Paul Wood Graduation

Doing What Matters Isn’t Always Doing What’s Easy!

I spend a lot of time at conferences talking about my transition from delinquent to doctor. More specifically, the steps involved in moving from a background of criminal offending, homicide, and prison, to a successful life of contribution and purpose. Yet I don’t look forward to telling this story, in fact the opposite is true. Approximately an hour before I get up and speak I always wonder what the hell I’m doing there and why I’m not spending my time doing something less stressful?! The reason talking about my past causes me stress is that focuses on a dark period of my life, requires me to revisit actions I am not proud of, and experiences that caused me real trauma.

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