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Your Trauma is Not a Barrier, It’s a Window with David Richman (Episode #85)

It’s easy to feel bad when you are not yet the person you want to be. When you haven’t yet developed the habits you desire, or haven’t yet got up and pursued the life of your dreams. David Richman found himself in this position, feeling bad about his smoking habit and his weight. Now an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, athlete, and philanthropist, there are endless lessons to learn from David’s journey through trauma to the life of his dreams. Listen in for proof that it’s never too late to take a step back, assess your life, and make changes that…

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About Our Guest

Today, David uses the lessons learned in his life to enrich and inspire others.  not on what others wanted out of him, but on what he wanted out of life, he went from a sedentary smoker to living the life he always wanted. In his first book, Winning in the Middle of the Pack, David discusses how you can get more out of yourself than ever imagined. And in his second, Cycle of Lives, he shares the interconnected stories of others overcoming obstacles—specifically cancer.

Tune in and find out why your trauma is not a barrier, it’s a window!

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Connect with David on Facebook. Head to Cycle of Lives and engage in a battle against what you know and who you thought you were, and decide that you want to be more than what you have ever been.

Show Notes

[00:01 – 09:08] Opening Segment

  • David shares his background and work 
  • Your traumas are not worse than others
    • Understand the meaning behind what people are going through

[09:09 – 31:37] Your Trauma is Not a Barrier, It’s a Window

  • David introduces his book Cycle of Lives
    • Patricia’s story: A woman who had a really poor cancer diagnosis
    • Traumas that are preventing us to have connections with others
  • The emotional side of trauma and how it is affected by stages of life
    • Tools on how to better talk to people in our lives that are going through things
      • Put your feet on the ground and try to make the best out of your day
  • David’s insights about his book’s reviews
  • Understand the responsibility in what comes from other people
    • We can form a deeper connection by being honest and open
      •  it’s not a win or a loss, it’s what we can learn 

[31:38 –  53:11]   Connect in a Deeper Authentic Level

  • Why you should get out of yourself and be okay with not knowing all the answers
  • How David understood it was about fixing himself and not everything around him
  • There is a place on the internet created to bring out our best impulses and our collective genius. Visit Goodness Exchange and get unlimited access to exclusive news and bonus content!
  • David’s outlook on his book Cycle of Lives
    • You are who you’re choosing to be
    • Life is so much better when you try to interact and grow 
      • I don’t know anything because there’s always something to learn
  • The reasons why people prefer not to talk about hard situations
    • The world of trauma: not being or feeling safe 
  • David shares his thoughts about assuming good intentions instead of bad intension

[53:12 – 1:03:58] Closing Segment

  • David discloses the connections between Cycle of Lives and Winning in the middle of the Pack
  • Be able to have the presence and take an honest assessment of who we are
  • Forgive yourself for not being the person you thought you were going to be

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