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Mike Dooley: Author
Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who’s founded TUT, a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that’s now home to over 700,000 members from over 185 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual accountability have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today Mike is perhaps best known for his free Notes from the Universe emailings, social network postings, and his New York Times bestsellers Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams and Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic. Mike lives what he teaches, traveling internationally speaking on life, dreams, and happiness. In 1989, Mike See full.
Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who’s founded TUT, a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that’s now home to over 700,000 members from over 185 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual accountability have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today Mike is perhaps best known for his free Notes from the Universe emailings, social network postings, and his New York Times bestsellers Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams and Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic. Mike lives what he teaches, traveling internationally speaking on life, dreams, and happiness.
In 1989, Mike along with his mother and brother, launched TUT (then it stood for "Totally Unique T-shirts," now it stands for "The Universe Talks") selling t-shirts and souvenirs to tourists out of a pushcart in Orlando, Florida. Eleven years later, in 2000, after selling 1 million of their "Totally Unique T-shirts" through a small chain of our own stores and international distributors, they closed operations and launched today’s TUT’s Adventurers Club, a web-based philosophical club for understanding and living the adventure of life. Using the email addresses they had collected from visitors to their retail stores, Mike started sending out "Monday Morning Motivators" (inspirational poems taken from our bestselling t-shirts). These weekly emails soon became daily emails, which finally evolved into Notes from the Universe — short and humorous reminders of life’s magic and our divinity, still the mainstay of all Mike now does.
TUT, which now stands for “The Universe Talks,” posits that everyone's special, that every life is meaningful, and that we're all here to learn that dreams do come true. Mike believes that "thoughts become things," and that imagination is the gift that can bring love, health, abundance, and happiness into our lives. Through his products and events Mike reminds others as much as himself of life’s fundamental truths: that life is magical, that we are adored and powerful, and that dreams really do come true. Joining is free and begins with taking “the oath” to receive free daily emails, Notes from the Universe. In addition to sending out the Notes, Mike, as founder and author of the Notes, hosts talks around the world on the nature of reality, the law of attraction, creative visualization, the power of thought, and how to create major life changes by leveraging the Universe and engaging life's magic. Infinite Possibilities Train the Trainer is his latest adventure — a project designed to train others how to reach those in our society who have not yet been reached with life’s truths, principally, that our "Thoughts Become Things."
“If ever there was proof of magic in my life, it’s that I now spend part of everyday writing for ‘the Universe,’” Mike says. “Not so long ago, after we closed down the last of the TUT stores (TUT used to stand for Totally Unique T-shirts) and liquidated our remaining T-shirt inventory, I briefly hit the pavement with my accountant's resume in hand. Fortunately, no one was hiring (at least not me), and fortunately again, I had enough money from our retailing days to coast awhile. Even more fortunately, I still had a thousand or so people looking forward to receiving my ‘Monday Morning Motivators’ via email each week. So I decided that as long as I didn't have to work, yet, I'd keep doing the one thing that filled me with the greatest sense of accomplishment and purpose - write. And figure out how to make it pay, later. Talk about scary. As the months rolled by, there were plenty of nights I tossed, literally in a sweat, thinking ‘what am I doing with my life? How did I get here? What went wrong? What if I don't make any money at this? What if I have to sell my home? What if I can't find a job, and no one will buy my home? What if? What if? What if...?’ And day after day, week after week, month after month, my reserves dwindled and nothing came in. But I knew a trick. I knew that figuring out ‘the how's,’ wasn't really my job, it was the Universe's. I also knew to focus on the end result, the kind of life I wanted, and to get busy turning over every stone, knocking on every door, following every impulse, so that theoretically, at least, the Universe could take care of the details.”
What started in 1998 as an email sent out weekly to 38 addresses has since blossomed into today's daily Notes from the Universe, sent to over 700,000 subscribers in 185 countries. These Notes are brief passages written by "The Universe," personalized with the receiver’s name (and occasionally the receiver’s personal goals and dreams), designed to remind that we all have, indeed, been given dominion over all things.
As Mike says, "The only way to get what you really want, is to know what you really want. And the only way to know what you really want, is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself, is to be yourself. And the only way to be yourself is to listen to your heart."
Five Questions for Mike
What Makes You Come Alive?
1. My wife and I being first time parents to a daughter who is now 20 months old.<br />2. Traveling and teaching, internationally.<br />3. Pursuing my heart's desire, in terms of doing, being, and having all that I imagine.<br />4. Contemplating all things that might fall under the heading, the "nature of reality."
Pivotal turning point in your life?
Reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. <br />
An Act of Kindness You'll Never Forget?
When I started out teaching metaphysics, 15 years ago, fans, who i did not know, and from whom I asked nothing, began tithing me... at a time in my life that I was desperately low on cash.
One Thing On Your Bucket List?
Grow my business of teaching and helping others so that it long outlasts me.
One-line Message for the World?
Our thoughts become things, choose the good ones.
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