Mike’s Personal Growth Blog

This blog is written for everyone who is interested in personal growth (including leaders and coaches). Every week I share a story inspired by something in my week, along with a thought on how you might integrate this into your life.

It’s all just data

One of the things I love about my working life is the opportunity to teach people in workshops and conference talks. When I do workshops, I ask for feedback. Generally, the feedback I receive is positive with some great comments. Recently, I received negative feedback...

Change is in the wind

I started writing this blog more than two years ago. My original idea was to share my journey of personal growth. I had no idea where this blog was going to lead or how long it was going to last. I’ve shared a lot during the past two years. I’ve shared the highs of...

Sh*t happens – what will you choose?

I was in pain. I was spending the day in downtown Toronto going from meeting to meeting. I was about halfway through my day when I became conscious of how carrying my heavy backpack was a problem. I love my backpack as I can carry a lot of things in it. The pack...

Keep calm and carry on

Last week something horrible happened in Toronto. A van was driven along a busy sidewalk ending ten lives and injuring another 15 people.  While the event is horrific, I want to focus on some of the beautiful stories which have emerged.  The arresting police officer...

What is happiness?

Recently I was thinking about happiness. What is it, and why can it be so elusive in one moment, and abundant in the next? There are times when happiness seems distant to me. I’ll take an inventory of my life. I can’t see a reason for the absence of happiness. All my...

Your privacy is your responsibility

I’ve been watching the news about Facebook and privacy. I think the whole situation is a beautiful example of what’s wrong. To start, let me address the issue with Cambridge Analytica using data for Trump’s campaign. This needs to be investigated, and assuming it’s...

How are you enjoying the lingering cold?

This past Saturday morning I had an experience which drove me nuts. I had to scrape my windshield! To make matters worse, it was that type of ice that you needed a jackhammer to get it off the windshield. Seriously?!?! It’s April and I’m just tired of the cold! I long...

I suck at selling

I suck when it comes to being a salesperson. Well, at least in the traditional sense of what it means to sell. This might seem like a problem given I’m self-employed. I don’t believe my ability to sell actually matters.  Truthfully, I hate selling people anything. By...

The paradox in choice

I’ve been trying to form my thoughts around a post titled “Are you ready to be free, powerful and at choice.” I was feeling totally stuck and so I did the only thing reasonable. I deleted it.  I was worried about what others might think about my writing. This...

Curious about happiness

Happiness is such a weird thing. I can remember times in which finding business was a big struggle and I was happy. I also have times in which business is going great and I am unhappy. Isn’t this backwards? I was watching a TED talk on the experience of happiness. The...

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