When Whalebone Magazine asked me to interview someone in my world who inspires me, I chose my friend and investor Michael Strahan. Michael and I share a perspective about how important it is to focus on how you do things in the world—not just what you do. I love how he lives his life, being the best human he can be with a true passion for empowering people to be the best version of themselves.
Jody Levy: What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?
Michael Strahan: My favorite part of being an entrepreneur is to have an idea or dream and actually see it come alive and become reality. Also, I love being in the position to empower and employ others.
JL: What do you do/think about each day that keeps you happy and healthy and focused in your flow?
MS: I wake up happy every day and realize how fortunate I am. Even if it’s a tough day ahead, I always think that I am where I always wanted to be and that my attitude is the most important thing in my life and one of the few things I can control.
JL: What superpower do you not yet have and desire?
MS: I want to have the superpower to be invisible. Maybe one day that can happen but right now at 6′ 5″ and with the space between my teeth it’s impossible to not get noticed.
I used to be invisible to a lot of people growing up so now it’s important to me that I make sure that everyone knows they are seen and appreciated no matter who they are.
JL: How do you inspire and empower people to be the best versions of themselves?
MS: I always do my best to make everyone feel valuable. No matter what your position is, it is important to see everyone and not just the people who are deemed important. I used to be invisible to a lot of people growing up so now it’s important to me that I make sure that everyone knows they are seen and appreciated no matter who they are.
JL: What is the most important lesson you want your kids to learn to be the best humans they can be?
MS: I want my kids to learn several things. I want them to learn that they are part of a global big picture and have to treat and respect others. I want them to learn that you never give up and always stay positive because life is about how you handle ups and downs. I also want them to learn that they can be anything they want to be if they have passion and a strong work ethic.
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JL: What question/curiosity do you have (universal or micro) that you crave an answer to?
MS: I would love to know all the world secrets that are locked away somewhere. I’m always curious about what stories are real and what are skewed for public consumption to make people lean one way or another. I’m a lot more curious about the legitimacy of information!
JL: What will be your legacy?
MS: I truly want my legacy to be that of a man who walked in the room and you were happy he was there. Work is part of life but not your life or legacy. I want the best parts of me to live in my kids and when you see them you see the best parts of me. That would be the ultimate legacy!