Attaining what others say is against the odds.
Exceptionalism doesn't have to be a trait you're born with, it can also
be what you're capable of accomplishing with the talents you posses.
David has proven this time and again throughout his life. He has clearly
demonstrated that even common individuals with the proper mentors, leadership,
focus and thirst for knowledge can accomplish what others say can’t
premature and raised by a loving adopted family, David struggled
with his education due to a level of dyslexia. His parents were
told that his learning disability would probably keep him from
graduating high school, and if he was lucky enough to get into
college, he wouldn’t make it through the first semester.
While growing up David watched his friends win awards in school, sports
and extra-curricular activities. He was left wondering why he wasn’t
part of this “culture of success.” David was taught that
mankind is designed for accomplishment and engineered for success. This
left David even more perplexed as to why he wasn’t finding his
own victories in life.
After quitting the Boy Scouts for a six-month period, his parents shared
with him why he was making a monumental mistake. They knew this teachable
moment could translate into a lifelong pattern of facing obstacles and
overcoming them, or becoming demoralized when facing them. David realized
even at a young age, that there are goals in life that are long-term
and must be broken into smaller, individual goals. He rejoined Scouts
and earned what only 3% of kids in America achieve – the rank of
Eagle Scout – amazingly, at the age of 14! This act, held in the
highest regard by all who attain this rank, was the turning point in
David’s life. He learned everyone is capable of achieving their
personal best with the right formula of drive and passion.
In December of 1991, when only two out of 10 college graduates were finding
a job, David was hired by a company that had not hired a college graduate
in 20 years. For the first two years of his sales career he experienced
anything but success. It was in his second year that his mentor took
him under his guidance, provided David the resources and training for
sales success, and watched him become the number one sales representative
in the company. The following year, David became the first “Million
Dollar Salesman” the company recognized.
David quickly found success in the Pharmaceutical industry as well. Among
his 1,500 colleagues, David found himself believing in a product that
others did not want to sell, in a poor performing territory. With only
a year and a half of experience and a lot of passion – David not
only accomplished becoming the number one sale representative in the
country, for the first time in company history – with his short
tenure, he was nominated “Pharmaceutical Sales Representative of
the Year.” This is where David earned his title “Minister
He took this same level of passion and applied it to martial arts. At
the age of 30, witnessing a policeman in the city park, standing off
three intoxicated thugs, David hesitated as to whether he should help
the officer. After a long night of struggling with his hesitation, he
took up his long time friend's offer to join his martial arts school.
Five years later, David earned his first Dan Black Belt and is now instructing
David spent a lifetime leveraging his experiences to help others achieve
their personal best. He is a much sought-after motivational speaker in
Charlotte, Asheville, Hickory and surrounding areas. He functions
as team leader and life coach at work, church and in the community. David
now resides in Hickory, NC, with his wife and best friend Amy, and his
two daughters Savannah and Riley Washco.