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In this episode, Founder of Focus.CEO, David Wood, talks about his new book, Mouse in the Room: Because the Elephant isn’t Alone.
Today, David talks about the importance of naming your mice, the hurdle of instant gratification and being unapologetically authentic. What does it mean to have 30% more courage?
Hear about the art of dealing with rejection, when not to follow your courage, and get David’s advice to his younger self, all on today’s episode of The Healthy, Wealthy & Smart Podcast.
- “A lot of us are putting on, unconsciously, an act for the world because we don’t want to get in trouble, and we don’t want to be uncomfortable, and we don’t want to make the other person uncomfortable, so we say what’s going to fit into a nice box.”
- “You can choose the discomfort of wearing a mask or the discomfort of telling the truth.”
- “If you don’t ask, you’re already starting with a no.”
- “Every time you name a mouse, it gives you a chance to increase your confidence and belief in yourself.”
- “You can have anything you want in life if you’re willing to ask 1000 people.” – Byron Katie
- “Start writing things down, knowing that you don’t have to do anything on those pieces of paper.”
- “You’re already doing things right. You got this far. You don’t need fixing.”
- “At times it’s going to get very hard. It might get so hard that you don’t know if you’re going to make it, but you do.”
More about David Wood
David is a former consulting actuary to Fortune 100 companies. He built the world’s largest coaching business, becoming #1 on Google for life coaching and coaching thousands of hours in 12 countries around the globe.
As well as helping others, David is no stranger to overcoming challenges himself, having survived a full collapse of his paraglider and a fractured spine, witnessing the death of his sister at age seven, anxiety and depression, and a national Gong Show! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgKwAJieQes).
He helps business owners and leaders become the badass leaders people want to follow, creating more authenticity, connection, confidence, and revenue.
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Hey, David, welcome to the podcast, I am happy to have you on to talk about, amongst other things, a new book release that’s coming out today, which is for people not listening. Today is June 13. So we will definitely get to the book, and we’ll get to a lot of other things. But thank you so much for coming on.
My pleasure. And it’s nice to meet you.
Yeah, it’s great to meet you as well. So I guess I let the cat out of the bag a little too quickly. We’re gonna get to the book towards the end. But let’s get to the book in the beginning. And at the end, how’s that sound? Yeah, so tell us the name of the book. And I will hand the mic over to you to give us a little snippet.
Sure. And the I would have mentioned the book because it’s going to fit in with the topics we want to talk about, like courage, and practicing deliberate discomfort. The books called the mouse in the room, because the elephant is not alone. And I’m writing this book, because we all know about that expression, the elephant in the room, you see it, I see it, no one’s saying anything. Well, that’s just weird. And I think we should all address the elephant in the room. But for most of us, many creatures in the room are much more subtle. They’re not as huge as an elephant, maybe it’s something that I see in you don’t see it, or I don’t know, if you see it. I think a lot of us are actually putting on unconsciously an act for the world, because we don’t want to get in trouble. And we don’t want to be uncomfortable. And we don’t want to make the other person uncomfortable. So we say what’s going to fit into a nice box. The problem is when we do that, we can feel disconnected from the world, we can feel more isolated, lonely. And people won’t trust us as much, they won’t know why. They’ll just know something’s off because this person isn’t being real. So we’re writing, we wrote mouse in the room, so that people can start to notice their mice and go all I’m actually upset about that. Or I have a desire I haven’t mentioned or I have a confession mouse over here, or you know what, there’s some appreciation I need to bring into this space here. When people identify their mice, and then artfully name them, so that they can come into more connection, more intimacy. And then through more trust, there’s good business application to people are going to want to work with you and buy from you and, and follow you as a leader. They may not necessarily know why. But they’ll be like, Oh, this person’s real. This is someone I can count on. So there’s the short version of mouse in the room.
Excellent. And maybe we’ll get into a little bit of those mice later on. But before we get into that, as you were speaking, you had mentioned the word courage. And it I always think that it does take courage to speak your mind. And should we always be speaking our mind? And should we always be using our courage? So why don’t you talk a little bit about how would you say 30% more courage? can double your happiness? We have a lot of people who are entrepreneurs who are listening, so we double your revenue. So what does that mean? Can you break it down?
Yeah. Something my co author said recently that stuck with me was, you can choose the discomfort of wearing a mask, or the discomfort of telling you truth. It’s one or the other. And there’s a lot more upside associated with one of those things. So I love the concept of courage I found as a kid, whenever I didn’t do something that felt right be out of fear. I would like myself a little less. So if I didn’t ask that girl out, or if I didn’t confront that bully, or if I didn’t stand up for myself, I would I just feel smaller. And it’s an icky feeling. I don’t want anyone to have that. Conversely, I discovered that when I am willing to take a risk and do something that’s a little scary, even if I don’t get the result that I wanted, I feel better about myself. It’s like I went for it. An example of this I went to a conference where I was awestruck by the people that I was hanging out with there was like Jack Canfield from chicken soup and John Gray from Mars and Venus and Don Miguel Ruiz is a member and I’m like, Oh my God. And when I left the event, I look back on it and I realized I made four bold requests that terrified me. Like I asked Jack Canfield if you’d be interested in writing a book together. That was very scary. I figured he probably gets about 100 proposals a day for something like that. I asked someone if she wanted to go out with me and have our first date be a trip to Colombia. I asked an obstacle when Oscar winning producer if, like what it would take for me to do a ride along on his next film shoot. These were all scary things. Now. I didn’t get a yes to Everything that I asked for, but I felt complete. I felt like yes, I went for it. They say if you I’m gonna butcher this quote it’s, it’s something about the trivial quote is, if you don’t ask, you don’t get you’re already starting with a novel. That’s the default answer. So I think it behooves us to find our edge like, what is our edge? Is it? If you’re an entrepreneur? Is it asking a celebrity to endorse your product? Is it asking 10 people to be affiliate partners that that you think would never give you the time of day? Is it calling 10 people and asking them to become clients? Because you think you could serve them? I don’t know where your edge is. But each listener needs to find their own edge, like what would feel uncomfortable and a little scary, but could have some great upside. And again, I’ll say the main benefit is you get to feel better about yourself. And as a bonus, you may actually get some yeses, which might surprise you like, Oh, my God, someone said, yes. That’s a bonus.
And do you feel like even if you fail, or even if you get these nose, or even if people don’t give you the time of day? Does it help to boost your confidence? Because you’re asking the question, and you’re putting yourself out there?
I think it absolutely does. And this ties into the book really well. Because if you’re going to name a mouse with someone, you’re going to sit like that what I just mentioned at that conference with desire mice, I had like four desires. And so I named them, I felt better about myself, I felt more confident. And I actually got a yes, one of those four questions got me a yes. And was like, Oh, my God, that’s really cool. So yeah, and what what we did have as a subtitle is, this is your pathway to connection, confidence, and becoming a badass leader that people want to follow. Because if you hide what you’re tolerating, if you hide what you desire, if you hide what you’re ashamed of, then those mice get to breed, and you get more and more of them. And that’s where shame can really thrive. Whereas if you bring yourself to the world and say, Hey, this is who I am, every time you do that, every time you name a mouse, it gives you a chance to increase your confidence and belief in yourself. Because it’s you. It’s like, this is my desire. You don’t want to grant that. Okay. Thanks. Hey, this is something that’s bugging me. Can we change that? No. All right, gave it a shot. We want to get back to like that. That confidence of when we were five years old, for many of us, and we’re able to just go for stuff and we hadn’t been beaten down by life. And people get back in touch with what’s going on inside and then artfully bring it. Now you brought up earlier on? Do we shall we name everything? No. If you go to someone’s house, and it looks like a pigsty and you’re uncomfortable there, maybe you suck it up for 20 minutes until you leave. And maybe they don’t need to know that. Or maybe if you got a gift from someone, maybe you don’t have to tell them. But hey, if they’ve given you that thing, three years in a row, it might be a kindness stood due to speak up. Well, in one of the chapters of the book, we give you a test to work out. Is this worth naming? Is this something that I should bring and could bring? And if yes, how will they artfully do it so that I’m unlikely to trigger a huge response in the other person? And they can be like, Oh, alright, I get where you’re coming from. Yeah, let’s, let’s work that out.
And what do you say to people who may think well, okay, I can have the courage, I can ask all these questions. But I keep getting no, no, no, no, no, no, no. You know, is that going to kind of reinforce this? I don’t want to say, lack of confidence, but maybe reinforce to people that oh, it’s not worth it. I keep asking these questions. I keep getting nose and it reminds me of, let’s say, actors or actresses who go out for parts because they get a lot of rejection. But they keep doing it. Right. So yeah, what do you say to those people who are like I’ve gotten enough nose and I don’t want to get any more nose.
Did you know that eight months ago I started acting now and I started acting eight months ago and in three weeks I’m moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting so I know a bit about this by I have two answers two broad answers to this one is if you’re getting it so you ask Katie says Byron, Katie says, you can have anything you want in life if you’re willing to ask 1000 people. So I think there’s real value in asking 1000 people. And if you ask 1000 people and get 1000 knows, there might be something wrong with the question. So that might be where some coaching can come in. It’s like, how am I asking? And is there a way that I’m, am I selling the sizzle? And this am I like, you know, so there’s two answers, and they’re both true. You want to ask in a way that’s enrolling. But be careful about getting attached to the outcome. This is what people collapse, and I got this from landmark education. A long time ago, people think it’s one or the other, you can be committed to something, I am going to make this happen Martin Luther King, I’m going to free the slaves, Gandhi, I’m going to free India, you can be committed to something. Or you can be unattached, but you can’t be both. And so as soon as they get committed to something, they think they have to get it. And if it’s not coming straight away, or early on, there’s a problem. And I’m going to collapse, I’m going to make it mean something about me. Landmark helped me distinguish the two is that there’s commitment, and then there’s attachment. And they’re two separate things. What if you could be committed to something and how you show up every day is aligned with that? And yet you’re unattached, or if the universe says yes. Now, that’s a powerful place to stand.
Yeah. And that’s something that, you know, I’m a physical therapist. So as a physical therapist, you know, I often tell younger therapists that you can’t detach yourself to the outcomes of your patient. So you can’t be judging your success as a therapist, wholly on the outcomes of your patients. Because sometimes people improve, and sometimes they don’t, which may be wholly out of your control. But you have to show up and do the best you can based on the evidence that you have. So kind of the same line of thinking great.
It’s a really good example. And I heard an expression recently that I decided to steal because it spoke so well to this. You know, a friend of mine said, Oh, well, it sounds like you’re moving the ball further down the field. And I was like, I love that. Because that I can control. I can’t control the goal. I can’t control what other people say or do. I can’t control if I make the sale. But I can move the ball further down the field, I can position it in the best possible way. And I can own Don’t ask 500 or 1000 people. If, if, if they want to buy what I have. Recently, I decided to Oh, it’s happening in acting all the time. Now, if I was attached to getting a yes to every audition, I’d have to give up after two days. Totally. But the way I’m reframing it for myself is those auditions are my performance that is my acting. And so I’m submitting to 100 plus things a week around the country, and most of them I know I’ll never hear back from but I’m playing the long game. I’m playing the law of large numbers. And in the last eight months, I’ve had a yes to playing the lead in a local paid production of Dracula. I got a yes to doing two commercials that I got paid for six short films for them free to have them paid. Now I had to do a lot of auditioning and submitting because I don’t have a lot of experience. And so some of its luck, is keep going until someone says oh, I like the look of you. Let’s get that guy in. And when Jack Canfield came to my live event, he got up there and he spoke about the law of large numbers. You need to ask enough people now sure you ask 1000 people you get to know there’s something about how you’re asking. But don’t give up after five or 10 or 50 100. Don’t be like that kid in the playground. Say hey, do you want to ride on my tricycle? No. Okay. Hey, do you want to ride on my tricycle? No. Okay. Hey, do you want to ride on my tricycle? Be you that’s what the books about like, express yourself. Express your desires. I think at some point someone’s gonna be like, Oh, that sounds pretty cool. Yeah, I’ll do it in you’re like what? Really? I didn’t think I get a yes. And then the next time you won’t be as surprised and you are you’ll hide the shock better.
Yeah, at some point that key fits the lock, right. And I also love kind of that concept of moving the ball down the field a little bit at a time. And I know for myself, I have always been like, well, it needs to happen. If it’s not happening now, then it’s never gonna happen. Or if it’s not happening, the timeline, I perceive something to happen, then that means Oh, well, it’s not going to happen. It’s not for me, and I used to kind of tend to give up a little too easily. But now, I have come to the realization that, like you said, if you move the ball down the field a little bit at a time that it doesn’t have to happen all at once. But as long as you’re making forward progress, and you’re working towards the goal, it’ll happen. Because let’s be honest, we’re living in a now everything has to happen quickly, this social media, quick, quick, quick decisions. And if it doesn’t, then we’re losers.
And that’s a problem for people who want to be successful. Because if there are any good rewards to doing something, let’s suppose you’re going to start a big business selling widgets. If there are any good rewards for their business, it’s not going to be easy to do. Because if it’s easy, then the first three people into the market are going to take all those rewards and, and it’s going to be flooded by people doing the easy thing. And there’ll be less rewards, the rewards are gone. Seth Godin wrote a wonderful book on this called the dip. And if you’re not prepared for any kind of a dip, it might be hard to get any good rewards. Now, don’t go overboard, you might not decide on brain surgery as a career. Because that’s, that’s a really big dip. But if you want to start a business, or go and get a better job, or switch careers, or find a life partner or something like that some of those things are going to have a dip to them. And it’s good to just know that going in and say, All right, roughly, how long are we looking at? Like, if you’re going to start any new business, if you do it well, and work hard, you’re probably looking at at least three years to turn the corner and make a profit. Now, know that going in? And then have someone to remind you, when things look bleak, yeah, this is gonna take some time, you gotta keep going at it. I’ve been doing podcast interviews for three years now. I think I’ve done 300 interviews. And I think I might only just be starting to get some some traction and to get get known. And people like, oh, yeah, that guy from that, you know, from mouse in the room. And now I’m about to launch a book. And, you know, I’ll do six months of beating the bushes, just Yes, a few days ago, I said, decided to reach out to my colleagues and thought leaders and influences. Some of those people are never going to get back to me. They’re not even going to respond and give me the time of day because they’re busy, or I’m not big enough on the totem pole. That takes something to reach out to all those people. I got to screw up my courage and be willing to be uncomfortable, and then put it out there. And then be surprised by who says yes. And who says no.
Yeah. And as we’re talking about courage, are there times when maybe you shouldn’t be following your courage? When are the times that that you say, hey, well, let’s pull back for a second?
Great question. When I was growing up, and I realized I didn’t like feeling small. I started leaning into my fears, and is a name for it. Apparently, it’s so counter phobic. So if you’re afraid of something, you lean into it, and that’s my style. And that produced a lot of benefits and rewards and a lot of growth. But I didn’t know when to say when I didn’t know how far was too far. And you can traumatize yourself, you can burn out, you can push yourself too far. I would go into paragliding and hang gliding because I was afraid of heights. And I’ve had a couple of accidents and even had a slight compression fracture in my spine. Doing a couple of things that were out there. I was afraid of abandonment. So I thought well, let me see what open relationships is like in dating more than one person at once and see if I can conquer this fear. I found that I have limits my nervous system or my psyche has limits that I need to respect and be humble about. So I think it’s about finding your sweet spot. You don’t want to stay in the comfort zone your whole life it gets very uncomfortable over time. You need to find your edge but don’t go way past it to the point where you might be like, you know killing yourself in a motorcycle accident or doing something completely reckless are going on national TV to speak if you haven’t even spoken yet, like find your edge. There’s a sweet spot for each person. Here’s a wonderful exercise It’s very practical, you grab a piece of paper, and right at the top of it, if I was fearless, the big capital I f, if I was fearless, what would I do? And you’re gonna have one page for business and work. This is what I do. This is who I asked, this is what I go for I do a TED talk, I get to blah, blah, blah, blah, and then another page for personal. This might be what I’d say to my partner. This is what I might say to my kids, this is what I might ask for. This is what I might do, I might move to Brazil, I might go cross country and move to Los Angeles to start acting like whatever it is for you. Start writing things down knowing that you don’t have to do anything on those pieces of paper. That’s important. Because otherwise your mind might hide these things from you. You just want to find out what would be edgy. And then you don’t have to do any of it. But you might like to circle two or three things that would be in the right at that edge like yep, that would be uncomfortable. And I think I’d feel proud that I did it. Do those, you can start with those and work your way up to the biggest stuff. Or if you like me do the scariest one first. And everything else is easier after that.
Right? Oh, that’s a great exercise. I have it written down here. So I am going to do it. And it’s almost like a way to open up your mind to more possibilities. Maybe things that you you you didn’t think that didn’t think you could ever even imagine doing but I like that you said listen, you don’t have to do it. But let’s write some stuff down. Just see what comes out of your mind. Because you never know. We start
with awareness. And it’s the same with mouse naming with mouse in the room. You want to become aware of your mice? What are what is going on in your body? What are the confessions that might be looking? What are the desires that haven’t been named? The tolerations. The appreciations, you want to become aware of these? Now you have a choice? Am I gonna name it? Well, let me go through the paint by numbers system in the book and oh, okay, yeah, I could do that. And then you’re gonna name that mouse, there might be another one. You, you weigh it up, and you’re like, alright, I can see the upside. There’s also a downside. Like, if you committed a crime, you might be prosecuted, you might be arrested, you could do jail time, your if you if you cheated on your partner, and you decide to go and name a confession mouse, it could be consequences. So it’s not for the faint of heart to tell your truth. And you don’t have to name all of them. But the book will help you weigh it up and go, Alright, here’s the upside. Here’s the downside. And here’s the downside. If I never seen anything, that’s often what we don’t address. And so then you can factor it and go, Alright, I think I’m just going to call call this person, we’re going to have a chat about it. And we’ll see what comes out of it. Even if it doesn’t go well. Does that mean it was the wrong move? Just because the first round didn’t go well? No. Maybe they need to have their reaction. And then you felt uncomfortable, and you have a bit of space? And then you might say, Hey, can I have a round two? I feel like I could have listened better. And I’d really like to work this out with you. Let’s have another one. And then maybe you surprise yourself and you’re like, Wow, I feel really close to that person. Now, if you really connected now we’ve got a great working relationship. Now for closer to my kid. Now I feel lighter. Because I’m being me in the world. That’s what I want for people.
And can you give an example of maybe a mouse or two that you’ve named for yourself? Just so people have a better idea of like, what is he talking about? When you say saying name name, these mice are named this mouse? So can you give an example or two of maybe a mouse that you’ve named for yourself?
I’ll give you an example of one from last night that I wish I had named earlier. And I kept it to myself for too long. I had a poker game, had some friends over and at one stage someone else arrived to the game and there’s so much commotion and people getting up and noise and whatever. I got anxious. I had a panic feeling. And so, but I didn’t say anything. I just tried to deal with it. I went outside I calmed down a little bit on my own. And then I had the resources to say hey, yeah, I got really activated. And I think I’m okay now but I could have said that in the moment. I said wow, really activate I’m gonna go outside for a little bit with someone come out with me. I could have said that. But I was a little bit too triggered to do it. That’s, that’s um that’s what I would call a maybe a medium sized mouse. was pretty big in the moment effect in the moment was huge. We call them rodents of unusual size. For any Princess Bride fan.
I was just gonna say the RT R O SS. R Us is yes,
yeah, I’m just gonna restart my video because it went all fuzzy for a second. Then there were, you know, bigger ones that might have stayed with you for years, you might have had them for a long time, I was asked by one of my coaches to make a list of anyone I wouldn’t want to pass on the street. Anyone I’d feel uncomfortable seeing or anyone I, I still harbored resentment for. And initially, I’m like, oh, there’s no one. But as we dug in, you know, over time, I came up with a few people, and one of them was a bully from high school, like 20 years earlier, who had just really not treated me well and made fun of me. And we used to be friends. And the coach said, All right, call him. You know, we didn’t have the terminology, name that mouse. But the coach was like, call him and clear it up. And I said, Hell, no. I’m not gonna call this guy after 20 years, he’s gonna think I’m an idiot. And she said, and I’m going to translate it to this language. He said, basically, well, that’s another mouse. So start with that. And I was like, oh, okay, I could do that. So I tracked down his number, and I called him and I said, I’m so worried you’re gonna think I’m a complete idiot for calling you about this after 20 years? And he got curious. He said, Oh, well, what is it? What do you got? What’s going on? I said, you always pushed me around and one off to me, and I tried to one up you, but you were better at it. And I really resented you, and I’m letting it go. You don’t have to do anything. I just thought I’d let you know. And he said, the most mind blowing thing. This was the jerk. Like for 20 years, I’d been treating him as a jerk in my head. He said, Well, what could I say or do now to help you or us move forward? It just blew my mind. And if I can call him and call the girl who dumped me twice in high school, and call the guy who ran the company that I sued, to see if there are any ill feelings, and cold the person that I committed a crime against when I was younger, and I could have been prosecuted by saying, hey, it was me. And I’m sorry, can I make it right? I’ve done that twice. Actually, if I can do that, then just consider what could you do? It might be uncomfortable. And you don’t have to do it without the paint by number system we outlined in the book that’ll make it so much easier for you. But there are really beautiful things on the other side of that discomfort.
Right, so So these, these mice are the mouse that you name is just sort of this discomfort or this uneasy feeling that you’ve been harboring about topic XYZ or person XYZ, you naming it so that you can confront it and move past it.
Yeah, that might be a there might be a healing for me involved. Maybe the other person’s got something going on it that you don’t even know. I had my my brother was getting coached. And they gave him homework to call somebody and name a mouse. And he couldn’t think of anyone and the coach. And the coach said to him, it doesn’t matter how small it is just trust in the homework, go and do it. So he called a girl that he broken up with a year earlier, and said, Look, I just I don’t know if you made it mean anything about you. But I want you to know, that was everything about me. I was not in a space to be in a relationship. And I really think you’re awesome. And just in case you were thinking anything else. I wanted to let you know. And he said the impact on her was unbelievable. She started crying. And she said she’d been thinking that she was a loser because of that whole thing. And he came back to me and said, Look, I got no money. But that call was worth $10,000 to me. This and he was like 22 at the time. He’s like that call was just unbelievable. So the upside of sharing your truth in an artful, ideally blameless way can be extraordinary. Everyone wants to be human. They want to be human and they want to open their heart That’s my belief. That’s my story. Now it’s not going to happen every time you talk with people but even that boss that I called where i i sent a letter of demand and was threatening a lawsuit. We got chatting and he said all look back at the time. It didn’t feel very good. I didn’t Like, depart with the money, but that’s water under the bridge. And I said, Well, how you doing? He told me we never had a personal conversation. He told me about his divorce and what was going on, I felt so close to that guy, I hung up the phone feel like we’re buds now, all of it because I just called to say, is there any hard feelings from them? I’m hoping, hoping not. So it’s it’s a gateway courage in general. And I think particularly courage about the things where we have a bit of charge can be a gateway to connection, confidence, and being the badass leader that people want to follow.
I love it. And where can people find the book gets out today, which is again, yeah, June 13. In case you’re listening to this on the 14th, through the 15th, or whenever,
or whenever, whenever, yeah, go to mouse in the room.com. And there’ll be a link there for you to go to Amazon and get your book, we’ve got a special going. Special going, we’re going to do the Kindle for like something crazy, like 99 cents, because we want to just do a best seller campaign. And so you could get the book for almost nothing, or pay for the you know, pay the 1295 or whatever, whatever for the book. But we’d love you to support the best seller campaign. And the way you can do that is get the book posted on social media that you got the book because it’s good idea to have your friends naming mice with you. It’s hard to do in isolation. But if your friends and the people around you are like, oh, yeah, this is what can I name a mouse with you? Oh, you got a mouse to name with me? Yeah, shoot. That’s what I want for the world. And if you think it deserves a five star review, please leave one because that’s what will help us climb in the rankings and hit that lovely bestseller title, which is really just an excuse to bring people together for a party.
Absolutely. And if people want to get in touch with you, if they have questions, maybe they want to work with you. They want to know how you know where you are in life, where can they find you?
Yeah, there’s a contact form on my website. So mouse in the room.com, might even redirect you to my other website. But then you’ll be able to see contact form, you can request coaching from me, I usually get on the phone with people and we see if, if we’re a fit. And if it makes sense. If you’re interested in mouse naming for your team, or your company, I’m particularly interested in that because we can start shifting the culture and have people sharing their desires and actually not letting things fester. I think it’s wonderful for team building. And so you can reach out through the contact form about corporate trainings, or team team trainings.
Perfect. And before we wrap things up, is there anything that maybe we missed or that you want to really leave the listeners with?
You’re already doing things, right? You got this far, you don’t need fixing. And there can be a lot more connection in the world for each of us. And I found if you can just go through some of those scary places of discomfort and just screw up some courage. There are some beautiful things waiting on the other side. And I will, I could almost promise you that on your deathbed. You’re not going to go I should have stayed quiet. You’re going to say I’m glad I read that book. And I’m glad I spoke up my truth more and more often. And I went in that direction. That’s how to live. We don’t want to watch movies about people hiding their truth and staying small. We want to watch movies about people being themselves in the world. And that’s what I want for the world. I think this is what can really heal the planet is people being more of themselves.
Awesome. And last question I asked everyone and that’s knowing where you are today in your life and in your career. What advice would you give to your younger self?
At times, it’s gonna get very hard. It might get so hard that you don’t know if you’re gonna make it. But you do you know, even because it’s even though it seems like you just can’t make it. You’re stronger than you think. And you will find something new, you will learn a new way to cope. And then you’ll go on and the universe is going to bring you something else. But try to remember when you’re in the middle of it. Okay, it feels like life and death, but usually it isn’t.
I love it. That is great advice. David, thank you so much for coming on to the podcast. I really appreciate it and again, everyone run out, get the book, get it on a Kindle, get it in and something in your hands if you can as well. The book is out today the mouse in the room. David, thank you so much for coming on.
Sure. I’d also say read it to your kids. You want your kids naming mice, you want to name mice with your kids. So, we didn’t talk about parenting, but I think it’s very as a chapter on on mouse naming for parents. So, thank you. I am excited and I appreciate the chance to talk about it.
Pleasure and everyone. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen. Get out there, start naming your mice and have and stay healthy, wealthy and smart.