Round One!

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: My knuckles are bleeding. And I couldn’t be happier!

OK, that’s stretching the truth. My knuckles are a little skinned up. There was actually no blood involved. Yet.

December 1 I had to admit that I had made virtually no progress towards my bold statement to be in the best shape of my adult life (thus far) by the time I turned 50, I went all in.

I went to a class at Title Boxing. I was terrified. I can’t deny it. But I went. And then kept going.

No one is punching at me, but I get to work out all kinds of aggression against a 100lb bag while it tallies my score.

I have no idea how the score is calculated, but being a fan of gamification in any form, I revel in the increase I see each class.

The more times I go the clearer my head gets. I could easily compare myself to the people around me. I am very competitive by nature.

But I find myself happily competing against me. The person I was the day before.

If you would have told me that I would be taking boxing lessons, I would have laughed. But this thing is no joke.

15 mins of crazy cardio. Eight 3-minute rounds. 15 mins of core that makes me want to throw up.

And I love it.

It is easy to wonder what the world thinks of you. But so much better to be clear about what you think of you.

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.


  1. Jude on 01/20/2019 at 4:00 AM

    Nice one Michael! As a owner of one of the clubs I appreciate your blog on your experience at Title Boxing Club🥊

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