Steve Woodruff

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Steve Woodruff

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Think Fast is a mini-episode featuring 10 rapid-fire questions.

Think Fast Questions

What is your favorite podcast?

The Marketing Book Podcast

Bring one character to life.


If you could download one person’s (dead or alive) entire knowledge, wisdom, and memories to add to your own, whose would it be?

Charles Spurgeon

What industry or career path do you think has the most promising future or potential?

I think it’s being a communicator because no matter what happens. Always, somebody has to communicate skillfully and whether it’s in marketing or sales or consulting or writing or whatever, there’s always going to be a need for someone to take ideas and package them skillfully.

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?

Easily talk to people and feel sympathetic, feel empathy, just naturally feel.

What is a lesson that you wish that you’d learned earlier in your life?

I really wish that I had learned that I was a consultant sometime before my mid forties, because that would have shaped the course I took.

What negative experience in your life are you most happy happened to you?

one of the biggest negative experiences in my life has been, I’ve lived with undiagnosed clinical depression for almost all my adult life until sometime in my forties. And the only thing I’m thankful about with that is that I can relate to other people who’ve struggled with it.

But I had an internal battle from my teens all the way through my forties, which just sapped the daylights out of me. And I’m still trying to be grateful for it. I’m very thankful to be out of it and to have medication has really helped and I’ve learned how to get ahold. And this is one reason I brought up the book soundtracks by John Acuff, which is controlling your thought life.

The biggest challenge of my life has been controlling my own head. So maybe I’ll be more grateful at some point in the future. But it’s a hard, lonely battle, and I will say this, I’m glad it’s basically over with.

What is your definition of success, and has it changed over time?

My definition of success is twofold. One is, we’ve talked about finding your purpose and running in it, whatever that means. The other definition of success for me is my five kids. And I have five grown boys. They’re all going in directions. They’re all , very good human beings. And despite the thousands of ways I’ve beat myself up over being a bad parent or, every parent goes through the agony of feeling like you’re just the worst human on the planet.

And you’re going to break these kids. To now be able to talk to these adults and have them as friends and then now two of them, one of them just had a child, my first grandchild and other ones coming in February. To me, I’ve always wanted grandchildren. And so this is going to be one of my biggest successes is grandkids.

What’s one thing everybody listening to this episode should go do today?

My goal, when you talk about clarity and communications and all that, on your very next email, bring the point up to the subject line. People are scanning their inboxes, they’re scanning the subject lines, and the lowest hanging fruit, the visual real estate that matters, is the subject line in the first sentence.

So whatever your point is, bring it right up In a way that’s vivid and interesting because then you got to win the inbox battle, but you got to do it fast. And so it’s always starts with email emails, your lowest hanging fruit.

The Infinity Gauntlet gives the holder the ability to snap their fingers and make anything their mind can imagine into reality. Here’s the catch though: it generally costs the wearer who snaps their fingers their lives. I have this gauntlet, and I’m offering it to you. What would you want to happen?

I would change to where all that blocks our view of God fall out of our eyes and we would see clearly and we would see infinite glory and love all of us. I’d give my life in a second, in a millisecond.

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