Category Archives: Personal Development

100 – David T.S. Wood & Ben Wood – FISH! – What We Can Learn to Improve Results from a Fish Market – Personal Development Series

David and Ben Wood 2A Father and Son Collaboration: As promised, David brings his son, Ben back to do another book report for us. Ben begins by sharing his experience in the Seattle Fish Market which is the setting for the book he is reporting on today. He goes through the four important elements of the book, and describes each one of them. They are:

1. Choose your attitude.
2. Play and Have Fun
3. Make their Day
4. Be Present

You will enjoy not only the book report, but also, the fresh point of view of a 14 year old who makes all this relevant to his life, while making us do the same.

FISH!, The national bestseller… inspired by the amazing learning film.
By Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen

Filled with timeless wisdom for anyone in any field or career level, FISH! is one of the most popular business parables of all time. Millions of people around the world use its practical truths to improve customer service, build trust and teamwork, bolster leadership and increase employee satisfaction. They also use these ideas to strengthen personal relationships, and to live with greater purpose and happiness.

Tune in, sit back, and ENJOY!

Don’t Bring Me Down by Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
Hold On Tight by Electric Light Orchestra
Telephone Line by Electric Light Orchestra

097 – John Maxwell – The Power of Influence – Personal Development Series

John MaxwellWhat an amazing show! Today David talks about Leadership, and shares with us bits of a recording from his friend, the exceptional John Maxwell. David explains the 5 Leadership myths:

1) The Management myth
2) The Entrepreneurial myth
3) The Knowledge myth
4) The Pioneer myth
5) The Position myth

John Maxwell talks about one of the most important laws of Leadership: “The law of Influence”. He tells a beautiful, funny, and meaningful story about real leadership and influence. How the “Position” doesn’t make the “Leader”, but the “Leader” makes the “Position”! John explains through his story how the one with influence truly has the power. John and David bring up the example of Lady Di, and the Royal Family, and how Lady Di had the real power because she was the one who had “The Influence”. Tune in and enjoy today’s show, and learn how anyone can Learn to become a leader.

John Calvin Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 70 books, primarily focusing on leadership. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, coach and speaker; he is an internationally recognized leadership expert. John Maxwell is the founder of INJOY, Maximum Impact, ISS and EQUIP, an international leadership development organization working to help leaders. EQUIP is involved with leaders from more than 80 nations. Its mission is “to see effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation.” His leadership philosophy is simple: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Paris by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Twist and Shout by The Beattles
Down Under by Men At Work
Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
California Dreamin’ byThe Mamas & The Papas

“He who thinks he’s leading, but has no one following him, is merely taking a walk.” John C. Maxwell

095 – Shawn Stratton – Leadership & Conflict Resolution – Personal Development Series

Shawn StrattonWhat a fantastic show! Today David is chatting with International team builder, and leadership consultant Shawn Stratton. David and Shawn share invaluable tips about how to be a great leader and where to start.

Shawn talks about his background and explains how he uses expeditions in the wilderness to build teams, and bring out the human element in business colleagues.

Shawn talks about how we tend to hide behind masks in society and how being outside your element, makes the masks come off, and that’s where real personal development, and team building, and leadership can thrive. He then explains how what people learn in the wilderness can be brought into every day work environment; By trying to create an environment for vulnerability!

Tune in and hear David and Shawn share their experiences, and take away a whole lot of valuable tips!

Shawn Stratton is an international teambuilding and leadership consultant, bestselling author, an Ironman and a Marathon competitor, and expedition guide. Driven by a love for experiential education, adventure, and leadership, he has devoted 20 years to leading teams, including over 2,000 days of wilderness expeditions into some of the world’s harshest environments, and six years consulting with corporations in team building and leadership development. His first book, Teams on the Edge: Stories & Lessons from Wilderness Expeditions, released in 2013, was an instant bestseller. In 2013 Shawn was also inducted into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows. Stratton is a senior instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and has sat on the boards of various volunteer organizations, which benefit from his dynamic leadership and wide range of teambuilding expertise.

Shawn lives in Calgary, with his wife, Alexandra, and two young daughters, Sierra and Trinity. We’re excited that he is with us today.

Teams on The Edge by Shawn Stratton
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’’t by Simon Sinek  (Kindle Edition with Audio/Video)

“Don’t let anything live rent-free in your head.”
“It wouldn’t be an adventure if you knew the ending.” Shawn Stratton

How to Play with Shawn:

093 – Zach & Eden Slobin – Their Love For One Another Made Them Choose The Freedom That Network Marketing Provided!

Eden & Zach SlobinYou don’t want to miss today’s show! David’s guests Zach and Eden Slobin tell their moving story from disbelief to faith. They tell us about the role Network Marketing has played in their lives, and its contribution to their love story. Tune in for tips and revelations on how to be successful in this wonderful profession.

Zach and Eden Slobin launched their network marketing business in  March of 2013. In just 4 short months, though their results are not typical**, they were able to free themselves from Corporate America while replacing their Six-Figure Incomes.

Along with creating a multiple six figure income with their company, they have also been chosen as START Ambassadors. The START group consists of over 20,000 young entrepreneurs ages 18-35 and is designed to show today’s younger generation a better way.

In January 2014, Zach and Eden received the “Momentum Award,” recognizing them as one of the fastest growing teams in their company. Most recently, they have been featured in Prosper Magazine and as headline trainers with their company at Regional Events and this past August were honored to train at their Annual Company Convention in front of over 10,000 people.

Zach brings with him an 8-year history in the profession of network marketing as a Multiple 6-figure earner, Speaker, Trainer, Author and Coach.

Along with Eden’s 10 year background as a highly successful Business Manager and Financial Controller where she was responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars, the two of them together provide a unique combination of skills which allow them to mentor their team to life-changing financial success.

Affectionately known as Team EZ, Zach and Eden believe that life and business can be just that, EZ.

The Science of Deliberate Creation
by Esther & Jerry Hicks
The Big Leap by PhD Hendricks Gay
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Messages of the Masters by Brian Weiss
Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

“Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”

092 – Ben Wood – The Four Agreements – Personal Development Series

David and Ben Wood 2Today 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.” :)

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

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey

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

Simon SinekToday’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, and makes regular guest appearances on MSNBC’s Your Business, among others.


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


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

086 – Sam Horn – How to Create Interest & Connect with Anyone – Personal Development

Sam HornNo matter how good or bad you are at connecting with people, you will take valuable lessons from today’s show’s very powerful tips. Today David teases us with bits of a speech made by the amazing Sam Horn. She gives tips on how to amplify your leadership with clarity, how to Create Interest, and make Eyebrows Move! The secret to life can be resumed in two words: “Deeply Connect”. so make your dreams come true; learn how to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere. She explains the “3-part question”, how to help people relate to what you are trying to explain, and reach commonality. David reminds us: “No matter who you are, you can become a master of connection!”

Sam Horn is the Intrigue Expert, a world-renowned Author, Keynote Speaker, communications strategist, and executive coach who has trained the world’s top entrepreneurs (e.g. EO, YPO, TLC) and executives (e.g. Intel, Cisco, Boeing) how to communicate more clearly, compellingly and convincingly.

She’s served as Pitch Coach for the USA Today Perfect Pitch and British Airways Face2Face competitions, and for Springboard Enterprises – which has helped entrepreneurs receive $5.5 billion in funding. She is the former Executive Director and Emcee of the world-renowned Maui Writers Conference (1992-2009) and has helped hundreds of people (i.e., Charlie Pellerin, Project Manager of the Hubble Telescope) crystallize their message into quality 5C books that scaled their influence, impact and income.

David ends the show with the usual reminder to amplify your lives, live every second to the fullest, and reminds you to go to to get your tickets to his upcoming events before they too get Sold Out!

Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Imagine by  John Lennon
Down Under by Men at work

 by Sam Horn (Kindle Edition)

“I have found if you love life, Life will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein
“Instant gratification takes two long” Carrie Fisher
“Enough about me, what do you think about me?” Bette Midler

083 – David T.S. Wood – How to Develop Thick Skin and Stop Listening to Broke Unhappy People! – Personal Development Series

David T.S. WoodTune in to words of wisdom that will become the base for the new, free, and successful You. Listen to David explain how important it is to reprogram your brain to stop being influenced by envious people. People who desire the same things in life as you do, without having achieved them, and this is what makes their opinions often negative, and discouraging. He reminds you that you are the most important investment in your life!

He closes the show with the same reminder: Crank up the dial on your life!

Pinch me by  Barenaked Ladies
It’s all been done by Barenaked Ladies

“Do what you know in your heart to be right, you’ll be criticized any way You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

References: get the notes from universe

080 – David T.S. Wood – Amplify the leader in you! Leadership is learnt in the fires of life not in a classroom! – Personal Development Series

David T.S. WoodTune in and listen as once again David T.S. Wood lifts us up, motivates us, and teach us! In today’s show, David talks about Leadership and how to recognize it in ourselves in our everyday life because qualities of leadership are born in everything we do; Because we are leading some part of our life, and are setting an example right now. He explains the 5 Levels of Leadership, and what it takes to go from one level to another, to the Pinnacle. Tune in and enjoy the teachings of this great Leader, and be among the first to learn about the fantastic opportunities of working with him in person!!

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Mother Love by Queen
Hotel California by The Eagles


“A Leader is a Dealer in Hope” Napoleon Bonaparte

“Before you are a leader, Success is all about growing Yourself, when you become a leader Success is all about growing Others.” Jack Welch

“In my opinion, in the future you’ll be more disappointed by things you DID NOT do than the things you DID do!” David T.S. Wood

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell

076 – The Power of Thought and Action – Personal Development Series

The Power of The MindYou must listen to this podcast, David is full of positive energy and it is contagious! Today David is inspiring and demanding, he wants us to think of a relationship that we want to have with someone, because that relationship can change something in our lives, or for any other reason … and then look at the actions we have to take to make that happen. David talks about the power of thought and the power of action. He shares with us how he came to realize it and how we can all use it to get where we want to be. He urges us to live in the moment we really are in because that’s the only one that really matters!

Listen in to get a little sneak peak at his upcoming events with some other trainers and leaders … not to give it all away, he did mention a few names like: John Maxwell, Robin Sharma, … you want to know more, tune in, and don’t forget to squeeze the juice out of every second because you deserve it!!

Songs today:
Celebrate! – Kool & The Gang
Celebrate – Uncle Kracker
Celebrate – Kid Rock
Celebrate – Jordin Sparks
I Just Want to Celebrate – Rare Earth

Todays links:

Todays 30 Quotes to Celebrate Life: