Michael H. Forde is a multifaceted personality. As the author of “Success Begins From Where You Are!”, a motivational speaker, and a public health specialist currently responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Forde is exceptionally inspiring.
This recipient of the Gates Millenium Scholarship has completed his studies in a record time with outstanding results: Forde graduated from high school at the age of 16, earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19, master’s degree at the age of 22, and became a doctoral student at the age of 25 – quite the prodigy.
Michael H. Forde has been interviewed several times, most recently in an article published in Forbes and on James Lott’s Channel. It turns out that Michael H. Forde has plenty to say, and his multiple appearances have allowed us to get to know him and his work better.
– Michael, can you tell us a bit about your upbringing?
My dad is from the island St. Lucia and my mom is from the island Dominica, both incredibly beautiful Caribbean islands. I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in North Carolina, surrounded by my father’s multiple recipes and taste for all things related to amazing cuisine. I got to learn a lot about different parts of the world thanks to my father’s passion for experimenting with international cuisine, and I guess you can say that awakened a sense of curiosity in me.
– Was there a moment in your life when you made a conscious decision to pursue greatness?
I have always been motivated to pursue my goals and, in a sense, I feel like I’ve always been determined to accept nothing short of greatness. If I have to think about it, though, there was a moment that has stuck with me, when I felt more committed than ever. It was after my enrollment in a public health master’s program. I was 20 years old and working full time. Then it hit me – if I could be a full-time worker and a successful student at the same time, maybe I could do anything!
– What made you want to motivate others to pursue success with your book “Success Begins From Where You Are!”?
The reason why this book is so special to me is because it has the ability to leave a positive impact on the lives of those who are searching for an answer to their purpose. The accomplishment is not about me, it’s about the message. The message to encourage individuals, especially our youth, about the importance of choices, mentorship, and mindset on their journey to success.
– What have you been up to these days, in the midst of COVID-19?
My job as a public health professional consists of spreading awareness about COVID-19 and offering the public the most accurate information available. It was challenging in a way, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, when the information was rapidly changing! Even now, months into the outbreak, we continue to learn about the virus and its behaviour.
Some people are worried and scared, and it is our job to offer information that helps them stay safe and feel a degree of comfort in the midst of all that is going on.
– What are you most proud of in your career?
I consider my greatest accomplishment to be the publication of my book, “Success Begins From Where You Are!”. It is a message that I’m passionate about and I am truly excited about sharing it with the public.
Michael H. Forde’s work is all over the world wide web. If you are charmed by his positivity already, you may want to follow him on Instagram and Facebook @michaelhforde, purchase his book on Amazon, or visit his website www.michaelhforde.com.