“I literally take the lessons that I learned in baseball and I live them every day.” -David Keesee
In this episode of Love the Game. Live the Dream., it is my pleasure to introduce you to yet another great friend of mine David Keesee.
David is a transformational speaker, coach, & mentor who is known for his real & care-frontational approach. He specializes in training on mindset, influence, and performance. He is the creator of Sales Impact Academy & founder of The League.
As a head coach & mentor, his coaching programs & courses come from both personal experience as well guiding his students. David has conducted over 3,000 deep-dive coaching sessions with his clients & trained over 20,000 people in the areas of mindset, influence, & high-performance.
Oh…I forgot to mention he spent 7 years as a professional baseball player.
In this episode David and I discuss a wide range of topics:
- How his Mom took him from the hospital at 2 weeks old to his first Dodger game.
- He was pronounced dead after getting struck by a drunk driver at 8 yrs old.
- How he borrowed money for bus fare from LA to KC to try out uninvited.
- The importance of always finding a way to get back up and move forward.
- Life after baseball and how it taught him to succeed in business.
- And much, much more.
HOW WE MET
I want to say it was the Fall of 2004 but I can’t say for sure. David came to my Academy in Sherman Oaks, CA to see if we could use any part-time instructors. It was perfect timing as we always held winter camps for kids ages 5-12.
David had just officially retired from pro ball and was looking to get into coaching. We talked for a bit and I knew immediately that not only was he the perfect guy to have around the kids but it was like looking into a mirror.
His infectious, witty and humorous personality immediately ignited our friendship. He continued to do private lessons for a couple more years following that first winter camp. Eventually, being the consummate professional that he is David sought out other forms of income and thrust himself into the real estate industry.
We remained friends and continued to get together and discuss life, business and occasionally play some music over a few cervezas. We lost touch for about 5 years while I was living in Costa Rica, raising a daughter and continuing my scouting/coaching career. During that time David was building his business.
It thrills me to no end that our friendship never died. Today we have kept in regular contact as we continue to push each other professionally and personally.
This interview was recorded from the Bay of Islands Radio studio in Corner Brook, Newfoundland where I was able to get David on the phone from his home in Santa Clarita, CA.
Love the Game. Live the Dream