A Realization That Transformed Me From Sergie to Dylan Madden


I had a realization two nights ago. In that realization my eyes were opened and I became aware of my full mission in life.

Fears And Doubt

Up until this point I have written under a pen-name. For me it was a way to protect my personal life and family.

I had planned to continue writing under that name. From time to time I would get this feeling in the deepest part of myself that something was missing with WOTO and my overall mission.

My pages tab was full of over 20 different New? Start Here drafts. I couldn’t find exactly the best way to express what WOTO was all about.

At times writing under the pen-name felt empowering but at other times I felt as if I was living a lie.

I felt that if I changed to my real name it would mess up my site ranking. Plus you have gotten to know me as Sergie so I didn’t want to cause confusion.

But you know what?

I do not care if my site has to start over. I do not care if I lose any readers.

While I truly do value every one of my readers I have come to accept that I cannot please all of you. If a simple name change causes you to leave then so be it.

This change will bring about things that will take Way of The Olympian to the next level. You will finally get the content that you deserve.

No longer will I hide behind the name Sergie. I have stepped forward and taken my mask off.

You can love me or hate me. But all I will do is continue creating content and being myself.

Who Am I?

My name is Dylan Madden and I am human just like you are. I have my good days and my bad days.

I suffer from some of the same weaknesses as you do but overall I focus on my strengths. I am a Visionary and can inspire you with the vision.

Being the person I am also comes with a Flaw. At times I have so many ideas coming to me at once that I do not go out and act on them.

I have to take steps to correct this flaw. I have found that by focusing on 3 main things I am able to achieve better results. Another thing that has been a game changer for me is I do not think, I just do.

My life is dedicated to growing every single day. If I am not writing then I am planning my next move for whatever I am doing.

If I am not doing something to further my goals I become a very unpleasant person to be around. The longest I have been able to go without actively going after my goals was several days. I feel sorry for the people who were around me during that time.

To me I could care less about  a business/life balance. My business is a part of my life.

My Background

I went to one year of College but realized how pointless it was for what I was wanting in life. Even though I could have received a degree and made pretty good money I knew where my heart was.

Since then I have been searching for the right thing to build while working a day job. Over the past year and half I have dabbled in a few projects while always building Calm and Collected.

I’ve done everything from Affiliate Marketing, Drop-Shipping, to running an offline business. I’m not rich or even close to it but I am able to live a comfortable life.

In school I was always good at writing and enjoyed creating stories. It fascinated me how someone could use their words and create a world or whatever else they wanted.

If you would have told me that I would be running a blog a few years ago I would have laughed at you. To me a blog was just something that people created as a hobby.

It wasn’t until I found out about Bold and Determined that I started to grasp the power of combining a blog with your business. He broke down everything.

What Does The Future Of WOTO Hold?

I’ve got quite a few things that I need to do. I’m changing my name on every post that I’ve done and preparing content for things such as YouTube.

While I will continue writing about the things that I have been, you will notice an overall change within Calm and Collected. Same style but with more of me.

I want to tell you everything right now that will be going on, but I am going to hold off and show you. Stay tuned and thank you for all of your support.

Look forward to another post soon.

Go And Dominate.

Your friend,

Dylan Madden

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About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I've written over 300+ articles for those who want more out of life and are interested in traveling the world. I am from US city where most people work the same old job for their entire life. Now after traveling to 18 countries. I've set up a home in Dubai where I spend my days helping freelancers build successful businesses within The Real World and on the blog Calm and Collected. Within this website you will find the motivation and action steps to make your life better.

8 comments add your comment

  1. Congratulations on your leap! I’ve only just discovered your site, and I’ll be watching it as I develop my own – in part to try not to overlap too much, not that I really think it’ll be likely. Your voice is honest and straightforward, without the chest-thumping so common in the niche. Actionable, too.

    I wish I could abandon pseudonyms like you did and others have done, but while I don’t care if others know my name, it’s possibly the most common name on the planet: I’ve met others, and heard of many others, who have my first and last names. One of them was my brother’s roommate in college, if you can believe that. So for me it’s not about secrecy but about being distinct. In any case, I think your new openness will serve you well. Keep up the good work.

  2. Dylan, thanks so much for sharing and for being honest about who you are. I think it’s great that you decided to reveal your real persona and I’m sure you won’t regret it. I found your site through a review for Red Coffee and I enjoyed reading it so thanks.

    Keep Moving!


  3. I had a similar realization and wrote about it as well. Just be you express yourself share your ups and downs. That’s what it’s all about. If you lose readers so what? They weren’t interested in you anyway, if that’s the case. Those who stay, those are the readers and fans you want to have!

  4. It’s a great place to be at once you realize your mission in life. But as you describe here, more often than not, it takes time and self-enquiry. Taking that time to work and explore is worth every minute of it.

    Good luck with all your plans!


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