As the year is over halfway behind us, we at The Successful Male are proud to have featured some exceptional men, who are making an extraordinary contribution to the betterment of human society, whether locally, nationally or on a global scale.
The ‘Man Of The Month’ acknowledges men for
following their passion and living their life’s purpose
striving to maximise their potential, personally and professionally
making a difference using their skills and talents.
We close out the first half of the year by acknowledging Marc Miller. Highlights of Miller’s career include driving on world-renowned racetracks like Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas, and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. In addition to competing professionally, Miller works as a professional driving coach, with drivers across the state of Michigan, midwest and the entire United States & Canada.
When he is not at race events, at a speaking engagement, teaching seminars or helping to train drivers throughout the country, Miller enjoys spending time with his family, including his better half Tabitha and her daughter Vera, and his two sons, Evan & Seth.
Marc makes a point to have an active lifestyle in West Michigan, biking, kayaking, hiking and boating or working on vintage motorcycles.
I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Marc and I was thoroughly impressed with his reluctant hero attitude and humility. Upon completion of our conversation, I voiced my praise to him of being the poster boy for what The Successful Male movement represents. He’s living his professional dream, he’s financially thriving, family is a top value of his and aligns his behavior with that value, and he continuously works on himself to be a better man spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
He’s living his definition of a successful life and making an impact on the world with his skills and talents.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Marc Miller.
- Joseph DiRoma
1. Tell us a bit about your background.
For nearly 16 years I’ve been a professional race car driver. The pathway to this career has been a long one. In college I started my own public relations and marketing company, mostly to do the things that I needed to do for myself. Years later, I had some solid clients in the motorsports industry, which gave me flexibility in schedule and the ability to travel. That’s when an opportunity arose. I was one of those lucky kids that seemed to know what I wanted to accomplish, and rarely deviated from the path that was necessary to get there. I am fortunate to now have professional race wins, championships, and awards while building a family and close friendships.
2. How did you get started on this journey?
I actually fell in love with the competition of motorsports at a young age. I was 11 years old when I started go-kart racing, and from that first experience, I knew I wanted to keep going. I asked a lot of questions from pro racers, and really tried to absorb their advice. Every time I hit a roadblock and needed help with things that I couldn’t afford, I took the time to learn how to do it myself. The length of time to achieve the end goal is longer, but I know I am more knowledgeable because of it. My future from racing becomes brighter.
3. How did you discover your life’s purpose?
This is a tough question to answer because I really don’t feel I have one specific purpose. I feel like I discover new purposes all the time, and the exciting part about life is trying to accomplish those purposes. I have a career goal, a family goal and relationship goals, that I am always working at, with thousands of other smaller projects scattered in between.
4. How do you work on maximizing your potential?
I feel like I am maximizing my time the best when I have a very well-balanced life. As a professional athlete, I have to be at the top of my game, but I don’t want to sacrifice my family or relationships either. That delicate balance takes a lot of communication, respect and hard decisions, but in the end, I rate success not in the number of trophies on the shelf. I really enjoy being part of racing, because even though there is only one person behind the wheel at a time, the entire team is needed for success. In your friendships and home life, it is the same way. For every bad day someone has to pick you up and carry you across the finish line, but the very next day the roles could reverse. Maximizing “my” potential is more about what I can do to help the team succeed, whether that be work, family, or relationships.
5. What difference do you want to make and why?
I don’t necessarily feel like I am trying to make a difference in the broad sense. I ultimately want to live a life that earns the respect of my family, my peers and my competitors. To accomplish all that you have to live a certain way, and I think that really lays the ground work for making a difference in someone’s life.
6. What was your biggest challenge in life and how did you overcome it?
Time. There isn’t enough of it. I often wake up with a fear of running out of time and it isn’t a pleasant thought. I am a perpetual list maker and do my best to stick with accomplishing those things. The list is updated often, and while I take satisfaction in the completion of tasks on the list, I always add to it before it is complete. The act of prioritizing things helps me focus on the positive parts of completing tasks, rather than worrying about if there is too much to do in what time I have.
7. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Be patient. It is so easy to wind yourself up and demand things to happen at a certain speed. I had good guidance growing up and learned you don’t have control over the end results, but you can, in part, control the variables that lead to the end results. That mindset really helped me be more detail oriented. My younger self could have used a reminder to be more patient like that, so if I could have given myself advice in that way, I might have benefitted myself well!
8. What is the best way people can connect with you?
I am easy to connect with through social media and my website, www.themarcmillershow.com. It links to all of my social accounts, so it is easy to interact. I am a big Instagram fan and love sharing my work and home life there, so check that out my account (@marcmiller001) and be sure to follow!
Are you the next Man of the Month?
If you feel you are a man who is:
Following his passion and living his life’s purpose
Striving to maximise his potential, personally and professionally
Making a difference using his skills and talents.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject – The Next Man Of The Month.