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The Real Stories
Behind Success

Can you really learn how to be content in life? Is contentment attainable or just some goal that keeps moving every time you get close like a mirage in the desert? On this episode of BEFULFILLED, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Michael Devlin. In his conversation with Tony, Michael opens up about his childhood, how he learned to be content, the impact that his wife has had on his career, how he got involved with software development, and much more. If you are yearning to live a life that is fulfilling and content, this is the episode for you!

Stop being so hard on yourself!

As a leader, you hold yourself to a higher standard than most but have you ever stopped to consider that you might be too hard on yourself? Think about it, when was the last time you gave yourself a huge helping of grace? Sure you might be quick to dispense grace on subordinates and those you love, but too often leaders are the last people to give themselves grace! It’s not about lowering your standards; it is about recognizing that you can’t be perfect all of the time. That’s OK. Is it time for you to ease up on yourself?

You deserve success.

It’s become popular to harp on those who have made it, and it makes sense! People who enjoy success and expensive things can quickly become targets for mockery. But the truth is, If you made your living honestly and without hurting others, you deserve to enjoy the success that you’ve earned. To borrow a line from a famous comic book character, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Will you use your success to help others and make the world a better place or will you just keep it to yourself? Wealth, fame, and success don’t change people; they simply reveal what was already there. What is your success revealing about you?

The key to being content.

Where do you find contentment? Is there a course you can take or a program you need to sign up for? Why does contentment feel out of reach for so many people in our society today? It all depends on how you define contentment, does success equal contentment? Unfortunately, there are a ton of successful individuals out there who are the farthest thing from content. When Michael Devlin looks at his life, he points to two aspects that have led to his ability to be content. He learned that he needs to stop being so hard on himself and he realized that love was the key to contentment. When you hear from Michael, you learn pretty quickly that his wife and his kids are very important to him. Throughout his career, the one constant in Michael’s life has been his family. What has contributed to contentment in your life?

Enduring difficulty.

How do you rise from some of the most difficult circumstances to forge a brighter future? Everyone with a challenging background doesn’t rise to overcome their past; what sets leaders like Michale Devlin apart from all the rest? At the end of the day, Michael points to a deep resounding desire to endure any challenge that came his way. Having grown up in the depths of poverty, Michale was able to keep his eyes focused on a better path for him and his community. To learn more about Michale’s inspiring story, make sure to listen to this episode of BEFULFILLED – you don’t want to miss it!

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • [0:33] Tony introduces his guest, Michael Devlin.
  • [2:00] Michael talks about his childhood and his definition of success.
  • [6:20] How has Michael’s relationship with his wife impacted his career?
  • [14:00] Stop being so hard on yourself.
  • [15:30] Michael talks about his work with software development.
  • [23:45] From bankruptcy to success.
  • [32:40] What is Michael’s superpower? What does he enjoy about fatherhood?
  • [35:00] Where did Michael’s passion and drive come from?
  • [37:20] Michael enters the Fulfillment Round; rapid-fire questions.
  • [46:45] Closing thoughts.

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