140 – You Were Born to Do This

Highlights from today’s show…

  1. Dr. Dave shares a personal story that he’s never told before. 
  2. What were you born to do? Are you living your passion?
  3. Dr. Dave shares his ultimate goal for this podcast…

Hey there! How are ya? It’s Dr. Dave and this is episode #140 of The David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is the show where I help you live longer, stronger, healthier, and happier. Welcome! I am so glad you are here with me. I’ve got something that I want to share with you today that I have never shared in public. There are only two or three people on the planet that know this story and I want to share it with you today.

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Before I get started I want to thank you so much for being a friend and listener. I consider you a friend. If you are taking time out of your day to listen to my words and help improve your life, then yes you are a true friend!

A few night ago I was privileged to be a guest at a baseball game for the Baltimore Orioles. As you know I am from the Baltimore area, although I live in a rural area in Northern Baltimore County. So we have the Baltimore Orioles here and I grew up watching them. I hadn’t been to a game in several years now. A friend of my wife, Yoko, invited us to a game. Her friend’s husband is a major league pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. So we went to watch him and they killed the Baltimore Orioles.

Part of my life flashed before my eyes as we were watching this game. And I’ll tell you why. As I was watching the pitchers for both teams play, I had a flashback from when I was about 10 or 11 years old when I played Little League baseball. For those of you not from the U.S., Little League is a baseball club for kids. So my memory flashed back to Little League. I was on a team for several years and I wanted to be a pitcher. I just loved pitching! I thought I was really really good. I was tall, I was lean, and fairly strong armed. I had the makings of a pitcher and I wanted to pitch. That was my dream and my passion. But my manager had other ideas. He did not let me pitch. He picked some other guys that were super athletic. The manager did not think I was good enough to pitch. He put me in the outfield or sometimes first base. But I never got to pitch. And I started to get really upset with my manager and said “hey look I can pitch. I want to pitch. I want to show you how good I can pitch. I’ll be good I promise. We’re gonna win some games. Let me have a chance.” My manager never let me try. I never got to go on the mound to pitch, not even as a relief pitcher or a substitute. I never got to pitch because my manager didn’t think I was good enough. Who was my manager? My manager was my Dad. For some reason, my Dad had this thing where he thought his son, David Madow, was not meant to be a pitcher. He thought I was never going to be a good pitcher and he wanted to prove something so he never put me on the mound and let me try it.

And over many many years, I’ve thought about this and I’ve always looked back and wondered what would have happened if little David Madow would have had his chance to be a pitcher in the Little League? What would have happened to him? Would he have gone on to play high school baseball or college baseball? Maybe he would have been such a star that he would have made it into the minor leagues, the major leagues, the Word Series’ Most Valuable Player. I had this dream the other night while we were sitting at the game the other night watching these young pitchers on the mound. That could have been me. I know it could have been me. I could have done that. It should have been me. It would have been me if my Dad had given me a chance. And I think of reasons why he wouldn’t have wanted his son to pitch. Because you know you always kind of err on the side of not showing favoritism to your son.

My father was a shoe manufacturer, and I used to work at his place during the summer. He would always give me the absolute shitiest jobs there. You couldn’t really get any lower. Maybe he wanted me to start from the bottom and I get it but it was almost like he didn’t want to show his son any favoritism whatsoever. And again I think he wanted to show the other players that I am the manager and I am not favoriting my son. I don’t know. Maybe I sucked but I don’t think so.

In our family there were three boys. I am the oldest and I think I was always the natural athlete out of all three of us. There’s no question. I think I still am probably. It just came more naturally to me and I think I could have done it. I think I could have been in the major leagues. I talk to my Dad often about this. We’ve had talks over many many many years about this. And he always comes back to the same thing, “Dave you just didn’t have it. You weren’t good enough.” And I say “Dad, you never gave me a chance.” And he would say “Nah, you just couldn’t pitch, you just weren’t good enough.” And I say “but you never let me try.” And he really didn’t have an answer for that, he just didn’t.

I was over at his house about 3 or 4 days ago, helping him with some computer issues that he had. We started talking about the pitching thing again. It comes up a lot these days. He looked at me and said, “Dave, I think you are right. I think I should have let you pitch. I think you would have been a good pitcher.” It took him 76 years to finally admit that to me!

I am really goal oriented and I have told you for many years now that you can get practically whatever you want. Think about it, write it down, read it every day. Just make it your life. Make it that you want to do it so badly that it is going to come true.

But hey I’ve gotta tell you something. I’m 61 years old. There’s no major league baseball team that’s going to hire me. There’s zero chance of that. I couldn’t even get a position as the bat boy or water boy. No one is going to hire me in the major league. Would a senior league consider me? I don’t know. But at this point in my life I probably don’t have time to do that. I am traveling so much and my schedule is so full that I couldn’t commit to any kind of team.

So I started thinking and I think we are all destined to do something. We are all born with DNA or something in our blood or soul. I remember when I was 8 years old in my pajamas in my room looking in the mirror. And I remember it like yesterday, I would say this is The David Madow Show. I pretended that I was on TV and that I had a talk TV show. But I had this feeling in my soul, in my heart, and in my blood that I wanted to be some type of entertainer, for lack of a better term. How do you like that? I was 8 years old! I never really made it on TV although I’ve done some interviews on TV when I published my book a few years ago. The closest I got was…hey you are listening to it! The David Madow Lifestyle Show. That’s close enough right?! It’s close enough for me. I’ve got you and other people from all over the world listening to me. Thousands and thousands of people listening to my voice. That’s a success! I think that’s great! For some reason, I think it was in my heart, my blood, my soul, my genetic make up for me to be an announcer, a talk show host, an entertainer, something maybe on the stage. And I am on stage too. I’m a motivational speaker. I travel all over the world in North America and speak to audiences and motivate them. Part of my childhood memories and what I wanted to do, a lot of it came true. I am not complaining about my life. I never made it to the major leagues or the actual pitcher’s mound, but I am not complaining.

So what is it that you are supposed to be doing? What is it that’s in your soul, in your heart, in your genes, in your blood? What is it that you’re supposed to be doing? Are you living the life of your dreams or are you settling for something that you know in your heart you don’t want to do? Is there something that you just really love and something that you know you really want to do and something you can make a difference with and change the world even if it’s one person at a time?

When I started my podcast about 3 years ago, my goal was to just make a difference and change the world even if it was just one person at a time. When I started this show I literally had a handful of listeners on the first show. I’ve told you before, my handful of listeners were my mom, my dad, and maybe my brothers listened, and if I bribed Yoko she would listen a little bit 😉 It was a small handful of listeners and now the show gets thousands of listeners. I persisted and didn’t quit after several shows. So what is your show? Mine was The David Madow show when I was 8 years old and to be a major league baseball pitcher when I was 10 years old.

That never happened but I am still living a great life and I am really happy with it. I am on stage in front of people entertaining, inspiring, motivating, just changing lives. That’s my calling And that’s what I want to do and I am doing it. Right now, there is nothing in this world that would get me to go back and change that. Even if it meant living in a tiny apartment for the rest of my life with Yoko. I would rather do that anyway so it doesn’t even matter. I would do that way before having that house. There is no chance of me doing something now in my life that I just don’t want to do. I can’t tell the difference between work and being on vacation. People say to me, “Dave do you work?” I absolutely work. I have several businesses. I work but it’s so much fun, it’s like I am on vacation when I am working. Sure I have meetings, and I have to speak, and I have teleconferences. But generally my time is my own. I can be creative at 2am if I want and I can be creative at 10am if I want. Whenever the creative juices start running through my body, that’s when I do it. I don’t have to do it by any clock or set schedule. I just don’t have to do that and I love it.

That’s my message for today. I was a heavy one and it really is the first time I have told you. I don’t think I’ve given this message before and if I have excuse my brain power leaving me and my memory but I don’t think I have. I may have talked about it really quickly but not in this detail.

That’s all I have for you today. I am so glad you are a friend. I’ll see you next week.

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