Mike’s Mailbag: Week 16, 2016

We’re cutting straight to the mustard this week!

  • Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War, is very passionate about understanding what drives the human mind and the many variables that play into it. In this short clip, he describes how powerful and successful humans derive pleasure from pain. A lot of people shy away from exposing themselves to pain, whether it be physical or psychological, because it hurts and challenges one outside of their comfort zone. He uses the example of long-distance swimming and the anguish one often experiences in the moment but then the strength and euphoria post-swim having pushed through such physical and mental roadblocks.
  • You shake hands with three people and not even 3 seconds later, you realize you don’t remember any of their names… We’ve all been there and have felt the guilt and foolishness. What I often try to do to combat this is assimilate one’s name with a famous person’s name or a landmark that they remind of for whatever reason. That way, when I’m trying to recall their name an hour or day later, I use the power of association to help me remember theirs. At the end of the day though, Keith Ferazzi says it best in this article… That is, if you really want to remember people’s names, take a genuine interest in the people you meet and care enough to remember them all.
  • I have to thank my bud, Brett, in Toronto who puts out a similar weekly e-mail called The Beer List for this next article on the smartest building in the world called The Edge in Amsterdam. This building produces more energy than it consumes, collects rainwater to flush its toilets, and knows what you take in your coffee to name a features. Check it out here via Bloomberg…
  • I want to give a shoutout to another pal of mine, Jared, in Calgary for unveiling his slick new website – www.jaredpoplawski.com. Not only is it a cool interface, it’s packed with thought provoking material that he describes as “an exploration of business, psychology and learning“. I’ve already got it bookmarked for some reading this weekend!
  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the playoffs are in full swing and they are oh so good to tune into… Round-the-clock hockey on the tube and for Canadians, that’s hard to beat. For that reason, I thought I’d share two of my favorite playoff memories…
    • 1997 Playoffs. Game 7: Dallas vs. Edmonton. Todd Marchant ripping down the right side at Mach 9 (the Dallas defenseman literally falls because Todd is going so fast) and goes high blocker side on Andy Moog to steal the series in OT… God damn this was good.
    • CBC Closing Playoff Montage in 2014 to “The Show Must Go On” by Queen.

Song of the Week:Record Yearby Eric Church. Safe to say his new album will be blasting all summer long at the lake…

Quote of the Week: 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

I pasted a meme below that I came across at the studio this week… Fairly accurate if you ask me!

Game On,




2 thoughts on “Mike’s Mailbag: Week 16, 2016

  1. Looking forward to hearing that blasting at the lake this summer;) Love this newsletter and that meme looks familiar!
    Keep on keeping on friend❤️


  2. Pingback: 2016 Year in Review: Top 10 Quotes & Mike’s Merry Mash 10 | mwilkes

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