Tell us YOUR story!

Watch this short video—David’s story and your next step to raising your Freedom Score:

Two small actions (you pick the order you do them in):
1) As I did, please share your story below—it’s an important first step to bringing out your passion.
2) Read Chapter 1 in the book and feel free to comment on that as well.
Our journey together has begun, and I look forward to answering your replies.
P.S. No book yet? Get it here.

562 Responses to “ “Tell us YOUR story!”

  1. Custom avatar Andrew Klein says:

    Hi everyone, I am new to this site; however I am very excited to be sharing my story. To be perfectly honest I have never really thought about my life so writing it down will definitely be helping me. Right now I am 22 years old. Ever since I was young, about six years old I wanted to be a singer. I loved coming up with lyrics and making music. However, I was sort of programmed by the media that this type of career is impossible to have. I really had a desire to be a singer but because I didn’t have the support I gave up on this aspiration. My parents have always believed in me. For example, my dad when I was a young kid, he always told me to sing in the car while we were listening to the radio. He told me to pretend I had a microphone in my hand and sing because I was really good. His comments made me feel on top of the world. He really gave me confidence and that meant a lot.

    I have gone through elementary school, high school and college. When I was in high school everyone around me seemed to know which career path they wanted to pursue. Their certainty made me question myself because I personally had no, absolutely no idea what I wanted to be. In grade twelve when my peers were choosing which colleges and universities to apply to, I felt pressured. I never really gave thought to my vision. I always thought that it would be great to make lots of money but I also knew that there had to be a medium because more importantly I needed to enjoy my job. I decided to go to Seneca College in Ontario for Recreation and Leisure Services because playing with others in a team environment worked wonders for me. I always loved meeting people and testing out my skill sets with them.

    I graduated from this program in May of 2009 and since that time I have worked at a golf course seasonally. The truth is that these jobs were my stepping stone for a career that I truly love. The recreation field was something that I really thought was my passion. However, after a long search for jobs during the recession I sort of lost faith in this field. Now I am considering working with people who have physical and mental disabilities, possibly becoming a Sport or Occupational Therapist.

    To be perfectly honest, singing and music is still a strong passion of mine. I recently bought a guitar and have considered taking lessons as well as singing lessons. There is a music program at a college nearby however I feel that it will be extremely difficult to find a job in this industry. I would love for some guidance. Thanks.

    P.S. This website is amazing. I love everything that you are doing to help others better themselves.

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  2. There is a reason we live our stories… to get to our real truth. Not the story that our family or society has imposed on us.

    Somehow I knew that underneath every single life event that challenged and even wounded, Inspiration knew my Name…

    What if facing obstacles improved the parameters of our capacity. We would not be victims of our circumstances. Let’s rid ourselves of the notion that only joy is to be embraced. What if we used Alchemy as a way of living?
    Where we begin at a basic starting point and through experience we transform our intrinsic wealth using determination as our fuel.
    What if we become comfortable with the idea that everything we encounter in life—the love and the rejection—are divine appointments made specifically for us to help define the person we are destined to be, then our lives can look rich at any given moment—in any—and all—circumstance. What if we each knew that unrestricted acceptance of our condition was vital to empowerment.

    The truth of my story, today, entering my fifties, is to unconditionally love myself. From owning my raw and sometimes terrifying journey as a teenage prostitute on the streets of San Francisco, to achieving a successful 20-year career as a law enforcement officer, working with people whose choices, like mine, had led them into desperate places. Giving back in authentic form established its own influential reward!

    And now it is time to share my story, to retrace the dark steps in the alley…

    I invite you to come along with me down into the depths, as I find my voice and own my power, step-by-step bringing myself up into the light.

    May you find inspiration in experiencing the uniqueness of who you are in Owning Your Name.
    Welcome the journey as you fully become all that you are designed to be and enjoy the wealth in what you behold.

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  3. Custom avatar La Verne says:

    OMG!I am very amazed. Some of these stories seem like it is me already. There is an old saying “I’m a Jack of all trades and master of none”..welll they were speaking of me..I am a seamstress/tailor/designer, song writer and singer, I have written several children stories and all that I do are very, very good.not only according to me..but my many clients as well..I am now 57 years old and have done nothing with all my talents (very little)..My friends and family say I should be rich, but I am actually struggling to keep my head above water. I have great ideas and suggestion and immaculent creative abilities even art (drawing and painting etc.) but I have no money to persue anything…I am miserable sitting on all this talent and no money!!! I want to get my stories published too..please help!! I am a lost ball in high they used to say..which way do I turn???

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  4. Cheryl Bates says:

    My story is I’ve been a mere factory worker for most of my working life. I tried college two different times – just didn’t seem to be who I was; tried three different fast-food restaurants in between, and nothing came of all of this.

    Now, I believe I have real hope. I’ve always wanted my own business somehow. Since childhood, I’ve also wanted to become a writer of fiction. I may still be able to and maybe also some ideas in the personal development area.

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  5. I started out as an eager communications major, dreaming of becoming a anchor woman reporting live from a hurricane (LOL!) boy have things changed from those days. I chose that idea for profession as a close second to my true passion which was teaching and training…which I knew at age 12 didn’t pay enough to cover necessary expenses. I am not sure how I knew this, but I can vividly recall changing my mind in the 6th grade about teaching. I see this story getting really long really quick so I will fast-forward to college when I realized journalism was not for me, but communication and business was. Focusing on marketing, I quickly became passionate about helping business communicate their message to their target audiences. This was fun, exciting and offered me the opportunity to creatively express myself (well kinda…I did have to be sure I communicated about my company’s product. As I climbed higher up the corporate ladder, I realized that my voice was being suppressed. People heard me, but I wasn’t really saying what I wanted or felt that I NEEDED to say. Simultaneously, I was helping my local church with evangelism and marketing. I absolutely LOVED this! Spreading the Good News and being creative all in one. But, I was not getting paid.

    I landed a job with a company that serviced faith-based orgs and ministries. I headed their marketing department and in no time saw tremendous results. As I traveled around the world, I met other Pastors and leaders who needed help with their marketing. I knew this was what I was called to do. My passion was their need.

    GetPaid has helped me to put everything in perspective. I am streamlining my efforts so that I can help ministries more effectively and efficiently (my old way was limiting and not very cost-effective). I am launching my first info product next month. I am really excited!

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  6. I’ve already got my website up & I’m creating my first product now. The problem I’m having is finishing. I’ve started a SEO plan, and stopped working on it, while I had to wait for my web designer to help set everything up right. Then I did a 30 day blog challenge, and now I’m taking a class on product creation. But I haven’t finished anything yet. I’ve only sold a few of my affiliate products. I got a new domain name for 1 of them, but because I don’t know how to set it up, I haven’t set it up yet.

    I’m so sick of wallowing around & getting bummed out because my money is running out & I can’t finish anything. I keep getting side-tracked!

    So I’m hoping in the next 2 weeks to finish my first info product, within a month, having an opt-in giveaway and an auto-responder series set up. Hopefully, I’ll be marketing my new product too.


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  7. Custom avatar Vivian says:

    My story is like so many others on this post. I’ve done a lot of things to put food on the table for my family, I’ve experienced a lot of love, had some good stuff and some hard stuff happen. I’ve got skills and interests, but I don’t want to just make another job for myself.

    I love starting things, then I love to pass it on to someone else to follow through. 🙂 I love designing other people’s homes or rooms, then go to the next person and do something completely different. I love to compose music, work through the birthing process to performance, then go on to the next one. But I wouldn’t want to be a tour performer. I love starting businesses! I love the creative process of almost anything. I would love to be part of a think tank!! Once they’re up and running, I prefer to hand things to someone else and go create something else. I make my husband nuts because I cannot pin down my “one thing.” I fear I am making myself a little nuts, too. 🙂 Hmm, I have a passion for passion, a passion for life, a passion for learning, launching, creating – and then on to the next thing. I’m sure you are feeling my husband’s pain. 🙂

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  8. Custom avatar Kim says:

    Reading everyone’s stories it’s amazing how alike many of us are.

    My story,

    Well, I live in FL, which I really love but I work in a law office which I really don’t. But I’ve been there for 11 years and at this point my salary is too good to leave.
    I went to college shortly after I got married and got a BA in Digital Art and Technology with grand dreams of working as a graphic artist or in some capacity of a assitant in video production.
    That didn’t work out so well. No jobs could start me where I needed salary wise and the jobs that were there were extremely boring.
    I am a lively, joyous person. I am loud and love to talk and tell stories. I have had so many experiences in my life from living through my parents divorce, moving from one state to another and having some of the worst financial troubles I ever experienced through that time to starting a photography business.
    I love so many things but not sure where to focus. Help! 🙂

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  9. Custom avatar Kell says:

    I was always a straight A student through high school and college but came out of both not knowing how to do anything but be a good student. Have a degree in communication/journalism because I like to write but discovered I don’t like getting in people’s faces and asking them questions! From early childhood I have loved to paint, draw and dance, but am only recently really learning and practicing those crafts. Recently left a 10 year job in public relations which I loved for the first 5 years and hated for the last 5. Had a nervous breakdown and finally quit before I hurt myself. Am now working only half-time as a secretary. Like the people, hours, flexibility but am not very inspired by the subject matter. But, am very grateful for the time and space I have right now to work on my Self. Want to draw, paint, dance and help other women like me connect to that something greater that lies within.

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  10. I’ve always loved working on books. Started my career as an advertising copywriter for major Boston book publishers Little, Brown and then Houghton Mifflin way back in the 1960s. But it was only in the past three years that I realized how much I love copyediting book manuscripts for individual authors. I’ve completed more than 60 manuscripts, in genres ranging from business to novels, memoirs, science fiction, children’s, and academic subjects. That’s my story!

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  11. Maha says:

    My story is that I’ve been reading self help books and trying to find my passion, to no avail, for as long as I can remember. I studied interior design but never finished or worked in that field. I’ve held a couple a jobs which bored me to death, the first one, for one and a half years, as an airlines reservations agent before I got married; and the second for five years as a writer and editor for a small time magazine. I quit and started a catering business which lasted one year, then I worked several years as a personal buyer. The last time I worked was about eleven years ago when I opened a day care/ preschool center in my home (I have no credentials and I made it a point to tell people just that. I gave them my program and they liked it and sent their children. I had six kids at a time in my school) Actually this was the job I enjoyed most but can’t do anymore due to health problems.
    I would love to work as an interior designer but I don’t think anyone will hire someone with only two years college. I love to write and have several chapters of what I hope will be a children’s book but have stopped writing about two to three monthss ago. Anyway, the chapters need a lot of work.
    My biggest problem is location, and I don’t mean a cubicle, I mean an area of the world. I hate where I live, but thats where my hasband works for the time being.

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    • Custom avatar c-r says:

      i would be happy to help with refining and honing your book if you like. if you are REALLY TRULY ready to move forward i would be the buddy that holds you to the challenges you have set for yourself. you should know that: if you can see the end of the journey, then it all becomes just that–a journey–to wherever it is that you are aiming for. so if you are not yet aiming you will never hit your target and you will always be where you are.

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    • La Verne says:

      you seem quite negative and unsure about everything…sometimes we have to make do with what we have til we can do better..the key is …do better..if you can change it …do so..if not..let it go and move blessed and prosperious

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  12. sondrah says:

    I have dabbled in many things none of which I am passionate about. When I ask my friends what I am good at they all have said the same thing. I inspire them. I inspire them to follow their dream, take the next step, get back to writing, etc. I’ve been told when they are stuck, in a rut, or depressed they call me and I listen!! I get them anxious to get going again. I’m not sure how to make money listening!! One thing I thought of doing Is what you are doing David and why, when I can just send them to you! I am nearing retirement in about 10 years and certainly cannot afford to, I do not want to work 9-5 for the rest of my life. I want to travel, visit my family, enjoy my life. And get paid for it.
    thanks Sondrah

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  13. Custom avatar Pete Tokarczyk says:

    Just to be up front, I’ve not read the book yet but it is on my list to do this weekend.

    I’m in the process of a career change as well. Going from J.O.B. to freelance writing, filming and hiking.

    Of course the writing and filming is of the hiking. A major step for me since I’ve done neither in my life professionally.

    I’ve got the ideas.
    We will see where this goes.

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  14. Custom avatar Lisa says:

    Hi there! I’ve been reading the book piece by piece as you’ve suggested and am getting very excited but also feel stuck. I have an idea to start a business in the country where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer then trained for many years. I am established in this Latin American country with a husband and 2 kids. My business idea is based on Abundance, people finding that which they crave in happiness, health, wealth, peace and growth. The multi-faceted approach includes teaching English to moms of students who are studying English, opening a Global cafe to cater to US tastes (bagels, smoothies, etc.), ecotourism, EFT…but I don’t see how any of this could become profitable through a website. One idea I had was support to people in multi-cultural families. But I can’t imagine what people would pay for!

    I really appreciate any input you might have! I also have a question about domain – there are so many companies on line and I’m wondering who to choose. The one you suggest is an option. Then I’ve found one in the country I’m living – would that be better? Plus you suggest .com if in the US and if abroad, which I am. But the domain is much more expensive then the .com domain! I’m looking into options and again I appreciate everything you’re offering and all your support to so many people!!!

    Take care,


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  15. Erin says:

    Hi Everyone,

    My story: I was a staright A student all through high school. I was going somewhere. Then, (as is becoming more and more common, unfortunately) I met a boy who I thought was everything, and I ended up pregnant as a 16 yr old, junior in high school. To make a long story short, I did finish high school, and kept the baby (my beautiful daughter, who is now 8!). The boy and I didn’t last but 2 years. I didn’t go to college like I was “supposed” to, and I thought my life is just going to be work, work, work. My current boyfriend, who I’ ve been with for quite awhile now, is basically supporting me and my daughter. I work 3 jobs (because I am trying to get out of debt), but I’m not passionate about any of them. I don’t mind going to work, but I feel there must be something more out there for me. That is what brought me here.

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  16. Custom avatar Yvonne L. says:

    “Happy Mother’s Day” 🙂

    to all you beautiful moms out there!

    By the way, every day is Mother’s Day 😉
    always remember that!

    Love to you,

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  17. Karen says:

    Hi David, I would like to start a website but is waiting on my book for my son to read it so he can assist me in setting it up. I am about to leave my job careing for older people in a Nursing Home. My back is no longer able to cope with the stress. I have to find something else to do to support myself or I would loose everything, not having enough to live on. I do have a lot of experience with dementia and all the things that come with it. I will need some help but is not ready to proceed as yet. I am also apprehensive as to what I should do or even if a website to ofer support to people with early dementia or family of those with it is what I should be doing. I am hoping that my son and maybe someone else would be able to offer some advice. Karen.

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    • David Wood says:

      Hi Karen,
      I’d like to see you bring in some money doing something else (that’s easy on your back), WHILE you’re building your online business.
      that will take some pressure off, and give you time to build it.

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      • Karen says:

        Hi David, Thank you! I am looking into that. I will be also looking at your book to help me with my website and maybe vertual support. Thank you again. Karen.

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  18. Custom avatar Celia Dias says:

    Hi David.

    Here is a bit of my story. I was “blind” and now I “see”. Everything that happened to me before the day I saw the face of God, is just a story. That I created and that I blamed on everybody else for the outcome of my own decisions. Now I don’t blame but I know my blueprint and I am about to shred the bad and keep the good.

    My blueprint is verbal and psychologically abused kid buy a stepfather,he is forgiven, rejected by my family because I was always the “different one” meaning, I used to think I didn’t belong to that family, I was an out cast withing. I am one of the only 2 of my generation (about 45 cousins) that went to college. I moved so many times, started at 6 months old, when my father died, lived with my grandmother (she was a saint but I wasn’t) till 4 1/2 then went back to mom. Because of that I am still moving every 2 years (blueprint that I want to change) I moved to the US 10 yeas ago, the longest moving ever, bad marriage with abusing crazy triple ADD guy but he is now a friend, I understand people are different 🙂 I pray for him to find his way to God. I have been reading, participating on “new real of opportunities” classes, teleseminar, audio books playing under my pillow throughout the night,you name it, because I am hungry for a huge and definite transformation so I can help other to have the transformation they a looking for in they lives too. I am glad you came into my life. You already touched my heart.

    Much Love

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  19. Custom avatar Robert S. says:

    Hello Everyone!

    I have been reading and studying about “finding the work the I would love to do.” My current job is flowing in a direction that has the potential to pull me away from my relationship with God. Because I have one foot in the job, and the other in the desire to serve God with my gifts and talents – I feel that I am being pulled in two different directions.
    It reminds me of the HAL9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” We learn in the sequel, “2010: The Year We Make Contact,” that HAL was behaving and acting strangely because he was given instructions regarding his duties that conflicted with the values and attributes that he was programmed with.
    I have been in the IT field for almost 15 years now. I am well aware that a lot of software problems and “freeze-ups” occur because a computer doesn’t know how to process something because it is either broken, or conflicts with the computer’s basic set of instructions for doing it’s job.
    I don’t believe God put me here to live a confused, powerless life that does not help anyone. The process of “finding my niche” has been a struggle. At times, my self doubt and lack of confidence has really paralyzed me. However, with God’s help and the support of my family, friends, folks like David Wood, Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey, and the multitude of other good people that are “here to help,” I believe that success is just around the corner.
    2010: The Year *I* Make Contact…

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  20. Hi David,

    About ten years ago I was that proverbial square peg in a round hole job: a medieval archaeologist and historian, not using my degrees, in a pay-the-rent-or-die situation. It sent me over the edge, I had a breakdown and have been signed off sick ever since. Once the depression and anxiety began to lift I had developed ME and am only just beginning to recover in my spirit and mind, the rest will just have to catch up as I’m on a mission and I don’t intend to languish any longer.

    Having just recently published a novel I wrote ten years ago, that was designed to take my testimony to those that needed to read it, it’s beginning to dawn on me that there has to be a vehicle for both it and subsequent novels I shall write and that I CAN find it.

    That’s your cue to helping me find it, I think 🙂


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  21. Suhaima Amade says:

    Hi David

    I would like to tell you my story, its probably very common as there are tons of divorced women supporting their own kids as well as themselves.

    I wish i can help women be postive on their outlook in life, I believe life is such a big test and God has to humble us by putting us through this.

    Will you help me David?


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  22. Custom avatar jill says:

    I grew up being told to go to school. get good grades, and find a safe secure job. I have done all of those things, but I stil feel like there is something missing, that I could be happier than I am. I have always known that I have wanted to help othe people, but specifically with what I don’t know yet. I just feel that I am not always authentic in my current position, that somehow I am not bring my full self to what I do. I believe in continuous learning and look for ways to continuously improve, but I struggle with jobs that base value on time not production. I need to be more integrated with people, to connect with them, to help them help themselves.

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    • Celia Dias says:

      Hey Jill

      I know exactly what you feel. There is a fear that I is like a wall and we can’t see how we get out of the regular pay by the hour job. It takes some time because it is very difficult to go against our blueprint, that we learn how to be since we were little, but you found this book, you found people battling with the same things you are. Take advantage of this opportunity, don’t let it slip through you gingers. I let so many things standing on my way, because I was afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone. It is good to be comfortable, doesn’t it, and there is a reward for been comfortable, we don’t get hurt, the bad things is, we will never know what would happened if we have tried.
      I have much confidence in you just because you are here in this adventure with us.
      Much Love

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  23. Custom avatar Celia Dias says:

    Hi David

    I just got out of the teleconference. I got the last 10 minutes because of a meeting that took longer than usual. Business. But I called in anyway, to get the “vibe”. In the past I would say, well, what can I learn in ten minutes? But now I know the value of a 10 minutes with like minded people who are leveraging my standers, my way of thinking and my way of LIVING.
    Great job.

    PS.: I punched number 1 🙂
    Much Love

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