Interview With The Author of “Overcoming Adversity, Getting Your Life Back On Track”, Michael W. Allison
Michael W. Allison is a self-made entrepreneur, philanthropist, TEDx speaker, author, and Purple Heart Combat Veteran who has dedicated his life to helping others by sharing his own story of leadership, dedication, resiliency, and faithfulness. He is the founder of The Adversity Academy and Groomed & Tailored. As a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, he was the recipient of a number of awards during his career including the distinguished Purple Heart Medal, several Navy Achievement Medals with two Bronze Stars and the Combat Action Medal. He is also the author of Overcoming Adversity — Getting Your Life Back on Track and a TEDx Speaker. Michael holds an MBA in business, and he is also the recipient of the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana Wesleyan University. Michael has been featured in ESPN, BET, CNN, TV1, NBC, CBS, IWU, Franchise Consultant, Veterans Network and so much more. Michael’s mission in life is to inspire people, empower them and make an impact in their lives through his Adversity Academy Program.
We Empower Magazine obtained an exclusive interview with Michael.
How has the journey been for you as an author so far and what do you enjoy most about writing?
Michael: Writing a book about one’s personal life and experiences can be both therapeutic and challenging. It takes courage to share personal stories, especially ones that involve trauma and adversity. However, the act of writing can also help an author process and make sense of their experiences, which can be healing and empowering.
The journey of writing a book is often a long and difficult one, requiring dedication and discipline to see it through. As an entrepreneur and CEO, I had to balance my writing with other responsibilities, making the process even more challenging.
However, the satisfaction of completing a book and sharing it with the world was incredibly rewarding. I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in having written a book that could potentially help others who are going through similar challenges.
What I enjoyed the most about writing was the creative outlet it provides, the opportunity to share my story, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a project. Writing can be a way to connect with others, as readers may reach out to share their own experiences or offer words of encouragement.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
Michael: When I look at my life thus far, I have been fortunate to overcome a lot from my background and am blessed with all my accomplishments. The following are a few of my accomplishments:
Publishing my book: Completing and publishing my book, “Overcoming Adversity, Getting Your Life Back On Track,” is a significant moment in my career. It is a tangible accomplishment that showcases my writing skills and allows me to share my story and wisdom with others.
Starting the Adversity Academy: As the founder and CEO of the Adversity Academy, l have created an organization that helps people overcome their own challenges and adversity. This is a memorable moment for me, as it represents the culmination of my experiences and knowledge in a way that can have a positive impact on others.
Serving in the US Marines: As a combat veteran, Purple Heart recipient, I have many memorable moments from my time serving in the military. I sincerely cherish the camaraderie with my fellow Marines, accomplishing challenging missions, and simply surviving the hardships of military life.
Overcoming personal adversity: Given my background of childhood trauma, divorce, and encounters with law enforcement, my most memorable moments in my career are the ones where I overcome these challenges. Additionally, I have had tremendous moments of personal growth and realization, as well as moments of triumph over adversity.
Congratulations and your published book, “Overcoming Adversity: Getting Your Life Back on Track”. What can you tell us about it and how can our readers access it?
Michael: Overcoming Adversity: Getting Your Life Back on Track is a sensational book of personal development. It tells the true story of Michael W. Allison who has experienced several insurmountable childhood tragedies and struggles with finding his place as an immigrant trying to make it in America. He takes you on a journey that shares many of his raw and uncut childhood trauma, his military war experience, his battle with adapting to life afterwards and all of the life lessons we can take away and apply in our own lives when facing adversity.
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What inspired you to join Book Profits Club?
Michael: I joined Book Profits Club because I saw an opportunity to generate additional income by selling my books in multiple ways. As an author, I have a strong understanding of the book market and I have seen this to leverage that knowledge for financial gain.
I like that the Book Profits Club is an online community and training program that helps people learn how to sell books for profit and turn them into programs. The program teaches members how to find profitable book niches. It also provides support and resources to help members grow their book-selling businesses.
Additionally, Book Profits Club focuses on entrepreneurship and building a business. Joining a community of like-minded individuals who are also working towards financial independence and success has provided me with valuable networking opportunities and support.
What other projects or endeavors are you involved with as of late?
· The Adversity Academy: The Adversity Academy is a project led by me, aimed at helping individuals from all walks of life overcome their personal challenges and adversity. The Academy is designed to provide resources, support, and guidance to everyday people, entrepreneurs, working professionals, kids, and veterans. Through various initiatives, Michael is sharing his knowledge and experience to inspire and empower others to overcome adversity and thrive in all aspects of their lives.
· The Adversity Academy Foundation: The Adversity Academy Foundation is another aspect of the Academy, aimed at supporting people in need through various philanthropic initiatives. The foundation is focused on promoting education, wellness, and economic empowerment for individuals who have faced adversity.
· Public Speaking: Keynote speaking, TEDx speaking, and international speaking engagements. Through these platforms, I share my personal experiences and the lessons learned, inspiring and motivating others to overcome their own challenges.
What are some of your future goals and aspirations to empower others throughout your career?
Michael: Some of my future goals and aspirations to empower are:
· Expand the reach of the Adversity Academy: One of my primary goals is to expand the reach of the Adversity Academy to reach more people who may benefit from his resources and support. This could involve developing new programs or initiatives, increasing speaking engagements, or leveraging technology to reach a broader audience.
· Increase philanthropic efforts: I aspire to increase my philanthropic efforts through the Adversity Academy Foundation. This could involve partnering with other organizations, launching new initiatives, or increasing funding to existing programs.
· Foster a supportive community: Creating a supportive community where people can share their experiences, learn from each other, and offer support and guidance is another important goal. I aspire to create a space where people can connect with others who have faced similar challenges, and where they can find the resources and support they need to overcome adversity.
· Provide ongoing support and resources: I aspire to provide ongoing support and resources to those who have gone through my programs or read my book. This could involve developing a network of mentors or coaches, providing ongoing education and training, or creating a library of resources to help people continue their personal growth and development.
What else would you like for our readers to know about you and the work that you do?
Michael: I have a strong passion for volunteering and giving back to the community, particularly to kids and veterans. I am actively involved in philanthropic initiatives through the Adversity Academy Foundation, which focuses on promoting education, wellness, and economic empowerment for individuals who have faced adversity. I have a dedication to these causes’ stems from my own experiences of overcoming adversity, and my desire to help others do the same.
In addition to my philanthropic work, I have several hobbies that I enjoy. I have a love for antiques, and I am an avid collector of antique cards. I also have a passion for antique muscle cars and enjoy working on them in my spare time.
I am a huge sports fan and have been a lifelong supporter of The Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins. I enjoy attending games and following the teams closely.
Finally, I love to travel across the world and have a deep appreciation for different cultures and experiences. My love for travel has inspired me to incorporate international speaking engagements into my work, allowing me to share my message and empower people from different parts of the world. Overall, my diverse interests and passions reflect my dedication to making a positive impact on the world, both through my philanthropic work and through my personal pursuits.
Any exclusive news you can share with us first?
Michael: One of my long-term goals is to raise enough capital to turn my book into a movie. By doing so, I hope to reach an even larger audience and inspire people around the world with my story. By turning my story into a movie, I will be able to reach even more people and share my message of resilience and hope on a global scale. Achieving this goal will likely require a significant investment of time, effort, and resources. However, I am committed to helping others and my dedication to spreading my message is unwavering. With hard work, determination, and a bit of luck, I’m confident that I will be able to bring my vision to life and continue making a positive impact on the world.
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