Mike’s Mailbag: Don’t Forget to Dance!

Rise & Shine Muchachos,

Top shelf edition coming at yeeeee haaaa (surely some of you are Saving Silverman fans). Without further adieu, we’ve got some self improvement to do…

  • Alan Watts. The late, very wise British philosopher with some very real words in “Why Your Life Is Not a Journey“. Two specific pieces hit home for me:

Then one day you wake up one day when you’re 40 years old and say my god, I’ve arrived. I’m there. And yet, you don’t feel very different from what you’ve always felt.” – Alan Watts

It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or dance while the music was being played” – Alan Watts

Don’t forget to dance, my friends.

  • I don’t know who James Clear is or how I came across him, I really don’t. But I’ll say one thing, the man has some serious wisdom to share. I won’t steal his thunder though…

When talking about a certain Tour de France rider, “Brailsford believed in a concept that he referred to as the “aggregation of marginal gains.” He explained it as “the 1 percent margin for improvement in everything you do.” His belief was that if you improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, then those small gains would add up to remarkable improvement.” – James Clear

I love this concept. It very much echoes the words of the late personal development guru and philosopher, Jim Rohn, “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

  • When you separate the identities of others from your own ego, you allow your insecurities to vanish.” – Patrick Wiltse (excerpt from his article Overcome Your Insecurities)

None of us are perfect, we all know that. But one of the lesser desired traits that lurks in the dark hollows of humanity is our mind’s temptation to compare ourselves to one another. Essentially, put our own strengths and weaknesses up against a friend / foe / colleague, mono a mono, which will inevitably end in jealousy, the projection of our insecurities and other lousy outcomes. Rather than benchmark ourselves against the best version of ourself, we have a bad tendency to look outside rather than within when it comes to evaluating personal and professional growth.

  • One of my biggest personal initiatives in 2016 has been instilling certain elements of structure into my life in the form of formal and informal mentorship, adding layers of accountability for goal setting, and putting together a team of people in my corner who care about my success as much as I do about theirs. I’ve had a few revelations as of late that these pillars and the foundation put in place are starting to pay dividends and allowing me to thrive and live instinctively. I hope to write in greater depth in 2017 about some of my experiences but I’ll give two examples in the professional sports world of  those”playing instinctively”. This cannot happen without a great deal of hard work put in up front in conjunction with a steadfast level of discipline. There is a reason that these gentlemen are in the top 5% of the world at their craft.

Song of the Week: “Walls” by Kings of Leon. KoL have been one of my top 5 bands on the planet since the very beginning but they certainly have not been immune to struggle. I think they’re poised for a big album… If this song is any indication, there is going to be a lot of raw emotion from all the internal turmoil the band has gone through over the past 5-6 years. I think a lot of that is just starting to unwind and will come to light in this album. The other single released is titled “Waste a Moment“. Both are great in their own regard.

Quote of the Week:Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that its stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Stay Humble & Hungry,



Mike’s Mailbag: Meet Bernard & The Next “KHL”

Top O’ The Morning Compadre,

Feels good, it’s Friday isn’t it? Check mate!

September is one of my favorite months of the year for many reasons but front and center is that it is a month that allows you to recalibrate your daily routine (from fitness to waking up early to eating healthier to fewer wobbly pops) and reassess your personal and professional/career goals. Whether it’s going into grade 1, freshman year, or strolling into the office, I always look forward to this month as it brings with it renewed vitality and clarity on your life’s ambitions if you take the time to reflect, recharge and re-instill the self-discipline required. For me, the self-discipline piece is key. It often tends to sway during the summer months and while it’s not easy to break bad habits, it just has to be done.

I’m off to hideout at the lake this weekend to chisel away at some personal initiatives I’m working on with the intention of finishing off 2016 strong. I hope you’re able to carve out some time this weekend to hone in on what you’re aiming for. I’d like nothing more than to see at the finish line!

  • Most people, including myself, thought the KHL is the Russian hockey league that any NHL player who breaches their contract opts to play in instead… Turns out, there’s another KHL and it’s in Kenya. Yes, in the heart of downtown Nairobi
  • Meet Bernard the Roughneck. He’s become quite the legend since he showed up in opposition to the Kinder Morgan protest in British Columbia. He’s provided a voice for many in the oil & gas industry in Western Canada. I won’t comment on Rebel Media’s “sponsorship” of sorts because it is evidently very biased and going down that road opens up an argument that is a whole other can of fish. However, I truly think Bernard means well and provides a perspective seemingly often forgotten by many Canadians in opposition to an industry that contributes a great deal to the Canadian economy (as presented in Canadian Parliament yesterday).
  • Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland… Supposedly, the ultimate in East Coast Canadian luxury experiences. I have only ever heard of this gem in the press and elsewhere on the Internet. It looks absolutely amazing but I really don’t know much about it… That’s okay though as I have a great deal of work to do and money to save if I intend on staying there anytime soon (even if just for a night)! I’m curious though, has anyone stayed there or know much about this bucket list destination?
  • This is a pretty awesome looking all-in-one travel app from Google -> Google Trips Thanks to my pal in Toronto, Brett, for the heads up on this app!

Song of the Week: You’ve all heard Gravity by John Mayer but perhaps not this version…  And it is oh so smooth. Sit back and relax with Gravity, Live at the Nokia Theatre in 08′.

Quote of the Week: Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” – George Carlin

I guess I should mention I got my first ever hole in one last weekend!! Big shout-out to Sudsy, one of my playing partners and loyal Mailbag reader, for being such a beauty to golf with.

Have a Great Weekend,



Mike’s Mailbag: Back On The Horn!

Hi Friends,

It’s been a while, eh?

Truth is, I haven’t found the time to write for pleasure, in any shape or form. I have grappled with what to do with my Mailbag… Should I take it in a different direction and rebrand? Change up my distribution frequency? Kibosh it all together? All kinds of thoughts have come in one ear and out the other…

Then I thought, hold on two shakes of a lamb tail here, Michael… If you write your Mailbag for fun, not to mention there truly is no end goal or destination in mind for it, who really cares if you don’t publish one every single week? Or that it’s harder to find time to write being 100% dialed in to my new career path?

So here I am. Back on the horn. Hopefully with some interesting things to say…

I can’t guarantee that I will be able to write every week but I can guarantee you two things… When I do write, we’re going to have some fun with it. And secondly, I will likely challenge conventional wisdom more often than not which means sometimes (or maybe all the time) you won’t necessary agree with me. And that is A-okay! Call my BS if you think I’m blowing smoke. Seriously! There are few things I enjoy more than uncorking a bottle of red with a pal, diving a little deeper and exploring. Pints and coffee do the trick too.

God damn – feels good to be back in the saddle. Let’s do this.

  • Warren Buffett. The most logical investment mind the world has ever seen. It just so happens he’s shared his path to success in his own words. Side note: I am currently enrolled in the Dale Carnegie course. Three of eight sessions through the program and am really enjoying it. I don’t recommend it to business folk. I recommend it to EVERYONE. Mr. Carnegie’s curriculum transcends all industries and professions. It is about learning to communicate as human beings at the most fundamental level. Plain and simple.

Song of the Week: Like me, you’ve probably forgot how good this tune is. “I Wanna Make It Wit Chu” – Queens of the Stone Age. Live from the Desert Sessions in 2005. Your welcome🙂

Quote of the Week: “We do not rise to the level of our hopes. We fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochus

Keep on fighting the good fight.