5 Minutes with Dan Daly, Junior Consultant

By Greencastle Consulting

Today we shared ‘5 Minutes With’ Daniel Daly.

With a name like Dan Daly, he was born to be a United States Marine. But even though he’s hung up the uniform and is currently a junior consultant at Greencastle, he still values physical exercise as much as he did while on active duty.

Keep reading to learn more about this former Marine and who he is as a person past his military career and bio on our website. If you’re looking for a new novel to read don’t miss his recommendation!

What is your favorite book and why?

As someone who enjoys reading, I scanned my bookshelf to notice I have quite the complex choice here in front of me. Looking at all the different genres from non-fiction publications, sci-fi sagas, warriors’ tales, heartfelt stories, and poems many that could be considered my favorite, I almost couldn’t decide. Looking over my shelf one book stood out as helpful and memorable for the time in my life when I had first read it as well as having a great story inside. That book is The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. I first read this book while in college not long after transitioning from active duty with the United States Marine Corps. This book is a story about William Mandela taking place in a futuristic world where he is drafted into the military and proceeds to spend his time training and deploying in a war against an extraterrestrial species. This story is a tale of love, loss, action, and space. This book spoke mostly to me as Mandela came home from these deployments that were mere months to him and his unit but decades back on earth and explains how everything has changed to where he must catch up to the new social norms. Anyone who has deployed in the military could find this relatable. I remember coming back from my second deployment in 2014 to an entirely new array of social media apps and ways they were being used, new music on the radio I had never heard, and even new vocabulary being used by my friends back home making my visits feel unfamiliar and almost uncomfortable, waiting to get back with my platoon. I won’t spoil the book but even if you haven’t deployed there is sure to be something in this book you would like or appreciate, check it out!

Who is the best cook in your family and what is their signature dish?

I don’t want to brag but I believe I am the only individual in my immediate family who has worked in a kitchen so I would have to say myself. First, I do have to mention my wife because she is a great cook and my favorite dish that she makes would have to be her white bean chicken chili. This is one of the simplest yet great tasting meals she will make in our house, and we make it last several days. No extra cooking or clean up, count me in. I can’t give up all the secrets, but she has a heavy hand with the cayenne pepper giving it just the perfect amount of spice. As for when I’m in the kitchen, I do not mess around. My signature weapon in the kitchen is our Dutch Oven. I use it to make a pull apart chuck roast in a red wine base usually with onions and carrots with a side of butternut squash. My newest yet similar recipe that has been a hit in the house would have to be red wine braised short ribs also made in the Dutch oven. I make this in a similar way with red wine, all the garlic I can find, and brown sugar is the secret here. Most days we have very health-conscious meals which can be boring, however as we get into fall and winter, or soup season as has been coined recently we will likely be working on perfecting these heartier recipes.

Who or what never fails to make you laugh?

Every other week our group of friends get together to sit around to tell jokes and stories or make future plans. We usually do this around a fire or a dinner table with no phones in sight as they tend to be more of a distraction than a tool in this setting. Most of this is very unserious and simply put as hanging out but the jokes we tell are timeless and everyone is a good sport about it. I look forward to seeing my friends and hearing or talking about new or interesting experiences since our last get together. This guarantees heavy belly laugh from all gathered around.

What’s an essential part of your daily routine?

The most important and essential part of my daily routine would have to be getting some form of workout in. This has been beneficial to my physical, mental, and spiritual heath.  The way I keep working out as part of my everyday lifestyle is by adding purpose to my movements. Most days I train for very specific activities depending on what my goals are by breaking them up into seasons- pre-season, in-season, post season, off season. As someone who enjoys climbing, I try to incorporate specific movements to help with strength while maintaining flexibility and endurance. I usually break up my schedule into a push pull cycle at the gym while adding in at least two cardio days. Since I am not a fan of running or especially wind sprints, I play ice hockey twice a week. This makes it fun getting that cardio in. Even if I am unable to make it to the gym, thanks to covid I now have a collection of kettle bells, a jump rope, and a pullup bar to hit the basics. I also consider walking my dog as a form of movement, this is great for days when I am too busy or tired to go anywhere else and gives us the opportunity to bond while becoming physically stronger together.

What was the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

The best career advice I have ever received was understanding that people are takers no matter what career or field you’re in, whether it is time, money, service etc. They’ll always want more so make sure you are in a career or field where you are not sacrificing more of yourself than you must give. If you are, make sure you’re giving them something well worth that sacrifice.

How did your career in the military help you in the civilian workforce?

My career in the military gave me the discipline I needed to excel in the civilian workforce. With this discipline it pushes me to strive above my peers and complete the mission. We used to always say mission come first as Marine infantrymen, then your weapon, gear and finally the body. Things are much different in the civilian as one would expect but always putting the mission first usually keeps everything else in line and prepared to handle adversities. With this disciplined mindset also comes some balancing of the ego. Having such high discipline can bring about an over confidence that must be kept in check, I like to remind myself that its not about whether I am doing better or worse than anyone else but whether I am doing better than myself and improving on myself without getting caught up in the new and improved state day to day. On the other hand, coming from a very go, go, go lifestyle like the Marine Corps I have also learned to slow down here in the civilian workforce and analyze things with an open mind to better navigate and enjoy the present and work I do. I likely missed out on a lot of moments I should or could have enjoyed with my squad mates with serving if I had done just that.