Episode 28: Getting Unstuck with David Skidmore

Personal Growth with Michael and Carolyn 

In preparation for today’s interview, Michael and Carolyn want to share a resource they have both recently used. Unstuck by David Skidmore, is a great book if you are feeling stuck in the place you are at. Michael shares a time when he was stuck, which actually gave birth to the Dreamers and Doers Podcast! You can grab the book Unstuck from David’s website here.

Now let’s meet the author!

David Skidmore: Author of Unstuck

Meet today’s Dreamer and Doer, David Skidmore, author of Unstuck. David loves God, loves people, and is passionate about finding creative answers to everyday questions. He’s a Creative Director by trade, as well as a storyteller, vision shaper, and relationship builder. He lives to inspire people and organizations and help them experience transformation. Whether you’re a creative entrepreneur feeling stuck and needing clarity (and maybe a hard push in the right direction), or a church leader looking for a guest speaker to bring a fresh perspective on faith, hope, love, and leadership–you’ve found your guy.

David considers himself a natural dreamer because even when he accomplishes a goal, he feels he has a ton more untouched dreams. 

Dreaming From a Young Age

Growing up, David moved around to multiple different states. He was a Pastor’s kid and valued spending time with his family. David’s big dream was to become an NBA star. While his Mom was very consistent, his Dad was full of variety and was a big dreamer himself. He believed wholeheartedly in David’s dreams which fueled him to continue dreaming.

Feeling Stuck

David’s teen years were a challenging time. He felt very lonely and isolated, and he had so many dreams. He didn’t feel support from his peers and wanted to move away. During this time David began public speaking and found a deep passion for it. He began spending time learning more about speaking technique and practiced becoming better at it. Looking back, David realized that this was a transforming time in his life which really pushed him to grow. David encourages us to stay on our course and focus on our dreams even through challenging times. 

Getting Unstuck

Unstuck is all about turning potential into purpose. David felt compelled to write this book during COVID-19 since we all ended up stuck at home. He not only shares his story of feeling stuck as a teen, but he also dives into the idea of hitting our goals and showing up in our own daily lives. This manifests itself in 3 simple steps:

  1. Clarify
  2. Commit
  3. Create

David loves this book because it is practical. It can be used for business, school, relationships, and more. He is really excited to help others find their true potential within themselves.

Middle School Advice

You are going to make it! David shares that no matter what other people think of you and what valleys or mountains you will go through you will make it. Take time to try different things and find your passion. You don’t need to know your passion now, there is time! The best is yet to come.

Key Takeaways

  • Everyone has potential inside of them.
  • Commit to a process that can help you turn potential into purpose.
  • There is time. Even small steps can help you reach your dreams. Take small steps each day towards your goals.

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