Share Your Gifts to Overcome Adversity

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Over the past few years, every one of us has been through some form of adversity. In fact, many of us have been hit by more than one serious, disruptive challenge. In this “perfect storm”, everything that we have come to trust and believe about ourselves and our lives has come under some form of attack.

    Whether it is an illness, loss of job, erosion of wealth, divorce, or a death in the family, it seems as though the path on our journey has gotten a little more difficult. As we stand here looking into the future, looking for answers, and looking for direction, many of us struggle to find passion, energy, and opportunity.

    Recently, I discovered the harsh reality of my youngest son’s heroin addiction. When I realized how serious my son’s addiction was, I committed everything I had to help him find a path to recovery from his dark and painful place.

    Once I noticed the destructive reality of his addiction on my life, I began to focus on gaining control and clarity in my life while establishing some model of hope for his. I decided to ride my bike for one hour a day for 100 consecutive days. The vision for these bike rides was to get myself to a place where I could be strong for my son when he was present and be even stronger for myself when he was not.

    What I accomplished and learned went far beyond the bike rides. I learned the lessons of responsibility, passion, humility and commitment, experiences I enthusiastically share with others as they work through their own personal adversities.

    The bike rides did bring control and clarity into my life. However, it was in the sharing of my experiences and the inspiration I received from others on this journey that I discovered the power of connecting with others. It was in the realization of the collaborative, transformational power of community that my life was truly changed.

    Regardless of where your life’s journey has taken you, the source of strength for tomorrow resides within you. Whether you realize it or not, you are a gift. Every one of us has been blessed with a unique set of skills and talents and experiences that make us who we are. It is our gifts that make us great and it is in the sharing of our gifts that we can support, guide and inspire others.

    The answer to your challenge, issue, or problem is found when you openly and freely share your gifts with others. By making yourself available to others, you make others and their unique gifts available to you. It is from there that the transformation in your life will be discovered and realized.

    Dave Cooke

    Dave Cooke is an accomplished author, international speaker, and an inspirational sales trainer. He leverages 25 years of sales and marketing experience to design and implement growth strategies and educational programs that profitably and sustainably increase both revenues and profits. Dave takes pride in his experience with turbulent, changing and chaotic work environments.  Having taken the lead in multiple corporate turnaround projects and post merger transitions, Dave understands the challenges organizations face in challenging and difficult times. In 2010, Dave embarked on a different path, embracing a new more challenging life experience.  It was then that Dave found himself on a unique and unplanned journey associated with his youngest son’s heroin addiction.  His loving commitment to help his son deal with the emotional, physical and legal challenges associated with his son’s addiction nearly destroyed his own world.  Having realized the incredible, adverse impact of his son’s addiction on his own life he made a conscious decision to regain control of his life while providing a model of focused accomplishment for himself, his son, and others facing their own personal adversities. Dave brings refreshing insight and enthusiasm to the current trends and complexities of today’s business environment.  Dave enjoys the opportunity to share his stories, reflect on his experiences and offer his perspectives to provide inspiring insights for today’s sales professional or business executive. Dave has written two books: “Cooked Up Sales”, his manifesto for affective relationship building behaviors; and “Beyond the Dumpster”, a powerful, inspirational story about addiction, love, and commitment and discovering a positive outcome in the face of lives most challenging adversities. A sampling of Dave’s other content, keynotes and workshops include:

    • The Four Wheels of Personal Leadership (keynote)
    • Taking the A Train -- From Awareness to achievement in Eight Simple Steps (whitepaper)
    • Servant Selling -- Giving your customers what they need not what you want(workshop)
    • Being a Leaders in a World of Followers (workshop)
    • The 100Day Challenge -- Committing to outcomes with one simple action (workshop)
    • Know Your Marlin: Successful Strategies for Predictable and Reliable Growth (whitepaper)
    Dave Cooke has engaged with some of the World’s foremost leaders in change, including BASF, Cintas, Comerica, Detroit Diesel, Dow Chemical, Herman Miller, Meridian Bank, Peter Basso Associates, Roush Industries, St. John Healthcare, Steelcase, Textron, Tower Automotive, and Wells Fargo.

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