Hi, I’m Mike.
I’m a writer, storyteller, and the creator of a pretty sweet newsletter that my mom and girlfriend signed up for.
2006 was going to be my year. It was the year I was getting out of the Marines after two deployments to Iraq, transition back to civilian life and start college. I was going to attend business school, make a crap ton of money. In return, life was going to reward me with endless riches, and I was well on my way to being one of those guys you see on Facebook who tell you how they are rolling in six-figures simply by working a couple hours a day and partying in Bali.
It seemed to look that way. I was making friends. Dating was somewhat successful, and I was working at a new investment venture that had a couple of products that were close to being sold for millions of dollars. All it took was one more meeting, and I would have had more than enough money.
But then, out of nowhere, panic struck me. I became overwhelmed with anxiety, with fear and no hope for the future. In the middle of my school campus, around my peers, I had a severe panic attack and mental breakdown.
I found out later I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the fifteen total months of serving in a combat zone as a truck driver.
I tell all about my war experience and my transition home in my book. (Tip: If you choose to buy it, purchase it on Kindle…it’s cheaper.)
That day I was diagnosed changed everything for me. I realized money and wealth were not motivations for me to be great. In fact, none of that mattered. I didn’t join the Marines to make money or become famous.
I joined to be connected to something greater, to prove to myself I wasn’t a pushover or a wimp.
I joined because I wanted to help people.
My favorite professor in college, Ms. Turner told me that I was meant to write and tell stories after she read my manuscript. At the encouragement of many close to me, I decided to pursue a publishing deal.
In 2011 at the age of 27, I got a book deal.
Then I moved to New York City in 2014 to change my life for the better. I ended up helping out on a Huff Post Live project titled the Veteran Next Door.
It lit a fire in me that burned brighter than writing a book.
(Well, that moment and the time Ariana Huffington and I met, and she pinched my cheeks telling me how great they were. Thanks, mom…I guess.)
I started helping out friends, brands, companies tell their stories. I got heavily invested in interviewing and asking questions that it led me to do interviews with bad-ass authors, ass-kicking entrepreneurs, some who have become my friends because of the conversations we had.
All in all, life has been a crazy ride. I have no idea how I ended up here but what I do know is that I am here and I’m choosing myself finally.
So what do I do?
If you’ve ever felt unfulfilled - not sure what you want in life, felt stuck in your work, your mindset isn’t what you want it to be - I want to help you out.
I’ve been there. I know what it is like to be stuck and I want to share with you how I got out of it, so maybe you can do the same and create what you want.
With all that aside, the reason I’m choosing to do this work is to help other people get their story out.
As always, please contact me and let me know how I can be of assistance.
Adios mis amigos,