Michael’s Rules: No. 9

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.

I don’t limit myself, and I tell my kids, “Don’t let anyone limit you.” It’s one of the great things I learned from my dad. The word “if” was not part of his vocabulary; it was always “when.” My father never said, “If you get a college scholarship …” or “If you get drafted by the pros …” It was always when. “When you get a scholarship …” “When you get drafted by the pros …” Just by the words he chose, he made it seem like these things were supposed to happen. But we all know that positive self-talk will get you only so far. And for me, the power of routine has always been the strongest bridge between “if” and “when.”

You can read more about my story in my book, Wake Up Happy.

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