By Cary Shuman
Lynn native Michael Annese appeared at the Barnes and Noble store in Saugus to promote his personal development book, “The Victory Cycle: 7 Progressive Steps to Fore a Lifetime of Everlasting Personal Growth and Change.”
Annese, a 47-year-old Florida-based fire department battalion chief and personal development expert, said he has been studying personal development for more than 20 years.
“I’ve always wanted to give back,” said Annese, who attended Lynn Woods School, St. Pius School, and Lynn Tech (Class of 1987). “I’ve been studying leadership in the fire service. I wanted to take the concepts I’ve learned in the fire service, simplify them, and make them applicable for regular goals. I wanted people to able to apply them in a simple way.”
Annese began thinking about the word, “victory,” and ways in which he could help people reach their victory. He then developed an acronym for Victory: Vision, Inspiration, Commitment, Time Steps, Obstacles, Rejoice, and Yearlong Adjustments.”
“It’s a seven-step process, a progressive cycle that you follow,” said Annese. “It’s based on trying to drive yourself forward. It’s constant, never-ending improvement. There’s a Japanese word called, “Kaizen,” and it’s basically that – making yourself the best you can be at all times, waking up every day and saying: Am I going to reach victory today?”
Annese said the process for improvement is about “small steps that turn in to giant leaps over time.”
“It’s about taking control of your life and accountability and not playing the blame game but rather taking charge of your victory and your future.”
Annese said the book is geared to all ages and its concepts can be applied to a business, weight loss, and people young and old. “There are no limits to the book.”
Michael’s father, Tony Annese, a former Lynn Police officer, was among the many family members and friends attending the book-signing event.
“I’m very proud of Michael,” said Tony Annese. “He’s written a great book. This book can really help people and lift them up and improve their life.”
Childhood friend Glenn Long was a classmate at Lynn Woods Elementary School. The two friends have stayed in touch.
“Michael is a great guy,” said Long. “I’m proud of him. I hope he can come to the Marblehead middle school where I work and speak to the students. I think he would be a great inspiration for the kids. I think my daughter (Cassandra, a student at Merrimack College) would really want to read this book. I wish Michael the best of luck and I hope this book takes off for his writing career.”
Michael Annese advanced toward fire service after attending North Shore Community College. He has an older brother, Paul, who became a firefighter in Florida.
“I received my EMT (Emergency Medical Techinician) at North Shore Community College and I worked at Lifeline Ambulance. I moved to Florida and worked for an ambulance company. I fell back to my childhood dreams of being a rock and roll drummer and I pursued that full time. I had a band called Risk and we tried out for a record company. It didn’t happen. I needed to find something that was wholesome and I got back to the fire service.”
He began to read personal development books by such famous authors as Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer.
“Those books started to inspire me and I started to believe in myself and I became a lieutenant, a captain, and now I’m a battalion chief with 18 years on the job.”
And now he’s taken on and completed the challenge of writing a book.