The Kickass Life Podcast with David Wood

The Kickass Life Podcast with David Wood


Teaching you how to squeeze the juice out of life and improve all aspects: wealth, health, happiness and relationships


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 Covey

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, 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 Adams

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 Earth

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: Song Today: Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday  

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 Ireland.

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: Facebook:  

320 – Peak Mindset To Create Your Ideal Life – Andy Murphy – Personal Development Series  

Today David is excited for the opportunity to be chatting with Andy Murphy.  Andy is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistics and Mental Performance. He is an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer and Coach using cutting edge psychological tools blended with his own 21st century version of eastern philosophy to help global clients excel to their full potential. Today Andy will talk about: What it means to have a Peak Mindset. How we are ALL affected by society. His journey and how his life changed. What Neuro Linguistics is, who uses it. Making new connections using your brain, re-programing your brain. The importance of expanding your belief. Steps to follow to have a Peak Mindset and the importance of gratitude. What an amazing show! Andy is very passionate about Neuro Linguistics and how he can help people all over the world.  He will share his beautiful design for his future and every day, his grandmother’s advice and his amazing energy he has for life! Useful Links: Andy’s podcasts  To learn more about Network Marketing check out  David’s Network Marketing Mythbusters on youtube here.   Also register and get your 12 Free Videos 

319 – Thandie Newton – ‘Self’ vs. ‘Oneness’ – Personal Development Series  

In today's show David will discuss  Thandie Newton's TED Talk and how our beliefs that are formed and how we can embrace 'otherness'  and 'oneness' to explore, grow and change and to be our best and live life to its fullest. Thandie and David will discuss: Our 'oneness' vs. 'separateness' How the 'self' that we design, becomes the vehicle through which we experience the world How the 'self' and our belief that is designed by others is not our vehicle and not our truth, but is something that we can and should change in order to find a 'self' that fits How the 'otherness' and the desire to be a part of something affects our mind as we want to fit in How dance and acting gave Thandie insight and the deep insight into other lives and emotions How we never enter into our authentic self when we act out to win the approval of others How 'race' simply comes from our desire to create difference How 'oneness' becomes possible through awareness and how critical that is to find our purpose and live life at it's fullest How the lack of 'self' is how we find our truest self, authenticity, and purpose Quote for today: "I had a degree from Cambridge and was an actor.  But my life was a car crash." - Thandie Newton Links for today: Songs today: Your Song - Elton John Candle In the Wind - Elton John I'm Still Standing - Elton John  

318 – Dr. John Gray – Building Healthy, Wonderful Relationships  

Joining David today is a great friend and a renowned throughout the world as the best selling Author for almost a decade for his book “Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus”, selling over 50 million books, our guest today is Dr. John Gray, John is a Master Trainer, Author, Humanitarian and Professional Network Marketer. Today John will talk about: About his book “Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus”, and what inspired him to teach and write this book. John’s beautiful journey of teaching, becoming a writer becoming a Hindu Monk, teaching Yoga, mediation and his role model, Maharishi and what he learned from him. A sneak peak of a few things women like and why men and woman are so different and sexual attraction. People’s hormones and how they are going out of balance. John is truly amazing to listen too, you learn about his life journey to date and some great tips from his books on building healthy wonderful relationships. Be sure to listen in! Useful Links:

317 – Living Beyond Limits – Amy Purdy’s Amazing Journey, Story & Triumph  

Imagine if your life were a book and you were the author? What story, what great adventure would you be writing yourself into and what actions would you be taking every day to bring it all to life? Included in today's show, David discusses Amy Purdy's journey who has been a stellar example of living beyond limits and has been in the Olympics, TED Talk, Dancing with the Stars! A wonderful and inspiring story and show! On Todays Show: Unveiling Adversities Secrets Choosing how Long You Need to Overcome Adversity Amy Purdy’s Story Amy’s Low Point and How it Propelled Her Why Someone Who Loses Limbs Decides Not to Have them Back Your Challenge to Write Yourself onto a Great Adventure Amy Purdy’s TED Talk Todays Songs: Walk with you – Ann Reed Forgot my Shoes – Ann Reed Telling Stories – Angelika Dusk Telling Stories – Tracy Chapman Dirty Little Secrets - Telling Stories Today's Quotes: "The obstacles are not there to keep us out, they are there to see if we want it bad enough." - Randy Pausch "Borders and Obstacles can Only do One of Two Things Stop us in Our Tracks or Unleash Our Imagination." - Amy Purdy

316 – Dr. Lance Wallnau – The Power of Faith and Being a Level 10 Leader  

Today David is chatting with a close friend and one of the world’s thought leaders Dr. Lance Wallnau.  Lance is a world-class trainer and consultant. What do best selling author Ken Blanchard, former president of the Ritz Carlton, Horst Schulze, the youngest Trump apprentice and Supermodel Kim Alexis, and The KickAss life host David Wood all have in common? They all agree that Lance Wallnau has impacted their lives. Today Dr. Lance Wallnau will talk about: Why our Nations are struggling and how he can influence top leaders in society to help to create a bigger world from the top down. Dealing with stereotypes we all have. Living in fear and what helps us to deal with this fear. His life before he has impacted so many lives and his faith. What you can learn living as a Level 10 Leader. What a great show!  Be sure to listen in to Dr. Wallnau  as he shares passion in helping others and some great stories. Useful Links:

315 – The Five Minute Challenge – David T.S. Wood  

David shares the secret of his own success by sharing how to use goal setting to unleash your personal power and to move you into a life that is currently only a wish or a dream.

314 – Unleash the Power of Goal Setting – David T.S. Wood  

David shares the secret of his own success by sharing how to use goal setting to unleash your personal power and to move you into a life that is currently only a wish or a dream.

313 – Mike Dooley – Have Your Dreams Show Up Every Day – “Notes From the Universe”, The Secret, and  

“Have your dreams and show up everyday”. We are excited today for you to be joining David while he chats with his very dear friend Mike Dooley about life, religion, philosophy and success. Mike Dooley’s Adventure Club ( is enjoyed in 200 countries by 500,000 fellow adventurers daily, his New York times best selling books have been translated into 25 languages and his appearance on the International phenomenon ‘The Secret’ helped the world understand that “Thoughts do in fact become things”!  On today’s show Mike will talk about: How old he was when he started to ask BIG questions and whom he could share this with. The nature of reality, and applying this in every aspect of his life. The importance of asking the HARD questions. How POSTIVE thoughts will always out weigh the NEGATIVE. Spiritualty and Religion. Great advice on how you can achieve clarity, power and happiness. The Notes from the Universe. You don’t want to miss this interview, Mike Dooley’s language is beautiful and this show could change your life.  Be sure to listen to the end! Useful Links Notes from the Universe Website

312 – Pat Flynn – How to Create a Smart Passive Income & Why It Matters  

David interviews one of the biggest influencers of the “You can do it…work from home and spend more time with your family” movement.  Pat Flynn went from a desk job as an architect, to creating an online empire, and is now one of the most sought-after speakers in the blogging and podcasting industry.    Today Pat talks about: Losing his job he loved and where he is today. The importance of connecting with the right people. His passion for helping others to create their own success. Having a passive income and residual income and what this means. His income and why he shares this with everyone. Why he does everything ONLINE. What LEED  - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and how you can take this exam. His ebooks “The Smart Way” What a great show, Pat is known as the HONEST network marketer, he shares his amazing story of how he started to build his online successful business and how you too can start creating your empire at Useful Links:

311 – Jack Canfield – The Success Principles, What Makes Him Happy & Giving Back  

“Taking Action” Today David is chatting with an amazing friend and one of his favorite people, Jack Canfield. Jack truly walks his talk!  He is America’s leading success coach and author of close to 250 books, including the bestselling blockbuster “The Success Principles”, shares his road to success, including some of his most challenging moments and darkest hours. Jack’s ability to deliver proven strategies for success that are both simple and effective is such a rare gift that you may find yourself listening to this show over and over again. Today Jack will share;  Where he is today AND how he got there. Doing what he loves to do and what makes him HAPPY. The importance of following your heart and what questions to ask yourself to make this happen. A few steps to create a vision, setting goals and find out your purpose and moving in the right direction. Avoid negative toxic people. The importance of volunteering and giving back! Creating a habit and ensuring everyone around you is supporting you. Why you should read and meditate and what this will do for you. Jack’s ability to deliver proven strategies for success that are both simple and effective is such a rare gift that you may find yourself listening to this show over and over again. The Success Principles HOW TO GET FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE! The Success Principles® is a roadmap for anyone—from marketing professionals to small business owners, and from teachers to students and parents—striving to achieve their professional and personal dreams and goals. Touching on every aspect of our lives, Jack Canfield offers 64 practical and inspiring principles to get any aspiring person from where they are to where they want to be. Get The Success Principals Here Other Books By Jack Canfield: Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams by Jack Canfield The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield Maximum Confidence: Ten Secrets of Extreme Self-Esteem by Jack Canfield Coaching for Breakthrough Success: Proven Techniques for Making Impossible Dreams Possible by Jack Canfield Tapping Into Ultimate Success: How to Overcome Any Obstacle and Skyrocket Your Results by Jack Canfield The Power of Focus Tenth Anniversary Edition: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Confidence and Certainty by Jack Canfield The Success Principles for Teens: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield Self-Esteem & Peak Performance by Jack Canfield Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack Canfield   Useful LINKS Website: Facebook: Twitter:

310 – Marci Shimoff (from The Secret) – The Formula for Happiness & How to Reset Your Happiness Point (Chicken Soup for the Soul)  

Marci Shimoff, author in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and featured teacher in the global phenomenon, "The Secret", shares her wisdom and learnings on how create sustainable happiness in our lives and deal with adversity when it challenges us.

309 – Jim Kwik – Learn Anything Faster!  

Jim Kwik is CEO of Kwik Learning and Founder of SuperHero You, and is a sought after keynote speaker and trainer of TOP business organizations and Universities worldwide. He has shared the stage with Sir Richard Branson and his Holiness the Dalai Lama among other notables.  Jim Kwik joins David Wood as they speak about how to maximize your superpower brain, navigate the information overload, and unlock true genius to live and lead a KickAss life. Today Jim will share:  His love for reading and why. Information Fatigue Syndrome and what this is and doing to so many. The importance of HOW to learn. About the 5 obstacles of effective reading What he learned from a close friend at 18 years old. About SuperHero you and what this means to Jim and what this can do for you. You don’t want to miss this great show!  Jim’s QUOTES are so inspiring and he is truly an expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance and accelerated learning.  He is beautiful to listen to and we guarantee you will learn from him. Useful Links:

308 – Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements  

  Don Miguel Ruiz, born the youngest of 13 children in rural Mexico, grew up believing that ANYTHING was possible. A near fatal car crash changed the course of his life from a surgeon working on the brain, to a Shaman working on the mind, heart and spirit. Inspired by the struggle his students had to quiet their minds, he wrote the book, “The Four Agreements”, which spent a staggering 7 years on the New York Times Bestseller list. Miguel is respected throughout the world receiving numerous recognitions for his contributions to humanity, including a US Air force Challenge Coin engraved with The Four Agreements. Join David as he and his friend Miguel, discuss “The Truth” and how it is possible for everyone to discover, and live in happiness. Join Don Miguel Ruiz: Teotihuacan, Mexico June 19-23, 2014 ...or... Oaxaca, Mexico June 23-37, 2014 Books from Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Audio CD Edition) (Kindle Edition) How to connect with Don Miguel Ruiz:    

307 – Les Brown – Unlock Your Personal Greatness  

Be ready to laugh – Today David is excited to be chatting with his good friend Les Brown, whose straight-from-the-heart, high-energy, passionate message motivates and engages everyone who listens, to step into their greatness and live their dreams.  Les Brown is the number one motivational speaker in the world, a renowned speech coach, and best-selling author. Today Les will share:  Going from poverty to earning $125,000 for one speaking engagement. How he was able to beat the odds and regain his health after being diagnosed with Cancer of the spine. The power of positive relationships. Motivational quotes he loves A little peak of what he teaches his audiences What an amazing show, Les & David together will make you laugh out loud!  Les is inspirational and his story is beautiful. Books: - Live Your Dreams: Say "YES" to Life by Les Brown (Kindle Edition) - It's Not Over Until You Win: How to Become the Person You Wanted No Matter What the Obstacles by Les Brown (Audio CD) - Up Thoughts for Down Times by Les Brown - Step Into Your Greatness by Les Brown (CD/DVD) - Fight For Your Dreams: The Power of Never Giving Up by Les Brown Useful Links: Twitter: @LesBrown77 Facebook:  

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