David Sharpe, one of the founders of Empower Network is stepping down due to health reasons.

Here is a snip from his personal statement:

david_sharpeAs many of you know from my recent public announcement, I have Hepatitis-C. The virus levels in my body are high enough to be taken very seriously, and in order to treat my illness and heal my body I need to dedicate myself to proper rest, both mentally and physically as well everything else that comes along with this type of medical treatment.

As I said in my last public announcement, the good news is, I can beat it. The chances of being completely cured are good. However, I have to sacrifice certain things in order to give my recovery the attention it needs. For this reason, I’ve made the decision to step down as co-founder of Empower Network.

The most common question I’ve gotten from people is “why don’t you just take a few months off and come back when you’re all healed up?”. I considered that. However, as a fellow over-achieving, action taking, hustling, roll-your-sleeves-up and get-r-done kind of person – you can probably understand – there is no “medium speed” for me. I’m either “all in” or ”all out”.

Right now my life is depending on my self-honesty, and my attention needs to be 100% focused on my health.

My thoughts and prayers go out to David Sharpe and his family.

You can read the entire statement along with comments from David Wood and current Empower Network leaders here.

I have a note into David Wood to clarify a couple of things regarding the announcement, so I will be posting an update or new post soon.  Stay tuned.

Update: Here is the information that I asked David Wood about.

My question was “How does a co-founder” step down? and “Was he bought out?”

Here is the response David made on the website (I don’t think I said “pink elephant”, just elephant in the room…I’m thinking an elephant in the room is enough to get attention without it being pink):

“I got a message on Facebook that ‘the pink elephant in the room’ was — did Sharpe get bought out?  How does he step down?  Is there a new Co-owner?  I thought it was a good point, and want to make sure that you have the right information, coming from us.  Sharpe approached us about the seriousness of his health issues and that he needed to step down from ownership of the company.  We talked through different ideas for several weeks, and then agreed that the company would buy his shares at an undisclosed price.  The deal was made with everyone’s best interests at heart.  The company will still be ran by David Wood, the Executive team, and the Mastermind Council — there are no outside or conflicting interests involved.”

In my eyes, David Sharpe is still a co-founder of Empower Network, (no one can ever take that away from him) but he is no longer affiliated with the company.