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Michael's work combines: Writing, Entrepreneurship, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Published Author/Motivational Speaker

I inspire people to use adversity as a catalyst for positive Change

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business Administration and Management, General

    Menlo College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Writers and Authors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    When I was a senior in high school, I saw the second plane hit the World Trade Center live on TV.

  • 2.

    I went to my local recruiter two weeks later; there was a line out the door and down the street.

  • 3.

    I joined the Marine Corps; I served for four years and did two tours of Iraq.

  • 4.

    That recall letter triggered a huge panic attack; I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with PTSD.

  • 5.

    I had to realize that I was my own worst enemy, accept help, and find therapies that worked for me.

  • 6.

    Since then, I've graduated from college and successfully published my memoir.

  • 7.

    I've realized my passion is being able to help others by sharing my story with millions of people.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Your writing isn't good enough. There is no way you are going to make money. You need to get a job and stop doing your passion.

  • How I responded:

    I've had people tell me time and time again that I wasn't good enough, whether it was teachers from my grade-school days, girlfriends from my past, or publishing houses when I was shopping my book a few years ago. I was rejected by TEN different publishers, but on the eleventh try, my book got picked up. It only takes one person to make a difference, but you also have to keep believing in yourself, even through all of those trials and tribulations, and through all of that discouragement.