Dave Blum founder of Dr. Clue Treasure Hunts Shares His Passion for Living
Today’s guest is Dave Blum, founder and president of Dr. Clue Treasure Hunts, the world’s largest team-building treasure hunt company. Dave turns neighborhoods and regions into living board games, and shares with us how he does it.
He has turned his favorite things in life into his career: working with groups, travel, and puzzles and games. Hear how he started his business as a side hustle, and how he did it intentionally. He chose to develop this business slowly in the beginning, and he stuck with it through times when someone else might have given up.
Dave embraced technology early-on and had a website created back in the 1990’s when the internet was just getting started. Embracing that change instead of resisting it helped him reach a larger audience. His biggest obstacle was his own lack of knowledge and experience around creating a business.
He stuck with it and learned over time how to be successful. Dave also shares several other obstacles he encountered along the way and how he managed to get past them.
Do you know the difference between a scavenger hunt and a treasure hunt?
Dave explains the difference, and when you hear it, you’ll never forget. Dave is skilled at making the treasure hunt experience one of team-building, collaboration, and cooperation rather than a competitive, divisive experience.
It’s all in how he frames it and languages it, and it’s brilliant! He believes in competing against yourself, against history, or against a standard rather than competing against other people. It’s a healthy competitive mindset.
What’s the problem with prizes?
Turns out there is a big problem with prizes, and he explains how he aims to mitigate that. We learn the difference between a speaker and a facilitator.
I asked Dave to give us a taste of what’s in his blog, and he uses ‘trust’ as an example. He breaks down ‘trust’ in ways I’d never thought of before, and it’s enlightening to hear. Every single person is like an iceberg with only a small part that they’re willing to show above the surface. (Love that analogy!)
Having groups create some of their own rules helps to further encourage cooperation and collaboration in his treasure hunts. Dave gives us a glimpse into the process of creating clue locations in different cities. Cities he never expected have revealed some of the best clue locations, and it keeps his job fun and interesting.
Dave leaves us with a valuable bit of sage advice – approach life with a treasure hunt mindset and a child-like sense of wonder.