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:

Million Dollar Idea: Remote Year for Families (& Teachers)

From the wishful thinking department.

Remote Year is a program for singles (and couples without kids) to spend a year working remotely while they travel around the world. They spend something like a month in each country, and all the logistics are handled by the organization.

Pretty cool, right?

So I was thinking, what if there was a Remote Year for families? Instead of a cohort of 50 singles traveling the world together, what if it was a mix of 10-12 families of 3-4 and 10-12 attached teachers and caregivers to ensure the children got a real, lasting benefit?

Suppose it was $1,600/month per parent and $400/month per [ school-aged ] child—and 100% free for the teachers and caregivers who tend to the children so the parents can work.

We’re already well on our way to paying teachers nothing at all. The least we could do is give them a trip around the world with a small, manageable class size, and actually engaged parents.

If you can make it work, tips are appreciated. Lulz.