The Dave Ward Story
In 2007, my life completely changed. My dad suffered from a rare neurological disorder that caused him to age prematurely. At age 62, he looked like he was 92. Most people thought he was my grandfather.
When he passed away, his death caused me to seriously think about my own life. I desperately wanted to do work that mattered, but the truth was that I wasn’t on that kind of path. I knew I had to make a change.
I was interested in Coaching because I had been a loyal Beachbody customer since 2003. When the Coaching opportunity became available in 2007, my then-wife Monica jumped in with both feet and had immediate success. I was hesitant, but I knew I couldn’t continue practicing law if I wanted to find my purpose in life.
During the 2007-08 financial market collapse, my once strong real estate development practice was in serious jeopardy. I worried about losing my job and the means of providing for my family. We had very little savings and nothing set aside for our kids’ college funds.
In August 2008, I went to a personal development seminar that challenged me to take responsibility for my situation. No, I didn’t cause the financial meltdown, but I was making a conscious choice not to do anything to change my circumstances. I set a goal to walk away from my dying law practice and become a full-time Beachbody Coach.
After hitting my first goal of earning enough with Coaching to purchase a new triathlon bike in only four months, I started to believe in my abilities and began pursuing a full-time career as a Coach. That turned out to be one of the best decisions I would ever make. I was scared at first but quickly realized that my hard work over the previous 18 months had built an income that covered all our bills.
A year later, we decided that we wanted to return home to San Diego. Without the hindrance of a law practice that shackled me to Arizona, we just picked up and moved. For two years we lived by the beach watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean every evening from our balcony.
My career as a Coach has continued to blossom and grow. I think the primary benefit of Coaching has been that I regained time. It’s my time now. And it’s time I get to spend on my children. It’s knowing I’ll be there for them when they get home from school, and it’s knowing that their financial futures, including college funds, are secure.
While the financial success is fantastic, Beachbody has really added so much more to my life. It has given me the chance to do work that matters. To have a purpose. To make a difference in the lives of other people.
There is really no paycheck that can rival that impact.