327 – Ben Wood – The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz – Personal Development Series
Oct08

327 – Ben Wood – The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz – Personal Development Series

Today David has a very special guest; his 14 year old son, Ben. Those of you who tuned in last week, heard David share a very private and emotional moment, when he discovered that his son had started to lie to him. Today David shares more about how they managed to resolve the problem. Ben tells us about a book that he read to better understand the situation, and improve himself and his life. The book is called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It is a practical guide to personal freedom; it is about 4 agreements that you need to make with yourself to live a better and happier life. The 4 agreements are: 1) Be impeccable with your word: First with yourself, and then with others. 2) Don’t take anything personally. 3) Don’t make assumptions. 4) Always do your best. David takes Ben through these agreements and asks what he thinks they mean. Ben’s most important take away from this book was: Always tell the truth, no matter what. That sounds like something we’ve been hearing from David himself for quite a while: “Tell the truth all the time with compassion.” Songs: Killer Queen by Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen I Want To Break Free by Queen Another One Bites The Dust by Queen Books: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz The Speed of Trust by Stephen...

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326 – Simon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe – Personal Development Series
Sep25

326 – Simon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe – Personal Development Series

Today’s show is about a very important and deep topic! Today David talks about “Trust” and it’s value, “Truth” and it’s liberating powers.  He talks about the Power of trust to make us feel safe! On that topic, David plays us bits of Simon Sinek’s speeches where he talks about trust and leadership. Simon talks about the military and companies, and explains how “Leadership is a Choice not a Rank!” And what makes people want to follow one person vs. another regardless of their rank and/or authority, only because those are the ones that have “Chosen” to look after the people around them. A trained ethnographer and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek has held a life-long curiosity for why people and organizations do the things they do. Sinek is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. He is best known for discovering the Golden Circle and popularizing the concept of Why, the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us. The Golden Circle is a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others. Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, FastCompany, CMO Magazine, NPR and BusinessWeek. Sinek is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, writes his own blog, simonsinek.com and makes regular guest appearances on MSNBC’s Your Business, among others. Songs: Someone Like You by Adele Saving Private Ryan – The Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams People by Barbara Streisand In The Navy by Village People Quotes “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy...

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324 – Celebrate Your Life! Top Tips for an Extraordinary Life – Personal Development Series
Sep05

324 – Celebrate Your Life! Top Tips for an Extraordinary Life – Personal Development Series

We’ve heard it and we know it, but, boy do we need to be reminded every once in a while!! This is exactly what David does for us today, so make sure you don’t miss today’s show! David talks about the importance of celebrating yourself, your friends, your family, and how easily it can be done. The show is full of inspirational quotes from Gandhi to Marilyn Monroe … Listen, get inspired, and crank up the dial on your life! Songs today: Celebrate! – Kool & The Gang Celebrate – Uncle Kracker Celebrate – Kid Rock Celebrate – Jordin Sparks I Just Want to Celebrate – Rare...

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323 – What Does Home Mean To You? (Sir Richard Branson) – Personal Development Series
Jul23

323 – What Does Home Mean To You? (Sir Richard Branson) – Personal Development Series

You don’t want to miss this show! Today, David talks, tenderly, about a great man who has been an inspiration in his life. A man who wants for nothing, and can chose anywhere in the whole world to live, but has chosen a remote island that can house only 40 people, to call home. A man who brings out a sense of honor and beauty in everything he touches. The man is Sir Richard Branson and the story is about his home, his private island, Necker. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label. According to the Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, Branson is the sixth richest citizen of the United Kingdom, with an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion. David reminds you again to crank up the dial on your life and squeeze the juice out of every second. To watch Richard Branson’s story of Necker Island click on the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STCqSXCbbcw Song Today: Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday...

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322 – How to Focus and Follow Through with Les Hewitt
Jul17

322 – How to Focus and Follow Through with Les Hewitt

With more than 30 years experience, LES HEWITT understands the real world of business and the struggle to stay focused. His organization has created and delivered more than 900 workshops and training programs that have been utilized by thousands of executives, managers and sales leaders. Les is also the founder of The Power of Focus Leadership Training Program, a unique focusing system for business leaders who want greater profits, less stress and more time off! The Power of Focus has worked with more than 300 companies in Canada, United States, Australia, the UK and the Republic of...

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321 – Find & Follow your PASSION with Mike Johnston
Jul11

321 – Find & Follow your PASSION with Mike Johnston

To be honest with you, when I heard that I would be interviewing a drum teacher I was not 100% sure whether it would be the kind of show that was suited for The Kickass Life.  What happened next blew my mind. Mike Johnston’s story is so incredibly powerful and his passion oozes out of every word. This is a story of how one man went against the odds and gave up the “high life” as a musician traveling the world, to follow his passion for teaching, and how his passion has turned into a multi-million dollar enterprise that truly inspires others. This was one of those interviews where the end comes way too quickly,  and I was left wanting more. What’s the little voice in your head whispering? And do you have the courage to listen and then follow the path of your deepest passion? Find out how Mike did just that. Video Links Mike’s Drum Lessons:  http://www.mikeslessons.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mikejohnstondrumlessons...

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