I grew up with a severe speech impediment. I had an especially hard time with words that began with the letter “M” and being that my name is Mike, I was terrified of meeting new people.
However, all of that changed when at the age of 23 I decided to take a sales job to get over my fear of speaking.
At first, I took the job thinking the short-term pain of looking like a fool would help me to feel like less of one in the long-run.
However, something funny happened the more I practiced: I got better. By the end of my first calendar year, I was leading my team in sales before being promoted to the management team where I was responsible for training all new hires.
Fast forward to today and my career in communication and coaching has taken me all over the globe and has been featured in more than a dozen mainstream publications.
More importantly, it led me to give a presentations and negotiations seminar for the Catalan government, where I met my now wife.
Over the last two decades, I have learned two facts about the world we live in.
The first fact is that the beauty of life is that one conversation can change our world.
One “yes” is all it takes.
One chance encounter.
One word can make all the difference.
But you have to be willing to put yourself out there and not let your fears and flaws get in the way of being you and going after what you want.
The second fact is that having a career that you love is a privilege, not a right.
Constantly learning new skills and facing new challenges are the only constants in creating a career that brings you home smiling each night.
Like any successful long-term relationship, it takes hard work.
It demands to step outside of your comfort zone to get a little bit better every single day.
Putting yourself out there is the first step. Being ready for the conversations for change to occur is the second.
I could not be happier that on a daily basis I get to help people to do just that.
By going after their dreams they inspire me to keep going after mine.
Life is funny, one-minute life is chasing you, and the next, you are the one who is doing the chasing.
WHAT I AM UP TO TODAY
When I am not spending an obscene amount of time with the three people below – my beautiful wife, Laia, and two little boys, Liam and Luc – I’m either helping people to reach their goals through my coaching practice or sitting at my desk beating up my keyboard.
In addition, I also run a Mastermind Group of a close-knit bunch of creatives and coaches who are all running in the same direction but taking a different road. It started as an experiment – and has turned into one of the things I am the proudest of. Work is so much more fun when we are surrounded by people we care about.