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David A Specht Jr
David and Joshua Specht share life lessons, successes, failures, and everything in between
5 days ago
Pedestals are for statues, not people
The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast talks about crawling down from the pedestal in this week’s episode. Your father and son hosts, David and Joshua Specht, give you tips on how to take your blinders off when it comes to admiring others. Your generational lesson: Not putting people on a pedestal means you prioritize yourself, avoid feeling lied to if that person falters, and don’t develop resentment or negativity by comparing yourself to them. Your Gen. X Advice: Because so much is expected of the person on a pedestal, it creates pressure to stay there. It causes leadership to keep secrets because they don’t want their image to suffer. Your Gen. Z Advice: Putting people on a pedestal creates a conflict of self interest to where you’re setting the bar for other people and not setting it for yourself. We have all found someone we admire so much that we start to feel he or she can do no wrong. Maybe it’s a person in a position of authority, someone we see who can help us, or just a person we enjoy being around. But you need to keep that person off the pedestal. By recognizing the imperfections of a person you look up to, you can avoid feeling lied to when they make a mistake, the urge to ignore previously valuable advice from them, intimidated by their success, or resentful of their achievements. In that spirit, here are some tips for taking off the blinders for Pedestal People: * Remind yourself that people are human and flawed. They’re not going to meet all of your expectations. * Don’t think someone has all the answers. Do your own research and figure things out for yourself. * Remember that the difference between the person at the bottom and the top of the pedestal is experience. * Recognize that people on a pedestal have an agenda...and you do too by engaging with them. * To the people on the pedestal — don’t be a jerk to those people who look up to you, don’t abuse your influence, and don’t believe you know more than someone not in your lane.
Jul 20, 2021
When bad things happen
Why do bad things happen to good people? This week’s episode of the 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast sees hosts David and Joshua Specht explore why tragedy strikes and how to cope afterwards. The father and son duo don’t go as far as telling anyone how to feel when tragedy happens, but they ask you to take a second to look at the “how”. Your generational lesson: Bad things happen to both good and bad people, but there are a multitude of factors in both the faith and spiritual realms that affect why they happen. Your Gen. X Advice: I believe in sowing and reaping but I don’t believe everything bad that happens is a result of sin and a result of God. We want to have free will but we want God to take it away from the people who could harm us. Your Gen. Z Advice: Life is a series of hills and valleys. When we’re in a valley, we feel like we need to get out right now, but maybe that’s not the plan. Growth happens in the valley, so working through it can be more beneficial in the long run. We live in a world where violence, disease, natural disasters and unexplained tragedy is part of the deal. Rain falls on the just and unjust. Even the apostles who walked with Jesus all suffered and had painful deaths. Bad things don’t happen because God is an angry God, but if we are created in God’s image, there are other emotions to God than the popular image of a loving God. This is why God created ways for you to endure — the idea that peace goes beyond all understanding. You may be suffering now, and you can feel however you need to feel in that moment. You can need time to work on pulling yourself out of that situation, but so many people go into a cocoon or check out because of bad things happening to them. Don’t let tragedy derail you from your purpose in life.
Jul 13, 2021
While methods may change, principles don't
The times, they are a-changin’ in this week’s 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast. Father and son duo David and Joshua Specht share their thoughts on how technology has changed the business world. While it evolves almost daily, they dive into how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of technology to conduct day-to-day business. Your generational lesson: Technological advances have changed core elements of a business — marketing, customer service, and sales to name a few — but the main tenets of those elements remain the same. Your Gen. X Advice: Many people have avoided technological changes, so there's still a need for people to engage with customers and clients in a face-to-face way. It’s about doing it in an efficient, effective way. Your Gen. Z Advice: While technology makes doing business easier and quicker, there’s a drawback to using technology to conduct your business — it can make your people lazy, or give a way for the customer to avoid doing business with you. The COVID-19 pandemic opened up the business world to be able to engage with the public digitally. Video meetings are viable because it allows users to see each other. To market to your customer, then you need to think about Facebook Live video because it catches the eye and appeals to people by instant gratification to see reactions in real time. So, the point of marketing is to gain a spotlight on whatever you’re promoting...but technology has changed how you do it. Another area where technology has impacted businesses is customer service. The same rules apply when dealing with customers, but how you offer customer service is different. Chatting with a customer allows input, but the business keeps customers’ emotions at bay while forming a well-thought-out answer. Technological advances have changed the method of how results are delivered in a business. For example, sales were done away from the office. But sales are based on relationships, and relationship-building has changed to where that can be built electronically. It still takes multiple touches, 7-14 in fact, for the customer to buy. But technology has compressed a timeline into days that would normally take weeks.
Jun 29, 2021
Curb your enthusiasm, bro.
What to do when you are frustrated by others' reactions This week’s 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast talks about frustration in growth and development. Father and son hosts David and Joshua Specht bring a generational perspective on the friction caused by making changes to improve your business or personal life, which generates frustration for you and/or the people around you. Your generational lesson: If you want to enact change on something you’re excited about or have strong opinions about, but it’s not being received, recognize it’s because the audience is wrong, you’re bad at explaining it to them, or you’re already trying to change too much. Your Gen. X Advice: The older you get, the more you have to work at taking risks. When you’re 50-plus, opportunities are diminishing and the desire for security is important, so you need to deal with the frustration caused by your own internal conflict. Your Gen. Z Advice: Sometimes, your same message needs to be relayed to employees from someone else. If you’re preaching the same idea or multiple changes, having a different voice offer the vision can cause your employees to not get frustrated. If you’ve ever brought in an idea to improve your business or life, and that same enthusiasm is met with blank stares, it takes the wind out of you. Now, you’re frustrated that others don’t share your vision. Realize that you are running a story in your head, and it doesn’t always gel with another person’s story. When your enthusiasm falls flat, it’s hurtful to you but others are oblivious to the effect because they don’t share your experience. If you’re a leader and you’re exposed to something you know is beneficial for your company, then it’s your job to sell it to everyone but also hold them accountable until they truly “get it”. Take as second to acknowledge there’s frustration on both sides: For you when your employees don’t see the big picture, and on your people’s side because they’re frustrated by having to change. To force it through, it means you have to be more frustrated than your employees because you have to be persistent in driving that change. However, don’t always be changing. Whatever you’re inspired by at the moment can’t keep causing you to change because that makes you inconsistent.
Jun 22, 2021
Ghosts, Trolls and other critters
The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast gets spooky in the current age of communication by shining a light on ghosting and trolls. Hosts David and Joshua Specht dive into the uncomfortable side of texting and social media today, and figure out the how, why and next steps to get over these 21st Century irritations. Your generational lesson: We are all going to have messages ghosted and get trolled by someone on social media, it’s up to us to be intentional in following up on important messages and our responses, if any, to the trolls. Your Gen. X Advice: Ghosting is a priority thing — if a text was sent and didn’t answer, that person is busy. If it’s important and you need an answer, you need to follow up. Your Gen. Z Advice: As we encounter trolls, we need to ask ourselves if there’s any truth in whatever they’re saying. And, we can’t go on the offensive and let our mad get our money. We’ve all been ghosted — have someone quit responding to your texts or calls. In fact, it goes way back to avoiding a phone call thanks to caller id or ignoring messages left on answering machines, but it wasn’t so rampant. Now, there are more options and ways to ghost people. Realize that ghosting is a priority thing. With texts, you know people received the text because their phones are glued to them. But if a text was sent and unanswered, give that person the grace that he/she is busy and missed it, or is too focused on their current task to respond. If you call or send a text/email and don’t get a response — don’t assume that person never got it or it’s being ignored. It’s up to you to follow up with another text or phone call if you need a response on something important. Social media has created a wave of trolls — social media users who can attack your character with no repercussions — and we often have to be the bigger person and ignore it. As we encounter trolls, we need to ask ourselves if there’s any truth in whatever they’re saying. We also have to ask if these types of comments physically affect our daily lives, because if they’re not, then we need to let it go. However, one company has proved that we can make being snarky a part of our business brand. Wendy’s has proved how their humorous trolling of other commenters and competitors on social media can go viral and give free publicity.
Jun 15, 2021
Knowing your role and staying in your lane
The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast echoes The Rock by telling everyone to “Know your role!” Hosts David and Joshua Specht break down how we all have various roles to play across our lives and the needs within the most important ones. Your generational lesson: We all have a role to play, and those roles are varied across our lives. Even if you only have one role, you need to break it down as you transition from work to church to your private life. Your Gen. X Advice: When you know what your role is every day, you’re not competing to compare with one another. Marriage is not a competition, your wife should be on your team. Your Gen. Z Advice: If your current role isn’t moving that business forward, maybe it’s time to change the role or establish what your role can be. The two most important areas to know your roles are work and marriage. In business, no matter what business you’re in, you have to figure out what role you play. If your current role isn’t moving that business forward, maybe it’s time to change the role or establish what your role can be. People are going to look to whoever is above them. So, leaders need to know what their role is and embrace it. As a leader, you have to work twice as hard to dispel the belief that the person in charge “doesn’t do anything”. In relationships, communicate what you think your role is and don’t assume your partner knows what his/her role is coming into the relationship. And, roles change and evolve throughout marriage, which makes communication even more crucial. When you know what your role is every day, you’re not competing to compare what you did. Marriage is not a competition, your wife should be a part of your team. It’s a different world for couples today than it was for Generation X. Grace needs to be given for younger couples because their early years of parenting are not our early years of parenting. You can advise, but not direct.
Jun 8, 2021
Size matters: How to be content but not complacent
The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast has reached double digits! In this episode, hosts David and Joshua Specht talk about growing where you are. The father and son duo explore the benefits of expanding your worldview and growing your mindset, in addition to having the bravery and awareness to seize opportunities. Your generational lesson: As you strive to make yourself, your town, or your business a bigger, better version, realize that you’re already the bigger, better version to someone else. That doesn’t mean being complacent, but being content with what you have. Your Gen. X Advice: If you have a vision for growth, you have to be willing to be misunderstood, step out, take hits, and see your vision come to pass. Your Gen. Z Advice: The size of your problems are relevant to the magnitude of where you’re currently at in life. We can all get closed minded with our immediate area, social circle, and own day-to-day lives. Sometimes it helps to just go out and realize there’s a world beyond our issues. Expanding your view shows the world is so much bigger than you realize and your problems are small. If you think you have big problems, then go to a bigger place — your problem is huge to you, but the bigger picture shows your problem is relevant to the magnitude of where you’re living. So, how do you change that mindset and view? You have to think bigger to find and take advantage of those opportunities. You can’t ever expect a small town to have big city opportunities. The small towns that are growing took the opportunity to change their mindset, be strategic and form partnerships with neighboring cities. You have to make the decision to grow and take a leadership role to affect that change. And, there will be pushback. It takes people with intestinal fortitude to step out against that push back. You have to be willing to be misunderstood to step out, take those hits, and see your vision come to pass.
May 25, 2021
When social norms are not normal to you
Change is uncomfortable, especially when it comes to culture. The latest episode of the 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast has Hosts David and Joshua Specht talking about the changing of cultural norms. Your generational lesson: What’s socially acceptable depends on culture, stages of lie, social circles, and media. All of these things impact what “normal” is. Your Gen. X Advice: Honor the place you’re in. For example: If you’re a drinker and you're in an environment that looks down on alcohol, it’s best to not push back against those people who don’t drink. Your Gen. Z Advice: It’s about respect. Recognize what’s socially acceptable for one group/generation, and even if you don’t agree with that, be agreeable so long as it’s not affecting each other. Back in the day, you would meet someone, decide if you like them, get married and have a kid together. Nowadays, you meet someone, have a kid, then decide if you like them. Another change is that smoking and having a drink at work used to be completely acceptable. Now, smoking is banned in almost all buildings and bars are only allowed in restaurants. So, how does the culture change? How do norms shift? The information age has changed rules and how kids make decisions. A parent telling their child, “Because I say so”, isn’t enough for that kid to base a decision on anymore. That’s because they already have so much access to a wealth of information. This change has forced generations to try and meet in the middle. Parents need to try and see their kids’ perspective, and vice versa. Other factors to consider include culture — What’s socially acceptable depends on where you are in your life and what your circle is. Pop culture also impacts our values and how we define normal.
May 18, 2021
Don't wait! Follow through on what you want to achieve
You know the saying behind good intentions. In this episode of the 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast, your Hosts David and Joshua Specht will talk about how follow through will prevent paving a certain road with them. Your generational lesson: Achieve your goals with follow through by having a system, prioritizing, setting boundaries, communicating your goals, and finding an accountability partner. Your Gen. X Advice: When someone else is in play and passes on the responsibility to you, then you are the lead when it comes to follow through. Your Gen. Z Advice: Follow through is key for growth, and juggling priorities is where follow through can falter. It happens to all of us: We get an idea and are on fire to see it realized, then an obstacle gets in the way. In that moment is when follow through is essential to seeing our dreams become a reality. So how do we push through resistance and follow through on the goals we have set for ourselves? Develop a system — Whether it’s making your bed or starting a new business, you have to develop a plan to keep those promises to yourself. Keeping that promise will give you momentum in other areas in your life. Prioritize — A dozen things will pop up and distract you from your goal, so overcome them by figuring out your priorities and setting up your time around those priorities. Set boundaries — Distractions and interruptions are numerous these days due to constant, instantaneous connections. So, put your phone on “do not disturb” and set a timer for 30 minutes to maximize efficiency. Communicate — When it comes to follow through, you cannot over communicate. You cannot communicate too early or too often if there are others expecting you to lead. Find accountability — You need someone who will push you when things are hard or you try to avoid follow through. Having someone who understands your goals and holds you accountable to achieving them is crucial.
May 11, 2021
Is Social Media good or bad?
Just the phrase “social media” evokes different reactions. Social media is a virtual world individually cultivated by and for each of us that wants us to stay engaged with as much as possible. The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast sees Hosts David and Joshua Specht talk about whether the various platforms that make up social media has actually made us unsocial. Your generational lesson: Social media is suitable for any age group, so long as you are aware of how you use it and are using it in a healthy way. Your Gen. X Advice: Be aware that more often than not, what people put out on social media is not real life. Your Gen. Z Advice: Know what you use your social media platform for and how that can affect others. Dave was an early adopter of social media. He says it can be beneficial for staying connected with one another, but also negative and uses political conspiracy theories being shared as an example. Josh says social media is like being a pet owner — depending on how you approach and treat social media determines whether it will be a “bad dog” or a “good dog”. He says staying on social media to interact and stay in touch with friends and family is a good thing. Taking it to politicize people or grow your own influence is a negative use of platforms. Dave encourages you to be intentional about how you consume social media. Understand that you’re not getting the whole picture of what makes up real life — what you see is getting filtered through the poster’s profile and the platform’s algorithm tailored to confirm your beliefs. Josh believes social media has now turned into presenting a positive image to seek approval while hiding your flaws and mistakes. Then, there are people who use social media for ridicule and bullying. Both agree that it is a tool and encourage social media users to treat it like real life — don’t use it to say or do something that you wouldn’t say or do in real life.
May 4, 2021
Changing Seasons, Changing Friends
Did you know that you are the sum total of the five people you are around the most? This week’s 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast sees David and Joshua Specht discuss whether it’s beneficial to have friends that span generations, and how you can deal with changing friendships. Your generational lesson: You need friends across a variety of age groups to get different, more well-rounded views on life. Your Gen. X Advice: Iron sharpens iron, so we need an inner circle of people who make us better and a larger circle of friends we can enjoy spending time with. Your Gen. Z Advice: Like-minded people tend to hang out with each other, so be prepared for your friendships to change as your priorities change. In high school, we all tend to have a small circle of close friends our same age and with similar life experiences. But as you get into the real world, you’re exposed to multiple generations. So how do you navigate that and what value can be found in those? We can all learn something f…
Apr 27, 2021
Judging a book, or a person, by its cover
Does appearance matter in business? The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast sees Hosts David and Joshua Specht give a multi-generation approach to whether leniency in dress and appearance standards is a good thing. Your generational lesson: The care you take and effort you put into your appearance affects how you show up for work. Your Gen. X Advice: You have to make a conscious decision of what you want your appearance to be based upon your goals. Your Gen. Z Advice: It is your decision about your appearance, and once set in that appearance then you can’t turn defensive when judged by others beliefs on appearance. No matter whether you’re a jeans guy or a khakis guy, it’s clear that appearance standards have been relaxed. Even a decade ago, a job applicant with blue hair or an arm sleeve of tattoos would have been laughed out of the building. Even Dave’s standards have adapted. For years, he dressed in khakis, a polo or button up shirt, and casual dress shoes. During COVID-19 lockd…
Apr 20, 2021
Let's go to church, sorta
The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast Hosts David and Joshua Specht take you to church. The father and son ask, “Is church still church if it’s in your living room?” When churches adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by hosting virtual services, the congregation shifted to online services over physical ones. Dave and Josh examine whether churches need to change their offerings or find a way to attract their congregation back to campus. Your generational lesson: Church is meant to reach and teach. Whatever the method is, it’s just an avenue to accomplish the mission and the community is what makes the difference in your congregation. Your Gen. X Advice: We have an obligation to pass on what we believe and why we believe it. With the current generation receiving more information than ever before, we need a community to counteract the outside world that doesn’t share your beliefs. Your Gen. Z Advice: Church shouldn’t be a congregation, it should be a community. The congregation keeps…
Apr 13, 2021
What do you do when "Monday" happens?
The 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast has a case of the Mondays. Your hosts David and Joshua Specht vent about spending their Monday adapting and overcoming a challenge to their day job. The father and son duo use this episode to discuss having their bad day fuel motivation for new beginnings. Your generational lesson: Never let your mad get your money. Having an emotional reaction as a leader can lead to more problems. Your Gen. X Advice: Don’t expect others to understand (that means even your partner). You may be on a journey together — whether in work or life — but others may not feel the negative as hard as you do. Your Gen. Z Advice: You’re allowed to have a bad day and throw yourself a pity party every now then. Then you have to pick up all the pieces, because people are counting on you. David discusses how when we fail, we do want to throw in the towel. He has seen people who don’t own their business up and quit. However, he says real leaders have that moment and then the…
Apr 6, 2021
Old or young, your health matters
It’s episode 2 of the 2 Per-Specht-Ives Podcast, with your hosts David and Joshua Specht. The father and son duo talk about the importance of health. Dave is a health coach who helps others achieve their potential through nutrition. As a Type I diabetic, Josh has to be more intentional about his health choices. The pair each discuss generational views and actions when it comes to living healthy. Your generational lesson: When it comes to health, mindset is everything, have something to work towards, have built-in accountability, and have an environment that supports your goals. Your Gen. X Advice: David advises the younger generation that while your body is operating at its most efficient that if you make small changes to work towards the better version of yourself, as you mature your body will keep up instead of hold you back. Your Gen. Z Advice: Josh tells the older generation already seeing side effects of not making healthy choices, make the small changes to positively affect…
Mar 30, 2021
Spending vs. Investing: A generational discussion
In this episode of the 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast, it’s spring time and that can mean only one thing: Yard work. Co-host Joshua Specht needed a lawnmower and spent a pretty penny on it, which got him thinking about purchases that are an investment. His Co-host and father, David Specht, notes that no matter age, there are major purchases at every stage in life that are required or you decide need to be made. Your generational lesson: Don’t blow extra income on things you don’t need. Try to find areas where you can invest or improve your life for the future. Your Gen. X Advice: Immature people do what makes them happy today and mature people plan for what makes them happy tomorrow. Your Gen. Z Advice: Survive off the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches now, so the lobster and steak dinners will taste so much better in the future. Spring 2021 also means that it’s tax season and economic stimulus time. That gave Josh the opportunity to make the investment upfront, but be reimbur…
Mar 22, 2021
The beginning of a new show
The goal of the David A. Specht show has always been helping listeners grow and evolve. And, sometimes that means even the podcast itself is changing. Welcome to the next level with a different perspective and new voice. David is being joined by his son, Joshua. Together, the two will offer differing viewpoints on timeless lessons ranging from leadership to health and life in general, with the goal of finding a common ground. With David firmly in Generation X and Josh a burgeoning Gen Z’er, this generation gap between the hosts allows for exploration of a lot of grey areas between traditionally black and white issues. The goal of this podcast has also evolved to instill confidence in you, no matter where you are in your life. Whether you’re starting your career or approaching retirement age, David and Josh will help you gain experience and the principles to live life with the confidence you need to be successful. David went from being the young guy to the old guy in the office…
Jan 19, 2021
Dave's Book Club: The Life You Are Meant to Lead with Tom Hammel
Leaders are readers and readers are leaders. It is time for this month's “Dave’s Book Club” where I share interviews, lessons, and analysis from personal development and leadership authors. Today, I am interviewing my long-time friend, mentor, and now first-time author, Tom Hammel. His book, "The Life You are Meant to Lead" is available for order on Amazon. I talk with Tom about overcoming a rough upbringing, the process of transforming Tom’s life, and how he learned to lead others along the path of self leadership. Show Notes: David: People only see you where you are now and have no idea how far you came. Tell the listener who you are. Tom: I grew up in the central valley of northern California in the town of Stockton. For the most part, it had the highest murder rate per capita in all of California. I grew up independent and had to make ends meet. I had to learn how to talk to people, manipulate and survive. I started doing drugs in elementary school, got really into…
Jan 12, 2021
Better Together - David and Tina's Health Journey
In this week’s episode, I am honored to have my wife, Tina, as my guest. She has been my partner in my health journey and I wanted Tina to give you a different voice on that journey. She will give you a new perspective on what our health journey looks like. Me: What were the things that flipped the switch on our health journey? Tina: A little over 2.5 years ago, we were not in our best health. We were going down a road that didn’t look good for us. We loved to eat and I loved to cook. I am a diabetic and was on four shots per day. It’s very expensive to not have your health. Me: I hear you loud and clear on our reality then, but why did you embark on a journey with Optavia? Tina: I have been down this road many times in my life and I have tried different opportunities. I watched friends take this journey and thought knowing someone on this journey personally would help me. Me: I wasn’t 100% supportive of this journey at first, was I? Tina: No, I had just finished a differ…
Jan 5, 2021
Going from where you are to where you want to be
There is a natural tension between your current reality and your goal. If you move forward to the goal, that tension gets less and less, which should encourage you to take actions that move you towards your goal. So, how do you create that tension in your journey? Creating Structural Tension * Find your current reality. * Dare to dream. * Keep your “Why” in front of you. * Be prepared to move your goal. Structural tension can help you realize your dreams faster. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to improve, keeping that tension is key to achieving your goals. The first step to achieving this is by looking at your current reality. That means taking stock of where you are right now. When was the last time you got on a scale? When was the last time you looked at your finances? For the longest time, I refused to open up the bank statement because I just didn’t want to know. But guess what? A lot of times it’s not as bad as you think it is. We often concoct a vis…
Dec 29, 2020
My Health Journey can be yours
Your best days don’t have to be behind you, they can be ahead of you. At the time of recording, we’re in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which is a time of the year where we prepare for the start of an upcoming year and reflect on the blessings of the past year. I want to share with you my story and I hope it causes you to look at the new year as a new opportunity. In 2018, I lost 120 lbs. That’s not the story, that’s just a chapter. My story begins when I started to say “Yes” to my health. How I Took Control of My Health * A plan to eat six small meals a day and drink half our bodyweight in water. * A health coach who held us accountable. * We had a community supporting us by pulling in the same direction we are. * The education for long term health because diets only get you to a certain point, it requires learning what health looks like for you. In April 2018, I was 320 lbs. and I was happy. I ate what I wanted to eat and took a whole plethora o…
Dec 22, 2020
Dave's Book Club - The Go Giver with Bob Burg
Leaders are readers and readers are leaders. Welcome to a new segment on this podcast journey called “Dave’s Book Club” where I share interviews, lessons, and analysis from personal development and leadership authors. Our first episode in this segment features a previous interview with Bob Burg, author of the “Go-Giver”. In today’s day and age, this book has more relevance than it ever has. When I read it, my entire perspective on what I did was changed. I had always been in benefits-driven sales, but this took it to another level. In this interview, you’ll hear Bob explain how the “Go-Giver” is keyed on shifting focus from getting to giving — which is defined as providing value to others — because it can be a rewarding, financially profitable way to live. David Specht: The book is in a parable format featuring a character who is a go-getter in sales but keeps failing. Is being a “go-getter” a bad thing? Bob Berg: Being a go-getter is a great thing becau…
Dec 15, 2020
Morning Routines - Waking up to gratitude
Gratitude: The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. At the time of recording this podcast, we just finished Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite things about the month of November is that social media blows up with 30 Days of Thankfulness. Being thankful for the goodness you already have in your life is healthy. I want to challenge you to be more grateful in your life. And, that starts by starting your day with gratitude. How to Increase Gratitude As Your Day Begins * Start your day by waking up and thinking about all the things you’re grateful for, even if it’s just waking up. * Think about why you’re grateful before you pick up any device or turn anything on — it prevents you from being distracted out of your gratitude. * Write down why you’re grateful. Whether it’s a notepad, journal or scrap paper, jot down why you’re grateful. * Do it for 15 minutes each morning, and don’t take the weekends off. That allows time for your brain to wake up an…
Dec 7, 2020
How to fix people who aren't ready to be fixed
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — Theodore Roosevelt We all have people in our life that we want to help. And, sometimes we find that helping those people causes nothing but frustration. Maybe in your life it’s a spouse, child, friend, or even coworker who you can give a different perspective about their life and actions to, but you’re met with the glass-eyed, blank stare. And, your advice, your help falls on deaf ears. Luckily, a process to help you when helping others exists. It’s called Intrinsic Validation, and is a core element of the book “Today I Being a New Life” by Dave Blanchard. The Process of Helping Others * Recognize that everyone has a wall of resistance. * Step into their world. * Ask empathetic questions. * Recognize when the time is right to offer advice. * Be prepared to begin the process over. We all have unhealthy habits of thinking, and sometimes it takes an outsider to point that out to us…
Nov 30, 2020
You are a chief - start acting like it
John C. Maxwell, author and leadership expert, defines leadership as influence. In this episode, I will show you that leaders aren’t always born and go through how you can improve your skills in the area of your life where you are viewed as a leader. Three Takeaways on Leadership: * You don’t have to be perfect, leadership is a process. * Leadership requires education and there are various methods to gaining it. * Lead yourself first, before you try to lead others. You are a leader, there are people looking to you for leadership. And, there are plenty of opportunities to allow people to pour into you to make you a better leader. The first lesson to learn about leadership is that you don’t have to be perfect at leadership. Becoming a great leader is a continual process — you never arrive at the destination. No matter how long you are a leader, whether it’s years at a business or just for a temporary project, you need to take it seriously and invest in the journey.…
Nov 23, 2020
The Value of Good Habits
In this week’s episode, David explains why habits matter. Habits are often talked about in a negative context, but he reveals that establishing positive habits can help you. Three Ways Habits Help You: * They can take your conscious mind out of routines, freeing you up to focus on what’s important. * They can be set up to trigger your mind into a mode of productivity. * They can bring a sense of accomplishment. While habits are usually referenced in a negative light because there’s a focus on avoiding doing the wrong things, being intentional about setting good habits will lead you in the right direction. By setting up healthy habits, it takes your conscious mind out of routines. The mind wants to automate as much as possible, so if you develop the right habits then your mind can trust the basics are handled and concentrate on the things that matter. Positive habits can trigger productivity. Doing something as simple as drinking coffee every day right before work can t…
Nov 11, 2020
How to find your coach
In this episode, David touches on the subject of finding a coach for any area of your life. He explains there are 3 basic coaching scenarios, each with their own advantages.
Aug 6, 2020
Partnering with your future self
The David A. Specht Show is back and David starts with an exercise for listeners. He asks them to visualize the "5 years down the road" version of themselves. Once listeners capture that images, he challenges them to partner with that person to become that person. He also offers steps to take while on the journey to the best version of ourselves.
May 12, 2020
The Opportunity Bubble
The are opportunities all around us. And, like bubbles, they can disappear quickly. In this episode, David explains the "Opportunity Bubble" and gives three steps on how see and seize these bubbles when they appear.
May 5, 2020
The Other PPP - Plan, Prepare, Practice
Redeem your time to take advantage of your unique ability and share it with the world. David shows you how in this episode.
Mar 20, 2020
Spread Hope During COVID-19 Outbreak
With all the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, David offers hope and suggests others do the same
Jan 13, 2020
Episode 21 - The Money Talk
As we kick off a new year, many people are looking to get their finances in order. After all, finances rank as high as health when it comes to resolutions. David breaks down the necessity of budgeting, planning and getting started being serious about money.
Dec 30, 2019
Episode 20: Hip Replacements, Goals and Resolutions
In this Facebook Live edition of the podcast, David talks about his hip replacement surgery, the benefits of losing 125 pound before going "under the knife," and how choosing a goal or a word for the year is better than a resolution.
Dec 5, 2019
Episode 19 - Necessary Endings
In today's episode, David unpacks the need to end things in our lives that aren't serving us. Whether it is a relationship, employee, business, or habit, we must recognize those things that need to end and take practical steps to move on.
Oct 3, 2019
Episode 18 - Silencing the Critics
Anyone who has attempted anything great has always faced criticism. But, what if that criticism is from friends, family, or your own mind? David awakens listeners to these critics and how to "lower their volume" to win in the long run.
Sep 24, 2019
Episode 17 - The Obstacle Is the Way
Have you ever had a week where everything seemed to go wrong? Was "Murphy's Law" in full effect in your life? David had a week like that, but gleaned the truth behind the statement, "The Obstacle is the Way." Our breakthrough is usually just on the other side of the obstacle, but few want to go that way.
Sep 14, 2019
Episode 15 - Choosing People over Product
Going after your goals shouldn't come at the expense of your relationships. David explains that authentically caring about people will do more for personal success than just about anything.
Sep 11, 2019
Episode 15 - I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost
Have you ever been "ghosted?" Perhaps, you have "ghosted" someone? What does that do to your credibility and reputation? What seems like harmless avoidance could be very detrimental in the long-term.
Sep 3, 2019
Episode 14 - From Someday to Today to Everyday
David is a self-admitted procrastinator. He often says he will get something done, "someday." However, he has learned through his health journey that if he moves from "somday" to "today," he creates positive habits that can be executed everyday.
Aug 16, 2019
Episode 13 - Back to school means back to progress
It's Back to school season, which means back to structure for many. It is also a time where many work on their health, personal development, education, etc. However, many people give up before they break through simply because they have reasonable expectations. David addresses this short-term thinking and offers action steps toward long-term success.
Aug 9, 2019
Episode 12 - Innovation is not a dirty word
Even though there may be "no new ideas in the world," application of those ideas have definitely changed. David dispels myths about some processed foods, new methods of education, and social media. He offers practical steps on how to embrace innovation without losing your sanity.
Aug 7, 2019
Episode 11 - Gym success and life success
David interviews his long-time friend Sean Green about his health journey, which ran through the local gym. As Sean contends for his health, other areas of his life have been affected, in a good way.
Aug 1, 2019
Episode 10 - Cultivate with Tom Hammel
David welcomes his first interview guest, Tom Hammel. Tom is a pastor, leadership trainer, just to name a few of his callings. Tom share the story of his own health journey and the awakening that took place along the way. Today, Tom is helping people lead themselves to success.
Jul 31, 2019
Episode 9 - Lead from the future
Most folks don't take the time to think about the future version of themselves. In this episode, David talks about leading from the future, and acting in the now to set and attain personal goals.
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 8 - Start with your "Why"
Have you ever noticed how the gym parking lot is full on January 2nd and not-so-full about 30 days after that? Many folks start a life change with the how, what, or when. David explains that starting with "Why" is the key to sticking to a plan.
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 7 - Lifestyle Change or Alleviating Guilt?
In this episode, David "gets real" about the reasons behind diets, financial programs, or any major life change. If your heart isn't right, your follow through will suffer.
Jul 10, 2019
Episode 6 - Get your mind right
When it comes to improvement, mindset is everything. David illustrates the power of the right (and wrong) mindset, along with the difference between negative and positive motivation.
Jul 6, 2019
Episode 5 - The power of a community
No one lives in a vacuum, nor are we meant to live in one. When it comes to any journey in life, we all need a support system to help us achieve our goals. In this episode, David offers real-life examples of how support systems work, and who should (and shouldn't) be a part of them.
Jul 2, 2019
Episode 4 - The value of a coach
We all need help to be the best version of ourselves. Often, people can see more ability and potential in us than we can see in ourselves. David talks about the value of following a coach or mentor, whether in person or via other means. He tells a story about a coach, a barbell and a broomstick.
Jun 30, 2019
Episode 3: The one-day water challenge
David is a self-admitted non-water drinker. At least he used to be. In this episode, David explains the why and how behind drinking half your body weight in ounces of water and issues a one-day challenge to listeners.
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 2 - It is time to start
Did you know there is a day ending in "y" tomorrow? Whatever your excuse. Whatever you are waiting to happen before you start is only hindering your progress. In this episode, David talks about the mindset for starting something new, and getting out of your own way to make it happen.
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 1 - Dave loses 125 pounds and gets his life back
David Specht turned 49 in 2018. He was tired of being overweight and just "getting by." With the help of his wife, Tina, he lost more than 125 pounds during a 10-month period and has kept it off. He got his health back, and is taking his life back. Now, he wants to take what he's learned (and continues to learn) and share it with others. In this episode, David shares part of his health journey story.