5 Questions With Dave Meltzer

Personal Growth Magazine Asks Thought Leaders These 5 Questions…

1 – What are a couple of your most effective habits?

My most important effective habit is being a student of my calendar, which means studying not only the things I have scheduled but also looking to maximize the “white space” that is in my calendar. This is something that only takes 10-15 minutes in the morning, but allows you to focus on what you need to get out of the day, making each day more productive and ensuring that you are accessible to those around you.

I also put a focus on creating a grateful mindset, which is why I believe everyone should say or think “Thank You” after they wake up and before they go to bed.

2 – How do you make your best decisions?

The best decisions are made from your center, when you have a clear mind and the right information at hand to inform your choice. One thing I always suggest when facing a tough choice is to do what I call an RIC evaluation. That means you need to evaluate the Reasons to act, the Impacts that your actions can have (on you and others), and the Capabilities you have, want, and need in order to execute on your plan.

3 – How do you push through the obstacles you face?

The easiest way to push through any obstacle is to shift your mindset, so that it becomes an opportunity instead of an obstacle. One of my biggest personal changes has come from training myself that I “get to” do everything in my life, rather than I’ve “got to” do it. This allows me to check my ego and live in gratitude, knowing that there is no place I would rather be than in my own shoes.

4 – What did you give up in order to reach your goals?

I would say that understanding the needs of my ego has helped me to “give up” being beholden to those needs of the ego. We all tend to feel a need to be right or wrong, superior or inferior, separate or equal, all of these things. In fact, when I first went bankrupt it was my ego that forced me to lose everything, I was not humble enough to ask others for help. Now, I consciously make an effort to ditch the needs of my ego, so that I am able to more easily manifest my goals.

5 – What is your favorite quote or saying and why?

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

This quote is one of my favorites because shifting your perspective empowers you to manifest what you desire more rapidly and accurately, and then pass that value along to others.

Dave Meltzer (DaveMeltzer.com) is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a Forbes “Top 10 Keynote Speaker“, award-winning humanitarian, and two-time national best-selling author, with 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the legal, technology, sports, and entertainment fields. With expertise across many industry verticals, he is uniquely positioned as a world-renowned thought leader, business strategist and leading humanitarian.

Dave has created a platform that allows him to communicate with everyone from college students to c-suite executives by using his principles for business and life: gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication. Utilizing these four principles every day allows Dave to live by his mission, “make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.”

Prominent Sports Executive
Dave is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sports 1 Marketing, a firm he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon. Sports 1 Marketing is currently involved with several sports and entertainment projects such as NFL Player’s Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl, Athlete Network, Shmoop, The Master’s, Spartan Races, Internships.com, and countless others.

Keynote Speaker
He is most recently listed by Forbes as one of the most sought after keynote speakers in “Top 10 Keynote Speakers You Must Hire For 2016”. He began speaking around the world early career in his career in technology, speaking at large conferences such as Ingram Micro, CTIA, IT-Korea, G2E Global Gaming Expo, COMDEX Australia, COMDEX Las Vegas, and several corporate speaking engagements.

Every business project that Dave works with requires having a charitable component or partner; which helps Dave continue to live by his mission. He holds several positions on boards, and memberships, for charitable causes and business development, such as: Crescent Moon Foundation, Rose Bowl Foundation, OCTANe Business Incubator, Irvine Public School Foundation, Transformational Leadership Council, National High School Basketball Association, Unstoppable Foundation, Able Population, Boys & Girls Club of America: Orange County, Big Brothers & Big Sisters (fmr.), among several others.

Technology Pioneer
Dave is considered one of the pioneers in the ever-changing online world of technology. Early in his career, he was an executive for several technology companies, including Westlaw, Thomson Reuters, Everypath, Accenture, and the PC-E Phone. He was responsible for the launch of the world’s first smartphone, the PC-E Phone manufactured by Samsung.

Media Personality
Dave has a wide breadth of knowledge in several topics and is profiled by national publications such as Forbes, ESPN, Bloomberg, among countless others. He is frequently interviewed to discuss law, inspiration, technology, and trending sports topics. Past discussions have included: Donald Sterling and sports ethics; Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and player relations; endorsements and player contracts; sports technology and fan experience; sports marketing and television revenue. Dave is the sports business analyst on CNBC “Fast Money” and ESPN Radio.

Successful Entrepreneur & Consultant
Dave currently sits on the advisory board for OCTANe. Other notable boards that he sits on: Commerce for a Cause, Stitch, Pledger, Hall of Fame Flag Football Association, Content.Market, Sports Brain, Celebviddy, Acumen.

Best-Selling Author
Dave is a best-selling author and launched his first book Connected To Goodness in 2014, which quickly gained national exposure for his codified principles to success using business and spirituality. His newest release, Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, which he co-authored with Blaine Bartlett, delves into the flaws of traditional capitalism.

Mentor & Business Coach
Dave is always willing to help people who are looking to improve their personal and professional life. He is constantly asked to mentor C-level executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, young professionals, and students.