Our 264th Dad in the Limelight is Coach Michael Taylor. I want to thank Michael for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I consider myself to be a men’s advocate who has committed his life to empowering men to reach their full potential. This is accomplished through my company called Creation Publishing Group. Through CPG I publish books, audio & DVD programs, facilitate lectures & seminars and host a radio show which are all designed to educate, motivate and inspire men.
2) Tell me about your family
I have been happily married for the past ten years to the woman of my dreams. I have three amazing children from my first marriage who are all grown up (26, 28, 31) and doing extremely well in their lives and nothing makes me prouder than being able to say that I have been an awesome dad.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Going through my divorce and worrying about my children was my greatest challenge as a father. Dealing with the sadness and guilt for not being with them full time was extremely difficult
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Shakespeare once said “To thine own self be true.” This is the advice I would pass on to every father. What this means is that we must learn to understand who we are as men and not simply buy into the media generated perception of what a man or father should be. We must understand that it is okay to be open, honest, sensitive, caring, nurturing and vulnerable as fathers even if society says these things aren’t acceptable as men. Being true to ourselves allows us to be comfortable with these values and ways of being and they support us in being the best fathers possible.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
It’s simply about priorities. My family comes first before everything else. Fortunately for me my children are all on their own so I don’t have to worry about them. But my wife knows that at any point if she ever feels neglected or misses me too much I simply adjust my schedule to make sure she never feels that way. Although I absolutely love being on stage and motivating people, what I love more is being with my unconditionally loving wife who loves me for who I am not what I do.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
Most men want to be good fathers unfortunately too many of them did not have good role models to teach them how. If given the opportunity to learn from other successful fathers a lot of men are open to learning how to become a better father. Every man has the capacity to be a great father yet too many men do not have the willingness to learn.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Our society unconsciously conditions men not to be good fathers. Too many of us get trapped on the societal roller coaster and we spend too much time trying to buy our children’s love with material things. We say we love our children (and most of us do) yet we rarely spend quality time with them because we are so stressed out keeping up with mortgages, car notes, and careers that we truly dislike.
What I have learned is that our children love us, not our stuff, and when we allow them to do so and love them back our lives are richer, fuller and more rewarding.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I can not think of anything that comes close to the feeling of love I receive and give to my children and my wife. Watching my kids graduate from college and recently watching my son get married, confirms for me that I kept a commitment I made as a child, which was to be a great father. I can say without question that I have absolutely no regrets as a father and I feel truly blessed to be able to say that I am an awesome dad.
If you have any questions for Michael, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!