I have been busy and will soon tell you more about it but here is one of the things I have been enjoying:
Recently I received an email that Michael Johnson, aka The Mojo Master was coming to Christchurch and if I wanted to interview him. Michael is a transformational expert who not only transforms thousands of lives but also transformed himself.
Michael, I read your biography on your website and it is quite impressive how despite your struggle with depression, chronic fatigue and ADHD you turned your life around and became very successful. How did you do it?
The biggest turning point was when my best friend was involved in a car crash and his 3-year-old niece passed away. It taught me that you must live your life before it is too late. I started to learn step by step who I was and what I wanted from life. I learned that you must be realistic and that life is about pleasure and pain. When people have a baby, you experience the wonder and excitement but also the sleepless nights and crying.
I always felt I had to fit other people’s expectations but went on a road of self-discovery and started to become who I was on the inside. The key part is that you should love everyone, including yourself. Everyone has what it takes to be extraordinary.
Michael, how did you overcome depression?
Sometimes we lose ourselves. It is important that we continually grow and learn about ourselves instead of getting stuck in an idea about where we are and what we should be. The most empowering thing that ever happened for me was when I discovered my true values in life along with my life mission and life purpose of teaching people how to live an extraordinary life (No matter where you have come from).
Fear is also something that holds people back. Was that an issue in your life, like did you have stage fright?
Of course, especially becoming a public speaker. There are two kinds of fear, realistic fear and imagined fear. With imagined fear, people often imagine things, which will never happen. Real fear is something that could lead to death and is a very important part of human consciousness. If we didn’t have real fear we would take silly risks that could kill us. Imagined fear on the other hand has a tendency to slowly kill people without them knowing it due to never living the life they truly want and stopping most from never living up to their own expectations.
What do you love most about your work?
I do what I love to do, I love to express myself and feel in control of my destiny and I love helping people by giving them the tools to live an extraordinary life. I truly believe everyone is capable of something great in their lives. In fact I believe in most people more than they believe in themselves.
You have helped many people, can you tell me a story of positive change of one of your clients?
There are many amazing stories. One client “Paul” from Cairns in Australia used to come home from work and drink every night to supress his feelings of anger, frustration and stress due to the life that he had created.
He used to have fits of anger and rage until one day he had enough and tried to end his own life. He realised he had a drinking problem and went to AA but left as he felt it didn’t work for him. His life fell apart. He decided to come to one of our events event. For the first time in his life, he realised who he was and why he was here. He got a new job and changed careers. In a short period of time his new company valued the changes he’d made and the inspiration he bought to the team and they paid for him to continue his studies with us and attend every course we could offer.
You help motivate people but some say that motivation is an internal process. What do you think about that?
Motivation can go up and down. If we want to live an extraordinary life we should go deeper and see what really drives us. This will create an intrinsic drive (from within). When a person is inspired they do not need to be motivated. They are excited and have energy to burn.
My last question. You have learned a lot along the way. What is your favourite piece of wisdom?
I have many favourites. Each time you learn something you go to a new level and want to learn another piece of wisdom. Life is a constant learning process. If I had to give one piece of advice it would be to know thyself, so that you be thyself and love thyself. It’s the only true way to live an extraordinary life.