Fill up your cup of joe and let’s go.
What I’m Reading / Watching:
- Savages by Ryan Holiday. A good reminder that its okay to unleash your inner beast and look like a fool in the gym because you leave a trail of sweat dripping behind you or write / study so much in one night that you forgot to sleep and can barely move your fingers the next day. I have one friend in particular who is a savage (believe me, this is a term of endearment) and unbeknownst to him, he inspires the living heck out of me. I often find myself in the gym at a crossroads thinking, what would Cody (@thefulldiary) do? He’d say “let’ er rip and let the eyebrow raisin’ begin.”
- Stop Trying to Change Yourself by Mark Manson. An insightful read for anyone immersed in the world of personal development and struggling to truly experience any tangible results. As Mark brilliantly points out, if you remove your identity from the equation and simply focus on taking small actions and marginal improvement, you will likely experience all kinds of positive advancement in your life. However, if you keep your identity immersed in who you are and who you’re currently not but want to become, chances are your mind emphasize all the things you’re not. This is a slippery slope for your confidence and even slicker because of the vulnerable state of change you’re in. Be nice to yourself (take note of this Mike) and remove identity, insert action.
- Drake – a man at the top of his game on a global scale showing a great deal of humility on the brightest stage at the Grammy’s. His acceptance speech was not necessarily what you’d expect from someone of his stature. I thought his words exhibited a great deal of class and shone a bright light on the country we call home.
What I’m Thinking About:
This video montage of Robert Greene – author of The 48 Laws of Power – is very grounding. Robert is a world renowned thought leader and shares his wisdom on maintaining your child-like tendencies the older you get, the ability to have two contradictory ideas in your mind without feeling uncomfortable, divulging on whether creativity comes from the conscious or unconscious mind, and where real power comes from. Stay tuned for an article I have in the works on this very topic – where does true power come from?
What I’m Listening To: “California” – The Delta Saints.
Words I’m Pondering: “Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” – Yousuf Karsh
With Gratitude & Fire,
Happy Monday Amigos,
Diving right in…
- The 13 best golf course restaurants in the world by Golf Digest. While the Panorama Dining Room at Cabot is on there, I have never actually eaten dinner there. In all my time there as a caddie and golfer, I opted to save my pennies for frosty patio beverages and gas money for road tripping up the Cabot Trail. Have you tried any of these notable eateries for post round pints? My bucket list just grew…
- This is an interesting glimpse into where the upscale retail segment of the cannabis industry will go, as led by Fire & Flower – an Edmonton based company. I saw their CEO, Trevor Fencott, speak at the 55North Business Conference earlier this year in Kananaskis and he is very sharp.
- Could this be the next Suits or Billions? Based on the trailer, it very well could be -> HBO’s Succession
- Interesting feature on loneliness in Avenue Magazine Calgary. “Some experts suggest the quality of our social relationships is eroding. In modern, industrialized cities, we often live far away from extended family. We’re more likely to live alone, to not have children. We email, text, tweet, Facebook but we don’t talk to strangers. We bank online and order coffee by app and buy groceries from Amazon to be deposited outside our front doors. We live in homes with closed garages and fenced yards, especially in Calgary.”
- Gary Vee’s take on Jeff Bezos (Amazon) vs. Tim Cook (Apple) as per Bloomberg Technology. Spoiler alert: he’s betting on one of these guys’ every day of the week. You can’t bring up these two without talking about Elon. Here’s an interesting take via Wired on Musk’s trials & tribulations over the past year titled “Elon is Broken, And We Have Broken Him“.
Song of the Week: Last fall, I was introduced to the Blake Reid Band when they performed on set at the Dave Kelly Live show in Calgary. I was blown away at their sound. The cool part about this band is they wrote and recorded an analog album in a matter of 5 days, inside an abandoned farmhouse, on the beautiful Alberta prairies overlooking the Rocky Mountains. It was for a documentary called “No Roads In“. They posted three songs from the album on their website and if you like country, I think you’ll be a fan!
Quote of the Week: I ran into an Dalhousie friend on the weekend at Cold Garden Brewery. Turns out, she has become quite the photographer and I found a really interesting reflection on her site. This tidbit was right on the money, “Some will talk to you in their free time. Some will free their time to talk to you. Know the difference.” – Megan Cameron (@twelve.poles)
I hope everyone had a patriotic Canada Day long weekend celebrating the great nation we call home. While the world and our country is flooded with all sorts of chaos and irrationality on many fronts, there still aren’t many (if any) places I’d rather live.
- If you’re an entrepreneur, thinking about starting a side hustle, or simply curious about what makes certain music and books get more popular with time (while the majority fade into abyss beyond their initial release), you might be interested in checking out the book, Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday. I’ve listened to the audiobook 2x over to take notes the second time around. To me, Ryan is a voice of reason for the Millennial generation and is a brilliant mind well beyond his years. “People claim to want to do something that matters yet they measure themselves against things that don’t. They track progress in microseconds and likes, not years.” – Ryan Holiday
- The Kananaskis Revival. It’s here and its real. I attended a business conference, 55North, in Kananaskis a few weeks ago and witnessed the rebirth of one of Alberta’s true Rocky Mountain gems. The golf course(s) are in mint condition and looking better than ever. Pomeroy Lodging (an Alberta based lodging company headed by one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40) purchased the hotel and has invested a great deal of time, thought, capital and effort into transforming the lodge into a beautiful, modern oasis in the middle of the Kananaskis Valley. They also took a page out of the Scandinavians playbook and built a 50,000 sq foot Nordic inspired spa that is all kinds of cool. I’d highly recommend (re)checking out the revival of this Albertan gem on the edge of the Rockies!
- Most know Matthew McConaughey as an actor from Texas that:
- a) likes to take off his shirt off
- b) likes to barbecue
- c) creates really good movies
- d) However, he also happens to have some really interesting insights on how to live a life worth living. I’ve been chewing on his message the past couple weeks and thought I’d share it with you… One of my favorite quotables “don’t drink the Kool-Aid. It tastes sweet but you will get cavities tomorrow. Life is not a popularity contest. Be brave. Take the hill. But first answer that question… what’s my hill?” – Matthew McConaughey
- A close friend of mine sent this Toronto Life article to me titled “A Restaurant Ruined My Life” in the early days of my entrepreneurial journey last year. It is an extremely gripping account of one man’s journey into opening a restaurant and the immense hardships it caused him, his family, and life in general. Refreshingly honest to the point of giving you chills…
- Last but not least, has anyone tried this cool clothing startup, UNTUCKit – The Ideal Shirt For The Untucked Man? If you’re like me and require a collared shirt big enough for your upper frame but aren’t blessed with height on your side, leaving a dress shirt untucked with jeans resembles more of a night gown. UNTUCKit is opening their first Canadian store in Toronto this fall. Fun fact: Brad Richards was their first brand ambassador in NYC. ** While I don’t usually touch on fashion in the Mailbag, I’m a big fan of entrepreneurs identifying niches in the market that are pain points for consumers at large. This is a prime example.
Coffee of the Week: If you’re a fan of cold brew coffee but aren’t a fan of paying ~$5.00 for a cup (that’s often loaded with ice), try making your own cold brew at home. It’s surprisingly easy once you have the right materials, is a lot cheaper, and lasts a long time if properly stored. The beauty of it is you can take the concentrate and add ice cold water or boiling water if you fancy a hot cup of joe to start your day. This is my go to foolproof method for making cold brew.
Song of the Week: “Sit Next to Me” by Foster the People. A friend of mine got me hooked on this jam over Canada Day weekend. If you’re a fan, check out their whole Sacred Hearts Club album.
Quote of the Week: “The things we are striving for are just the bait. Struggling to get them forces us to evolve and it is this struggle towards personal evolution with others that is the reward.” – Ray Dalio
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!
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: Killer base line to open the track, “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