ABOUT MIKE THOMPSON:
I grew up with a severe speech impediment. I especially had a hard time with words that began with the letter “M” and being that my name is Mike, I was terrified of meeting new people.
However, all of that changed when at the age of 23 I decided to take a sales job to get over my fear of speaking.
At first I took the job thinking that the short term pain of looking like a fool would help me to feel like less of one in the future.
Long story short, I was right. I left some of the worst (and longest) pitches in the history of mortgage sales.
However, something funny happened the more I practiced: I got better and within a year to the surprise of just about anyone who knew me, I broke the Top 10 of a triple digit salesforce and was promoted to the management team where I led and trained all new hires.
Fast forward to today and my career in communication and coaching has taken me all over the globe and has been featured in more than a dozen mainstream publications. More importantly, it led me to give a presentations and negotiations seminar for the Catalan government, where waiting inside was a pretty girl who months later would be my wife.
Over the last two decades I have learned two facts about the world we live in.
The first fact is that the beauty of life is that one conversation can change our world.
One “yes” is all it takes. One introduction, one chance encounter, one word can make all the difference. But you have to be willing to put yourself out there and not let your fears and flaws get in the way of being you and going after what you want.
The second fact is that having a career that you love is a privilege, not a right.
Constantly learning new skills and facing new challenges are the only constants in creating a career that brings you home smiling each night. Like any successful long-term relationship it takes hard work and stepping outside of your comfort zone in order to get better every single day. Those that see the alarm clock as the school bell and view each day as a chance to learn something new, win.
Putting yourself out there is the first step. Being ready for the conversations for change to occur is the second and I could not be happier that on a daily basis I get to help people to do just that.
By going after their dreams they inspire me to keep going after mine.
Life is funny, one minute life is chasing you, and the next, you are chasing life.
Feel free to reach out anytime to say hi, but only if you are ready to start chasing.
WHAT I AM UP TO NOW:
When I am not spending an obscene amount of time with my beautiful wife and two little boys, I am either helping people to reach their goals through my coaching practice, or sitting at my desk beating up my keyboard.
In addition, I also run a Mastermind Group of a close-knit bunch of creatives and coaches who are all running in the same direction but taking a different road. It started as an experiment – and has turned into one of the things I am the most proud of. This is for the simple fact that work is so much more fun when done together.
Feel free to get in touch anytime to simply say hello, or to learn more about how I can help you reach your next big step, by nailing the subsequent little steps.