Are you happy at the moment?
After overcoming a divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure and depression almost 23 years ago I made a commitment to myself that I would stop chasing money and learn to be happy. As a result of that commitment, I can say without reservation that I am happier right now in this very moment than I have ever been in my life.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would it be?
I would tell myself to stay exactly on the path that I was on but get ready for some major challenges along the way. I would not change a thing because I know that all of the pain and suffering I’ve endured has made me the man that I am today.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I actually learned this several years ago but it is my most important lesson. “I create my own reality!” Knowing this simple lesson has empowered and inspired me to chase my dreams and let no one or nothing stop me.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I would like to be on a national stage sharing my message of A New Conversation With Men. Through my speaking engagements, books and radio show I want to empower men around the globe to reach their full potential and support them in becoming genuinely happy with their lives. Being on the New York Times bestseller list would be a bonus.
What’s your secret to happiness?
The key to happiness can be found in a quote by Shakespeare, “To thine own self be true.” By being true to myself I have learned to not rely on external things to make me happy. Happiness is an inside job. Of course there is this wonderful woman that I’ve been married to for the past 10 years who brings me lots of happiness.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
I have been meditating for approximately 20 years and the results are immeasurable. By connecting to that which is greater than myself through this process I have a deep sense of calm and peace that goes beyond intellectual understanding and keeps me humble and grounded.
What’s your biggest regret?
Truthfully I have no regrets. Life is a series of choices and I have made some poor ones in my past. But each bad choice presented me with an opportunity for growth so in reality that weren’t really bad. They were simply lessons for me to learn to become the best me possible.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
As a proud father of three grown children (31, 28, 25) the one thing that I taught my children was to think for themselves. I never attempted to instill my beliefs in them, I always told them that they were responsible for the choices they made so they needed to learn to think for themselves. It gave them a strong sense of identity and they are all doing well.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I wouldn’t call it a bad habit but I sometimes struggle with seeking support from others. This is something that I am aware of and I’m getting much better at it. I’m making a conscious effort to not try and carry the weight of the world on my shoulders alone.
Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
That I learned to listen to my own heart and trust my intuition. By doing so, I overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles and now I am living my dream of being a writer, speaker and radio show host that has had a positive effect on the lives of countless men around the globe.
When were you happiest?
Right now! When I married the woman of my dreams. When I watched my kids graduate from college. When I saw my book in a bookstore window. When my book was published on Amazon and in the Apple bookstore. Lots of happy moments!
What ten words best describe you?
Intelligent, creative, passionate, disciplined, trustworthy, focused, loving, hard-working, fun-loving and optimistic.
Michael Taylor is an irrepressible optimist with a passion for the impossible. He is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and radio show host who has committed his life to empowering men to reach their full potential. He is happily married and a self professed technology geek who loves computers, books, meditation, public speaking and watching movies. You can find him online at www.coachmichaeltaylor.com