How a retired professional footballer turned to entrepreneurship

Actor Jake Wood has led two turnaround efforts at his first two companies. So what is his secret to entrepreneurship? “Sincerity and emotional intelligence.”

His first company, A You Live Life, the guidebook on helping others live the lifestyle they want, grew from 200,000 subscribers to 2 million in 15 years. But it ran into a problem when he hired a sales team that didn’t know what they were selling, he said.

“So I had to go out and buy them,” he said.

So in 2016, Wood started BusyLife, a seven-day program that helps low-income women overcome the physical and emotional obstacles of childbirth. Now he has about 2,200 volunteers working at 70 locations around the country, bringing in $2 million in annual revenue and growing.

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