|Michael Angier is the founder and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of
SuccessNet based in
South Burlington, Vermont USA. He’s a father, husband, writer, speaker,
entrepreneur, coach and student. He's also the creator of The World Class
always been fascinated by dreamers. And making dreams come true for
myself and others is what my life is about.
When I was in my teens, I started to
think seriously about where I wanted my life to go. Like many young
people, I had visions of doing something significant. I also knew
that most people abandon their dreams. So I promised myself that I
would never give up trying, no matter what difficulties might come.
And the difficult times did
come--some of them more painful than I could have imagined. But I
kept my promise. I've never given up. I've been blown out of the sky
several times, but I've always been able to put things back together
and lumber down the runway to bluer skies.
My greatest fear had always been that
I might reach the end of my life and feel that I hadn't fulfilled my
purpose--that I hadn't made a lasting difference in the world. I no
longer have this fear, but I'm still driven to make the most of my
talents, my experiences and my resources.
During my 30 years of personal
development research, I've seen many people--good people,
hard-working people, talented people--not experience the success
They weren't failing, they were just
no longer willing to go for the best that's within them. They had
good intentions, but somewhere along the line they got disheartened
and gave up on themselves--they let their dreams slip away.
It was out of my commitment and this
concern, as well as my own failings, that I started Success Net.
What I try to do with my writing and with this network is to coach
people to be their best--personally and professionally. No
professional athlete would consider competing without a coach. And
yet, few people have a coach for the game of life.
Coaches challenge and motivate the
player. A good coach will help the athlete develop a game plan and
create accountability for following that plan.
And we all need a game plan--a plan
for a balanced, value-driven, principle-centered life. I believe
that happiness is a result of continually striving toward worthwhile
objectives while also enjoying and appreciating what is here and
now. It's a paradoxical balance struck between what I call
"inspirational dissatisfaction" and contentment.
By investing the time and energy to
get clear on our values and life purpose, by defining and
articulating what we really want from all areas of our life, and
then consistently acting on our objectives, we will live a
This kind of work isn't easy. It
requires deep thinking and honest soul-searching. It's not something
you do in an afternoon. It demands constant focus and attention.
Unless you're the architect of your life, you're at the affect of
everything and everyone you encounter. It's something with which we
all need help.
My passion is helping people
discover, develop and fulfill their dreams. In the process, I
fulfill my own.
I take great joy in supporting people
and organizations to consistently create excellence. To participate
in the development and realization of a dream is, for me, to walk on
holy ground. By living our dreams, we give birth to things that
never would have been, but more importantly, we become more of who
we are in the process.