Ep 55: Michael Port (Part 2)

October 19, 2015

This is part 2 of a 2 part interview.

Michael Port is the author of 6 books with popular titles such as: ‘Book Yourself Solid’, ‘The Contrarian Effect’, The New York Times Bestseller, ‘The Think Big Manifesto’ and his brand new book ‘Steal the Show’. He’s been described as an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe and a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal and is probably the only former professional actor to also be a New York Times bestselling business author. As an actor he appeared on our screens in The Pelican Brief, Sex and the City, Law and Order and numerous other shows. These days he can be found keynoting conferences and inspiring audiences all around the world on how to Think Big.

In This Episode

  • As an actor you had to deal with Rejection day in and day out, day in, day out. With hindsight do you feel that that experience was empowering or disempowering?
  • “Now, I know that if I give up on something that I really want, the only person that it hurts is me”
  • “I look like a cop and a serial killer”
  • If we really want to achieve something big, the importance of being really open about how much we want it, we need to tell the world because it will also make us work harder to go get it.
  • Michael describes the layers and armour we wear to try and stop ourselves hurting when we don’t get what we want…and the problem with this approach. He then describes a better solution.
  • Joseph Campbell “The privilege of a life time is being who you are”.
  • Michael shares a personal story of struggling with addiction.
  • The dangers of hiding our problems and challenges.
  • He describes what the ‘red velvet rope’ policy is.
  • When first starting out in business, Michael felt that if he could just be in service to others, if he could just be helpful to others, then the rest would fall into place. I ask him how this worked out for him.
  • The dangers of holding onto absolutes and closing the door on alternative view points.
  • What is 1 thing our listeners can do today, that will have a massive positive effect on their lives.
  • Which book has had the biggest impact on your life? Why?


Books Mentioned:

Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life by Michael Port

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns by John Bogle


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