Motivational Speaker – David Sharpe
Stories Of An Ex-Homeless Man Who Ran The Streets And Almost Died From A Crippling Drug Addiction — Who Beat Death, Made Millions Online, And Inspired Tens-Of-Thousands of People Around The World
First, an introduction to prepare you for what you’re about to experience: The following is the “un-edited” version of David Sharpe’s personal life. What you’re about to read is life through David’s eyes. What really happened. And how he beat death and rose from the ashes to become one of the most influential people online.
Cocaine, Prostitution, and… Entrepreneurism
I was always into adventure. And at this time in my life… there was nothing more adventurous than the streets. I never knew what was “around the corner”, literally. Each day brought new opportunity — sometimes good — sometimes bad. I left home when I was 13 years old. I can remember sliding out the bathroom window of my parents house, with nothing but the clothes on my back. I lived on couches and floors, until my first “stable” living situation arose.Unfortunately for me, the older crew of guys I was living with were running a heroin, cocaine and prostitution “enterprise” out of the apartment. I did say “stable”. I didn’t say safe. This was my first lesson in entrepreneurism.
From Hungry To Hustler
Me at 15 y/o at the Pool Hall
Needless to say, I got hungry. And I needed money. And to get money, I needed “a hustle”. At this time of my life, I spent a lot of time around a local pool-hall. Here, I saw it all — gambling (for small and surprisingly large amounts), drug dealing, prostitution, and crime of all sorts. I took what seemed like the high road, and followed in the foot steps of the hustlers and dealers I grew up around, mainly because I was not into gambling, stealing or being a “pimp”. I started peddling pot, and it was here that I learned about the simple principals of supply and demand, and wholesales vs. retail. By the age of 15 I was making pretty money. I starting messing with heavier stuff, and found myself in some pretty precarious situations.
Kids Having Kids
Me and my Daughter
In November of 1999, I turned 16. One month later, my daughter Bailee was born. She weighed 1 pound 12 ounces, and was 2 months premature. All I remember about this time of my life, was driving down to the hospital every day to sit by her side, and hold her when I could. Mostly unconscious of the situation (due to being so young), I showed up and did the best I could to be a dad. After 2 months my daughter was released from the hospital, and we took her home. On top of the pressure I was dealing with being a teenager and surviving in the streets, I now had something much bigger to worry about — a little girl.
Shot taken of me somewhere in FL…
Life started to become overwhelming. I was dealing with circumstances way beyond my age. I felt like it was me against the world, and I started to use the drugs I was supposed to be “pushing”. I started to become my own best customer. This was the beginning of the end. I had no idea at the time, but the next 8 years of my life would be a complete hell. The things I saw and the places I founds myself I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I felt dead, and didn’t know if I was going to get out alive at times. A lot of this part of my life is a blur (or just too graphic to write here — I’ll put it in a book one day)… but one memory that stands to me about this time of my life was… one day I was sitting in a car (I can’t remember who’s car it was)… I had no place to sleep, I was addicted to drugs, and felt like an empty shell — and believed whole heartily that this was what i would be doing for the rest of my life. I was utterly hopeless.
From The Ashes I Rose
My Dad, Gene Sharpe
In the spring of 2008 I had no where to go but up. I was at “rock bottom”. I hadn’t talked to my Father in years, but somehow, I managed to find out where he lived. Completely unsure how he would react, I crawled onto his apartment doorstep and knocked. As the door opened, I drew my head up with the last ounce desperation I had, and said…. “Dad, I know you haven’t seen me in years, but I need help’.
Detoxing into Hope
My Dad said yes, and I slept on his couch for the next 3 months. I detoxed on that couch. And I went through HELL getting to the other side of my addiction. Cold sweats, diarrhea, and the worst leg cramps ever. But I made it. I can remember the first major purchase I made — it was a bed — and I sleep on it in the same room as my dad for 3 months before he realized I wasn’t leaving, and we got a new (and bigger) place to live. My Dad had a small construction company, and would let me come to work with him to pay the new bills I was starting to acquire. For the first time in YEARS…. I had a little bit of hope.
From Park Benches To Park Ave
Up until this point in my life, I should have been dead, banished from society, and long forgotten about. And nothing about my life was “glamorous”. Hell, I almost died from a crippling drug addiction, was homeless for almost 10 years, and was broke, broken, and hopeless. Then after staying clean for a couple of years, my life took a very weird twist. And instead of going on living a meaningless and mediocre life like many people do, I discovered something that changed everything for me, and can change everything for you, too.
And today, this ex-homeless “outcast” is making every teacher, police officer and ex-girlfriend who ever doubted me….
So what was the little secret I discovered and put to work that has generated over $40-million dollars in sales online in the last 15 months? That has helped me build a team of over 120,000 people in over 140 countries, for the most part, completely online. That has allowed me to help more people create a six and seven figure a year income faster than anything else in the history of “making money from home”? And that has helped me fill conventions centers of over 5,000 people who are all getting results, making money online and living a life beyond their wildest dreams?