My Confession From Court Today

Today was a defining moment in my life, and was one of those days I will remember for years to come. I share what happened, raw and uncut, plus why I felt compelled to share this “personal” moment with you in video below. Click play and check it out below…..

This was a long time coming, and as you can see from some of the Crazy Stories found on my blog, it’s always been a passion of mine to be a great dad to my daughter. Even when I didn’t know how. Even when I was going through my darkest times. She has always been my motivation — my heart.

And throughout everything, she has stuck by me. Loved me unconditionally like most children usually do. And it’s been an amazing journey so far. Just learning how to be a dad, and remembering when I’m about to do something too crazy, or even just plain stupid – there’s a little girl waiting for me at home.

That little girls name is Bailee.

And today a judge loooked at me — and then looked at her — and then looked back at me and smiled, and said….

“Son, I’m proud of you. Now go take your daughter home where she belongs.”

I smiled at him and nodded. Then I looked back at her, and I walked over and took her hand and waked out of the courtroom a proud father.

Today, all the people who dismissed me as “a lost hope” dissapeared in the eyes and smile of little girl named Bailee.

And it made all the struggle, and all the pain, and all the tears over the years — 100% worth it.

- David Sharpe
“Proud Dad and Hope Junkie”

P.S.: Share your thoughts below. Tell me a time when something happened in your life and nothing else mattered. Share with me a time when all the pain was worth it. I want to hear your stories, and what you’re struggling with now, or what you’ve overcome in the past!

37 comments
JDKravitz
JDKravitz

A single parent, when I had the option of the easy road of abortion...I look at my girl's and all the pain, sacrifice, and mountains I had to and will have to climb for them is ALL worth EVERYTHING...THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING YOUR DAUGHTER, THAT IS VERY RESPECTIBLE AND APPRECIATATED BY SINGLE MOMS WHO HAVE TO GO THE DISTANT ALONE

brisser.empowered
brisser.empowered

good job dave!!! im kind of in the same situation with my boys... mine not as big of a deal as yours, i have my days with my boys from their mother but i have to fight with her all the time and i have to pay child support which with my "day job" is killing me! and she sits at home doing nothing to support them at all... but any ways enough about me and my problems.. Thank you for being a very big influence on me! I will "empower" myself and become financially free and make the best life for by boys and myself! Thank you so much for showing me how to do so and giving me the push to not be a "weenie" and get off my ass and do this! 

thank you dave!
Brent Risser

SteveMartino1
SteveMartino1

What can you said, being a singular Dad myself and raising my daughter when her Mom one day left and we never heard from her again. It was hard but your right it those special moment that stay with you or change who you are. Life is good and hard put if you have that one person that believe in you then there really nothing you can't over come.

vortexcreator
vortexcreator

Could relate to this so much. Thanks for coming from your heart Dave, so powerful. Keep charging forward...the army is roaring!!!

DorisSpencer
DorisSpencer

Dave, 

Your story had me teary eyed throughout... It's neat that you loved your daughter so much. I'm proud of you too. So important to be a Dad! It's the best education you'll ever get.

And always remember that you are NOT your mistakes. You are a beautiful spirit who came to this world to learn and fulfill a mission. Only you will understand what that is. The main thing is that you accomplish what you came here for. 

I love your gentle and caring spirit. I appreciate your writing skills and that you are helping to give so many people a chance to create the financial freedom and live the life they were meant to live... I love your dedication to the success of each and everyone one who joins hands with you.

What you and David have put together is phenomenal... Such generosity is unheard of. Let's fight the forces of evil... Keep up the good fight! 

Bless and Be Blessed, Doris Spencer

twittvilo
twittvilo

 You made it Dave! 

..definitely one of the most important moments of your life bro!

Congrats!

Mariano Viloria

Loyal EN Follower

thorny1
thorny1

Thank you for the words of encouragement, I needed them. Congrats to you and Bailee!

Steve Spangler

Cash-Secrets.info
Cash-Secrets.info

Congrats David....As a Single Dad...I raised my son since he was 15 months old and wouldn't trade the experience for anything!!!.....We are like brothers now and doing Empower Network together! Thank you for the Great Opportunity!

ThankGod
ThankGod

The Life Stories here are great, a life of struggling to  hero, a visionary leader which shows movement of personal freedom a clear mindset. Indeed, I am so proud of you and the team leader for the success breakthrough...Long life David Sharp, Long life EmpowerNetwork world, Long life America. 

iGerald20
iGerald20

Awesome story Dave!  It's great that you made it official.  Nothing like finalizing something so important.

elisabethdonati
elisabethdonati

Great story Dave. Our kids are our present and our future and we'll all proud of you for stepping into Dadhood in a big way. Happy holidays. Elisabeth

empowernetwork126
empowernetwork126

This story brought tears to my eyes..!!

you are a true testament to what is Possible when we 

set our minds to change from Zero to Hero...

Thanks Dave Sharpe for sharing your truth with us...!!

chattiekathie
chattiekathie

DS.........that alone was awesome,  I too am speechless.  You are very touching and give from the heart.      Therefore, I would like to share this poem with you, as perhaps Bailee holds you high enough in her heart, her mind and her eyes, to worship you in this way also.      As I believe, we, as parents, get our strengths from our children, IF we will just "stop, look, listen and love" unconditionally..............as they do.  Warm Hugz across the miles, Kathie Moore.

Daddy's Poem----------------------Her hair was up in a pony tail,Her favorite dress tied with a bow.Today was Daddy's Day at school,And she couldn't wait to go.But her mommy tried to tell her,That she probably should stay home.Why the kids might not understand,If she went to school alone.But she was not afraid;She knew just what to say.What to tell her classmatesOf why he wasn't there today.But still her mother worried,For her to face this day alone.And that was why once again,She tried to keep her daughter home.But the little girl went to schoolEager to tell them all.About a dad she never seesA dad who never calls.There were daddies along the wall in back,For everyone to meet.Children squirming impatiently,Anxious in their seatsOne by one the teacher calledA student from the class.To introduce their daddy,As seconds slowly passed.At last the teacher called her name,Every child turned to stare.Each of them was searching,A man who wasn't there.'Where's her daddy at?'She heard a boy call out.'She probably doesn't have one,'Another student dared to shout.And from somewhere near the back,She heard a daddy say,'Looks like another deadbeat dad,Too busy to waste his day.'The words did not offend her,As she smiled up at her Mom.And looked back at her teacher,Who told her to go on.And with hands behind her back,Slowly she began to speak.And out from the mouth of a child,Came words incredibly unique.'My Daddy couldn't be here,Because he lives so far away.But I know he wishes he could be,Since this is such a special day.And though you cannot meet him,I wanted you to know.All about my daddy,And how much he loves me so.He loved to tell me storiesHe taught me to ride my bike.He surprised me with pink roses,And taught me to fly a kite.We used to share fudge sundaes,And ice cream in a cone.And though you cannot see him.I'm not standing here alone.'Cause my daddy's always with me,Even though we are apartI know because he told me,He'll forever be in my heart'With that, her little hand reached up,And lay across her chest.Feeling her own heartbeat,Beneath her favorite dress.And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads,Her mother stood in tears.Proudly watching her daughter,Who was wise beyond her years.For she stood up for the loveOf a man not in her life.Doing what was best for her,Doing what was right.And when she dropped her hand back down,Staring straight into the crowd.She finished with a voice so soft,But its message clear and loud.'I love my daddy very much,he's my shining star.And if he could, he'd be here,But heaven's just too far.You see he is a soldierAnd died just this past yearWhen a roadside bomb hit his convoyAnd taught Canadians to fear.But sometimes when I close my eyes,it's like he never went away.'And then she closed her eyes,And saw him there that day.And to her mothers amazement,She witnessed with surprise.A room full of daddies and children,All starting to close their eyes.Who knows what they saw before them,Who knows what they felt inside.Perhaps for merely a second,They saw him at her side.'I know you're with me Daddy,'To the silence she called out.And what happened next made believers,Of those once filled with doubt.Not one in that room could explain it,For each of their eyes had been closed.But there on the desk beside her,Was a fragrant long-stemmed rose.And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,By the love of her shining star.And given the gift of believing,That heaven is never too far.

PaydayMechanics
PaydayMechanics

Amazing video dog, had me crying like a baby. I lost 17 years of my to cocaine and the system and now I'm blessed beyond measure because of real hard work and leaders like you. I love you man, Happy Thanksgiving

kevinknecht1
kevinknecht1

Congratulations, Dave!!  Judges definitely don't offer unsolicited accolades.  So well done!  I was just reading Jenny's story below.  Wow.  You're inspiring so many people with your example.  Melissa and I are so proud to be here with Empower Network and aligned with you.  Happy Thanksgiving.  It's definitely a time to be grateful.  

jennyconnect
jennyconnect

Makes my heart smile.  I have 3 little ones and they are my most significant accomplishment in life.  My life was going down a very shitty path...   I have slept in a hospital waiting room and motel rooms when I was homeless for some time.  I have been on drugs and around really shady people.  I left my boyfriend and moved to another state with his best friend.  After giving up all the bs and getting my life on track, I have had the experience of walking in to find my brother dead from a cocaine overdose.  Hurricane Wilma came through South Florida on my wedding day (beach wedding).........BUT........... I still married the man I've loved since age 13.  I took steps to read and surround myself with positive messages of hope and disconnect from all the negativity.  I am now healthy, happy and whole... Thankful for all of the experiences.... the story which will help people along the way.  And most of all I am thankful that I now BELIEVE in myself and KNOW that the best is yet to come.  My children are AMAZING... the awesomest gift ever.  And after overcoming all this... we KNOW that we will also overcome the present struggle of facing an eviction... paying our bills... getting all in with Empower (which has already been a badass force in helping us to make more money).  We had no resources... no money, credit cards, babysitter... and we STILL made it to San Diego from Miami, FL.  All because we knew that we had to be there.  This Empower Network is it for us.  I made a decision and there is no stopping me.  I packed my bags, left them by the front door and went to work trying my best to find a way to make it to the event.  We had family that saw our hearts and belief level and helped us out last minute.  We made it... a little late, but we still made it.  And that's how certain I am that anyone can MAKE IT in Empower Network...and in life.  So thankful for you and for this story you shared with us.  It truly is an inspiration.  Can't wait to mastermind and celebrate... it's coming!

Oscar_Carter
Oscar_Carter

I am very proud of you.  You are the one of the baddest badasses I know.  You made me cry as well.  Thank you for who you are in the world. You may not know, I have 2 adult daughters, one 40 years old and the other is 37 with my two grandsons.  I also have a 3rd daughter with my second wife who is 3 years old.  Hey, being a Dad is a life long process.  I a completely different dad today than I was 40 years ago.  There is no "science" to it I have learned.  There is ONLY love that your children have to get.  They have to get your love and I think you are home free.

David, you and David need to stop doing videos while driving.  We need you man.  PLEASE. I love you.

damir
damir

freaking awesome video brother. love it! u r badass. love you too

jacquiewhyte
jacquiewhyte

ok well that made me cry :) I hope you know that what you guys are doing is so much bigger than the 'business'. You guys inspire so many lives and both of you are simply larger than life. I have so much respect for you to open up and be real for the world to see. It proves to so many that it's ok to expose your wounds because in doing so it helps you to heal and helps someone who may be suffering as well. I actually feel sorry for people who don't have the "Daves" in their life to inspire, motivate and encourage every single day. Your daughter is a lucky girl. Parenting is all about learning. Our kids have to suffer through our learning curves and struggles but I believe it makes them better people too if we are just honest to the core and real! Thanks Dave! and Congratulations on being Ultimate BadAss Awesome!

KickAssIncomeCreator
KickAssIncomeCreator

Hey Dave, I truly believe that those of us wanting to head in the same direction as you and Dave W and the others are synced...it's weird.

For instance, it's no coincidence you had this victory and that Dave W makes this really good video that explains EXACTLY what you're referring to here... http://socialmediabar.com/mysteriouspowers

I just sit in awe at how AMAZING This all is...

FreedomLife
FreedomLife

Hey my 12 steps brother!!! I'm proud of you... and you just harvested the gifts of what you sow!

I'm touched by that story going thru a court process for the custody of my 7 years old treasure... and just couple weeks ago I received a expert report that confirmed that I'm a "good Dad" and that will confirm it to the court!

I'll see you in Austin!

AmyStarrAllen1
AmyStarrAllen1

You are such and inspiration, DS. What you have accomplished in the last 5 years is amazing... and I'm glad the judge agrees. :) You are living proof that we can all create the life of our desires. Thanks for paving the way and always leading by example. I have immense gratitude for you. Happy Thanksgiving! Lots of love! :) xo

phenomLaurenG
phenomLaurenG

You're completely badass! Thank you so much for doing what you do. I'm glad you were able to come out on top as the creme. I love you!

completeranker
completeranker

Hey man it takes so much guts to just open up and talk about that type of stuff out in the open. I think more people should do this because it makes everyone realize that no one has a so called perfect life. Thanks for being so open, it helps so much more than we can imagine.

J_Birney2
J_Birney2

Thanks Dave for sharing such a heart felt video, i feel what you said bro about questioning yourself weather you can be a good father or not. As a father myself i have questioned myself in the past many times and it's people like you Dave that inspire all of us to keep our spirits up and keep pushing forwards in life and in our business. So i just want to say a big thanks Dave.

John B

IMsupaGirl
IMsupaGirl

David Thank You for being so transparent! You brought tears to my eyes!! Happy Tears!! =) It's so amazing to see Your journey!! It gives so much Hope! I have people close to me still finding there way, so it's very encouraging to see how far you've come! Much love and many blessing to you, your little princess and your family!

Shawna!

Jeremusic
Jeremusic

Hey Dave! I really appreciate your story! You are a living example of being a phoenix and rising from the ashes of burnt out human being. You've shown the world what can be done and made it a success story of magnitude!