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Envision and Achieve Your Life and Business Goals With David Wood

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Twenty years ago David Wood was ahead of the curve in the coaching space thanks to a workshop that led him to delve into the emotional aspects of business leadership. He is here today to discuss ways owners can use emotional intelligence to overcome the hurdles and valleys of growing a business.

David is a high performance life and business coach, working solely with established entrepreneurs. He got his start on Park Avenue at the age of 23 and thought he had it made as a consulting actuary. A mandatory personal growth workshop made him realize that he was clueless about anything emotional in business. Today he uses his knowledge in his own business, Play for Real, to help entrepreneurs and business leaders push through tough scenarios with themselves and others and help them to do great things. David also is a coach trainer, mentor, author, and host of the Tough Conversations podcast. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Reasons why David is speaking with us today.
  • How he takes surface level goals and delves deeper into them.
  • What questions entrepreneurs should ask themselves in order to get through any growth challenges in their business.
  • David’s focus on goal setting.
  • The difference between a coach and a therapist.
  • Why people seem so eager to move to the next thing when a sale is over.
  • Quick coaching tips for business owners.
  • The 4-step approach David suggests for sellers and buyers.
  • How David’s techniques can help your business and improve your life.

Transcription:

Mark: So a few years ago Joe I wrote a blog post on the Quiet Light blog and you can actually look this up and it’s called I made a bad website acquisition. It was about a business that I bought and made some mistakes with and subsequently sold later on. At the end of that little ownership period that I had with that; it was a really small acquisition, we’re talking a very small five figure level here but at the end of that period I hated that business. I hated it so much because it wasn’t making any money. It was taking a bunch of my time. The logistics were a bit of a pain. And I got to the point where frankly I was willing to get rid of it for just about anything. And when we talk about the soft side of a transaction a lot of times people want to talk about the financial side and the metrics and the numbers and the financials; how do you actually juice that multiple, how do you get the value as high as you can? But so much of what we do is on that other side and that is the soft side of the transaction and understanding the arc of an entrepreneur’s ownership of the business and how are you going to feel when you sold that business as well. And look before you turn it off and think this is all soft gooey stuff; this has a real impact on valuations. And I know you talked to David Wood about this, he was a business coach, because he really kind of keyed in on that as well.

Joe: Yeah I know it has a tremendous impact. I like to say don’t let the business outgrow you. That’s generally why people sell because they’ve got a certain capacity and the business outgrows them; they get sick of it, they get frustrated, trends change, and they sell which is exactly what not to do. So working with a business coach like David who spends a lot of time with people in the e-commerce world helps you understand what your own personal goals are in business and in life. They’re combined when you’re an entrepreneur. And helps you get through those valleys and over those hurdles as you need to. David is a good friend of Ezra Firestone. I met him at Blue Ribbon Mastermind. Brad and I and Chris were there so I heard him do a fantastic presentation and I just had to connect with him afterwards and have him on the podcast. I think he can and will and has through the podcast I listened to he imparted some great wisdom when it comes to operating a business within your own capacity.

Mark: Let’s hear it. Let’s get to it.

Joe: Hey folks Joe Valley here from Quiet Light Brokerage and today I’ve got David Wood from Play for Real with us. David is actually a high performance life and business coach. I met him at Ezra Firestone’s Blue Ribbon Mastermind event in; where were we David? St. Petersburg, Florida.

David: Yeah.

Joe: In January of 2019. I’m sorry 2020. David is a good friend of Ezra’s and he did such an amazing presentation I wanted to have him on the podcast. Welcome to the Quiet Light Podcast David.

David: Hey thank you. I’m happy to be here.

Joe: Well, I’m glad you’re here. We don’t do fancy introductions so why don’t you go ahead and give the people listening a little bit of background on yourself and what you do.

David: Sure. Well I thought I was successful and I was at the age of say 23 because I was working on Park Avenue. I grew up in our country town in Australia. And here I am on Park Avenue consulting with Sony Music for the next song and I thought I pretty much got it made. I was a consulting actuary and for people who don’t know what that is, we deal with financial projections going say 50 to 100 years into the future.

Joe: Wow.

David: And so my job was risk assessment but then I lucked into doing a personal growth program and I nearly didn’t do it because they were all smiling way too much and they all wore nametags. I’m like this is very cult-y. I don’t know about this but I didn’t let that stop me and they cracked me open. They had me realize that I’d gotten great at systems and logic and results but I didn’t know anything about vulnerability. I knew nothing about deep connection with other people and how to really influence people. Emotional Intelligence was something I hadn’t even heard of. So the first half of my life was about business and results and success in that line of work and then the last half of my life has been about researching the more I still call it hippie woo-woo stuff like the touchy feely stuff. How do I make eye contact with someone? How do I be vulnerable? How do I deeply connect? So the people who come to me don’t just want their business to be better. You can get a lot of business coaches for that. And they don’t just want a part of their life to be better. They want everything to be to be better than it was before. So that’s the short version of; oh I didn’t say to in that course I got to coach somebody. Someone was really stuck about something that was destroying her marriage and I was able to hold space for her and her life changed and I got hooked. I was like this is amazing. I just spot the patterns and see what’s missing and make a suggestion and she ran with it, totally revamped her marriage and her life, and I was like I can do this more than as a hobby? And this is back in ‘97 and it turned out yes you can. People were just starting to consider coaching as a career. So now I’ve been doing it for 20 years and I don’t see any sign of stopping.

Joe: You were ahead of the curve then and you’re doing pretty amazing stuff now. You didn’t mention that you wrote a book, that you’re on stage quite often, you’re on 70 podcasts last year, then Loosening Jack Canfield or John Gray did the inside cover of your book or things of that nature. You’re pretty well connected with high level people but you deal with a lot of entrepreneurs as well in your coaching business, is that right?

David: Yeah I’d coach entrepreneurs mainly for the last 20 years. Now I’m doing more corporate stuff, some vice presidents and also some prison work and working with prison inmates so I’m expanding but I’m an entrepreneur at heart. So I love working with entrepreneurs who are already doing great things. I don’t work with just startup. You have to have a track record of success and then let’s; how do you go further?

Joe: The people listening are probably saying well why are we on the podcast together; why are you here?

David: Yes.

Joe: And when we list a business for sale oftentimes someone will say; a buyer, well if it’s so great why are they selling? Or we always ask the question why they’re selling. And more and more often what happens, people, is that a business outgrows the individual. And what we want people to do is understand first and foremost who they are, what they’re capable, what their likes are, what their dislikes are, what drives them, what fills the cup and makes them happy. And that’s a lot of what you do in your day to day work, David, is that correct?

David: Yeah.

Joe: Okay.

David: Yeah I get people who have got surface level goals. They come to me like they want to be a better leader. They want to learn how to manage their team or something like that. And that’s fine. Let’s start there. But then I want to know what’s really going to have you be happy. And some people know and they just don’t think it’s possible or they haven’t put time and attention on making it happen. Some people haven’t really asked themselves the question; how could my life be better? And that’s the sum total of my initial sessions with a client; how can your life be better? Sometimes it’s a business goal. If my business increased by 30%, that would do a lot for me financially and my family and then my life would be better. Okay maybe I’ll buy that. But normally there are other things like what if my relationship with my partner was deeper? What if my kids opened up to me and talked to me about their life? What if I had the health that I wanted? So yeah I like digging into those questions like how could it be better?

Joe: How can the people listening today sort of figure out what questions to ask themselves? Imagine we’ve got an audience that it’s got a healthy mix of entrepreneurs that someday may sell their business. They’re learning about buying and selling and preparing the business for sale. And then the other half of the audience might be those that are thinking you know what I’m going to buy one of these someday because they’re unhappy in the corporate world or they’ve sold one and they don’t want to take the risk of building another so they’re choosing to buy. But let’s focus first on those people that are struggling with the business that they have; they’ve grown it, they bootstrapped it, it’s growing like crazy, and they’re just trying to keep up. How does one identify what their own comfort level is with the size of the business or the staff or the growth? Because a lot of what we deal with are people that wait too long that things get pretty miserable because it’s grown to the point where it’s beyond their comfort level. They don’t want to manage people. Mark and I had this conversation this morning and he’s like we’re doing an organizational chart here at Quiet Light Brokerage and I’m in a particular place mark and we’re all in different places. The key center of our organization is the advisors; our team of advisers. And I’m straddling a couple of areas, Mark is straddling a couple of areas and we said to each other we have the right as entrepreneurs to do what makes us happy. We want to choose that path. How does one identify what it is that makes them happy? Is there a is there a process that that they would go through in terms of goal setting or asking questions of themselves and I will just stop rambling now answer that question help me out.

David: So the question is how can people identify how they can be happy; what are the right questions they can ask themselves? And I love this, on 75 interviews last year no one’s really asked me this question. So what I did is I went straight to my website and I’ll read out some of the questions. I have a life assessment that anyone can take. And if you like we can give it to people at the end of the show. They can go and fill it in but I’ll read out some of the questions. I have people in this assessment rate your life areas out of 10; business career fulfillment, wealth and money, your key relationship, health and peace. I even include relationship with yourself; like how much do you like yourself. So these are a few of the areas, there are a few more which I don’t want to steal all the thunder. I’ll leave some for people to find when they go and fill it in. And I have people rate them out of ten and that helps them look at oh wow this area is really a three; like my health and peace is a three, what’s going on there? Or my relationship with my partner is like a six. Is that really okay with me? Like am I really going to leave the rest of my life at a six? So that’s the first point and then I have people rate coaching areas; how about how are you doing with real goals? I’d like to talk about; and you heard this in my presentation at Ezra’s Blue Ribbon, GPA, goals planning and action. So out of ten how are you doing with setting real goals, having a real plan, and taking real action? A lot of people would like to be more focused. We’re kind of like a monkey on crack when it comes to getting work done. How about your daring, your caring, your decisiveness? So you rate these out of 10 and by the way this form doubles as prep if anyone wants to do a session with me. I use this as an intake because I want to go straight to wow you’re doing great here, here, here, here, and here are three areas that look like they could be doing better. Which of these do you want to focus on?

Joe: I think the real goals thing is amazing and critical and so obvious that everybody should be doing it but I don’t think they do. I read decades ago; right David, we both got some gray on the chin that Harvard; I took a little class at Harvard, half the kids wrote down their goals and half didn’t. Those that wrote down their goals were something like ten times as wealthy or successful and happy as those that didn’t. One of the things that we’re trying to do here and having you on is part of that mind shift. I want people to stop asking the question how much is my business worth, how much can I sell my business for, I’m ready to some business how much can I, how much can I? Instead set goals and say in three years I want to sell my business for X and then reverse engineer the pathway to that and understanding, gaining the knowledge on valuations and setting goals to that pathway exit. Are you working with people in terms of that goal section of their life whether it’s personal, with their partner, with their business, with whatever it is that is weak on that scale and helping them with goals or do you just sort of act in a way almost, and what’s the difference between a therapist and a life coach and a business coach in this situation?

David: All right we’ve got three areas I want to address here. We’ll see if I can track and remember all of them. The first one…

Joe: I won’t remember them all so don’t worry about it.

David: The first one is for me I like your process in this many years I want to sell my business for X. I think that’s missing a key step. I would say firstly how do you want to feel in three years? It’s incredible; and you can do this when you’re doing a New Year’s visioning session if you ever do that kind of thing. Like don’t set goals first, set feeling goals. I want to feel this. And then you can set some goals that will help you feel that. I want to feel at peace. I want to feel deeply in love with my partner. I want to feel joy as I walk down the street and look at strangers. Those aren’t some bad goals; actually this came off the top of my head. And then all right to feel like that what would I need to be doing? And I looked at well I love coaching. I’ve wrote this down; it was three or four years ago, I need to be more coaching and training because I’m inspired when that happens and I want to feel inspired. It’s like oh wow I didn’t know that. So it is a goal. So first step, how do I want to feel, secondly what do you need in your life to feel that and there might be a financial component to that. All right I need at minimum this amount of money to support these goals that are going to have me feel good. And you probably found this when you coach your clients, it might be less money than you thought the minimum. They have done some studies that show that first; I don’t know how much it is 50 or 60 grand can really do a lot to provide happiness in the year and after that it drops way off because you need your own food and you want shelter and you want some basic peace. But after that that poor show that extra trip or vacation isn’t going to do that much at all. So that’s the first thing. And then there was a second component. I know I remember the therapy component but what was the other component to your question?

Joe: I told you I wouldn’t remember David. Come on, I’m serious. I meant it.

David: Oh that’s right. I wanted to say some people come to me ready with goals. They’re like I know what I want I’m just not getting there fast enough. So we might do brainstorming or we might have to strategize a plan and they might just need some accountability to put attention on it. All right every week I’m going to do it. Other people it might take three to six sessions to peel the onion and to just uncover. They may not know yet. Like people would come to me with I want this this and this, six months later we’ve uncovered that; I’m working with an executive right now who finally has seen that he’s really arrogant and he thinks he’s smarter than everybody else which may be true but it’s not serving him. He didn’t come to me with that but it’s a merge and it’s impacting all of his relationships not just at work.

Joe: Did he come to that realization and share it with you or did you go you know you think you’re; how do you come about that realization?

David: Well, sometimes I might gently point it out and I have that privilege because they’re paying me. So I can say you know I think I have some feedback that might not be easy to hear but it might be very valuable, would you like to hear it? You’re never going to get a no from someone who’s paying you to hear your idea. But he came to me. He said you know what I think I can be a bit of a jerk and we; actually this was really fun. Sometimes you get to have fun in coaching. I said to him there’s a chance. I know this is hippie woo-woo but I think you could really make a big difference for you if you’re willing. It comes from the Himalayas and you’re willing to trust me on this. He said all right. So I took him through this Himalayan chant. It starts with; maybe you’ve heard it, it starts with Owa Tajer Kiam and we did this and we kept on going and he got faster and faster saying it with me until he realized he was saying oh what a jerk I am, oh what a jerk I am, oh what a jerk I am. And when he finally got it he laughed so hard and that’s part of my style is let’s bring some humor to it. Yeah, you can be a jerk, so can I. When I’m frustrated I’ll use my intelligence to belittle the waiter and they may not even know. And then I’ll feel bad about it. But we’re getting off track. So some people have a sense of what they want, other people it’s going to take some time to uncover and I find that really fun and fascinating. And then you said how is coaching different from therapy. It’s very contentious. A therapist will argue about this but once I heard this metaphor a therapist will help a man with a broken leg to walk again and a coach will help that man to run the four minute mile.

Joe: Okay. That’s not mental therapy though that’s physical therapy. How do you differ from somebody sitting down and saying I’m unhappy with my life?

David: Well the metaphor is more about someone who’s really, really struggling to go from bad to okay versus helping someone to go from okay to good or from good to great.

Joe: Okay. And you’re the okay to good or good to great.

David: Yeah, that’s my target market. Now there are coaches who might be willing to work with someone who’s really struggling financially. For example if someone’s got a lot of historical stuff trauma and baggage from that; and I’m one of them, I have no judgment about that. That’s not me. I would say a therapist could spend time with you to help you unpack and bring up all those feelings from the past and like that. I’m more interested in what do you want and what are you going to do about it and there is some overlap because sometimes people have limiting beliefs. And I’ve got one vice president who said I think I’ve got some limiting beliefs that are holding me back, can you help me with those? I’m like yeah we can bust those open. But I’m not going to do a lot of how was it when your father treated you this way and whatever; that’s not my style. I’ll refer someone to a therapist if it looks like there’s some old stuff that’s really holding them back. And a disclaimer and a plug for therapists there are some therapists who will work with people who are doing just fine and help them go to great. So it’s a broad brush painting with right now.

Joe: But I got to tell you in the future audience you may hear me say how do you want to feel in three years when you sell your business instead of what’s your financial goal. What do you want to exit for? Inaudible[00:21:40.0] a combination of both. Because I’ve got to tell you people are this is their baby they’ve built it up and sometimes they’re sad to sell it. But I’m interviewing people right now for the purposes of writing a book. Yes this is the second time I’ve mentioned this on the podcast and I will not be obnoxious and plug it all the time but it’s fascinating. The idea is when that wire hits your account and you can do it with your phone now and you see all of those zeros in your bank account for the first time, what was that feeling like is the question that I asked. And the feeling was okay, that’s good. Now I’ve got to get to work and helping with the transition of the business and keep going. It wasn’t champagne popping and jubilation and things of that nature. And do you think that’s because; and I heard this literally at three out of the five interviews that I’ve done so far. Do you think that is just because they’re caught up in time focused on the work at hand versus setting a financial and feeling goal when someone exits their business?

David: I think the question is why are people so quick to move on to the next thing and they’re not celebrating and enjoying?

Joe: Yeah I guess so. Thank you. You do a better job of reframing my questions than I do. Thank you.

David: My pleasure. Firstly tell me do you have a working title for your book?

Joe: I do. We talked about it. That’s right.

David: I think there was one line you said and like oh you got to hold on to that line. I can’t remember what it was.

Joe: We did. I’ve settled on; and this is the part where I’m either an idiot or brilliant. I sent out two title options; I already said it to everybody here, one was Incredible Exits which is a series we use here on the podcast for people who have sold their businesses. And the other was Exitpreneur.

David: That’s the one I remember, yeah.

Joe: That’s the one that stuck. Right. So I think probably 24 out of 25 people said Incredible Exits, go with it, it’s just that.

David: Do you remember the book title that I suggested?

Joe: Yes Making Exit Sexy Again or something along that lines.

David: No, that might be the subtitle but you said to me something like the real money is in the something.

Joe: It’s when you exit the business. Yeah the real money is when you exit. And then yes…

David: It was nothing like where the real money is. I forgot what it was but I was very excited about it at the time. I really am.

Joe: We’re Making Financial Sexy Again that was the subtitle that you suggested.

David: Your financials; because you said the real money is in the financials and people might get that and so you can make it sexy.

Joe: Or eyes bleed. Well I ended up settling on The Exitpreneurs Playbook with the whole goal of setting a goal and reverse engineering your pathway to that. But we might add some feelings in that goal.

David: Yeah. So speaking about reverse engineering I’ll comment on why I think we’re so quick to skip over the celebration but firstly I want to tweak or reframe something you said. I agree with you it would be good to ask them how do you want to feel when you sell the business. So that’s great. I think that would be a good move. And what I’m talking about that I want to clarify it is much broader than that. I’m saying how do you want to feel in your life generally.

Joe: Yeah.

David: And so just for listeners to make sure that that’s clear; how do you want to feel generally when you wake up, as you go about the day, when you go to bed. How do you want to feel and what kind of activities and things actually have you feel that and then reverse engineer the life of that. And you may find that money would be a component and that’s where Joe can come in and help you maximize what you get for your business to support what you’ve already created in terms of your life goals. Now why I think we’re so quick to skip and I’m one of them once a while this is I say why we are quick to skip the celebration and I got this from Dan Sullivan I think; a Strategic Coach. So we’re looking forward, that’s how we’re oriented. We’re looking forward and we constantly see the gap between where we are and where we want to be. And that’s great that’s the ego’s job because it wants to put food on the table. But when we do that all we’re going to see constantly are gaps. We’re constantly going to see what there is to do and it can be overwhelming and we miss the celebration. If we want to feel good and acknowledge ourselves for how far we’ve come we have to turn around. Metaphorically look backwards and see how far we’ve come and that’s the gain. So he talks about Gain and Gap and I’m always like all right that was good. Now what’s next? And I have to slow down and even say to people we’re celebrating or I’m going to pop some champagne or we’re going to dinner or dinner’s on me because I want to really acknowledge this win in my life that for example my health has been pretty rough for quite a while and I went out three times last week to go and be with people and get limbic connection and that’s a win. So we can slow down and celebrate that and say wow look how great that is instead of looking forward to go there’s still so much to do health wise to heal. So does that answer your question?

Joe: It does. Thank you. Have you got any quick tips for those that are too afraid to hire a personal and business and life coach; have you got any quick tips in terms of somebody that’s caught up in that grind every single day just trying to keep the wheels on the bus and not run out of inventory and deal with the coronavirus now and tariffs and so on and so forth? How do they kind of slow down and focus and appreciate what it is that they’ve got so that they can look forward with a clear vision?

David: Yeah well I would recommend filling in the life assessment at PlayforReal.life. It’d take you five or 10 minutes and it’s great information to have about your life. And then you can see oh maybe I want to work on the real goals, I’m going to sit down and do an hour session with myself and set some specific measurable targets that will have me feel great. So that’s one thing. I like to talk about truth and daring in particular.

Joe: I played that as a kid.

David: Yeah well that’s Truth or Dare.

Joe: I know, I know.

David: I like truth and dare. I don’t know if those are quick tips but I think the more we speak out truth the better life gets the more attractive we get. We might rock the boat a few times and have some teething pains but I think…

Joe: So speaking the truth to those around you, to yourself, is a daring thing to do?

David: Most of us have grown up learning to hide things. We learn it covertly and subconsciously. We’re like I’m just going to keep all this stuff in here and I’ll show the world what’s safe. And I get that and sometimes that’s appropriate. But nine out of 10 times I think it separates us and a great leadership move and personal growth move is to share the things that are a little edgy. Hey when you said that I felt disappointed or I notice I want us to feel better working together and it feels strange and I don’t know what it is to talk about it.

Joe: It’s hard to initiate that.

David: Yeah.

Joe: How do you initiate that? I remember I was a kid; I was in my 20s and I was volunteering at this theater in Portland, Maine and doing a massive renovation. It was going to end up being a concert venue and I volunteered to work my tail off so that I could become an employee of the company when it finally opened. And I got that opportunity and it really pissed off somebody else and we weren’t done yet. We still had another three or four weeks and that person he could have been bumping into me with his shoulder because he was so upset he would have. It was that kind of you know mental stare and whatnot and finally I just said hey what have I done to upset and offend you? And it was hard for me to figure out what to say but it worked and we became friends afterwards oddly enough. And so I did; I was truthful and confronted him I dared to and it worked out very well but it’s very hard to do.

David: Yeah.

Joe: How do you bridge that gap and say it?

David: Well the biggest obstacle is most people aren’t even aware of those troops that are swimming around in their subconscious. They’re just like that guy’s a dick. Or that I don’t like her or I’m just not going to work with him again. He’s unreliable, right? We don’t even see that I could speak up and possibly change this. So that’s the first thing is become aware of it. And I’m working on an app called it; that will help you do a true thought to try and work out oh what are the truths that I could say if I felt courageous? Secondly once you work it out say it’s like that guy and you’re feeling like things are strained and you want to bring up the conversation, the thing that gets in the way is lack of clarity. You’re not aware yet what your hope or intention is like what’s the good that could come out of it? You haven’t generated that yet. So it’s a bit murky. You’re not totally clear what you’re afraid of. It’s probably something like he might get defensive or it might be really awkward and might make things worse. But that’s not clear in the mind. So I have a free download on the on the website. It’s called A Four Step Tough Conversations Blueprint and the worksheet will help you get clear, it’ll even ask you is there a request you could make; something they could do that would improve the situation? so you get clarity then you’re going to be much more likely to have the conversation because like oh now I know what’s going on. Before I was just this jumble of I just didn’t like what was happening. Then once you got the clarity you can follow the four steps which give you to them in a nutshell. You asked permission, don’t just dump the conversation; can I talk to you about something for a few minutes? You share one hope and one fear. My hope is that we’ll feel more connected after it because I’m feeling like things are a little strange now my hesitation is I might make it worse. But are you willing; can I share the issue? And then three you share the issue and make your request. My request would be just that you let me know what’s going on or if there’s any way I can improve the situation.

Joe: You make it sound very easy.

David: Well I’ve had a lot of practice doing them and talking about it and the worksheet really does make it a lot easier. I’m not saying you’re not going to feel uncomfortable and I’m not saying there isn’t risk. That’s what makes it a little bit exciting but your chances of it going better are much clearer because you’ll have the steps. You can even take a printout with you and say I wrote down some talking points because I wanted to do a good job at this. And then the step four; super important, is get curious and listen. How is this from your side? What are you experiencing? Do you have a better idea than what I do? And then you shut up and you listen and then you’ll work it out together.

Joe: I love it. Can you summarize for us as we’re wrapping up and running out of time how is it David that this is helpful for people in business; the entrepreneurs that are here in the audience?

David: Oh my God. It’s helpful for everyone but specifically in business you want your staff to be motivated and empowered. I had my assistant quit out of nowhere. She did only three things that weren’t working for her and she didn’t have the training as most people don’t know how to speak up. She didn’t even consider a conversation was possible. So by you learning these techniques and practicing it you can model it for others so that you can have more communication among your team. You become more attractive as a leader. You’re going to build more loyalty that people want to work with you. They will have a sense that they can trust you. You’ll have more customers because your energy is going to shift. And they’ll be like oh wow; like Ezra, right? I say one of the reasons that people go and pay and be part of Blue Ribbon Mastermind is because of who Ezra is and how he shows up. And he’s learned how to have these conversations and speak truth. So if we had more time I could probably go into 10 more benefits but here’s one final benefit. You will feel better and you will like yourself more if you’re speaking truth.

Joe: Yeah that’s a pretty huge benefit, that’s called being happy. So I’m going to go ahead and download it myself. I know you and I are going to chat personally next week and I’m very confident that I will actually become one of your clients and maybe we’ll have you back on and talk about my personal experience and how we went through that process and what it’s made; a difference for me, in my life here at Quiet Light Brokerage. All right. Any last minute thoughts and then of course again the URL at how people reach you if they want to touch base and possibly have a coaching session or just learn more from what you do on the website.

David: Yeah. Thank you. So my last thoughts are you’re doing great; wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, life is incredibly complex. I’m going to do a rant sometime on this. Things are designed to break down. That’s how it’s going to work. And you made it this far. You’re doing great. You don’t need anything else. That’s the number one thing. Secondly there’s always room for more; for things to be better. That’s the game I’m playing. How I do better and get the most out of this this life. And so if you want to practice speaking a truth more maybe having a few tough conversations I think that’ll help. Setting goals and really we didn’t talk about laser focused action but those are some things that can help. My invitation, if people want to find out more or get in touch with me PlayforReal.life is my website and there are three cool things you can do at that site all at the same link. One you can download this blueprint if you want to have a blueprint; a roadmap for your tough conversations. Secondly I have my own podcast if you want to listen to me as well as Joe. I’ve got Tough Conversations with David Wood, you can subscribe at the website. And the third thing if something resonated for you on this call and you’ll like I want life to be better. I want business to be better and if you think you might be coachable like you’re open to input see if you qualify for a discovery session. If you qualify I don’t charge for that one because it’s fun and too because it’s how I find the right people to work with long term. We’ll actually dive into your life and business and create a plan. And if you want to implement it on your own, keep me posted. Let me know how it goes and if we both believe that coaching can have a big impact we’ll talk about setting up coaching and that’s all at PlayforReal.life.

Joe: All right. Well I’m looking forward to it myself David. Thanks for coming on the show I appreciate it. And I hope you can help a lot of people in the audience just be happier in life and happier and more successful in business. Thank you very much.

David: My pleasure Joe. Thank you.

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