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The Introvert Advantage: Perception Creates Reality

With Featured Guest

Michael Boly

Determination • Curiosity • Perception

Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Success is about people
  • Determination can change your entire life
  • If you cannot get past your fear you will bring it with you everywhere you go
  • The only way forward is through uncomfortable

Determined not to live a Limited Life

Growing up Michael considered himself an introvert, however, being the youngest child of older parents, he soon learned that the only way forward was to speak up and go out and get uncomfortable. 

Oh, he’s still an introvert. He’s just learned how to get what he wants and be happy by using his introvertedness to his advantage. Through many trials and tribulations, Michael soon discovered that being an introvert was not an inherent disadvantage. In fact, it turned out to be quite the opposite. 

Introvert to Musical Theatre

He was tired of life happening to him. So Michael set out on an adventure to make life happen because of him. Being the quiet kid only gets you so far in school, and he was tired of opportunities passing him by. When he heard of an open audition to be in musical theatre with his best friend, Michael decided to step out of the box for the very first time. It was oh so uncomfortable but lead to the most wonderful results. 

Creating Your Own Truth

Going from being the big fish in a little pond to being a guppy in an ocean is not easy for anybody; imagine adding the loss of a lifelong friendship. This is what happened when Michael went off to college. 

He was lonely, a little scared, and also determined. Desperate to fill the void in his life, Michael decided to take on one of the hardest jobs in the world: door-to-door sales. 

Who would have thought that selling knives door-to-door would be the key to unlocking Michaels's happiness, perspective, and ultimate success. 

Life After College

Most college seniors submit job applications after job applications; instead, Michael has already launched his own business venture. From the meditation skills he learned in high school to the self-help books he read as a knife salesman, Michael has a Podcast designed to, specifically, support young adults in taking control of their own destinies called Control Shift Mindset. From student leaders to highly experienced entrepreneurs, discover actionable advice, insights, and mental tips to set yourself up for future success. Check out his interview with The Brave Files Host, Heather Vickery here. 

Learn more about Michael and connect 

You can find more about Michael Boly and his podcast Control Shift Mindset on his website. You can connect with him on Facebook and Instagram

Read Heather Vickery's blog post about perception!

Giving is Good

Michael Boly loves to support UNICEF, Michael believes that if you want to see a change in the world you must affect change to those coming into the world and UNICEF does just that! UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. And we never give up. You can learn more about UNICEF by going to unicef.org

"You could go and find another opportunity but your main problem will stick with you. Don’t run from the problem, learn from it."

- Michael Boly

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Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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