Sept. 14, 2020

39 Michel Kripalani on his wife’s brain tumor & superhero families. "Live as if you're dying."

39 Michel Kripalani on his wife’s brain tumor & superhero families. "Live as if you're dying."

“To a child the word LOVE is spelled T-I-M-E.” Michel Kripalani on

This session is one of my favourites and it’s very powerful.

Michel Kripalani is the President & CEO of Oceanhouse Media, an app development company, ranked by Inc 500 as one the Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2013. Michel also founded a virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality company. He serves in EO as a regional chair and is a recognised coach in the Marshall Goldsmith 100 group.

Michel is in his early 50s, he is married to Karen and has two daughters. In July 2011, his daughters were one and two, Michel’s wife was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor - a turning point in their life.

In the session Michel shares his learnings from dealing with the tumor and how it strengthened and shapes his family. We discuss his own dad, intentionality and legacy; empowering and educating children and why the tumor came as a gift to them.. Michel has five family values which guide all their decisions: these are: “Family and others first”, “Choose extraordinary”, “Leave breadcrumbs”, “Healthy living” and “Gratitude”.

The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad where:

  1. “Live as if you’re dying.”
  2. "Shredd the ego."
  3. I have a responsibility to take care of my health towards my family.
  4. You can tell someone's priority by where they spend their time.
  5. Easiest value rule for all: if everyone in the world knew I am doing this right now, would I feel comfortable to still do this? If not, don’t do it.

“It is so easy in life to live small. Always be asking yourself: am I living a big enough life right now?” Michel Kripalani on

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