I first met Michael through email several years ago when we were both getting our health promoting biz's off the ground. You know I dig the dudes who can break away from what convention dictates, break some rules and in the process create super success, health and happiness for themselves and then share the wisdom. That is Michael and that's why I like him so. Michael is now using his own experience to help kids, teens and university students ditch the self-doubt, suffering and general insecurities of youth to help them carve their own path. Awesome right? He has just released a book that he co-wrote with his dad called Empowered Youth that deconstructs the paradigms and beliefs that contribute to anxiety, stress and unrest within the family unit and provide a refreshing perspective on how parents and kids can work together to empower and support one another.
Meghan chats with Michael Eisen and asks our fave five questions.
MT: What is your favourite breakfast?
ME: I make myself a smoothie every morning jam packed with so many nutrients. Usually it is made up of carrots, sprouts, a few slices of green apple, avocado, lots of kale, greens powder (Amazing Grass), chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds and vega nutritional shake vegan protein powder. Sometimes I will put beets in there, sometimes spinach instead of kale and sometimes a splash of pomegranate juice, but mostly water as the base! Not only does it actually taste good but makes me FEEL good and fuels my body for an amazing day!
MT: What daily ritual is non-negotiable for you?
ME: Taking care and loving myself. I am so passionate about this that I decided to run an online program all throughout the month of February with a dear friend and fellow Hay House author Tara Taylor to share all our tools and strategies for making self-love a lifestyle! It is called A Radical Approach to Loving the WHOLE You!
MT: What is one of the most pivotal decisions you have ever made?
ME: To start coaching with my dad at the age of 19. When I was in my second year of university at McGill I had a breakdown. I had been through so many challenges in the first 18 years of my life and at this point I had no idea how to pull myself through this really tough time in my life. I was depressed, sick, extremely stressed and anxious and in many ways desperate for help. And I found my help in the most unlikely source- my father.
Growing up he was an extremely controlling “my way or the highway” type of dad and that did not mesh with my spirited ways so we did not get along at all. But when he got to the age of 50, he had accomplished all he had set out to, yet was missing the most important thing – happiness. He started on a journey of radical self-discovery and transformation and after a short period of time had turned his life around and wanted to inspire others to do the same – and well before they reached 'middle age'. So he decided to become a life coach
and that happened to be right around the time that I was desperately looking for some inspiration. I decided to put aside my personal differences with him from my childhood and became his first student.
This was by far the best and most pivotal decision I have ever made! As I started to coach with him, my life transformed along with our relationship!
Now, 8 years after that decision, we are not only good friends, but we have written our first book together as well! In this book we share our story and all the strategies and practices that helped both of us both turn our lives around, in hopes that we can empower the next generation and generations to come to not wait until they are 50 or until they have a breakdown to do something different! The book is called Empowered YOUth: A Father and Son’s Journey to Conscious Living (Hay House).
MT: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be and why?
ME: Now this is probably one of the hardest questions to answer but for the sake of not overthinking things I would bring a motor boat, my journal, and my sunglasses. All of this is assuming that I can find food and water on the island to get by for a little while. The journal because when I get tired of talking to myself out loud having another way to express myself will be important. Plus I’d imagine some really powerful insights coming to me in this state of isolation and disconnection. My sunglasses because I am assuming this will be a warm and tropical deserted island and nobody likes having to squint all the time. And of course the boat because when I get tired of playing “castaway” on this island I will ride the boat back to civilization. (MT: Smarty pants!)
MT: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
ME: My super power would be instant teleportation, the ability to go anywhere in the world by locating it on a map and setting the intention to be there in my mind. Freedom is and always has been my number one value and I adore being able to travel the world. To me it is a no brainer to save all that time and money flying, when I could be anywhere with just the snap of my fingers! Plus if ever needed, I could get out of a tough situation instantly.
Michael Eisen is an inspirational speaker, author and the founder of the Youth Wellness Network (YWN), an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth across the globe to live happier and more positive lives. YWN specializes in creating and implementing wellness programs in schools and organizations, while providing additional programs and training online (www.ywnambassadors.com). Michael's first book, Empowered YOUth: A Father and Son's Journey to Conscious Living, co-authored with his father Jeffrey Eisen and published by Hay House is now available for purchase online and everywhere books are sold. To learn more about Michael and the Youth Wellness Network, join him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and visit www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca.