Pete Damiano is the lead vocalist, harmonica player and band manager of the band Home Brewed based out of Iowa City, Iowa. Home Brewed plays mostly fundraising events for local non-profit organizations and has helped to raise over $300,000 in the past 5 years.
Pete is also the Director of the Public Policy Center for the University of Iowa, and Professor in the College of Dentistry, and is a practicing dentist. Pete has a lot going on and a lot of wisdom to share with us!
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- Pete has been the author of over 200 journal articles and been the principal investigator on over 75 funded research studies. His personal research is in the area of health policy including studying access to care, cost of care, quality of care, health insurance, what is working or not working with Obama Care and Medicaid, and looking at how to improve the health care system.
- On fear of starting… “It’s absolutely scary, but it’s also really invigorating. I think that putting ourselves outside our comfort zone at all ages, but particularly as we get older, is really important. I’ve been blessed to not have a huge fear of failure, but it doesn’t mean it’s not scary.”
- “When you want to determine if this is something to have a lot of angst about, ask yourself if this is something that will matter in 6 months. Often it allows you to let things go a lot easier. There are things that are weighty and you need to deal with and are challenging, and then there are other things where the stress is mostly what we do to ourselves. If there are ways to just let those things go because they really aren’t going to matter in the long run, I think that’s one of the really important lessons.”
- Only balance in life… “Really think about what is important now and what are the things that you can let go. Don’t sweat the small stuff. By being able to do some woodworking, and or the music, and or the writing, and or family travel or travel with friends… so that whatever it is that is getting to you that is outside of your control, that you can find those things that can help you to work through it.”
- On following your dreams… “Life is not linear and you are not on a path you cannot get off of. It often feels like I would have loved to have done that, but I can’t. But there are still lots of opportunities, and lots of levels that you can do things. Be open to new things that come up, be willing to try, and not worry about the failure.”