• Michael Valdes

Darren Jacklin, Board of Directors at eXp World Holdings, "Ripple of Impact"

I got to know Darren because he was a Board Member for EXP World Holdings (Nasdaq: EXPI), the parent company of eXp Realty. He was always the first person to praise me after opening a new country or having a successful investor conference. Quite honestly, I thought he was one of the nicest people I had ever met. However, admittedly it wasn't until I was preparing to interview him for this podcast that I realized what a global and powerful force he is.

Even though he was a brilliant entrepreneur at the age of seven when he started his first business, "Rent a Kid", he was also misdiagnosed with a learning disability and from Grade 1-12 was in Special Education. He speaks freely from his time when he felt "awkward and invisible" in school and tried to commit suicide more than once. "We are a network of conversations," he says, and one of those conversations which saved his life was when he tried to run his car into a telephone pole at 85 miles an hour, but instead drove to the 24-hour crisis center and said, "I need help.".

He discovered the Dale Carnegie training and from there, international toastmasters and learned some of his greatest lessons, which he now teaches. He realized that sometimes the environment is greater than your will power.

Darren reminds us that when we were children, we were request making machines. When you make a request, three options can happen:

* The request is accepted.

* The request is denied.

* The request is countered.

We are as human beings have the power to choose. If we don't request, the answer will always be "no".

He challenges us to ask two questions of ourselves:

1) Where am I not requesting in my life?

2) Who do I become as a human being when I don't request?

"We are drowning in information, but we are starving for knowledge.". he cautions. Success leaves clues. Daily habits and daily routines are what builds success. If it's not in your calendar, it simply won't happen. He asks us to look at our five closest friends. Are they representative of where you want your life to be in the future?

Finally, Darren leaves us with an incredible thought:

"The Secret to Living is Giving"

Thank you, Darren, for helping change the world.

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