We all want to accomplish something in life. Whether that’s starting a business, raising a family, or writing a bestselling novel — the possibilities are endless for Dave Sparks!
It’s easy to look at people who’ve achieved success and assume that there’s just something “better” about those people. Maybe they’ve always just been good at everything. Why does success have to be so hard for you?
But even child prodigies need time to grow. People don’t just stumble into success. It isn’t like winning the lottery. It’s about a long-term commitment to yourself and your dreams: What do you want to accomplish, what is the best way to get there, and how will that make you a better person?
Some people want to achieve success because it means a comfortable life. But the path to achieving success is anything but comfortable. It takes dedication, passion, and a willingness to learn, and often, these things don’t come easily.
My guest today understands this well. He’s committed to self-improvement and the importance of being uncomfortable in order to grow.
“When you hear [the words] personal development or self-help you think — oh, you gotta be sick right? This person must have psychological issues or problems. Forget about it, dude … I feel like I’m a fine-tuned machine, but guess what? I can still get better.” – Dave Sparks
Who is Dave Sparks?
Dave Sparks is an entrepreneur, custom vehicle builder, and social media personality from Salt Lake City, Utah, who goes by the name “Heavy D” in the Discovery channel’s hit TV show, Diesel Brothers. Since he was little, Dave has been fascinated by anything with an engine or wheels. His most famous creation is the “Mega Ram Runner,” and you should check it out — it’s totally badass.
Dave went to college to study welding, mechanics, and fabrication, but after his first semester he decided that he could learn more from real world experience than from books and lectures. He worked for his uncle’s construction business and handled heavy machinery while learning the ins and outs of running a company.
In 2009, Dave met the girl of his dreams. One year later, they were married, and he opened a small used car lot. Then he began to build his dream company, DieselSellerz, which builds badass trucks. That childhood dream of his really came to fruition.
Dave is probably best known for his Discovery channel show, Diesel Brothers. In the show, Dave Sparks (Heavy D) along with his friend Diesel Dave, turn diesel trucks that were headed to the junkyard into custom-built, stunt-ready machines. Diesel Brothers took off in 2016 and has been a massive hit ever since. It’s already headed into its sixth season, starting on March 16, 2020.
But Dave didn’t accomplish all this by being comfortable. He may have his own helicopter now, but when he was a kid, he used to live in a VW van with his entire family. He basically started with nothing. He had to take risks and stretch himself in order to make things work. He didn’t expect any handouts. He took the responsibility of achieving success upon himself and didn’t expect it to just “happen” to him.
In this interview, we talk about how he achieved that success, focused on self-improvement, and invested in healthy relationships.