SA 059: Mike Merriam on How You Are Closer Than You Think

Mike Merriam

Mike Merriam, author of “Closer Than You Think” shares how his life changed when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. But this turned out to be a misdiagnosis; he did not have cancer. He shares how he felt at that point and how his mindset was changed.

Guest Bio:

Mike was born in 1977 in a small town in Upstate New York. In his early twenties, he moved to the New York City area, where he became involved in the mortgage banking business. He battled cold calls, increasingly severe regulations and, eventually, the near collapse of his industry as a whole.

He married his best friend in 2005 and they have 2 beautiful boys together. He went on to achieve great personal and financial success in his career, yet at the pinnacle of this success found himself completely unfulfilled and disengaged.

After analyzing these feelings and speaking with many others that had felt the same way, he realized he needed to consult with some of the best minds in personal development. He read hundreds of books, attended seminars and hired the world’s top coaches. On this journey of personal evolution, he discovered the secret to unlocking the life of his dreams.

After some time, he realized that he had an obligation to share what he discovered with the rest of the world. He truly believes that we are not only entirely capable of achieving great success, but true happiness, joy, and fulfillment along with it.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • When he hears the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind and why?
  • What did he take away from his upbringing? Did he learn anything specific from his mom and dad that he uses today, anything he does as far as the way he’s a parent or a husband today?
  • Describing his childhood how he was mediocre, does he think that actually gives him a competitive advantage in what he’s doing today? Does he think that gives him the ability to differentiate himself and his perspective?
  • What are his own strengths?
  • Is there one or two books that he can point to that has most impacted him, and why?
  • What about documentaries? Does he watch them? Does he have a favorite?
    • Sharp, directed by Nick Conedera
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?
    • Barack Obama

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • The events that happened to him in 2014 that changed his mindset
  • The key things that allowed him to be able to respond in a productive manner, and turn his life into something greater?
    • Are you going to be the hero of your own story or are you going to wallow in a victim’s mentality?

  • What he learned that led to the framework that he put together in the book
    • Living in alignment with your values is the ultimate success.

    • What would an amazing, fulfilling, radical future look like?

  • The Positive Core
    • See your goals not as a distant shore but as a guiding star.

    • What you learn on your journey is going to determine your destination.

  • What is Appreciative Inquiry and what we can learn from it
  • The 6 fundamental questions to ignite your personal evolution
  • One small step that the audience can take in the right direction to build momentum in a positive way.
    • Do something that scares you.


Book:  Closer Than You Think: Six Fundamental Questions to Ignite Your Personal Evolution


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