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My Story

In late 2016, shortly after my wife and I had our first child, I began writing to make better sense of the world and my role in it.

I quickly saw the value.

Not only did making a commitment to sit down every day to write give me clarity, but within a few months, my thoughts were featured in places like Fast Company, Inc., and the Blog of Steven Pressfield. For someone who didn’t think I had a story to share — let alone one people who resonate with and care about — I was over the moon. Since that time, more than ten million people from well over a hundred countries have read my work either on this website, mainstream business and life publications, or Medium.com—where 84,000 people follow along to read my articles. 

Today, when I’m not getting tossed around by my two kids and being put back together by my wife at home in small-town Catalunya, I’m wrestling with either my own words or those of my clients to ensure their stories land and their expert knowledge spreads.

If you look at my experience in sales, management, corporate training, entrepreneurial endeavors, and teaching, my career today as a writer, communication strategist, and MBA leadership lecturer makes sense. 

But that doesn’t mean the road to here has been easy.

Growing up, I was not only extremely shy, but I also had a severe speech impediment resulting in a very limited view of what I was capable of achieving. Realizing I’d never reach any of my goals if I didn’t learn how to effectively share my ideas and make connections with people, at the age of 23, I did the thing that scared me the most: I pursued a job in sales.

As expected, the first few months hurt. Hang-ups happened. So did jabs from my peers. But I stuck with it. And over time, something interesting happened: I built a serious knack for connecting with people and within my first calendar year I broke into the Top Ten of a triple-digit salesforce before being promoted to management.

Three continents and two decades later, I’m still in the communication trenches. I’m extremely proud that I’ve turned my obstacle into my way and now make a living helping other people to get what matters most to them while staying true to their natural way of being.

And that’s the purpose of this blog.

To inspire you to share your story while providing you with the tools to ensure it connects and stands out (without having to yell like my youngest in the photo below;).

Here’s what you’ll get by joining the community

Some people publish online to practice. I don’t. Whatever I share is my version of perfect as I’m a big believer in never wasting a second of people’s time. By joining thousands of other curious and thoughtful people that visit this space, you’ll receive the best of what I’ve got each week that play at the center of these three lanes:

Throw in the occasional inspirational human experience story along with quirky ideas and my goal is to make this site your one-stop shop for professional progression, personal reflection, and damn good (proven) advice.

Readers have told me they keep coming back for these reasons:

  • The advice is actually doable, effective, and not massively stress-inducing
  • I’m open with my struggles and I show people what I did rather than tell them what I think they should do
  • I write in a way that makes people feel like if I can do it, they can too

Some people would consider my writing “self-help” but my message is much better described as “soft-help” that prioritizes helping others as much as it does ourselves.

I’m a big believer that the best thought leaders are first and foremost thoughtful people. I’m also a big believer that the world would be a better place if we all gave away our best ideas for free. 

And until I’ve got nothing left to say, that’s what I’ll do right here in this space.

random facts and tic-tacs

Over the last two decades, I’ve worked across three different continents as an entrepreneur in some form or another in the communication and creative sectors. I’ve experienced quite a bit during this time. Below you’ll find some of the wins along with a handful of the more notable disasters.

  • met my wife by persuading a man I’d just met when I moved to Barcelona to contract me to give a presentation and sales seminar for the Catalan government when I wasn’t legally allowed to live in the country. 
  • lost $250,000 in one phone call
  • I’m not confident in much, but when it comes to ping pong and football (soccer), I’m pretty sure I’ll win.
  • Comedian Jim Carrey left a comment on an article saying it was great.
  • When I was 22, my friends and I got ordered to leave Italy by a judge after being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • My dream is to have an antique shop (more like mid-century) on the Mediterranean and write and teach to make up for the money I lose buying knick-knacks at markets. 
  • I hope one day to write kids’ books and screenplays. I’m good at writing alone, but I’m better and happier collaborating with others. I love nothing more than teaming up with people to move good ideas to great. 
  • I love peaches.

And above all else, glasses of water.

My best to you and yours,

Michael

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