Shout Out to Mike Goncalves: Training the most important muscle of all

A Positive Vibe Merchant

I don’t even remember how I originally ended up on Mike Goncalves’ old site, The Wellness Bucket, but I remember I downloaded a one-page, nautical themed PDF with a simple, 15-minute daily workout and taped it to the inside of my front door shortly after I did.

That was maybe three, four years ago. And I’ll be honest—I didn’t stick with it.


Now, what I only realized recently is he’d already been chipping away at his dream for four to five years at that point. Today, some eight years since deciding to just go for it, Mike recently completed a six month trip around the world.

It turns out he and I set out on similar paths around the same time. (2009-2010 was apparently a good time to launch.) Unfortunately, my early years were a bit too pollyannish. My “business exists to make a difference” mindset blinded me to revenue generation plays.

Anyway, here’s why I’m inspired by this guy: He’s living my work-life parallel credo. To the letter.

  • Work-life parallel > work-life balance
  • A difference is the only thing worth making.
  • True success comes from helping others succeed.

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

I was reminded of this quote in the best possible way this week—by inspiration. And it was Mike Goncalves who provided that inspiration.

He set himself a goal. Once he reached $1M in sales, he was going to Fiji. He did it.

I’d like to do it too. So I WILL do it.

And I know YOU can do it too.

We could do it together.

Mike’s a physical trainer, but he’s training the most important muscle of all—the mind.

Check out his inspiring story here:

The Flywheel

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time, a small handful of bloggers decided to combine forces and launch a blog together. They’d already known each other for years, each having his or her own blog on the subject, and all getting to know each other from commenting on each other’s blogs.

They launched their little blog project together in 2011. Seven years later, they have over 200 people writing for them and publish over 300 stories a month. Those writers all enjoy a simple, yet generous profit-sharing program.

I knew this site was special within a minute of seeing it. Everything mattered. Everyone cared.

And everyone benefits.

Anyone who truly cares enough to step up and add value can do so. And so that small handful of bloggers built a flywheel and set it in motion. As it grows and spins ever faster, it brings new opportunities to light.

People in their industry see the community they’ve built and they feel the genuine excitement around the work being done by that community. And they ask how they can become a part of it, themselves.

It’s a success story in every sense of the word. And it’s a PRINT business.

A customer at work just made my day week.

Work-life parallel, folks.