121: David Wood | Authentic Leadership in Life and Work


A former consulting actuary to Fortune 100 companies – such as Sony Music, Proctor & Gamble, and Exxon – David Wood (@SolutionBox) left his cushy Park Avenue job 20+ years ago to explore both the outer world, and his own inner world.

What We Discuss with David Wood:

  • How childhood trauma impacts individuals differently.
  • Why David left the actuarial arts to become a lounge entertainer, then life coach.
  • What he did to become the top-ranked coach on Google (back in the day).
  • Where you can learn to become a coach.
  • And so much more....

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Unhappy in his marriage, David and his now ex-wife turned to a personal development program with the hope of learning more about themselves, what they wanted out of life and their marriage.

They freaked me out initially. They’re all smiling way too much… I’m going to just get in and out, and I’m not drinking the Kool-aid.” David says.

“But what happened is that they cracked my cynicism. I thought they were just out for my money, but I realized they actually cared about people.” 

From that point on, David was hooked. Vowing to never another course, David found himself in the second level of the program, where he naturally started to coach people. 

If they were stuck, he’d ask ‘what’s it gonna take for you to get unstuck?’

“I think I changed a woman’s life overnight in that course. It was such an amazing feeling to watch her walking on air after 10 years in an unhappy marriage, have her and her husband to have a massive breakthrough, I’m ‘I want more of that!’” Woods says.

So he took the third program because it was promised he’d be trained to become a coach.

He knew he wanted to move back to Australia (from New York), so he quit his job, giving himself six months to discover if there was anything else he’d like to do. If he didn’t find anything he’d look for a position with a familiar role.

During his self-funded sabbatical, he wanted to work as an entertainer, frequenting local restaurants, bars and resorts, while beginning a coaching practice. After six months, he decided to spend all his energy on coaching, and soon realized an opportunity to use his technical capabilities to gain clients through search engine optimization. “I was ranked number 1 4, 7 & 9 on the search engine [for life coaching].” Wood says. 

From there, he started creating products to help clients, then moved into helping other coaches build their business and recently has pivoted back to coaching individuals at a high-level.

Thanks, David Wood!

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