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The Non-Traditional Way with Michael Shaw

Surrounded by the Northern Rockies' majestic beauty and rugged wilderness, songwriter Michael Shaw worked as a horseman and wilderness ranger in Western Montana for more than a decade. That unpredictable natural landscape—and the isolation that goes along with it—shapes his debut album, “He Rode On.”
With a swagger in his vocal and a sharp eye for detail, Shaw brings authenticity to “He Rode On,” as everything he references on the album—from living off the land to cheating death—is rooted in the truth. Shaw’s captivating songwriting can be directly traced to his own experiences in the West. Yet, his stories are universal, whether he’s delivering a rowdy barroom anthem or a meditative song about losing a loved one.

“To master your craft, you need to appreciate clear and honest feedback from others.”

Episode Summary –

We often get carried away with what others have done and try to replicate that in our lives.
But this can never guarantee success and happiness.

It’s a much better plan to just do what you want to do, something you are passionate about, something which is your inner calling, regardless of what society says and believes.

Success is achieved when you are working from your happy place.

In this episode, Michael Shaw shares his inspiring story of how he chose not to pursue a corporate job in a big city after college, unlike most of his friends, and chose instead to become a horseman and live in the mountains. That choice inspired him to become a songwriter and singer.


Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:42] Michael shares his background story and talks about how he became a singer songwriter.
[11:10] Michael talks about how he navigated from the traditional life to building a life that makes him happy.
[14:40] How has Michael developed his skills as a professional songwriter?
[16:57] The most significant accomplishment of which Michael is most proud.
[20:14] Michael talks about the most difficult time he has faced and how he walked through it.
[28:05] Michael shares his strategies for engaging with your audience.
[30:42] How to utilize social media to get the best results.
[32:30] Michael talks about how he is promoting his new album.
[36:58] What does working from your happy place mean to Michael?


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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.


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