David Wood is the host of the The Kickass Life Podcast. He is a Business Leader, Author, Trainer, Coach and Humanitarian who has lived, traveled and worked in over 50 countries and brings his passion for people, culture and the unknown to everything he does. As a business leader he has grown multiple multi-million dollar companies. As a Trainer and speaker, he brings his global experience and deep understanding of the human condition to create some of the most dynamic, engaging, fun and effective trainings, courses and events. As a coach, David is internationally recognized as “The Trainers Trainer” and works with thousands of trainers, teachers and educators, and has a goal to personally train 10,000 trainers who are committed to delivering transformational work. As a Humanitarian, David is a spokesperson, fundraiser and advocate for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. David would tell you, however, that his greatest accomplishment is being the father of his two boys, Calvin and Ben.
In his own words:
Looking back over my lifetime, I’ve selected just a few sound bites that adequately share a journey of almost 50 years and millions of miles on planes, trains, cars, sailboats, fishing boats, camels, horseback and a unicycle.
After my mother and father went their separate ways when I was 7 years of age, it became very clear that if I wanted anything, I had better be prepared to work for it. So by 11 years of age, I had two paper routes, cleaned cars, worked in a store on Saturdays, and bred and sold guinea pigs and rabbits. (Which were easy to breed and not always as easy to sell.)
Can’t say that I ever loved school, and at age 15 my history teacher Mr Orsler sat me down and told me of a few things that he said he was certain of. He was certain that I would “never amount to anything”, and would end up on the streets or in jail. It would not be appropriate to share my reply to his comments; however I did leave school that day, and never looked back.
I worked really hard for the next few years, running pubs (under age), restoring antiques, picture framing, and starting my own businesses; window cleaning, chimney sweeping, landscaping, decorating, and importing cars. I had even joined Amway and dabbled in network marketing, amongst other things. I had bought my first house, fallen in and out of love, and was loving life at the ripe old age of 20.
Around this time I left England with 12 buddies on a one week vacation to Tunisia, North Africa.
One week later as my buddies were boarding the plane to go home, I decided to stay and see how far I could travel on the $2000 US that I had left stuffed into a money belt, jammed down the front of my pants.
As their plane took off, I became incredibly emotional, I could not speak Arabic, I knew nothing about the culture and traditions and I had no real grasp on where I was in the world. Petrified, I locked myself in my hotel room for a week, my constant companion was the feeling of fear and anxiety that consumed my every waking moment.
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Over time the fear passed, and my traveling journey lasted over ten and a half years and close to 40 countries. I met so many incredible people who wove themselves into my living tapestry as I experienced some of the world’s most beautiful places and most fascinating people.
In 1989 I arrived in Canada, and after sleeping on a roof the first night, I began to realize that I had found the country that would become my home. I worked in hotels cleaning rooms, as a cook, a waiter, a commercial diver, and finally I was introduced to Network marketing again, which changed the course of my life forever.
Although I did not do well in my first company, I was introduced to a second company that offered a three day personal development training, which included reading the book “Think and Grow Rich.” As I began to expand my belief in myself, my income went from $4 an hour working as a waiter, to over $10,000 a month. I remember thinking that no one on my life had ever told me that I was worth $10,000 or more a month. It was a great revelation.
A year later this company was closed down and I was forced to start over again, only this time I knew that I was in control of how much I would earn each month.
Over the next decade I was able to build multiple million and multi-million dollar companies in many different arenas, including hospitality, distribution, real estate and being a President and CEO of a network marketing company.
Ten years after attending my first personal development program, with my marriage on the rocks, I was asked to attend a fully experiential, five day program offered by the world’s largest and fastest growing personal development company, Peak Potentials Training.
“the two most important days in your life are the day that we are born, and the day that we discover why.” – Les Brown
During the program, I watched as Harv Eker masterfully trained, and I witnessed first hand the power of experiential, whole brain learning. Suddenly I discovered why I had been born.
Harv Eker and I worked together for almost three years, and I was fortunate to work on some of the world largest stages with audiences of all sizes.
This last decade of my life has being dedicated to working with some of the worlds premier trainers, business minds and thought leaders, and to developing my own unique brand of personal growth.
Designing and leading programs is such an honor, and I am proud of the programs that me and my team offer, including, The Enlightened Training Circle, Journey to the Stage, The Art of Connection, Good to Great, Beyond Courage, Mastering the Stage, Powerful Presentations, The University in Action and so many more.
I have gained the reputation as the “Trainers Trainer”, and dedicate a vast-majority of my time in training, coaching and developing trainers, speakers and educators.
I have a personal goal to train 10,000 trainers and help them bring their gifts to the world in a real and authentic way.
As the proud father of my two beautiful sons Calvin and Ben who are and will remain my greatest teachers, I know that my journey has only just begun.
Thanks for stopping by.