Podcast Episode 236: The Wild Story of My Career: How I Became a Speaker (Pt. 3 of 3)

May 7, 2016 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy

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On this week’s episode, I’m finishing the discussion of my career pivots and how I transitioned out of comedy into what I do today.


I was on a bus with Kenny Rogers and we were talking about how we had grown up and sharing times in our lives.

  • At some point I told him about the Seven Decisions, living under the pier, and Jones.
  • He said, “You ought to start talking about that on stage,” and I’m like, “Where on stage? It’s not funny.”
  • He told me I wasn’t a joke teller but a talker and a storyteller.
  • I starting throwing it in and transitioning back into comedy, but people were telling me that the serious part was their favorite part.


I realized more people asked me to speak on serious topics than were asking for the comedy.

  • This odd thing developed where I was funny, but it had a point.
  • I realized that God has used all these crazy things in my life to make me into a very different kind of speaker.
  • As I transitioned into speaking, I put together the Storms of Perfection books.
  • Then The Traveler’s Gift came along and I started writing the story that was born from living under the pier, and that developed into being more of an author.
  • The writing forced me to think.
  • To sit there and think, read through something, take notes, and ponder is not too hard, but people think it is and they choose not to do it.


Tune in to hear about the process of “getting to the bottom of the pool” and how that’s forcing me to learn new ways of explaining the topics in the next book I’m writing.


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