Michael Allison, a Leadership Coach and Purple Heart Combat Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, is the visionary force propelling The Adversity Academy forward. Widely hailed as the foremost authority in igniting the “BREAKING THE BOTTLE” mindset and achieving unparalleled mastery in successful monetization, Michael has carved a legacy spanning over two dynamic decades. He has been at the forefront of empowering top performers across diverse fields to transcend their limitations.

Michael’s hallmark lies in his exceptional ability to awaken the Resilient Identity within individuals, driving them to pursue their aspirations with unwavering fervor. His influence extends beyond mere motivational inspiration, delving into the intricate art of crafting and optimizing business strategies.

His transformative insights, encapsulated in his best-selling book “Break The Bottle,” have paved new pathways to success for countless achievers. Michael’s strategies have nurtured a cadre of top performers, guiding them to harness their unique strengths and transform them into thriving ventures.

“The secret to a new and better life is “BREAKING THE BOTTLE”, removing limiting beliefs, making an identity shift and participating in your own rescue.” – Michael W. Allison

“The secret to a new and better life is “BREAKING THE BOTTLE”, removing limiting beliefs, making an identity shift and participating in your own rescue.” – Michael W. Allison


How It Started

Michael Allison is a resilient and determined entrepreneur leader who has overcome immense adversity in his life. Originally from Jamaica, Michael’s early years were marked by the devastation of Hurricane Gilbert, which left his family homeless. When his parents migrated to the United States in search of a better life, Michael faced further challenges as he grew up in the rough Miami neighborhoods of Overtown, Little Haiti, Opa-Locka and Carol City experiencing childhood trauma, hazing, bullying and significant injuries in high school that derailed his dreams of going to college and playing football in the NFL.

Reality Check

Michael’s life took another unexpected turn when he joined the US Marine Corps and honorably served for eight years, during the aftermath of 9/11 and the OIF/OEF Al Fallujah Iraq War. He witnessed the horrors of war and suffered from PTSD, TBI, and other mental health challenges upon returning home. Despite facing personal struggles, Michael was determined to turn his life around.

Evolved Purpose

With unwavering resilience and a commitment to personal growth through life’s adversities as a leader, Michael pursued higher education, obtaining an MBA in Business and a BS in Information Security. He also sought specialized training for PTSD, TBI, Frame Control, Scientific Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Thinking at prestigious institutions like Rush University Medical Center and Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Overcoming his adversities and challenges, Michael became a leader in his community and across the globe by sharing his story of resilience and helping others through several speaking engagements and on various media platforms.

The Ultimate Transformation

Success, mastery and purpose is the result of aligning your true identity with your life’s decisions, directions and destination. As an award-winning entrepreneur, Michael has started multiple successful franchises, businesses and has been recognized for his achievements, by INC 5000, Franchise Consultant, US Times and being awarded the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been featured in prominent media outlets like TEDx, FOX, ESPN, BET, CNN, NBC, WE Empower | Educate, and CBS, among others. Michael’s mission in life is to inspire, empower, and make a positive impact in people’s lives and business through his Adversity Academy Leadership Programs, drawing on his professional experiences to guide and coach others on their own journeys to overcome challenges and thrive.

Breaking the Bottle

It is Michael’s desire and life’s mission to share the knowledge that took him 20+ years to learn. He knows what it’s like and has been where many people are right now. Michael believes “The only thing worse than unwanted advice is advice from someone who’s never walked a mile in his shoes”. He was put here, and put through his hardships in life, to coach and help you “BREAK THE BOTTLE” and take the leadership authority in your life and business in order to create the life that you deserve.

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