Thursday, April 30, 2015

THE CHANGE: Co-author close-up of Michael E. Schmidlen

As you know, I was recently honored with an invitation to be a co-author in the international self-empowerment book series THE CHANGE, produced by Jim Britt and Jim Lutes. THE CHANGE is the fastest growing book series in the world and becoming a global movement of like-minded authors, coaches, trainers, speakers, and leaders. Each book provides insights into personal empowerment and is focused on growth, self-development, and making necessary positive life changes.

Visit THE CHANGE Book Series Blog for additional insights from the co-authors.

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The last few months have been an incredible experience of profound new learnings and wonderful connections with truly gifted people from around the globe. I’ve had the opportunity to build personal relationships with many of the co-authors and I’d like to use my blog to help share their message.

This entry will focus on Michael E. Schmidlen aka THE Underwear Entrepreneur; a Serial Solopreneur, Angel Investor, Published Author, Publisher of two business themed digital magazines, and Home-Based Business “Specialist” currently residing in Austin, Texas.

Rich Perry - Michael you’re a highly successful home-based entrepreneur, is this something you always desired to do?
Michael Schmidlen - My current career has been dictated by circumstance and opportunity, it wasn’t part of any grand plan on my part.

RP - What do you find most rewarding about your work?
MS - The long-term relationships I’ve been able to cultivate and maintain, I am truly a “Relationship Salesman.”

RP - In regards to your work, what are you most proud of?
MS - That ALL of my personal & professional accomplishments thus far have been as a result of hard work, patience & perseverance. I have a high school education, proving that ANYONE can achieve their definition of “success” if they are willing to pay the price.

RP - How far have you come in the last five years? How far do you plan to go in the next five years?
MS - The last 5 years have been a period of introspection and reinvention/redirection for me.  I had achieved a great deal of success and it wasn’t nearly as gratifying as I always assumed it would be. So now I’m moving forward with a new focus and understanding of what’s “important,” and quite frankly money isn’t that high on the list anymore!

RP - Do you have a key to your success? If so, can you share it with us?
MS - I have many, I guess the best one I can offer is that you need to be prepared to fail many times on your journey; some will be small, some will be medium failures and if you’re “lucky” some will be spectacular!  Learn from ALL of them!

RP - What is the title of your chapter and which book is it featured in?
MS - The Change Book 3, “THE Underwear Entrepreneur Asks You: Who Do YOU Listen to???”

RP - Can you give a brief description of your chapter, or simply, what you discuss in the chapter?
MS - The importance of continuing self-education, and having coaches and/or mentors.

RP - How did you feel (what was your experience) after receiving the invitation to be a co-author in The Change book series?
MS - Happy to be involved in the project, the first of 3 such collaborative projects this year for me.

RP - Since co-authoring The Change do you have any noteworthy achievements or experiences you’re most proud of?
MS - It’s only been a couple of months, so nothing noteworthy has occurred (yet!)…

RP - If you could give your 5-year-old self some advice, what would it be?
MS - Since I was 5 years old in 1964, I’m not sure that I could share any advice that would actually make sense J

RP - If you could give your college (or early 20’s) self some advice, what would it be?
MS - It’s a marathon, NOT a sprint.  Enjoy the journey!

RP - Do you have any programs or projects coming up?
MS - Many, some already in the works and others still being put together in various stages of development.  I believe that we ALL have many “opportunities” around us at all times.  The key is to decide where to focus your time, energy & attention.

RP - What motivates you to achieve?
MS - The belief that I can achieve literally anything that I put my mind to, regardless how bold or audacious it may seem or appear, based upon my own life experiences and confidence born of these same experiences.

RP - If your life story was made into a major movie, what would it be? And who would play your part?
MS - Depends on who you talk to J, my family has a number of nicknames for me that I’m personally not very fond of, but I can’t give them the satisfaction of knowing that…

For more information on Michael E. Schmidlen aka THE Underwear Entrepreneur, you can visit his website:

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