It’s January and many people are striving to improve themselves in 2016. Award-winning author Michael Samuels has written a series of self-improvement books that inspired me in 2015. His first book, Just Ask the Universe, changed my life. I asked him if he would like to sit down for a candid interview and he agreed. It’s my pleasure to introduce Michael Samuels to the Princess of the Light blog. Take it away, Michael:
What book do you wish you could have written?
I really wish I could have written Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. That book has inspired millions to use their thoughts to manifest their reality. It was the seed that started it all for a lot of very successful people. Plus it’s sold millions and millions of copies.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?
My list is vast, but off the top of my head the following have been HUGE inspirations for me, especially in writing Just Ask the Universe. Wallace Wattles, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Rhonda Byrne, Anthony Robbins, Thomas Troward, Robert Collier and Pam Grout. They are my mentors.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Besides making unbelievable children, I cannot believe how many people I affected positively with Just Ask the Universe. My words, written on my laptop, in my den, at night…have touched people all over the world. There is no feeling to describe it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Writing screenplays full time that get produced into feature films. Being paid big bucks by Hollywood Studios to take their ideas and turn them to screenplays.
Have you always liked to write?
As far back as I could remember, I’ve always written something. Whether screenplays, stories, poems, lyrics…I’ve always loved to write. Just took my twenty something years to hone my skills…which I’m still doing.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Steal like an artist. When you see something you really like – a quote, a billboard, an idea in a magazine – text it to yourself to use in your works. But don’t plagiarize. Use the idea and form it to your own verbiage. I’ve been doing this for years.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I have read every single review for Just Ask the Universe a dozen or so times. I cannot believe I have over 647 reviews and ranked number 4 on Amazon in spiritual. I never respond to good or bad reviews. I leave it up to the critics to determine if my work is good or not, which it generally has been. Take negative reviews to heart and lose sleep over them. KIDDING! Laugh it off. When you create something, anything, someone will have something bad to say about it. It’s normal. It’s healthy. Read it and move on and know that it won’t affect you or your work one bit.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
Flying. Ugh, I hate flying.
Do you have a favorite spot to write? What is it?
My den. With my laptop on a pillow on my lap. Travel Channel or Food Network on in the background.
Do you write naked?
Nope, but I do write in my PJs. An Under Armour t-shirt, ADIDAS sweat pants and socks. So cozy!
What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?
I’ve never told a fib.
Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
Nope. I’ve always talked my way out of every speeding ticket I’ve ever had.
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
I once made a Supercomputer to get me out of pickle using a paper clip, scotch tape, an ice cream cone, some spit, and some vitamin C tablets.
Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?
Never smoked in my whole life. I do enjoy a White Russian once or twice a year when I’m feeling frisky, but I generally do not drink at all. My life is pretty plain. I don’t eat carbs or sugar. My life is what you call – vanilla. A vice for me is a piece of dark chocolate. Sometimes I like a good craps game, otherwise I’m an angel.
What is your biggest fear?
Flying. Ugh! If I could drive everywhere I would. Being in a metal tube with people I’ve never met, 35,000 feet in the air, is not my cup of tea. I’ve flown thousands of times – I just hate it.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Manifested everything in his life. Except being dead.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To teleport from NY to LA. Anything not to fly.
If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?
Aerophobia Teleportation Boy. Fear of flight, so he teleports everywhere instead.
What secret talents do you have?
I have a massive, enormous tongue. Like Gene Simmons is jealous of the size of my tongue. I can touch my nose with it.
What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?
Sell a Hollywood screenplay and get the movie made. Write a Star Wars movie and get it made.
If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?
Slubberdegullion Blazebeast Embermouth the third.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
Nope. I love my body too much and I’m incredibly cautious.
Title: Just Ask the Universe
Author: Michael Samuels
Genre: Self-Help / Spiritual
Just Ask the Universe is not a book of New Age gobbledygook filled with empty promises. Angels won’t fly from above and touch you while you’re reading. You will not be asked to practice unusual or tedious rituals. There will be no preaching or sage advice and there will most certainly be no channeling of your inner chakras or dressing like Friar Tuck.
Just Ask the Universe is a realistic guide to personal development. By creating a blueprint for self-growth and commanding your subconscious mind, the Universe will manifest all your dreams.
For over two decades, Michael Samuels has studied and methodically tested hundreds of books on self-improvement, spirituality, and the metaphysical. Just Ask the Universe accumulates the wisdom from “thought teachers” like: Wallace Wattles, Anthony Robbins, Rhonda Byrne, Joseph Murphy, Robert Collier, and Napoleon Hill, and compiles it under one unified lesson: if your thoughts are clear and in harmony with your mind and the truth of your surroundings, your life can be filled with all the richness the Universe has to offer. As a culmination from these teachings, Michael will show you how to use simple and fun techniques to create a more desirable future. This approach, coupled with real-life stories, will teach you how to achieve personal power to overcome any barrier.
Regardless of what your present circumstances might be, by following the principles in this book, you will be able to gain power over your destiny. The Universe is listening. All you have to do is just ask.
Late one night, I saw an infomercial for Anthony Robbins’s Personal Power II program. I knew I wanted to change, but I didn’t believe in buying the snake oil. Here was a guy who lived in a castle in California earning hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and there I was, living in my parents’ house, lying in my unmade bed, criticizing Tony and belittling his success. I was jaded beyond belief, yet I still mustered up the courage to buy the program. Within thirty days, my entire perception of this world altered. My thought process was transformed. The Personal Power II program awakened my thirst for self-improvement.
There was one turning point in the program in particular that has stuck with me to this day. On or about day 14 of the program, Tony asks you to list your goals— personal development goals, “things” goals, and financial goals. At the time of listening to the program, I followed Tony’s orders and wrote down everything I wanted in life.
My goals covered a wide gamut—from the type of person I wanted to be perceived as among my family and peers, to the relationship I wanted to attract into my life. I listed the way I wanted to travel, the homes I wanted to own, and the number of sales I wanted my family-owned business to earn per year. My pen didn’t stop for two hours. I got engrossed in writing down as much as I could. I will never forget those two hours of my life. They’re among those rare times that you think about consistently that make you smile inwardly. I know a lot of people have had such moments, and this was one of mine.
After I had written down everything I desired my perception
changed instantly. I went
about my life with a brand-new outlook. My new positive mental attitude was not just about accomplishing an
objective but about the value of life I learned on this new road.
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With a degree in English, a second degree in Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration, Michael Samuels has attracted everything into his life because he followed successful people and their thought ideologies. His first book ‘Just Ask the Universe’ is ranked 4th in the world under Spiritual on Amazon and has sold over 100,000 copies. His second book ‘The Universe-ity’ won Best Self-Help book for 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. Michael lives in New York with his wife and two children.
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