Mike is the very few reliable people I’ve ever worked with. He influenced my life tremendously both as a personal mentor as well a business advisor. He constantly provides me very sound advice about how to win over new clients and has opened dozens of doors to strategic relationships and new clients. He also helped me stick to my core business model when I was having financial difficulties and didn’t take advance of me when he could have had 50% ownership in my business for a very small chunk of change. He was able to ”finance” me buy helping me get new revenues (and profits) from new long-term clients
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Think & Grow Rich
What's your favorite non-business book?
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Enjoying everything on an island in French Polynesia (I was just there last month and planning to spend one month per year going forward).
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Stay away from disloyal and unethical people and don’t think that you can teach anyone these two important characteristics which are unfortunately proven only in due time.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
Co-produce my daughter
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
What's your super power?
Networking and connecting people
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Those who are supposed to reach me, will. Those who are not supposed to reach me, won’t. ;)
What words of wisdom do you live by?
Enjoy each day as if it’s your last day because one day very soon, you will look back at your last day and you will only be able to enjoy the memories of them all while then starting to learn about the new form your spirit has just taken.
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
I never work and I am never on vacation.
I always work and I am always on vacation.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
History class in 10th grade when I realized the huge importance of studying history as a way to avoid making similar mistakes.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Focused more on going with my gut feeling rather than mainly with the intelligence I had allowed to flow in my brain.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
Dealing with my closest mentee/business partner stealing almost $1 million from me.