Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael H. Forde.
Michael, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Sure thing! My name is Michael H. Forde, and I am a motivational speaker living in the metropolitan Washington area. I am also an author of a motivational book and give away free daily copies of it online in an effort to spread positivity and love.
I also post daily motivational and inspirational videos to my Instagram (@michaelhforde) and Facebook page (@michaelhforde) with the goal of motivating and inspiring others to embrace the changes necessary for climbing the stairs of success.
In November of 2017, I published my first book entitled, “Success Begins From Where You Are!”.
I wrote this book in an effort to share with people the simple principles that would guide them to success, no matter their goal. For a long time, I struggled with the idea of what it meant to be successful. Did it mean owning a mansion? Buying a luxury car? Perhaps even being a millionaire? That’s when it dawned on me – success does not have to be limited to financial gain or spending. Success can be as simple as losing ten pounds, learning a new skill, or facing your greatest fear.
The way in which we attempt to reach our goals is what can sometimes hold us back from amounting to our true potential. For me, the lack of time management and holding negative people around in my life were two of my greatest barriers to success. Somehow, what was common sense was not common practice; I indulged in holding on to the strings that held me back. However, through my personal mistakes and failure, I learned some of the top ways that can help anyone reach their goal, no matter how big or how small.
The concept that success begins from where you are is such a powerful tool for overcoming any obstacle along the road to success. The meaning of life, from my perspective, is to bring value to the lives of others. Through social media networks, I reach larger audiences by providing motivational and encouraging messages, with the goal of these messages leading to ultimate inspiration.
Graduating from high school at age 16, earning my bachelor’s degree at age 19, and obtaining my master’s degree at age 22 gave me the ultimate ammunition in my personal mission to spread the message that one’s potential is absolutely limitless.
Has it been a smooth road?
My outlook on life has certainly not been a smooth road. Imagine, a 16-year-old boy going to college for the first time. He has a full scholarship that will literally cover every expense. And yet, he messes everything up. My grades were horrible, I did not meet the academic standards of my university, and I almost lost my full scholarship due to my careless attitude.
My struggles started then and continued even after college. A 19-year college graduate. Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Yet I felt so empty. I felt as if I had no direction. I did not know what to do. I did not know where to go. But it was then that I realized the importance of having a purpose. The importance of knowing your why. The importance of searching for your why. It was through my season of taking falls that I learned where to stand.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am known for my online motivational videos on Instagram and Facebook where I share quotes in addition to captivating stories and words meant to build up someone’s faith in themselves so that they can see their true potential.
I am proud of the journey that I have set out on to inspire others, and I want to build a community of people who lift each other up instead of tearing each other down.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Over the next decade, I see my message of “Keep Moving Forward” changing lives online as well as offline. I want to inspire. I want to change lives. I want people to look at themselves and realize that they are worth more than what others may see. I want people to see their potential. I want people to realize that their potential is limitless. I want people to know that they cannot be held back. I want people to dig deep, take risks, live life more, and be willing to do whatever it takes to keep moving forward.
- My Book – Success Begins From Where You Are! on Amazon – Paperback – $4.99
- My Book – Success Begins From Where You Are! on Amazon – Audiobook -$2.99
- My Book – Success Begins From Where You Are! on Amazon – eBOOK (found in my Instagram bio link @michaelhforde) – FREE
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/michaelhforde
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/michaelhforde
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/michaelhforde
Photos by Barry Daly