Michael’s Rules: No. 18

I’ve been really lucky to have the love and support of a lot of wonderful people throughout my life. Along the way, they’ve given me some pretty great advice which I now consider my own personal rules for living—words of wisdom that have helped me navigate my career and my life and that I would like to pass along to you, too.

It’s taken time for me to get there, but more and more, I view my life like a car. Not like the Festiva I bought without testing it back in the day; but like one of those modern ones with built-in computers that recalibrate every few miles, the kind that are truly aware of the road and how to take a bump. The older I get, the more I know how to absorb the impact of a big pothole, how to get over it without denting the rim. 

It’s like the time in college when I returned to Germany for winter break and I wanted my dad to give me a job and make my life easier so I didn’t have to go back to college, where I was lonely and homesick. My dad could and did counsel me, but he couldn’t do the growing up for me. I had to do it on my own, and I’m still doing it—the growing up, the fine-tuning never stops. A lot of people think, “Oh, if you’re well-known, and if you’re on television, people make life easier for you.” In truth, I’ve learned that the inside work you still have to do yourself

Read more about how I continue to process my observations, opportunities, and failures to adjust my life’s ride in my book, Wake Up Happy.