7 things that you didn't know about Stephen Dull and the 360 Man Project

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This post might sound a bit self serving, but I assure you it’s not.

I just realize that there are a lot of articles on this website, but not a whole lot of information about me, and I want people who are reading this to know more and take a peek behind the curtain into my life.

There are two reasons for me doing this:

  • It scares the crap out of me, because I am a very private and introverted person.

  • Because it makes me more real to you

Hopefully, this will help us to become more acquainted and for you to see that I am not a robot, or just someone behind a computer spewing information that has no merit.

First of all, yes, that is a picture of me sleeping. My daughters decided it would be fun to take that while I fell into an afternoon nap.

You want to know something crazy, I wasn’t always able to take naps, that is a huge obstacle that I have overcome. In fact, I used to toss and turn all night without ever getting good sleep. I did that for years. Now, I sleep like a baby, and frequently take naps.

Did you really want to know that? I don’t know, see, I told you this was out of my comfort zone.

In creating this article, it as hard for me to narrow it down to just 7 things, but I think that I picked the things that are most definitive. I guess you will be the judge of that.

I didn’t technically graduate from A High School

I was really one of those kids your mom tells you to stay away from because they do drugs, don’t pay attention in class and are always in trouble.

In school, I usually skipped first and second period, and usually skipped fifth period too. It was pretty bad. However, I still managed to maintain a GPA of about 1.9 which is enough to get by.

When I was a senior, my parents wanted to move, and I had all of the credits that I needed to graduate except for two classes. English and Government. I asked the dean if I could just come to the first two periods and then go work at a job. He told me no, that I couldn’t do that.

I had ran the idea across to my Dad who was all for it, so when the Dean said no. My Dad and Mom just took me out of school and I moved with them. I had already joined the Navy, but was in the Delayed Entry Program. They were counting on me graduating.

My Dad took me to a charter school and asked if I could just complete the work from home, which they agreed to. I did the school work, and they sent me something saying I had graduated.

I didn’t have a ceremony, or graduate with a class. I just simply got a Diploma.

I Acquired 50 pounds of dynamite when I was 12 years old

My friends and I went hiking/rock climbing and stumbled upon an old mine shaft that was sealed up by railroad ties and a steel green door.

We lived in a mining town, so we just assumed it was a mine shaft that was sealed up and lead to some hidden treasure inside. We went back to town, grabbed shovels and some pick axes and headed back up to the mine shaft.

We spent some time tunneling through the top of the shaft. Eventually we got inside and I hopped down into it. When the dust settled, I discovered that there were bags of gun powder, blasting caps, some fuses and a large box full of dynamite. It was about fifty pounds worth.

So, like the smart kid I was, I loaded it up and took it back to my house and hid it under my bed, for about a week. This is about the time the internet was really taking off (1994/95) in my school, so I researched dynamite on the school computer (Genius right?). I started learning about Nitro Glycerin and “sweating”, which scared me. I then moved it into my neighbors garage.(brilliant)

I started talking to my friends uncle who had been in the Army. He advised me to return it to the USFS (United States Forest Service). That’s what we did. We went to the Forest Service and turned ourselves and the dynamite in.

We had to go to court and eventually got put on probation and given tons of community service to complete.

I lived in Japan for 4 years while I was in the Navy

From the time I was 18 to age 22, I lived in Japan.

For the first 2 years I lived aboard the ship that I was stationed on called the USS Kitty-Hawk, (a.k.a Shitty Kitty). The final two years I had met a friend and he and I got a house near KenritsuDaigaku Station.

Japan is a beautiful culture, from the language to the people. You can’t help but see that there is something spiritual and peaceful about it while you are there.

I took Japanese language class while I was in and could still order food at a restaurant or find my way around pretty easily even after 15 years of not being there.

I play the bass guitar

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One afternoon while I was walking in Yokosuka, I heard a voice in my head that said, go get a bass guitar and start playing.

So, that’s what I did.

I used to only practice for 10 minutes a day, because that was all the time I had while I was in the Navy. Once I got out of the Navy I began practicing for 2-4 hours a day, for a year or so. Then I slowed down after that and can honestly say that I only play a couple times a week now.

I play in the Church Band occasionally, but mostly I play for fun. I have never had lessons and mostly just taught myself through books and bass tab.

Rush, and Red Hot Chili Peppers two of my favorite bands and they both have amazing bassists. I would say my style is a mix between them both.

In comparison to other bassists, I am less than average.

I created the 360 Man Project and do all of my own stuff

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I started this website in the den of my house, and have done everything myself. I don’t get any help from anyone or pay anyone to write articles.

This has been one big long learning experience for me. Sure, there are books and things that I have read that have given me ideas or helped me navigate the online world, but for the most part I have been flying solo.

I started it because I felt a need in my own life and figured I wasn’t alone. If this website helps only one man become a better version of himself than I will have succeeded. I am currently writing a book on how to start your own blog in Squarespace and will be putting it on amazon.com for sale. It will also come with a video course. I figured it could help someone out. Be on the lookout for that, and I’ll let you know when it is released.

I’m a huge nerd

I am a huge fan of good Sci-Fi or Fantasy.

Although, I don’t play video games, or own any for that matter. I read a lot of books about the things that people watch, or play on games.

In fact, one of the series I am reading now is called the Expanse. You can check it out here, or watch it on amazon Prime Video.

I also love board games. Anything from Monopoly to Catan. My daughters and I play a game called Dragonwood and we are looking at getting a Beginners D&D Starter Kit.

More importantly though, being a nerd isn’t about just reading books and playing games. It’s about building and creating things. By that definition, I believe that most of us are nerds.

Whether we are building a desk out of wood, tying flies for fishing, rebuilding a gun, or a car. Those are all nerdy things. Mainly because the person doing it is so excited and passionate about it that they tell everyone and it captivates our thoughts and actions.

Since I go by that definition, then I “nerd” out on a lot of things.

I have read a proverb a day for the past 17 years

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When I was a kid I remember hearing the story of Solomon and how God came to him and told him he could have anything he asked for, and he asked for wisdom. He was only a little boy.

That left a huge mark on my life, and I prayed almost everyday for God to make me as wise as Solomon. I don’t think that has happened but I have gotten a lot of gray hair. That counts for something right?

Truthfully though, I do believe that reading and praying in combination has helped me become more wise in my day to day life. mainly because everything that I am going to face has already been done, and someone has written about it. I don’t have to make the same mistakes if there is already a clear cut path to success.

The other thing that makes a person wise is not being afraid to fail or take action on something, and I believe proverbs also talks about that. In fact there is a whole chapter devoted to the sluggard or “lazy” and “scared” people.

Reading one proverb a day is enough to process all day, especially since it punches you right in the face.

Here are a few good ones:

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Well, now you know a little more about me.

###Stephen


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