The Early Years
Michael was born and raised in Miami, Florida. At four years old, he started BMX racing. He traveled with his family throughout the US to compete and was ranked fourth overall nationally. At the age of five, he began playing football and baseball, continuing with these three sports through the first decade of his life.
Michael’s youth athletic journey was successful, receiving “Best Offensive Back” and “Most Valuable Player” awards and participating in numerous championships. He was thriving not only in individual and team sports as a team captain, but also in the classroom.
In 1984, things took a different turn. Michael’s parents divorced. For the next nine years, he became very temperamental. His mother went one way, his father another, creating a wound that many can relate to. Michael’s off-the-field challenges gave him a new reason for playing sports: to let loose his aggression and disappointment on his opponents. But this mindset caused a rapid decline in academic performance, his relationships and overall attitude and well-being. He lacked the intellectual maturity or emotional intelligence to maintain his level of motivation.
He was lost.
The Turning Point
In 1992, Michael set his sights on the military with ambitions of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. However, color blindness prevented him from entering the SEAL program. He chose to keep a positive attitude, honorably finishing the remainder of his service contract going to work on the USS NIMITZ aircraft carrier during Operation Desert Storm. This was the first time he learned how powerful the right attitude and mindset could be.
With this knowledge in hand, he returned to Miami after an honorable discharge where he went on a mission to learn everything he could about mental fortitude, conditioning, attitude and behavior. He immersed himself in personal development and behavior change research; it was something he was passionate about. However, a series of jobs and a marriage that ended in divorce put further strain on Michael. It was after these trying moments that he decided to compile all of his knowledge and life experiences into what would become The Missing Playbook training program.
Having discovered his true calling, Michael is a certified LifeSuccess Consultant. He has spent more than 20 years studying the teachings of Napoleon Hill, long considered a founding father of new thought movement and the power of personal beliefs in obtaining success. Michael’s studies even brought him to Italy, where he worked with the Napoleon Hill Foundation Leaders, and became a Certified Leader for The Napoleon Hill Foundation. He has also had the great fortune of not only training with world-renowned international speaker and mentor Bob Proctor, but also personally mentoring, guiding and training some of the world’s finest amateur, junior, professional and corporate athletes and executives. From Super Bowl champs and tennis stars to boardroom billionaires, many have put their faith in Michael Cooper, The Missing Playbook and Human Performance Mentors.
The Missing Playbook is modeled precisely on the same system Michael has used to mentor students from ESPNHS, ESPN Wide World of Sports/Disney, the University of Florida, Purdue University, the Miami Marlins, Rick Macci Tennis Academy, the PGA Tour, the U.S. Army All American Bowl/FBU, ProPops Foundation, XPE Sports, the Institute of Human Performance, World Class Speed, Power Showcase, McDonalds, Keller Williams, Northwestern Mutual, and more.
The program has modeled top performers into people who have created lasting, passionate relationships and extraordinary success in virtually every realm.
"Michael Cooper is a coach of the mind. He helps you unlock your full potential as a human being. What he teaches in the Missing Playbook is essential to those who wish to be successful. Understanding your thoughts and feelings is the key to achieving greatness and getting what you want out of life. Being a football coach at one of the most elite programs in the country, I practice Michael's philosophies and see first hand how they change the lives of the players and those around me."
Adam Bolaños, Outside Linebackers Coach
St. Thomas Aquinas HS, 7-Time State Champions, 2-Time National Champions
"Michael is an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable young man. He is always quick on his feet, with sensible reactions in all the circumstances I've seen him in. I feel confident in saying that he is capable of handling any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity. I feel confident he would be an asset to any organization.”
Dr. David Lipman
Boca Raton, FL
“I just wanted to thank you for an awesome presentation this past Saturday. At first I was going to leave after listening to the speaker before you, then I thought, common courtesy says I should at least hear a bit of the next presentation, and in a few minutes, I was hooked. It was the best 2 hours I have spent in a long time.”
Jose Correa College Showcases America - NoticeME
“My experience with Michael Cooper has been one of complete empowerment. Through him I have learned to attract the things I WANT in my life by being those things via my thoughts feelings and actions. Since working with coach Michael I have already accomplished many different goals in all areas of my life.
Andrew Dykeman, Singles and Doubles State Tennis Champion Florida, 1st Team All-American
Saint Andrew's School Florida / Cornell University
“Michael is the most positive person and engages you with heart and soul. I highly recommend signing up for his e-newsletter which is full of interesting information and uplifting. Sign up...You'll be glad you did!”
Pamela Dyer, Club Services Manager
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter
We went through an entire blueprinting process in terms of creating a client presentation and when I got the finished product I realized that it was not nearly as effective as the "blueprint" Lou and I had created after spending a couple short hours with you. As recently as last week, I just landed another new client who entrusted us with 700K using that short but simple strategy.
Kudos to you brother. You're the man!"
John A. Naphor, CLU, New Jersey
Cornerstone Wealth Management
"Living my life through The Missing Playbook has been a life-changing experience. I was told when I began working with Michael that it will be the greatest challenge of my life... But it will be the most rewarding. That is an understatement. "
Professional Figure Competitor
The Missing Playbook™
The lifeblood of HPM’s mental strength program. It’s a workbook. It’s a toolbox. It’s your inspiration. It takes mental strength training to a whole new level of intensity with real results. It includes behavioral analysis and life skills development to turn leaders, influencers, and athletes into champions on and off the playing surface.