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.



4 thoughts on “Mike’s Mailbag: Back On The Horn!

  1. Wilkes,

    Warren Buffett’s article was an amazing read- the man truly is one of honour, integrity and respect. A few things stood out to me most after reading this:

    The idea that your inner scorecard is more important than your outter scorecard. A key mentor of mine a man by the name of George Tedder once asked me how to define integrity. He told me it is what you do when no one else is watching- this is something that has really stuck with me.

    What really defines a person are the actions they take in which there is no reward. One of my favourite stories about my grandfather was the time the store clerk gave him too much change. It was only after he drove all the way home and counted his change in his kitchen that he realized the woman had given him and extra quarter. He got right back in his car and drove for about 15 minutes back to the store to give her back the 25 cents. After he told me this I said to him “nonno- you spent more money on gas going back than the 25 cents it was worth” and he responded “you cannot put a price on integrity”.

    I believe these other thoughts were provoked from the article you posted:

    How do we define success? I was once told the definition of success is “progressive realization of a worthy ideal”, I like that. But then it raises the question of -what is a worthy ideal? Albert Einstein once said- if he had a minute to solve the world’s problem he would spend about 55 minutes defining the problem and only 5 minutes solving it. I think as people we must first decide what makes us happy, what problems within the world do we want to be working towards solving, what is the best use of our time here on this planet. Once we can decide how to answer these questions- everything else will fall into place. Money, status, power will be irrelevant because as you had mentioned- it is the true intent behind what you do that is going to propel you forward. Money, status and power are all fleeting and can be taken away in the blink of an eye so we must truly take the time, energy and effort to realize a worthy ideal to be progressively working towards.

    Hope all is well on your end and thanks for the reads.

    Stay golden,

    Kenzie Kohl ________________________________


  2. Mike, the “MMB” is a fantastic read, my recommendation would be to; look out for yourself first & keep the expectations realistic, meaning, whatever fits best for you this should be the direction you follow. If this means you circulate the “MMB” every 4 – 6 weeks, it will still be the extremely enjoyable, highly informative & enlightening work that it is today!

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the “RTO”.



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