and have the wherewithal to limit your time with NRG Vampires

3. You see something on TV that you really want and can’t afford

a. Work harder so you can afford it and go buy it ASAP

b. Steal from your friend’s wallet. She’s rich and would never ever know.

c. Stop watching TV shows about rich, obnoxious people with nothing better to do than puke BS all over each other

If you answered “C” on all three questions, you are AWESOME!


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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


6 Responses to “The Awesome Test…Take It!”

  1. Love love love this Dave! Maybe in part because I tend to overuse the word awesome on a regular basis. Maybe because back in the day I did have quite a few Adderall-induced smoking binges! But most of all I like it because we all need the reminder…thanks!

  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    I love the energy you bring here, David!!

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  3. Sarah Mo says:

    Really needed to read this today (Having a bad day.) Thanks.

  4. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  5. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Love to you Sarah!

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