Waking Up With a Sense of Purpose, Meaning, Love & Joy!

One of my learnings was that most, if not all of humanity desires to wake up this way. However, I felt stuck in my pain, unhappiness and struggle. I was determined to find a way out, which became a calling to discover the meaning of life and how I fit in. In search of self and answers, I began a modern day vision quest. I volunteered and backpacked the world. The answers I learned were not outside of me but instead within, requiring a hard look in the mirror to understand what was holding me back. Through the use of many different "Tools for Self-Discovery" the process of self-discovery continued by peeling away the many layers of self so to discover my; personality characteristics, strengths, dreams, aspirations, core values, definitions of success, happiness & love, along with identifying and dealing with those aspects of myself and my traumatic past that were holding me back from achieving my full potential. My dream is now to be an inspiration and guide to others on their journey of discovery, while creating communities of practice around the world.

Michael captured his story, experience and learnings in his book, "Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery," Michael also provides talks, workshops and events that offer hope, inspiration, insight, and guidance to help you discover your own truth and path forward. This translates into healing the past, searching for our answers, and then developing a personal vision that captures the essence of who and what we are. We come to live a more satisfying, happier, loving, fulfilling and meaningful life, expressing our potential and gifts. Michael's uniqueness relates to his ability to relate to his audience, as an educator to reach his audience, as an author to share with his audience, and with his humility, to be an equal to his audience.

Kirkus Indie Review

"A fter carving his own path toward self-discovery and personal growth, one man offers his story and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Debut author James could barely recall his childhood for much of his adult life. But after years of difficult relationships, dissatisfaction with his career and bouts of depression, the time arrived for him to confront his painful, dysfunctional past...Mired in grief and confusion, James ultimately faced his fears, took risks and began seeking support through myriad avenues of therapy. Though often emotionally trying, James’ life continued to offer him spaces to explore his own sense of self, what truly made him happy and where he fit in the world. Three sections highlight his journey, the first chronicling the greatest traumas of his life, the second offering tools to tackle one’s own path to self-discovery, and the third highlighting other observations..."

"When milestones are hit or insights revealed, readers may feel it with him..." "At his best an engaging, vulnerable and analytical writer..." "His greatest feat is bringing his past painfully full circle..." "A deeply sincere guide for survivors of past trauma in search of self-actualization."

Kirkus Indie - A review service from Kirkus Reviews, 11/24/2014


"T he benefit of personal growth and self-discovery is that we become better human beings with the strength to endure and carry on, and then we may experience something magical when we begin to reach out to others. We discover a feeling that is so rewarding and fulfilling: that fact that we can make a difference. Here is to your willingness to begin with making a difference with yourself!" Michael James

What I learned as a hospice volunteer is that someday, we will all confront our life. It is a period of final reflection. The measures that are used to assess the value of one's life are considerably different than those that we focus on during life. The positive measures related to spending time with the people they loved, doing what they loved, and caring for others. The negative measures were the regrets they had, often based on spending too much time or focus on matters that were really insignificant in the scheme of their life, such as work, materialism and money. The irony was that no one ever spoke about their job other than as a means to an end, yet this is where we spend most of our life. Those with more positive measures died more peacefully than those laden with regrets. The sooner we confront our life, resolve our issues, define our definition of success, love & happiness, and define our purpose, the sooner we live with greater meaning, and die more peacefully.