According to conventional thought, our desires are often satisfied by the outside world and other people. However, the truth is quite different. “Dreams and goals can only be fulfilled by taking responsibility for them through self-determination, hard work, and clear structures,” says professional motivational speaker and guest on The Tonight Show Michael Wigge, who serves the United States and Canada.
Equipped with this challenger mindset for success and a dash of smart groundwork, visions do come true.
This award-winning globetrotter and television celebrity is one of the best professional motivational speakers and achieves extraordinary goals as he lives his dreams and visions. In his book and television show, How to Travel the World for Free (PBS), he traveled without a penny in his pocket—from Europe to Antarctica. He lived with the Sanema Indians in the rainforest, crossed Germany on a razor scooter in 80 days, and became a sumo wrestler in Tokyo for MTV.
This motivational speaker for the United States and Canada turned his childhood dream of owning a house in Hawaii into reality. In 42 artful exchanges, he began with an apple and bartered for bigger and better things until he finally attained his dream. (See How to Barter for Paradise.)
Professional keynote speaker Michael Wigge shares the lessons he learned in overcoming awe-inspiring challenges in an authentic, fascinating, and humorous way. He explains how work can become one’s passion and how desire for success can be reignited. The key question: What exactly is your goal?
The professional motivational speaker developed his “Challenger Mindset for Success” keynote and workshop by achieving a successful career and living the life of his dreams. Michael feels confident that with drive and discipline, anyone can turn their dreams into reality.
Interview with Author and Professional Motivational Speaker Michael Wigge: How He Shifted from Adventure Traveling to Speaking
Michael, how and when did you change the focus of your profession to become a professional keynote speaker?
I was basically living my dreams for almost two decades by setting up my own adventure challenges—and publishing them as books and television shows in Germany and the United States. This was a luxury situation because I chose one challenge after another, which would help me develop personally and professionally. In How to Travel the World for Free, I overcame most of my fears because traveling 30,000 miles without any money can be a huge comfort zone-leaving exercise in terms of fear.
My other very big challenge is called How to Barter for Paradise (as a book) and Trade Up around the World (as a stage show). Here I bartered a bitten apple for bigger and better things to get a house in Hawaii after just 42 barter deals. This was a year-long challenge and extremely tough. It taught me a lot about leadership, sales, and team-building on my way to becoming a professional motivational speaker.
Furthermore, I exposed myself to other challenges, like Traveling Europe Blindfolded. Here, I left my comfort zone on a very different level and learned a lot about overcoming fears, developing self-motivation, and great stress management. After 15 years of these comfort zone-leaving exercises—and very fun jobs—I realized that it was time to forward my experiences onto the stage and started working as an internationally recognized professional keynote speaker and challenge coach.
I currently deliver keynotes on change, sales, motivation, and leadership. My workshops mainly focus on stress management, resilience training, time and self management, motivation, and tackling procrastination. These workshops are offered to the corporate world all over the US and partially to private individuals in the Denver area of Colorado. Corporations can also use my services as a one-on-one business coach. I help employees and leadership teams in overcoming obstacles related to conflict management, stress management, time management, and self management.
I am currently coaching associations and corporations in Denver, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Phoenix AZ, New Orleans, and in Canada. Tony Robbins counts as one of my role models.
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