Mike’s Mailbag: The Legend of the Mull River Shuffle

Hola Amigos,

I hope you all had an awesome Canada Day with your friends and family!

This Mailbag is coming at you straight from the Dilly Dally Cafe on the corner of Vernon and Quinpool in Halifax. I tee-off in 2.5 hours for my second round of the Nova Scotia Amateur and it’s suffice to say, round 1 results unfortunately did not meet my expectations. It was one of “those days” on the golf course and humbling to say the least. I was pretty bummed after the round, somewhat embarrassed to be frank, as the two guys I am playing with are players. Both on university on golf scholarships, one to Queen’s and the other to Waterloo.

It was tough to take in stride but sometimes when a fear of yours is realized, it’s actually refreshing if you look at it through the lens of a stoic philosopher (ie. there is no good or bad. Just the lens in which you interpret the event). It can actually be very freeing for a fear to be realized that your just not as good at something as you once were or think you are. That’s the case for tournament golf for me at the age of 27. I think I’m done with it.

It’s a case of perspective. If I shoot 79 in the tournament, I’m going to be disappointed with it and feel like I left shots out on the course. Yet, if I’m out on the links with my buddies and shooting any score under 80, I’m one happy camper and we’re having post round pints, no doubt. I want to be a glass half full kind of guy in life and tournament golf requires such precision and meticulous preparation, often at the expense of other important aspects of life. There is ZERO room for error and mental lapses in tournament golf. Breakfast balls and mulligans don’t exist. If you’re not fully committed 24/7 to honing your golf game, it can often be chalked up to luck if you play well in a tournament. Thus, it’s almost setting yourself up for failure.

I love the game of golf and I’ve realized that because I love the game so much, it’s time to move on from serious tournament golf. As they say, “golf is a good walk… spoiled”. I can’t wait for many spoiled walks in the future with good friends, family and colleagues!

After this humbling round of golf, I took a spur of the moment road trip to Wolfville to check out Acadia University’s campus and hot tamale, I was blown away with how beautiful the Annapolis Valley is! I went full tourist and just followed road signs which led me to Annapolis Cider Co. (amazing tasting cider that you can order by the case online), Luckett Vineyards (picked up a bottle of Black Cab – all of their wines can be ordered the case online), Just Us Coffee Roasters (learned how coffee is grown and roasted), the beautiful fields and vistas of Grand-Pre (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and last but not least, Cape Split Provincial Park. I didn’t have time to do the 5-hour hike there but I will definitely be making the trek back there to do so with my buddy, Murdoch, in a few weeks. I’ve attached some pictures from my cruise below!

I capped off the night catching up with a few old university pals Carlisle, Dan, Warren, and Graham for pints sea-side on the boardwalk . It’s always fun catching up with pals down the road and learning about all the interesting things they’ve been up to. Our conversation was so dialed talking being in your 20’s, exploring, and trying to take the road less traveled. Dan and Carlisle are both very competitive sailers and that’s a sport I know nothing about so I loved hearing about their trials and tribulations on the open seas! Golf and sailing are timeless sports that bring the old and young together, so we had a good time exchanging insights.

I’m only going to share two articles with you this week and they are top shelf.

  • Every year on his birthday, Ryan Holiday writes a reflection on what he’s learned throughout the year and how he can turn that knowledge into wisdom to share with others. He just turned 30 and his new reflection is golden: http://thoughtcatalog.com/ryan-holiday/2017/06/how-to-live-a-full-life-and-leave-nothing-on-the-table-by-30/. My favorite bullet points are #15, #22, and #36… What are yours?
  • This is a pretty cool insight to the life of Josh Fechter, as written by Manu Goswami series #UNCONVENTIONAL. My favorite anecdote is “To anyone out there that feels like they have not found their passion, Josh wants you to see this story as a testament to the fact that you don’t have to rush to find you “passion”. Instead of focusing on building a lifestyle around work, build your work around a lifestyle you desire. Josh has had friends who have made tons of money but still feel lost when it comes to defining their purpose. For them, they have built a lifestyle around their work as opposed to flipping it and peering at every opportunity through the lens of their lifestyle.” Pretty cool message if you ask me -> https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/unconventional-josh-fechter-manu-goswami

Quote of the Week: “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

Song of the Week: There’s a group of ~12 caddies who are all pals and we do our best to take in the local Cape Breton culture. We’ve started a tradition of attending the Monday Night Square Dance in Skye Glen (about 15 minutes from Mabou). ~300 people of all ages come from around the county to join in the square dance festivities, on a Monday night of all days… Every week of the summer! It is an absolute hoot and the Rankin Family wrote a song called the “Mull River Shuffle” which is the river you drive along to get to the square dance. This probably isn’t the pump-up song you’d expect to listen to but when you get a crowd of Cape Bretoner’s stompin’ the dance floor to this jig, things really amp up!

Keep on Fighting the Good Fight,

Mike

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Mike’s Mailbag: What Does Your Paradise Feel Like?

G’day Mates,

Without further adieu…

  • Billy Bob Thornton, known as Coach Gary Gaines in my world (Friday Night Lights), with a really raw anecdote about his life before he was rich and famous. I don’t know much about Billy or pass any judgment on his personal life. Moral of the story, this clip really resonated with me. More specifically, Billy saying “don’t ever let your dreams die. That’s what keeps an artist alive and keeps people in general going. Sometimes sitting on the floor on Motor Avenue with a powdered doughnut and a cup of rum seems like paradise.”

    Is this specific situation sitting on the floor what Billy or other people aspire to? No, probably not. But for Billy, he was living his dream and inching his way closer to becoming a successful actor; thus, the journey felt like paradise. For many, myself included, “paradise” does not equate to sunny beaches and suntanning on yachts. It is driving towards a set out goal and having an innate sense of purpose for living. That’s what I’m chasing…

    The road to success, whatever that looks like for you, is not paved with comfort and requires sacrifice. It forces you to “cut the slack” in your life. To dial back to the basics of what your mission requires and ridding yourself of a few comfortable amenities you may have been used to in a past life. The beauty is, in exchange for doing so, an invigorating wave of conviction, clarity, and purpose rush through your soul. An innate feeling that money cannot buy. A feeling that wakes you up in the morning; without an alarm clock.

    “If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.” – Jay Samit.

  • As many of you know, I’m a terrible reader of paperback books. I absorb and sift through a lot of content; yet, much of it is not through printed press. But this book is different. “The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday is a one-page read every morning that translates timeless stoic philosophy into modern day prose. I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking to shore up some bad reading habits like myself!
  • This is an amazing 3-minute clip of drone footage of Nova Scotia… Definitely worth checking out if you’ve always wondered why people love the Maritimes!
  • Very positive, thought provoking advertisement by Heineken
  • With the prime summer months on the horizon and the potential for a few long days on the patios, weddings and late nights around the campfire, the next day isn’t always something we look forward to.

    However, I was given the heads up on a product called RecoverORS by some golfers from Chicago a few weeks ago who had late nights at the pub and early morning tee-times the next day. It is a oral rehydration packet that you stir into water and voila! Order on Amazon, shows up a few days later. For those of you, who like myself may have a few “I ain’t as good as I once was but I’m good once as I ever was” – Toby Keith-esque nights, on the horizon this summer, I’d welcome you to give RecoverORS a try!

Quote of the Week:No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.” – Jay Samit

Song(s) of the Week: The tuneage is high on vibes right now so I thought I’d share a couple mainstays:

Carpe Diem Amigos,

Mike

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Mike’s Mailbag: You Can’t Multitask Presence

Greetings Muchachos!

Sunday night check-in from Cape Breton after a great week caddying on the links!

  • I spent a lot of my rest day today watching clips from Oprah’s new YouTube series called Master Class. It’s a pretty cool series of interviews where Oprah takes a deep dive with different celebrities on defining moments and lessons learned in their life; many of which have not necessarily been shared publicly before. A clip that really resonated with me was from a Cindy Crawford interview. She said, “you can’t multitask presence”. What an awesome mantra when it comes to being all there when you’re with people close to you!
  • “I’ve often said that I wish people could realize all their dreams, wealth, and fame, so that they could see it’s not where you’re going to find your sense of completion. Like many of you, I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself. Until someone smarter than myself made realize that there is nothing bigger than myself.” – Jim Carrey on his interpretation of the meaning of life.
    Man, this is good stuff. This week at Cabot, I had the privilege of spending 18 holes with a fairly well known TV personality in the sports world and asked him a few questions on his path to where he is now. I’m always curious about the journey people take to get where they are and his story echoed much of the same sentiment as Jim’s.
  • A great read by Mark Manson on what makes people/cities great can also be their downfall in certain contexts or situations. This is an interesting topic and one I’ve been doing some reflecting on as of late.
  • The Rocking Chair test… Have you ever done it? Are you currently sitting in your rocking chair and enjoying the view? I would LOVE to hear your personal reflections and what your view is like if you’re enjoying it right now!

Song of the Week: I’m thinking about carrying a mini speaker in my caddie bib and playing this song anytime my players’ make a birdie putt. Things might get spicy when “SUAVEMENTE” by Elvis Crespo comes on on the 11th green!

Quote of the Week: “Be a fountain, not a drain. Create more, consume less.” – Unknown

Make it a great week!

Mike

An Open Letter From My Driver’s Seat

Happy Friday Morning Friends!

Super excited to share my my reflection on jumping off the proverbial “corporate cliff” and landing on my feet…

I’m sitting here in my 2002 Acura MDX, atop a large plateau overlooking the Northumberland Strait outside of Inverness, Nova Scotia. My odometer reads 338,814 km and the “Check Engine” light has been on since I left Calgary. It’s 9:29pm on Wednesday night. While I’ve felt more comfortable at many other points of my life, I’ve never felt more “all in” than I do right now. I’m exactly where I need to be.

Full article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/open-letter-from-my-drivers-seat-mike-wilkes?published=t

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Quote of the Week: “To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P.G. Wodehouse

Song of the Week: “Wasting Time” – Frankie Ballard

Cheers,

Mike

 

 

Mike’s Mailbag: Unveiling of “The Birdie Whisperer”

Happy Sunday Folks,

First check-in from Inverness and have some pretty exciting things on the docket!

  • As Cabot’s engines start to rev with golfers coming from all over the world to play, I’m super pumped to unveil my caddie brand this summer, “The Birdie Whisperer“…

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  • I am grateful to be welcomed by the very nice folks of Inverness and as such, I take a lot of pride in being the best ambassador of Cabot, the town of Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and at the end of the day, Canada really, to people coming from all around the world to experience the world-class golf. Yes I am here to carry golfers bags, help them read putts, dial in their distances, find errant drives, but really, I am here to tie all those pieces together and provide a premier golf experience. If you’re heading my way and need a caddie this summer or know someone who does, The Birdie Whisperer is perched and waiting!

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  • Some of you have been asking why I write my Mailbag? How do I find the time? How do I find articles? I had some fun dialing into the “why” at a quaint little European cafe in Old Quebec City on my trek out here. Here’s what came out when pen hit paper: https://mikesmailbag.org/about-me/.
  • This next story is a feel good one… So you know the Telus Cup, the national midget AAA hockey tournament for the top teams in the entire country? The Cape Breton West Islanders WON the tournament a couple weeks ago in Prince George, BC beating a team from Quebec 5-4 in overtime! The team is comprised of kids from multiple small towns and hamlets across Cape Breton Island that drives multiple hours just to go to practice on weeknights, yet alone games! Cape Breton’ers are very proud of their team and rightly so for being crowned the #1 midget AAA hockey team in Canada: http://www.capebretonpost.com/sports/hockey/2017/4/30/history-made–cape-breton-west-wins-telus-cup-championship.html
  • Speaking of high intensity playoff hockey, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share how to tinkle the twine courtesy of the On The Bench guys from Calgary.
  • Last but not least, one of my favorite TV shows, Master of None, came out with season 2. It is an awesome show that brings to life a lot of humor that is lost amongst everyday life and brings a raw perspective on being single, life as a millenial, and misunderstanding of various cultural stereotypes. Aziz Ansari is the lead character and producer of his own show which makes for a light-hearted and hilarious take on life as we know it. Season 2 trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGE-Mw-Yjsk.

Golf Tip/Quip of the Week: I certainly don’t profess to be a golf professional or instructor but I’ve hacked my way around a few courses in my day and this summer, my life revolves around watching/helping people play golf. Many folks aren’t used to be playing links golf with 50+ km/hr winds and frankly, it isn’t easy and takes some getting used to! It’s not for everyone but is a lot of fun when you learn to embrace the game at its grassroots level. When hitting into the wind or into a crosswind, the key is to club up and swing EASIER, not harder. This will help keep your ball flight down and limit the amount of spin on the ball. The time to club down and swing for the fences is when you’re downwind and have ample space to let the ball release after landing.

Song of the Week: You can count on Eric Church being a staple of any top shelf summer playlist and this song pretty much sums up my mantra for the summer here in Cape Breton… “Holdin’ My Own” – Eric Church

Quote of the Week:Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.” – Jimmy Demaret

Make it a great week!

Wilkesy

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Mike’s Mailbag: Why Gardening is My New Favorite Hobby

Greetings Friends,

While in Toronto this week, I had an idea blossom in my head for how to relate relationship building to something that doesn’t necessarily have direct monetary value but yet still has a ton of tangible and intangible value.

What did I come up with? Yep, you guessed it. Gardening! Here’s a sneak peek…

Gardening and Mike in the same sentence? My mother would say those two words have never been uttered in the same sentence in 27 years of my life. Heck, my thumb is the farthest shade from green in the traditional sense but not in the type of gardening I like to do…

Full article on LinkedIn by clicking: Why Gardening is My New Favorite Hobby.

Song of the Week: I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this tune is. Killer base line to open the track, throw in a little sass, class and trumpet and what do you get? “You Look Good” by Lady Antebellum. Or here for the folks on Spotify.

Quote of the Week: “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

Btw… I’m stoking up MusicByMike and to get the ball rolling, here’s a sizzlin’ playlist that guarantees you a countrified good time from coast to coast. Made with love, here’s “Cape Breton Country“!

Ciao,

Mike

Mike’s Mailbag: A Tribute to Larry From Manitoba

What’s Shaking Mailbagger’s!?

Its been a while since we last did this… December 12, 2016 to be exact.

Well, lots of life has happened since then for all of us. Ups, downs and everything in between. As you may know, I left my corporate job on my own accord in March and have set my sights set on the beautiful Inverness skies that paint the backdrop for Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs.

I embarked on my journey bright and early this morning from Calgary and this edition is coming to you from a Motel 6 on the Trans Canada Highway in Brandon, Manitoba. I logged 1,194km today in the Green Gator! Things I learned on my drive: Saskatchewan is exceptionally flat, it is possible to go 4 hours in Canada without cell reception, and that massive agriculture dealerships (John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Case, New Holland) are front and center in every town and city in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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In my 12 hours of driving today, I alternated between podcasts, interviews, and tunes and have pasted links to different episodes I listened to today:

Favorite tracks from shuffle today:

While I haven’t formally written in 5 months, I have been collecting a ton of content in addition to making a lot of notes on topics that interest me. Now that I’m captaining my own ship, I will be creating lots of time to write about some of these things but also sharing some of my travel and caddying adventures from this summer on the East Coast. I don’t have any set frequency or format what’s in store. Just going with the flow and seeing where the tides take my writing…

On a sadder note, we lost a loyal Mailbag reader, Larry Ethier, last week due to a tragic health complication. Larry was a pillar of what was right in the world. He was a husband, father, brother, cousin, Principal, mentor, and friend to many. Genuinely one of the nicest men I’ve ever known. His Celebration of Life service was incredibly inspiring and a humbling learning experience for all in attendance. Larry had an incredible impact on the world, evident of all the enriching stories told by friends, family and colleagues of his 69 years of living. I think a friend, Lorree, summed it up best after the service, “in Larry’s passing, we all learned how to live.

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Larry was big on relationships. Everything from breaking the ice and instantly taking a genuine interest in your life to the more difficult element of maintaining friendships over time and large distance gaps, Larry always led with generosity. His son, Lucas, asked everyone in attendance to honor his dad by reaching out to someone who you’ve been meaning to for a while now but life has got in the way.

My way of honoring Lucas’ ask is after life getting in the way for five months, writing my first Mailbag to you in dedication to the great man Larry was and will continue to live on in legacy.

Quote of the Week: A classic from our friend, Larry.

Good, better, best.
Never let it rest.
Until the good is better.
And, until the better, best.

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Let’s all take a page out of Larry’s book and make our own lives a message to the world about the person we show up as each and every day we’re alive!

Live From Manitoba,

Mike

2016 Year in Review: Top 10 Quotes & Mike’s Merry Mash 10

Buenos Lunes Mis Amigos,

While the holiday season means catching glimpses of Will Ferrell on TV’s on three separate occasions per week and wearing ugly Christmas sweaters that smell like the stale cardboard box you found it in, there are other perks… Such as it being Year in Review time for sports highlights AND Mike’s Mailbag. As much as I’d love for Natasha Staniszewski and Kate Beirness to host Mike’s Mailbag Year in Review, they politely declined so I guess my hosting abilities will have to suffice!

This Week -> Top 10 Quotes of 2016

Next Week -> Top 10 Video Clips of 2016

Christmas Week -> Top 10 Articles of 2016

But before we kick things off, as many of you know, I have been putting together a Christmas mixtape for family and friends for years and turns out times flies! This will be the 10th edition of Mike’s Merry Mash. Once upon a time, I’d burn the mixtape to a CD and mail them out but we’re going digital this year and sharing via Spotify. Please turn your “shuffle” feature off as there is a method to my madness regarding the order of the track list. Check it out here: Mike’s Merry Mash 10!

Don’t have Spotify? You should probably consider jumping aboard 🙂 But I have also listed the track list below if you’d like to YouTube or download them on your music service of choice.

Drop a comment below with your favorite quote(s) of 2016, whether you found them via my Mailbag or elsewhere!!!

Feliz Navidad,

Mike

TOP 10 QUOTES OF 2016

1) “At one point in your life, you’ll have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t.” – Andy Roddick (Week 21)

2) “We do not rise to the level of our hopes. We fall to the level of our training. – Archilochus (Week 40)

3) “Beware of destination addiction. The idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, or even in the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.” – Robert Holden (Week 5)

4) “Your resume is your past. Your job is your present. Your network is your future.” – Terri Trespicio (Week 26)

5) “Empathy is a choice and it’s a vulnerable choice. Because in order to connect with you, I have to connect with something in myself that knows the feeling.” – Brene Brown (Week 17)

6) “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in your bedroom.  – Dalai Lama (Week 30)

7) “I’m looking for what’s real. And when I find that, I take it right to the soul. I’m not a surface guy, I can’t stand living on the surface. I think that’s why people are so unfulfilled today. People text instead of communicate, people think their Facebook friends are their friends. Depth is what people are missing. I like taking people deep. That’s why people are so riveted because it’s so rare.” – Tony Robbins (Week 47)

8) “Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.” – Will Arnett in Flaked (Week 20)

9) “We’re so attached to the identities, relationships, and dreams that have brought us this far. But like a cocoon, when a butterfly emerges the cocoon has served its purpose. It doesn’t mean it’s false – it means it’s served its purpose. And our dreams, our identities, our ambitions, our relationships, they’re often cocoons that lead us to the next. And we get so understandably attached that we get in conflict when it breaks or falls away; we don’t see what it’s opened us to.” – Mark Nepo (Week 48)

10) “The difference of a person’s fate is decided from what a person spends in his free time between 20:00 to 22:00 . Use these two hours to learn, think and participate in meaningful lectures or discussion. If you persist for several years, success will come knocking on your doors.” – Li Ka Shing (Week 22)

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Mike’s Mailbag: Taking a Page Out of Roosevelt’s Playbook

Top O’ The Morning Muchachos,

As we turn the page on No Bullshit November into December, I couldn’t be more jovial about what the next 30 days have in store! Personally speaking, I had a great November full of intended change (physical fitness) but also forged some unexpected relationships that have had a very positive influence on my life.

Before we kick-off this week’s edition, I’d like to send a big shout out to so many of you who commented on or brought up last week’s Mailbag in conversation. That was a special edition and it was really nice that so many of you tuned in!

  1. This Wall Street Journal article by Scott Adams will be in the mix for top 10 articles of 2016, no doubt (see my 2015 rankings). “To put it bluntly, goals are for losers.” – Scott Adams. If you don’t have a WSJ subscription, just Google “Scott Adams Secrets of Success: Failure” and click on the link in the search results. Google allows you to read all WSJ articles for free!
  2. This next excerpt was shared with me by a special person that entered my life in November. I am grateful for their newfound friendship and these battle tested words of wisdom (as spoken by Theodore Roosevelt) they shared with me, as I am not very well read on my American Presidents.
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  3. I am an active user of social media but if I’m honest, I have a hard time disagreeing with any of the points raised in this rather contrarian perspective by Cal Newport “Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend On It.
  4. This new North Face commercial really just makes you want to jump in your vehicle and head west bound…
  5. So you want to go west bound, eh? I think there will be some that opt for a plane ticket to the east coast instead after they see this beautiful video montage of Nova Scotia! Wow…

Song of the Week: The reason I posted this song has nothing to do with yoga, I just think this is a real jazzy Cathy of a tune. “Once a Day (Love Life Remix)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead. Here it is via Spotify and YouTube. Whatever you do, turn it up!

Quote of the Week: “We’re so attached to the identities, relationships, and dreams that have brought us this far. But like a cocoon, when a butterfly emerges the cocoon has served its purpose. It doesn’t mean it’s false – it means it’s served its purpose. And our dreams, our identities, our ambitions, our relationships, they’re often cocoons that lead us to the next. And we get so understandably attached that we get in conflict when it breaks or falls away; we don’t see what it’s opened us to.” – Mark Nepo

Time to Find an Arena!

Mike

 

Mike’s Mailbag: A Tribute To My Dad, Gord!

Goooood Morning Folks!

I’ll say it now… Best Mailbag of the year material this morning folks!

The reason I am especially pumped about this week’s Mailbag is because it is a tribute to my dad, better known as Gordo. He hit his milestone 65th birthday on Monday and it’s given me lots to think and reflect on. Tune in to the first video video link below which is a really cool insight into the work he has been pioneering in his field of reconstructive Plastic Surgery. I’ll preface the video with a few reflective thoughts…

What hit me this week is that my dad, like many father/son relationships, has had a huge impact on my life since day 1, but when I sit back and think about it, I really have never had any concept or idea of what his day to day to life is like as a doctor.

Last week, one of his residents dug up a YouTube clip of a feature that was done on Gord (and much to mine and sisters’ chigrin, a family bike ride we went on in the 90’s that was quite embarassing)! Point is, this really is the most introspective look I’ve ever had on someone who’s had such a big impact on me, yet professionally speaking, my dad’s career and mine could not be more different. As a kid growing up, when Gordo came home from work, he put his “dad” hat on and never talked much about the meaningful impact he was seemingly having on people’s lives. Now that I’m older (and a little more mature), I’ve put a lot more thought into the craft he’s honed and expertise developed he’s carving ears out out of patient’s rib cartillege who have lost one or both of them due to a bad accident, cancer, or having been born without one or both.

When you’re able to help someone while they’re at their most vulnerable, that is enormously powerful and the grounds for forming a very meaningful relationship. I’m just starting to realize how big of an impact he’s had on so many of his patients, both young and old, and yet he’s stayed as humble as the kid who grew up with three younger brothers on the streets of Meadowlark in west Edmonton.

Thanks dad for being such a great role model and teaching me many qualities that I hope to emulate in some fashion as I grow into my professional career, wherever that may lead…

  • As prefaced, here is the clip from the late 1990’s titled, “The Surgeons“, on Gord’s leadership of the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences (formerly COMPRU at the time) at the Misercordia Hospital in Edmonton. Very cool stuff…
  • A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a random guy, Tony Esteves, quest to meet one new person every day for an entire year. Well I’m very proud to now call Tony a friend, a chum, pal, compadre. We met last Friday night for what was supposed to be “a beer” which turned into many… Our conversation went in every direction and to great depths, which there’s nothing more I enjoy! For the record, I was day #220 on Tony’s calendar. Tony wrote about our initial encounter on his Talk2MorePeople page. In the last 7 days since meeting, we’ve broken bread at both of our Calgary dwellings and I attended my first ever “improv jam acting class” at Tony’s house (which totally scared the bejeebers out of me going into it. I’m trying to work on my creative expression which Tony graciously offered to help me out with). And he also virtually met with one of my best friend’s and loyal Mailbag reader in San Francisco, Chris Snoyer. Pretty solid first week of friendship if I say so myself! And it all started with a simple… conversation.

    If you’d like to meet Tony and be part of his Talk2MorePeople journey, I’d love to introduce you!

Song of the Week: Live in 1973, here is Chicago and their classic, “Saturday in the Park“. This one is for my dad, as Chicago is his all-time favorite band. The above photo is Gord and his cousin, Greg, on cloud-nine taking a photo with the entire band after their concert in Edmonton a couple weekends ago. They blend right in if you ask me!

Quote of the Week:I’m looking for what’s real. And when I find that, I take it right to the soul. I’m not a surface guy, I can’t stand living on the surface. I think that’s why people are so unfulfilled today. People text instead of communicate, people think their Facebook friends are their friends. Depth is what people are missing. I like taking people deep. That’s why people are so riveted because it’s so rare.” – Tony Robbins

Take Your Life To The House!

Mike