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Memoirs of an Ordinary Guy

The Everyday Experiences that Changed My Life

Foreword by Jamie Clarke
Published by Post Hill Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster


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About The Book

Find joy and love in ordinary, everyday experiences.

By most measures, Daniel Olmes is an ordinary guy—but he’s learned how to live an extraordinary life. In Memoirs of an Ordinary Guy, Daniel asserts that we are all capable of being extraordinary and redefines what it means to be just another ordinary person. He is living proof that extraordinary is there for all of us. It doesn’t mean rich or famous. It doesn’t mean better. To Daniel, “extraordinary” means grateful, honest, happy, loving, fearless, and faithful. Doing extraordinary things is not what makes us extraordinary. Being extraordinary is having an extraordinary perspective on our lives and the things that happen to us. Daniel’s narrative will inspire everyone to view their lives differently, remind us of the stories that we all share, and spark a renewed curiosity about a world that’s anything but ordinary.

About The Author

Daniel Stuart Olmes is a husband, father of twins, entrepreneur, and Aerospace and Defense executive residing outside of Washington, D.C., in the Northern Virginia suburbs. He is currently the president and chief operating officer of a mid-sized government contractor and is an avid reader, runner, and volunteer, spending most of his time on the baseball field as a Little League coach. He has founded two companies—Middleburg Capital and Hellen Systems—the first being a commercial real estate investment firm, and the second, a technology company focused on a national security initiative to create a ground-based back-up for the Global Positioning System (GPS). He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Virginia Tech in 2000.

Jamie Clarke has seen teams from the inside and the outside: Olympic teams, NHL teams, sales teams, and start-up teams. What connects them all is pressure—external or self-imposed. With his own hard-won philosophy of risk management—and a storytelling technique that can take you from laughter to tears in minutes—Jamie leaves it all on stage. He recharges audiences with a new perspective on success or failure, and risk or reward, with strategies for tackling obstacles to reach new levels of success. You can learn more at his website:

Product Details

  • Publisher: Post Hill Press (January 24, 2023)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637587317

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Raves and Reviews

“Danny Olmes’ folksy memoir packs a punch. He combines the wisdom gained from personal reflection with the lessons of an 'ordinary' American living through extraordinary times. He has written a sweet tale for the country he loves.”

– Miranda Devine, New York Post columnist and author of Laptop from Hell

Memoirs of an Ordinary Guy is a unique and inspiring read. Penned in a series of vignettes, Danny captures the spirit of the 'Everyman' through introspective insights that will help readers contemplate the value of everyday experiences and living in the moment. Compassion for others and the importance of self are the essence of Danny’s work and a must read for those seeking self-awareness and integration into a more rich and full life.”

– Lt. Col. David Richardson, USMC, Ret. and author of War Story

“It has been my pleasure to see the development of Danny Olmes’ thought-provoking book, Memoirs of an Ordinary Guy, from its very early stages to publication. Danny’s goal has always been to capture life experiences that are not only meaningful to him but will also encourage readers to reflect on their own lives. Danny has succeeded in his objective, and I have no doubt that every reader will come away from this touching book with new perspectives on life.”

– Chuck Cascio, longtime freelance writer and author of The Fire Escape Stories and six other books

“Danny Olmes, a so-called ‘ordinary guy,’ has written an extraordinary book that offers countless life lessons the rest of us would be wise to heed and even emulate. Here’s another important lesson: put this on your must-read list. Now.”

– Len Shapiro, longtime Washington Post sportswriter, columnist, and editor 

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