David Wood hated David Sharpe’s guts for two years
One of the enduring mysteries of the MLM industry these past few years was David Sharpe’s departure from Empower Network.
The official corporate line was that Sharpe left EN to focus on his health. Around the time he left, Sharpe revealed that he was suffering from Hepatitis C.
After a year or so of silence, Sharpe revealed that he had been given the all-clear.
It was a logical assumption that Sharpe would return to Empower Network, however as the months dragged on – it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen.
A big part of the allure of this mystery is the fact that up until recently, neither Sharpe or Wood had publicly addressed it. Sharpe appeared to have left Empower Network on good terms, with his going off on his own post-recovery not making a whole lot of sense.
Empower Network has always carried with it a sort of cultish vibe, with the “us vs. them” mentality strongly fostered among affiliates. Thus the answers behind Sharpe’s departure was always going to have to originate from the inside.
Turns out that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago at Empower Network’s “Generation Hero” event.
Empower’s Generation Hero event was held between January 28th to 31st in Miami. According to an Empower Network affiliate present at the event, the evening of Friday 29th saw Wood poll attendees for event ideas.
One affiliate brought up David Sharpe’s departure, referring to the lack of discussion about it as an “elephant in the room”.
Nothing more was said of it at the time – but the comments must have struck a chord in Wood, who later in the evening took it upon himself to clear the air.
Wood revealed that the real reason Sharpe left Empower Network was because he was “worried about his reputation”. In what context Sharpe was concerned his ongoing affiliate with Empower Network might harm his reputation, I unfortunately can’t say.
Prior to his departure, Sharpe retained a 40% interest in Empower Network. Wanting out, Sharpe demanded a cash value settlement for his share of the company.
Purportedly Empower Network was going through “other issues” at that time, and the money Sharpe wanted wasn’t there.
Negotiations continued, with a settlement reached in January 2015. Sharpe agreed to a lesser payout, in exchange for the dropping of a non-compete clause as part of his separation agreement.
Shortly thereafter Sharpe began to remarket himself online as an independent trainer. Late last year Sharpe began promoting My Lead System Pro, the company he was an affiliate with prior to launching Empower Network.
The initial sentiment towards Sharpe following David Wood’s revelations was that of hostility. I suppose with none of this being clarified publicly before, many of Empower Network’s affiliates had believed Sharpe had left EN solely to recover.
A sense of betrayal was no doubt part of this, with perhaps nobody feeling more betrayed than David Wood himself.
Yesterday saw Wood attempt to purge himself of these feelings, via an emotion-charged video and blog post.
Whether intentionally or otherwise, Wood’s taken it upon himself to bear the responsibility of the aftermath of his revelations.
In an attempt to lead by example, Wood conducts a “write and burn”. The idea is that the person doing it writes about their feelings and emotions and then sets the papers alight.
As the last of the papers smolder, Wood declares any feelings he had about Sharpe as “cancelled”. He admits he’s hated Sharpe’s guts for two years, but that he’s now “let it all go”.
Wood then goes on to forgive and bless Sharpe and his family in a lengthy (and somewhat repetitive) prayer.
Religious music plays in the background of the video, a testament to Wood’s purported spiritual re-awakening last year.
At the conclusion of the video, Wood announces Empower Network affiliates are now forbidden from talking negatively about Sharpe and his family.
He then launches into an off-key song, at which point I had to stop watching (apologies if anything interesting happened after the song, but the video in the blog post has no timeskip function).
On a more personal note, Wood purportedly also revealed at the Generation Hero event that his fiancée had left him. She retains custody of their infant son but he does have visitation rights.
When exactly that happened I’m not sure, but I suspect it’s timed closely with emergence of religion in Wood’s life.
Last year he also publicly gave up alcohol, attributing not being able to stop with a series of poor choices.
Having loosely followed Empower Network since 2011, I kind of get the feeling Wood needs a focal point in his life to ground himself on.
Initially it was Empower Network and his partnership with David Sharpe. When that fell through it was the desire to have a family, which pretty much seemed like it happened overnight.
Now it seems to be religion with doses of kung-fu. Following his fiance’s departure, Wood’s brother William Wood has also featured more prominently in Empower Network marketing.
Empower Network’s obviously still a big part of Wood’s life, but I kind of get the sense it’s perhaps not his biggest passion anymore. Or at least one that’s not able to fill the void.
Empower Network affiliates, any thoughts?
Personally I think Wood’s probably overdue for a break. Divorce, a huge business shake-up that left him extremely bitter for two years, getting engaged, having a kid, losing the kid, finding religion, having to confront a lot of this in the public eye (or at least those of your affiliates)… it’s a lot to go through.
At some point you’ve got to step back and take some time out (which is what I think Sharpe did, albeit more permanently).
Unfortunately with Wood declaring in his video that his exit plan for Empower Network “is a tombstone”, that doesn’t look it’ll be happening anytime soon.
We might not see eye to eye on Empower Network’s business model, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recognize a cry for help.
Here’s hoping Wood gets the help he needs.
Update 23rd February 2016 – Here’s David Sharpe’s response to Wood’s video:
There’s been a lot of questions lately about why I left Empower back over 2 yrs ago:
It’s really simple:
1) My partner and I’s visions became different.
2) I had a major health issue that I was told I needed to get treatment for.
So my wife and I decided it was best for me to step away for some time, not just from the biz, but from the entire industry.
It’s that simple.
I’m sorry if anyone was hurt — I know I was hurt I had to leave a company I helped build from the ground up, so I understand that. I was sad and scared about my health at the time, too.
However, I got into this great business so I could have the freedom to take care of my health and my family.
And I had an opportunity to do that when I needed it most.
I’m so grateful to this industry I was able to do that.
I really don’t see how anyone can question what a man and his wife decides is best for his health and his family.
My exit was the best decision I could have made and I have no regrets. Today, I’m completely free of hep-c and my wife and I are even expecting a new baby (little Sharpe, due in April!)
I feel like I have a second chance at life- again! And my family and my home is filled with more love and gratitude than ever.
I appreciate all the kind words and love we’ve received this week. It’s hard to take the high road sometimes, but it’s so worth it.
I don’t throw stones because I know whenever you have a finger pointing out, you always have three pointing back at you.
We all do our best, in any given situation, and our best is good enough.
I’m just grateful… and I’m looking forward to having the best year ever with the arrival of my new baby and some other really exciting things to come!
With my deepest gratitude for all of you.
Published to Sharpe’s Facebook account on February 17th, 2016.
Write and burn… Only seen it as part of a gag in the sitcom “Friends”, where Rachel wrote something, burned it, and ended up causing a fire that brought them some hot hunky firemen.
It’s New Age “spiritual” non-religious version of a confession, and it’s turned into a f***ing marketing tactic / public spectacle.
I hadn’t heard of write and burn myself (I initially thought he was burning David Sharpe emails or some such).
Watched the video again and caught the reference, looked it up and it seemed to be a thing.
So he cleared his mind of evil thoughts and told his cult to do the same.
So does this mean the business will increase with positive energy from all?
I know a few that think the “new” blogging platform is great.
Once an asshole … always an asshole.
No, no, no, you have to do it the Empower way.
Once a badass, always a bad ass. 😉
It’s difficult to take any spiritual “rebirth” seriously if he continues to peddle overpriced garbage through EN.
BTW, the following link should allow you to see the video and have video controls to fast forward, rewind, etc. viddler.com/embed/eb46b942
Article updated with response from David Sharpe.
This was an interesting exchange in the comments of Sharpe’s Facebook post:
From Bad Ass to Sad Ass.
And what’s your point?? Are you just a gossip queen?
I got to know both David’s and they were my sponsors I love both of them but they both have very different personalities and perspectives on life and how a business should be ran and if they wanted to go their separate ways that is their prerogative.
I hope EN does not shut down all the products I bought which did teach me a few things although not enough to earn any money and almost broke me to the point I could not live trying to duplicate what I was taught.
If they shut down I should be able to download everything before they go completely under.
Do not worry about losing access to worthless scam crap.
It shouldn’t take long to download that stuff. Wasn’t EN about recruiting people into the same tools you are using to grow a business?
Yet how does that work if you have not made any money using or selling them?
Sort of sounds like it doesn’t work.
I am very new to Empower Network and I have invested a lot of money into EN thinking that it is one of the best things to come along.
Please tell me I’m right??? Is this whole thing just a CON to rip off people. If you would be so kind as to enlighten me, I would truly appreciate your input.
EN has been on the decline for a few years now.
The person who recruited you made a few dollars, you’re unlikely to make anything unless you recruit too. Retail hasn’t ever really been a core focus of the business.
Last I heard reselling WordPress didn’t work out and EN launched it’s own Kalatu WordPress clone. That didn’t go anywhere either. Not sure what they’re up to now.
Dave Wood is probably still publishing ninja turtle videos on Facebook and posting his latest ideas that will make EN affiliates rich… this time.
Here is David Wood now and looks like you were right. Looks like drugged out and heading for that breakdown.
What on Earth…
I never joined….almost did, though. I thought they were great friends due to so many videos I saw them in, the camaraderie looked great, but hey, things can be faked! Oh well….
How sad that people are still being duped into thinking that this is some kind of money-making venture – despite the fact that there is empirical and verified proof that the sole goal of this cult-like entity is to get people to buy more products that tell them how to make money.
“Not making enough at this level? Oh, that’s because you need to buy up to the next level for the affordable price of……” That’s classic scam-speak.
I read comment after comment from people who divulge that they’ve yet to profit from this company – and in fact have lost a great deal of money – yet they stick with it.
I suppose it’s because it must feel like a total waste if they don’t. Then they fall prey to those who constantly tell them if they’re not making money, it’s because they’re not working the program properly or efficiently.
In other words, the secret to wealth is selling the idea that you have the secret to wealth. If you don’t care enough about others, it’s probably very easy to keep taking money from your downlines, knowing all the while that their precarious financial position will only get worse as they pour more of their meager resources into this scam and fill your own coffers.
I’ve seen David Wood in action. His talent is that he’s able to whip his followers into a cult-like frenzy.
His audience seems to be people in search of a guru, and he delivers on that – although with an amusingly corny Jim Jones-like persona and a few fans in the audience who clearly seemed in on the joke that he’s become.
Something about Empower Newtwork felt off to me, even though I joined it for a short while. It seemed to be a mix of business and spirituality. It felt Odd.
Sure I know its created wealth for several people and had its High Run. But honestly theres nothing about it that interests me anymore.
David Wood and David Sharpe seemed like two completely different people, and I often wondered what Wood Really thought about Sharpe.
I never for a minute felt an honest friendship connection between the two.. in a company highly touting a positive spiritual-like approach to business. Again, if felt Off/Odd. I do like David Sharpe though.
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I remember signing up to the Empower Crook network. The good thing was this. Before i dropped thousands of dollars into the system, i saw right through what empower was doing. They was using motivational stories, and lies to get people hip to joining and making money.
Here is the facts of it. Anyone that can speak, and give good points can make money. If you go on social media and create a video and show a person how quick they can make money. They will do it.
Now take if you was doing a video of sitting in your new boat, well the boat was actually a rented boat.
The point is this. IF you show people a picture and can make people believe they can have the same thing, they will do it. I was really mad that i got scammed, but then stuck around long enough to take some notes, and back out.
Sense then i have been working hard on finding a way to create a business that does help people, and that doesnt back fire in our faces. The nice thing is this. In just a couple months, i will be launching my business.
The funny part out of all of it. I will be pointing and using empower network as the lead example on what we dont do to create a good business.
In a good business the most important thing out of all of it. Be HONEST with your viewers, clients, and your partners. That was the biggest thing where empower messed up.
It was all trash talk at the end of the day. They used our money to create there own success, and did it in a way we didn’t think possible. While the partners was too busy working hard to create all the dollars, they was sucking in the bigger dollar and feeding us a line of poison.
Sadly i didn’t get back one single dollar that i put into the company, and putting my family in the hurt for a while to. but soon i will be very successful, and empowernetwork was my biggest teacher.
Thanks dave and dave for all of your honesty and great friendship.
Looks like David Sharpe is competing against his own affiliates by running facebook ads for Legendary Marketer.
Even during the declined I never quit on the idea of creating a sustainable income online. If you guys ever purchased the 15k formula or Costa Rica mastermind there was a lot of Gold information on back linking, content, and basic SEO.
Fast forward to 2019, I run my own marketing agency. I have client who pay me monthly solely for lead generation that runs on its own.
If I would’ve never purchased empower network back In 2012 when I just got out of high school, I would’ve never been in the position I am now.
There was so much value in EN. How to create funnels, blogs, backlinking, company culture, etc.
If you feel like you never got your return on investment in
^^ Above comment was left as is.
Pretty obvious where it’s going though, to which I’ll respond if Empower Network’s had actual value, there’d have been a strong retail market. Yet retail wasn’t possible.
The reason for that is outside of the MLM opportunity, which was cash gifting, whatever information you were fed could have been obtained elsewhere for minimal effort.