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Our Guest today David Morrison has a fascinating career journey to share with us.  He has gone from, quite literally a “rock and roll” lifestyle to life as a Social entrepreneur, living every day on purpose and loving his incredibly full life.  If you’re interested in how you can land some pretty sweet exciting roles, live the high life and also find meaning in your work we have so much in store for you today.  Dave used to think like the majority of us, "Just work hard, results get noticed, the next opportunity will show up", just like a lot of our parents, work hard for 40yrs with the 40 hr week and then retire, sounds good right?  Dave believes differently, as he took his first steps out into the world, these words are what he had in his mind as the keys to success. It certainly worked out, travelling with bands around the world like the Rolling Stones, Member of the 2000 Olympic Team (essentially party liaison) and even stood ring side with Ric Flair and the Rock at Wrestlmania.  He lived out a boyhood dream to work for the WWE during one of the most exciting times in their history. Whilst on paper very fulfilling as he got older, he reaslied he was just really working to get the "next big gig" and had ended up with a set of values that were putting me on a path of burn out and always feeling like there is something missing in my blessed life.

Kylie

Welcome to our show today David Morrison.

David

Thank you, Kylie. It’s my absolute pleasure.

Kylie

Tell me about your career, if you could talk me through from the early days right up to today.

David

I tended to follow the ethos that when you work hard, opportunities will follow. People will notice you and want to connect with you. Like a lot of people, I started working in the hospitality industry.

Kylie

Starting out on hospitality is a great start – you are taught early on that when you’re at work, you need to work hard.

David

I completely agree. It’s not just about starting to learn responsibilities but also listening and connecting with people. You develop really good skills on just being observant and listening to what people’s needs are – it’s really an amazing ground work on building your skills to a professional in a workplace and being a well rounded person.

Kylie

You’re absolutely right, it’s a great foundation. I love a couple of things you said there. First, you work hard and opportunities come to you. Also, I like the way you look at your job at hospitality, about connecting with people and creating amazing experiences.

David

It sort of triggered a series of events where I was working in hospitality then all of a sudden I found myself working in musical theatre and theatre management and working on theatre production like Miss Saigon, Chicago and many others things like that for a number of years. After doing that for three to four years, I ended up working for the Australian Olympic team in 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was leaving the other job, I had a personal connection and I was looking into doing a business within the Australian Olympic committee. It’s more of about sports management, PR stuff. Then I ended up working in London for three years, after that I travelled around Europe and all around Asia doing TV events.

Kylie

Good to see you fulfilled your Australian duties and did sometime in London ;-). The other thing you’ve talked about is finding out what’s important to other people – I’m hearing a lot of what you can do for them, listening. It’s really good to hear that attitude of really caring and empathy, the listening and understanding.

David

The most enjoyable time I’ve had is less about me. In high pressure situations, you’d be able to help directly with a solution because you can’t solve everything but just being able to bring some calm and help get an outcome to really stressful places made that person feel better – it’s not really about me.

Kylie

So where to from there?

David

After working at London, I met my wife over there. We came back home to Australia. I believe in this saying – don’t say no to a meeting – you just take it because you don’t know who you’re going to meet. I genuinely believe that when you open yourself up to opportunity then work comes your way. Then I got a job in the wonderful world of media sales. I worked through different facets of business – traditional sales, product development, commercial development, supply chain development, business partnership management and working more heavily on the commercial side of media assets. I seek our theses skills. It’s all about chasing the deal and anything can happen.

Kylie

I love that point you said there – never say ‘no’ to a meeting.

David

Taking a genuine interest in the people you meet and just listen to what’s going on with their lives. The more you give, the more you’re going to receive. At any time and any point in your life, there is no time like now to go out and create that opportunity and dream that you want because there’s an endless string of opportunities out there and that’s the whole abundance mindset.

Kylie

It’s so true.

David

Your values should always be connected to your goals. Changing your values around to make it easy to access every day so feel more fulfilled that way you’re doing what you do at a much higher vibration or level of energy and the process is going to be much enjoyable.

Kylie

Absolutely. I talked a lot about value in my previous programs. Whether you’re in a corporate role or an entrepreneur, you need to be very clear on what your values are. So talk to us more about what you are doing now.

David

I’ve got a major shift in my health and I wasn’t so stressed anymore and I had more energy. I was inclined to want to eat better and want to exercise more. I came to a realization that we all have an opportunity in life to be a positive role model for ourselves and for each other. I also believe that we never live in a time of such prosperity and opportunity. I have a full time job but I also run an internet business as well. I started my internet business because I had new values. Being able to create a life and how that affects other people and how that creates more time for me to focus on more positive things. So the mindset stuff is really big.

Kylie

True. We have to power to change that. We have absolute power and control over doing that. The life you’re living right now is the life you’re living in purpose. It all starts on mindset and living in purpose. Talk to us a little more about personal development.

David

Getting involved in personal development – it gives me huge amount of self awareness and it’s made me really focus on compassion. My number one value is love next is compassion. Compassion helps in the workplace and in life. It is important because when you deal with people and stressful situations you can take it personally wherever you go.

Kylie

I love that because you’re looking at what’s really happening. All anger and frustrations are based on fear. If you could be the bigger person and see what’s that person is going through. Ultimately, it goes with the saying ‘would you rather be happy or would you rather be right?’

David

I used to feel that anxiety and stress inside of me and sometimes not interact correctly with that person. When you feel angry, that anger is normally you’re angry with yourself because you’re seeing something in that person that you do. So being able to change that help people or at least being compassionate to them and not channeling the anger to them.

Kylie

In the workplace, if you’re looking at people who are successful, they are the ones who have strong EQ. I don’t think you can separate self development and leadership training – they are so intrinsically entwined do you agree?

David

I love the fact that leadership gets talked about because it makes people more conscious about what they are doing every day, what they do to themselves and how they connect to other people.

Kylie

You’re a guy who appears to have it all – beautiful wife, beautiful children, a successful career – tell me how do you spend each day. What is your routine, when you wake up in the morning until your head hits the pillow in the evening?

David

Planning is the most important one, scheduling. On Sunday nights, we review the week ahead and that’s a big help. The big thing in the morning is exercise, doing gratitudes and thinking about what’s my intention today. At the end of the week, I do a debrief. That allows you some time to the things that didn’t work out and why, can we change it and is it still worthwhile to do again and what do we need to improve? We also finish the week and celebrate the great things we did so you feel a sense of accomplishment and feel very positive and empowered to set your goals for the following week.

Kylie

Ultimately, it comes down to living with intention.

David

We still have these moments of struggle and difficult things going on and particularly as a couple you have that capacity to make sure that you’re checking on each other all the time. Another value that I have is flexibility like always finding joy in the process.

Kylie

Do you have any more wisdom that you can impart to our listeners in terms of how to find the career they love and find joy in what they’re doing?

David

I was most excited helping other people, when I was genuinely in that place of compassion and I was also always treating myself and other with respect and love and that was critical. Then I went around creating specific goals instead of life mission statements. The last piece of advice would probably be is to follow your instincts and trust yourself and act on that thing that sits in your heart whatever it is.

Kylie

Thank you so much for being on the podcast, David.

David

You did an amazing job being able to pick out all the questions that I was saying. Thank you so much Kylie and have a beautiful day. Thank you to all the listeners.

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