Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Prince.
Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story began when I was 18 years old and I met my mentor, Zig Ziglar. My parents “gifted” me with a ticket to Zig’s “Born To Win” 3-day seminar as my graduation present from High School. Let’s just say, I was less than thrilled!
Despite my resistance to attend, something sparked inside of me that weekend. I found my passion. My passion to motivate, inspire and encourage others to be the best they can be. It was at that time I made a commitment to become a motivational speaker and make a difference in the lives of others. I was so sure of that dream that I actually walked up to Zig Ziglar after the event, shook his hand, looked him in the eye and confidently said, “I’m going to work for you one day. You just wait and see!” Five years later, almost to the day, I was working for the master of motivation, Zig Ziglar.
Beginning my career, working for Zig, was the highlight of my young life. Every day, no matter what I did, I knew I was making a difference. I was living my dream.
I was living my passion. That is, until the day I was offered a lucrative position in software sales that would take me away from my passion but allow me to climb “the corporate ladder” and make more money. For a young twenty-something, that was very appealing. So, I quit and I spent the next 13 years in software sales. On the outside, I was very “successful” but inside, I was miserable. I learned a valuable lesson during those years. The farther you stray from your passion, the farther you’ll be from true happiness.
My passion to motivate, inspire and encourage others never left me, even though I was working a job that didn’t bring those qualities out in me. I secretly wanted to write a book, but I let my negative thoughts keep me from pursuing it. For so many years, I told myself, “Not me! Who do you think you are? Who would want to read your book? You’re no Zig Ziglar!” Until, one day I had a breakthrough and I said to myself, “Why NOT me? I have a story to tell and a desire to help people.” So, I did it. I wrote my first book, “Winning In Life Now.” Zig wrote the foreword and it became a “best-seller” in two categories the first day we launched it. That one act of courage catapulted me into a full-time business of speaking, coaching, hosting seminars and doing what I love, every single day.
I fully believe we all have a story and every story matters, but only if you tell it. If I can do this, you can too. The key to happiness in life is discovering your passion, following your purpose, sharing your story and making a difference. Life is too short to do anything less.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, I’ve had my share of challenges and struggles along the way! Building a business is not easy and there are obstacles at every turn, but that’s just part of the journey. As Zig Ziglar would say, “Failure is an event, not a person.” That’s encouraging for me, and hopefully for you, because anyone following a passion or dream knows there are struggles and failures, but they don’t have to define you.
Rather, they refine you and teach you valuable lessons to take you to the next level.
I know that as I continue to grow my business, I’ll continue to encounter more challenges. I also now know those failures are opportunities for me to learn, grow and readjust. They enable me to fail my way forward.
Prince Performance Group – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Prince Performance Group is on a mission to help people find their passion, know their priorities, share their story and make a difference. We do this through products, speaking events, seminars, coaching and Done-For-You Publishing services. Our goal is to help you get that story “out of your head and onto paper” so you can make a difference in this world.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success is living a life worthy of the gifts I’ve been given. To shine my light so that others can see and to bring the best out in others so that they can do the same for other people. My definition of success is utilizing and sharing the gifts God has given me to benefit others in my family, business and life.
- Address: Prince Performance Group
6841 Virginia Pkwy.,
McKinney, TX 75071
- Website: http://www.MichellePrince.com
- Phone: 972-529-9743
- Email: Support@MichellePrince.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichellePrinceSpeaker/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MotivateInspire
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