Life, Liberty, & Happiness

Walk Through Your Prison Bars


he desire to understand someone may be a greater manifestation of love than the desire to see them change. Many times, once I have cared enough to understand a person's story, my desire for their change is the thing that actually changed. This ability to love another - even with their imperfections - applies to ourselves too.

We all have scar tissue - formed by years of life as it happens. Often, we allow these scars - reminders of our flaws and our limitations - to restrict our options. We assume we aren't capable of more. We focus so much on the flaws, we fail to see our gifts.

At some point we must make peace with the imperfect path that has led us to this moment. There is both liberation and self-acceptance in knowing that we are all graciously flawed and gifted. And upon thoughtful reflection, those two things - the flaws and the gifts - are often impossible to distinguish from the other. 

It is the mix then of the bumbling & dancing, the stumbling & running, that have made this path that is our life. The irony is some of the things we would give the world to undo are the very things that have led us to this graced moment.

One of life's greatest revelations happens the moment we finally realize the prison bars we’ve been banging our cup on - the feelings that we are flawed or don’t quite measure up - are actually spaced far enough apart to walk through.

About Dr. Michael Burcham

Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.

“I built and sold a $40M company with Dr. Burcham as my mentor. This is the thing: if you EVER get the opportunity to learn from this man, from that moment forward, you’ll list him as one of the most influential people in your life, even if you live to be 90. And, you’ll know how lucky you were to have that opportunity and you’ll immediately say YES to any chance to be in his presence again—his wisdom is that impactful.”

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

Former CEO, Letter Logic

“If you are looking for a trusted mentor and coach for yourself or your leadership team, I highly recommend Michael Burcham. He has worked with me as my executive coach for well over a decade now. Our conversations and his feedback have helped me sharpen my critical thinking skills. He’s a trusted advisor that I can confidentially speak with about any issue—and I know I’ll get valued feedback. I highly recommend him.”

Ryan McGrath

CEO, Asset Living

“Dr. Burcham’s depth and breadth of experience makes even the most ADD entrepreneurial leader sit up and take notes! His coaching skills bring out the ‘best you’ possible. He selflessly shares the good, the bad, and the ugly—leaving you with an authentic and moving experience sure to spur action and professional growth!”

Julie Lenzer

Director, U.S. Department of Commerce


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