Stephen Mackey, How 2Words Can Change Your Life

It’s easy to get stuck in the weeds, forgetting to look at the deeper meaning behind your work. But by connecting each small step with a greater vision, you can bring purpose into your work and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. This week’s guest is Stephen Mackey, the founder of 2Words. He talks about his journey to becoming a motivational speaker and shares ideas for parents, coaches, students, and adults alike to build a depth of character that will carry them forward in the world.

When a person is working only for themself, with only their goals and aspirations in mind, then no success is ever great enough. However, when a person dedicates their life to others, and always keeps others in mind, then a single impact becomes good enough. Loftier ideas are broken down into smaller steps that can lead to micro-victories and a reconnection with one’s own true passion and purpose.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Reward in children what you want to see repeated
  • Merge skill set and passion for your best outcome
  • Understand the responsibility that comes with choices
  • Connect the overarching vision with the next small step
  • Align competition with a greater purpose


“We want to break down the walls that we use to compartmentalize the different areas of our life and recognize that our character is the foundation of everything that we do.” -Stephen Mackey

Where you focus, you finish. What you look for, you find.” -Stephen Mackey

“Once you get that momentum going and you start to believe in yourself, then you start to believe that what other folks believe in you could be true. And so, there’s just power in winning.” -Stephen Mackey

“There are really two types of things in the world: things you can control and things you can’t. And the great effort in life is to only focus on those you can control.” -Stephen Mackey

When it’s about others, then one is always enough. One impact on one day. And that’s all we’ve got is today. You impact one person today and you do it with intentionality and you do it genuinely, and then that’s enough.” -Stephen Mackey


You can find out more about Stephen Mackey online at You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MackeySpeaks. More information about his 2Words program is online at

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