The Full Story
David Ahearn is a national keynote speaker and best-selling author of seven books including “Happy Accidents: The Transformative Power of ‘Yes, and’ at Work and in Life” and "Memoirs of a Renaissance Man." He is also a co-founder and was the host of the improvisational comedy show, Four Day Weekend, and hosted two seasons of "Yes, And Yoga" on Amazon Prime Video.
David started his career in stand-up comedy and then transitioned to hosting Four Day Weekend Improvisational Comedy for 23 years. As a co-founder of Four Day Weekend, David was named Small Business Owner of the Year by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, delivered a “Yes, And” keynote to the United States Congress with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in attendance, was given a lifetime achievement award for entrepreneurship for NAACE while co-authoring the best-selling book, Happy Accidents.
In 2021, David stepped away from Four Day Weekend to continue pursuing writing while shifting his focus to hosting and keynoting corporate events. David travels around the world teaching the power of incorporating positive daily habits that add up to bring out the greatest potential in each human being. His latest book, "Listen, Laugh, Connect", focuses on focuses on using four simple tenets to improve communication; it was released in April of 2023 and is available on Amazon.
David is also the author of We’ll Always Have Paris, Listen, Laugh, Connect, 12 Universal Laws and Pura Vida. He is a sought-after speaker and host for corporate functions and lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. To contact David write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mind is a powerful tool and when we access our breath we have the capacity to change limiting beliefs that keep us stuck in the past. By teaching simple breathing techniques, David gives everyone access to the unlimited potential of the human mind. Join him on this journey to reach your fullest potential.
"Yes And" Vision
"Yes, And" is an improvisational comedy philosophy David moderates all around the world; it focuses on the "group Mind" and collaboration while treating everyone like an artist and a poet. When we accept others ideas and build upon them, we discover that what we create together is far better than what we create individually. When we celebrate and blend the talents of others with our own talents, we have the potential to create out of a box ideas that can transform the world.
I began doing stand-up comedy at the age of 19: I worked small comedy clubs in the back of pizza shops, bowling alleys, restaurants or anywhere that allowed newcomers to get up on stage to try their wares. I worked for free performing for two years before I ever made one dime doing comedy. Those two years were some of the most memorable and formative years of my life. During that time, I learned that any dream can be achieved if we work hard, remain dedicated and patient while putting in the time to master a craft. Eventually, I began making a very modest living as a stand-up comedian. I spent time in Los Angeles pursuing my dreams of making it "big" in television. After a short while, I reevaluated my goals and decided I wanted to move back to Texas.
A Firsthand Account, From the Beginning:
At age 27, after much soul searching, I joined together with some of my closest friends in the world and co-created an improvisation comedy show called Four Day Weekend. What started as a limited six-week run soon turned into a full-fledged 24-year experience that changed my life in ways I can hardly describe. We created two live theaters, traveled around the world performing—including shows with two U.S. Presidents in attendance—performed a USO Tour for the troops overseas, wrote a best-selling book, named Best Small Business of the Year, and won a lifetime achievement award for entrepreneurship. By all accounts, I had achieved everything I set out to accomplish when I left Iowa at age 19.
An Unexpected Happy Accident
Life is What Happens...
A funny thing happened on the way to success. A global pandemic hit and changed everything. Our theaters were shuttered, travel and performance ceased, and I was essentially left without an occupation. To some this might seem tragic—for me this was the Universe stepping in to guide me to the next chapter. With a whole lot of time on my hands, I began writing. I wrote my second book, We'll Always Have Paris, and a new love was born. Soon, other books followed and I shifted my focus to writing and speaking. It's been a remarkable, unpredictable ride and I can't wait to see where this next installment of life leads me.