TGM Classic | Ben Woodward | How to Claim Victory Over Your Circumstances… by Surrendering

In today’s episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Ben Woodward, speaker, strategist, coach and best-selling author. Ben is no stranger to adversity, having had to send his father to prison, struggle with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and endure a corporate crisis throughout his life. The wisdom he gained from these experiences has been outlined in his book, The Empowerment Paradox.

In this episode, Ben and I talked about:

  • Ben’s journey from living in New Zealand to, at just 22, taking a one-way trip to the UK to live with his father – who he hadn’t seen since he was 14
  • How his father turned out to be a sex offender who had never been brought to justice, and how Ben was forced to testify against his father and send him to prison
  • How undiagnosed of bipolar disorder has shaped Ben’s life and offered him unique insights into the concept of surrender
  • The importance of becoming the victor over your circumstances, no matter what they may be
  • And other topics…

Meet Ben:

Ben Woodward’s extensive personal encounters with family challenges, ongoing health issues, and corporate turmoil have served as profound instructors, endowing him with intimate insights. The acquired wisdom from these experiences has propelled him to flourish as a senior executive in multibillion-dollar enterprises, ultimately attaining the esteemed position of global president within a multinational corporation. His contributions extend beyond corporate realms, as evidenced by his service on the board of directors for trade associations. Ben’s influence reaches far and wide, with engagements as a keynote speaker, business leader, and entrepreneur, taking him to thirty different countries. Despite his demanding professional life, he cherishes the cornerstone of his happiness—his wonderful home life with his wife Kim and their seven beautiful children.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at

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