What is the value of caring, and how does it make a difference?
In this show, we are exploring, freedom, making choices and living the life you want to live, but more importantly, we are looking at the value of caring.
We all care about those close to us, family and friends, but what about other people? Caring is an underrated value. My guest’s formative years were at a unique school where he learned the value and importance of caring. It has shaped his life and work, bringing him everything he ever wanted.
Matt Ward was born the 3rd child to a low-income family with problems. He is the only sibling to finish High school, go to college and avoid prison.
How he avoided the path to jail is down to the universe giving him a break. At the age of 10 (sixth grade), he received a scholarship to the Milton Hershey Boarding School.
That is a fascinating story in itself. It is a school set up by Milton Hershey and his wife, Catherine, who loved children but could not have any of their own. They set up the educational foundation in 1910. Today the school has over $ 15 billion in assets, so every time you eat a Hershey chocolate bar, you support the school. Worth a thought; I will post a link to their work on the podcast page.
Attending this school put Matt on a new path; it taught him values, one of which was caring, and it became the theme of his life.
He left the Hershey School and went to college, he was interested and hotel and restaurant management, but that did not work out for him, as he did not have the interest or patience for cooking.
“I failed the broccoli and cheese sauce class; I am
not a cook, but I am a great microwaver.”
A Great Opportunity
While volunteering at a youth football club in 1999, an opportunity appeared. They needed a website for this new internet craze, and Matt got asked to build it. Once other clubs saw the result, they all wanted a website, so he started a web design business.
The business grew year on year and employed eight people. Matt’s focus was always on sales and relationships. He particularly enjoyed speaking at events and meeting people.
By 2018 the business was growing but not feeding his soul. He was working hard but felt he was going nowhere. He sold it to one of his employees for a seven-figure sum and stepped out into the world of professional speaking.
Our conversation, as always, is the journey. It is about his self-discovery moving towards freedom, and living by the phrase “ Do me ”.
We talk about friendship and building relationships in Matt’s words.
“Many men are black and white action orientated; they don’t take the time to build relationships.”
He thrives around the idea of freedom and the joy of living. His purpose is speaking and sharing the concept of caring, but it is also about sharing the school’s story and how that changed his life.
Since starting on his speaking journey, Matt has written three books, “MORE…Word of Mouth Referrals, Lifelong Customers & Raving Fans”. And His newest book, “The High-Five Effect: How To Do Business With People Who Bring You Joy
He is the host of The Mass Business Podcast, he is a keynote speaker and word-of-mouth, referral consultant.
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