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Beyond Your WHY

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Beyond Your WHY: where we help business leaders, politicians, and celebrities discover the WHY behind who they are and what they do.Find out your own WHY in under 5 minutes: www.whyinstitute.com
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2019-12-12

Be a coffee bean!

Season 2, Ep. 23

Meet Damon West


His WHY is Contribute


Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way)



DAMON WEST, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a motivational speaker and best-selling co-author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.


Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, he appeared to be the all-American kid pursuing his dreams.


Underneath this facade, however, was an addict in the early stages of disease. After suffering childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, Damon began putting chemicals into his body to alter the way he felt.


Once he was introduced to methamphetamines, however, he became instantly hooked—and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit.


After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences today.


Today, Damon lives a life of recovery and service, going to meetings and sharing his story all over the country with schools, church’s, athletic teams, corporations, conferences and inside correctional facilities. Over the past few years, he has been sharing the Coffee Bean lesson with dozens of college football teams such as Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, and countless schools and businesses. His “Be a coffee bean” message has inspired thousands, winning him the Service to Mankind Award in 2017.


Professionally, he works as a legal assistant for the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas and is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown.


Damon’s message connects with audiences on a level rarely before seen, as evidenced by the lengthy and thought-provoking Q&A following each presentation. His ability to articulate his story is proof that sometimes they lock-up the right person.


Damon’s story has been featured both nationally and globally. His second book, The Coffee Bean, co-authored with best-selling author Jon Gordon, became an instant best-seller. Damon is passionate about the Coffee Bean message, and loves sharing how it changed his life and how it can change yours, too.


“It is my hope that my story, my example, can show others they are capable of way more than they think. In order to stem the flow of pain in society, it is incumbent upon each of us, whether in life, in school or in business, to be like the coffee bean from my story.” – Damon West



You can learn about Damon West on his website, https://damonwest.org.

2019-12-12

Be a coffee bean!

Season 2, Ep. 23

Meet Damon West


His WHY is Contribute


Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way)



DAMON WEST, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a motivational speaker and best-selling co-author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.


Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, he appeared to be the all-American kid pursuing his dreams.


Underneath this facade, however, was an addict in the early stages of disease. After suffering childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, Damon began putting chemicals into his body to alter the way he felt.


Once he was introduced to methamphetamines, however, he became instantly hooked—and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit.


After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences today.


Today, Damon lives a life of recovery and service, going to meetings and sharing his story all over the country with schools, church’s, athletic teams, corporations, conferences and inside correctional facilities. Over the past few years, he has been sharing the Coffee Bean lesson with dozens of college football teams such as Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, and countless schools and businesses. His “Be a coffee bean” message has inspired thousands, winning him the Service to Mankind Award in 2017.


Professionally, he works as a legal assistant for the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas and is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown.


Damon’s message connects with audiences on a level rarely before seen, as evidenced by the lengthy and thought-provoking Q&A following each presentation. His ability to articulate his story is proof that sometimes they lock-up the right person.


Damon’s story has been featured both nationally and globally. His second book, The Coffee Bean, co-authored with best-selling author Jon Gordon, became an instant best-seller. Damon is passionate about the Coffee Bean message, and loves sharing how it changed his life and how it can change yours, too.


“It is my hope that my story, my example, can show others they are capable of way more than they think. In order to stem the flow of pain in society, it is incumbent upon each of us, whether in life, in school or in business, to be like the coffee bean from my story.” – Damon West



You can learn about Damon West on his website, https://damonwest.org.

2019-12-5

A Lifetime of Growth

Season 2, Ep. 22

Meet Dov Baron

His WHY is Make Sense

Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way)


Dov is a man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. He is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He is the host of the national (US) TV show “Pursuing

Deep Greatness with Dov Baron” on ROKU TV, and the host of the Number One Podcast for Fortune 500 Listeners (globally) “Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Show”.


He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more.


Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years. Dov Baron has had the honour of presenting for many esteemed audiences including; US Air Force, The Servant Leadership Institute, The World Business Conference in Tehran The State Department, and The United

Nations. He is considered by many as a leading authority on Authentic Leadership. Dov is also the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership, and the global number 1 podcast for fortune 500 leaders entitled: Dov Baron’s Leadership and

Loyalty Tips for Executives.


Outside of his speaking and training, Dov works privately with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.


Dov Baron is the Secret Weapon for many top leaders. Clients rely on his guidance to grow themselves, their cultures, their companies, deal with crisis and hear advice that they can’t find elsewhere.


Dov is a master of human dynamics, understanding what consciously and unconsciously drives of individuals and teams. He has the ability to bond individuals and teams in such a way that they become fiercely loyal. Through his global work he learned from clients and colleagues alike that

making decisions is both rational and emotional. Those most at risk of making poor decisions are people who are blind to the factors influencing them. Fortunately, many leaders want to understand their own leadership and improve. These are the leaders that call Dov.


Life-Changing Story:

In June 1990, while free rock climbing, Dov Baron fell approximately 120 feet and landed on his face. The impact shattered most of the bone structure of his face, disintegrating some of his upper jaw and fracturing his lower jaw in four places. After nine reconstructive surgeries, no external evidence remains of the damage; however, this experience was life-changing.


Before the fall, Dov had spent years building a reputation as a dynamic speaker and teacher in the field of personal and professional development, but it wasn’t until years after the fall that he began to see the beauty and elegance of what had really happened – the return to his own CORE –what he calls his ‘Authentic Self’.


Today:

Today, Dov has been sharing his wisdom and expertise privately and on international stages with professional leaders for more than 30 years. Dov’s influence has created a massive social media platform with over 200,000 followers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, iTunes etc.


Dov’s “KIllTheKeynote” campaign to change the speaking industry went viral to over 5 million people on social media. He is now speaking for some of Europe’s wealthiest families at Scone Palace, Next-Gen leaders with UnleashWD and the Legacy Show, and top American c-suite leaders for The #CSuite Network.


In addition to being an author and a radio host, Dov is also the leading expert on Developing Authentic Leadership and he is the world’s only Corporate Cultural Momentum Strategist, serving top performance individuals, corporations and organizations to generate both exponential growth and fierce loyalty.


His passion mixed with humour and ‘get to the point’ no BS style are contagious. Within moments, you will feel a genuine connection with a man who authentically walks his talk. Dov believes that the world needs more leaders who are Authentically committed to living their purpose, standing in their truth, sharing their inner genius, and empowering others to do the same.


Dov’s commitment is to take you by the hand and show you why tapping into your Authentic Self is the MOST important key to finding, developing, and retaining your top talent.


Want to learn more about Dov?


Website

www.FullMontyLeadership.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/DovBaronLeadership

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/TheDovBaron

LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/dovbaron

2 minute Sizzle Reel:

https://youtu.be/oBt1FLmLnvk

Media Page

http://fullmontyleadership.com/media

2019-11-7

Making Sense of Complexity

Season 2, Ep. 18

Meet Sabrina Cadini

Her WHY is Make Sense

Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way)


Sabrina Cadini is a Life Coach, Brain Fitness Coach, and Life-Work Balance Strategist who helps busy professionals improve their well-being and productivity without sacrificing precious time for personal life, family, and work.Sabrina started her coaching business in 2015 after experiencing burnout as an event planner a few years before. That frustrating experience inspired Sabrina to take control of her life again by extensively educating herself on the body-mind connection, the psychology of positive thinking, and neuroscience.


Since then, she has been using her story and knowledge to empower others, to allow them to rediscover their strengths, and to achieve their goals.Today Sabrina offers a wide range of coaching programs and services - from individual and group coaching to workshops, mastermind groups, and keynote speeches.Her signature Life-Work Balance program focuses on the individual before the businessperson: life comes first, then work can get done.


By optimizing the body and brain through proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, self-care, stress management, distraction control, and healthy habits, the results will be optimal well-being, a clear and sharp mind, and a far more productive and efficient daily life thanks to increased energy, positivity, and creativity. This leads to more opportunities for success in her clients’ personal and professional lives.


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