Using Anger to Empower with Dr. Cheryl Wood

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When is the last time you got angry? As women, we are conditioned to keep the peace and to shove everything under the rug. Yet sometimes, anger can be the most significant catalyst for change. In this episode, I am lucky to have Dr. Wood. She is an International Empowerment Speaker, TEDx Speaker, 13x Best-Selling Author, and America’s #1 Developer of Transformational Women Speakers. Dr. Wood talks about how anger was one of the things that allowed her to shift into entrepreneurship. For Dr. Wood, anger gave her the power to take over her own life and not wait for someone else to give her an opportunity.

Later, we chat about what it takes as a woman to protect yourself from toxic energy. You can’t help but pay attention to the people closest to you. If their words are toxic, then it’s time to permit yourself to divorce the things or people that are no longer serving you. That way, you can grow your business bigger and unlock your greatest potential. Dr. Wood explains precisely how she was able to turn toxic energy from her loved ones into positive steps forward. Plus, Dr. Wood shares with us three actions to turn your anger into life-changing growth. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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In This Episode You’ll Also Learn:

  • [03:30] Dr. Wood explains how she went from poverty to becoming an acclaimed International Empowerment Speaker. 
  • [07:40] We speak about Tall Poppy Syndrome and why no one thought Dr. Wood would be a “giant.” 
  • [09:20] How you can protect yourself from the toxicity around you – even from the people you love most. 
  • [13:50] Remember this: always make your life bigger than you. Plus, Dr. Wood reveals how she uses anger to motivate + drive her work. 
  • [21:55] Three action steps to harness your anger. 
  • [27:30] There’s a power in validating that what you already know is enough for someone. 
  • [33:40] You HAVE not because you’ve ASKED not. If you don’t ask, you can’t receive!

Here are a few of my favorite takeaways:

  • In order to grow, you need to give yourself permission to divorce the things that are no longer serving you. 
  • Read books to fortify your mind for the entrepreneurial journey; that way, you can realize what is possible.  
  • Allow yourself to feel anger. Then, take that anger and let it propel you to create something for the world.
  • The three steps to harness your anger: acknowledge, analyze, and then act.

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About Dr. Cheryl Wood:

Dr. Cheryl Wood is an International Empowerment Speaker, TEDx Speaker, 13x Best-Selling Author and America’s #1 Developer of Transformational Women Speakers.  She equips women entrepreneurs with the tools to unleash the power of their voice, transform lives globally with their story, and monetize their knowledge, experiences and expertise through public speaking on virtual and LIVE platforms.  Dr. Wood has trained countless women entrepreneurs and leaders across the United States and abroad in South Africa, India, France, United Kingdom, Canada and the Bahamas.  She empowers women entrepreneurs to face their fears, get out of their comfort zone, take calculated risks, and maximize their impact through speaking.

Dr. Wood has been featured on ABC, Radio One, Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Sheen Magazine, Good Morning Washington, Fox 5 News, Fox 45 News, The Washington Informer, The Baltimore Times and numerous other media outlets.  She has delivered riveting keynote presentations for organizations including NASA, Capital One, Verizon, The United Nations, the FBI, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture, National Association of Legal Professionals, Federally Employed Women, Blacks In Government, Women’s Council of Realtors, Women in eDiscovery, Women in Public Finance and eWomenNetwork, to name a few.  Dr. Wood is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs globally to make their unique fingerprint count and to create a living legacy by using their voice starting today! 

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