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7 Things Every Grower Should Do This Month

BigMike with christmas hatThis post is about 7 things you can do this holiday season that’ll help you go into 2014 charged up, focused, and ready to kick some serious ass in your gardens AND in your life.

Plus I’ll be sharing a video with you showing your Advanced Nutrient Dollars hard at work and making a difference in the world.

Ya know, when I used to grow guerrilla-style out in the hills, I lived and died by the seasons.

Man, the stories I could tell from those days—local sheriffs, feds, hunters, outlaws, thieves, mushroom pickers, bears, busts…the whole deal.

Maybe I’ll share a few stories from the forest with ya in an upcoming blog post.

I sure am glad that medical marijuana is legal today and we can do everything totally legit. While things can get pretty crazy around here from time to time, it ain’t like the old cowboy days where you had to constantly be looking over your shoulder—never knowing what was lurking just behind the trees.

Now, if you grow indoors, like most of us do these days, the seasons probably aren’t that big of a deal to you.

But the holiday season/end of the year IS a GREAT time to focus on the following 7 things to improve not only your career as a grower, but your entire life as well…

Hand holding reflecting sphere1. Reflect

It’s a time to look at the last year of your life and take stock of what worked for you, what didn’t, and what you might wanna either do more of, do less of, improve upon, or just drop altogether.

It’s a time to look at what mistakes you made and what you can learn from those mistakes. (Although I actually don’t believe in mistakes or in failure; I believe in test results and learning experiences.)

What we often call mistakes are chances to find out what works for us and what doesn’t.

Just like when my team is in the lab, experimenting to find out which exact nutrient ratios produce the biggest yields of the most potent buds—life is full of experiments as well.

The data we get back, or the feedback life gives us, is how we learn and improve.

And while I believe in analyzing the results we’re getting on a daily basis, I like to use December as an opportunity to take a long, hard look back on the year and reflect on exactly what I can learn from it.

And sometimes, it’s where we screw things up the most where we actually get an opportunity to learn the most.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

― Thomas A. Edison

I mean, let’s be real here: We all screw things up. And when we do, we can either…

A. Ignore the hard facts and continue to make the same mistakes over and over;

B. Get all bent outta shape and beat ourselves over the head with the hammer of “Shoulda Coulda Woulda”; or

C. Get honest with ourselves and LEARN.

Socrates nailed it when he said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”—I couldn’t agree more.

But the end of the year isn’t just a time to look back at our mistakes, it’s also a time to look at what we did right.

It’s a time for us to recognize our strong points and give ourselves a humble little pat on the back for our achievements.

Pencil on white paper2. Plan

When I was 21 I read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” The book made a huge impact on me. Among other things, it instilled in me the importance of having a clear-cut vision of the things you want to achieve.

You can download the book for free here

I may have actually been the first person to apply the teachings in this book to growing marijuana. I’m not sure if that’s what my dad had in mind when he gave it to me, but I do know that it worked.

Each year I grew more and more potent buds and enjoyed bigger and better yields.

And while I’m all about living in the moment and immersing yourself in the journey, it’s important to know where you wanna go if you ever hope to get there.

I like to do this in all areas of life—whether it’s how many pounds I want to grow next year, what kind of THC levels I’m shooting for, how big a harvest I plan to get from a particular grow room; or the kind of physical shape I wanna be in, the type of people I want in my life, how many growers I want to help and in what ways, how many hungry people I want to feed, and so on.

In fact, I’m gonna share a video with you in a minute showing how I had a goal for Advanced Nutrients’ Holiday Heroes program of collecting 10,000 toys for needy Bulgarian children this Christmas, and how, thanks to the generous hearts of the people and businesses of Bulgaria, we hit our goal and then some.

Big pile of toysOur next goal is to feed 5000 families this Christmas, and it looks like we’re gonna surpass that goal by a few thousand. 🙂

Now, none of this would be possible without the committed members of the Holiday Heroes Army getting together with a common goal in mind, and then working hard to make it a reality.

You may not know it, but you actually played a part in it too. I’ll tell you all about it down below.

If you want to live something, you need to see it in your mind first.

And December is a GREAT month for not only learning from the previous year, but for planning out the coming year and knowing exactly what you want it to look like.

It all starts with writing down your goals.

But don’t just put down that you wanna grow as much sweet bud as you can. Give your mind a precise target to go after.

Like “I’m gonna grow X pounds of buds with X% THC levels by such and such a date.”

Once you have your goals, create your strategy for how you’re going to reach these goals by working backwards.

This way you can make your vision a reality. Use mindmaps, whiteboards, yellow pads, outlines, task lists—whatever tools you find most helpful in creating your plan of attack.

The late Zig Ziglar once said  “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” (R.I.P. Zig)

That’s as real as it gets right there; Zig spoke TRUTH.

So take, for example, what I do when I’m figuring out how much revenue I want my company, Advanced Nutrients, to do. I don’t actually focus that much on the money. Instead, I focus on how many growers I need to help to get there, knowing that the money will follow—it always does.

Having a goal in mind and a clear plan to get there based on helping people is probably the most surefire path to success there is.

If you make the majority of your goals focused on helping other people, then people, your garden, your life, and the Universe will help YOU in return.

But don’t just do it blindly. Have a clear vision in your mind of EXACTLY what you want to accomplish.

And then get to work.

Manipulated image of an blue eye3. Appreciate

We all have problems. And if you don’t now, you will soon. That’s just part of this whole being human gig.

But just like Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

No matter how chaotic your life may be, no matter what stones life may be throwing at you, it’s ALWAYS full of massive amounts of awesomeness as well.

The key is not to see your challenges as problems, but as chances to grow and evolve. Your trials are gifts in disguise.

The key is to focus on the gifts. To focus on the things in your life that you’re grateful for.

Too many times people wait until they lose something or someone to realize what they had.

So while, yeah, you gotta address the struggles in your life (and I said “address” not “worry about” or “ruminate over”), you should also look at what you have and be grateful for it.

Everything in life is temporary, including life itself—so enjoy what you have while you have it.

And I bet that no matter what kind of stuff you may be going through, you have food, water, and a roof over your head—and that there ain’t an army of fearsome bloodythirsty warriors coming over the hill on horses tonight to burn down the village and kill you and your loved ones.

Most of our problems are actually “luxury” problems compared to what people have gone through throughout history…and still go through in other parts of the world today.

Blunt full with marijuana4. Celebrate

This a great time of the year to get in some serious rest and relaxation and celebrate.

I mean, you did some awesome stuff this year. Sure, you probably screwed up a bunch of stuff as well, but hopefully you learned some valuable lessons in the process. And now 2014 is right in front of you just waiting for you to sink your teeth into to it and get busy.

So take some quality time off this month to celebrate.

It’s sooo good for you. It’ll clear your mind, lower your stress levels, and (let’s face it) it’s just downright fun.

And hopefully this celebrating involves…

5. Friends and family

Life is all about other people.

Make it a point to call at least one person in your life each day and let them know how much you appreciate their friendship.

Spend extra time sparking up a few fatties with your buddies.

Tell your mom how much you love her.

And if you’re fortunate to be able see your family over the holidays, stay in the moment and be present with them.

Enjoy every single moment you have with them.

Remember, they won’t be around forever. Take this opportunity to really have fun with your loved ones—even if it’s just kicking back and talking about life—and of course eating some great food 🙂

30th issue cover of rosebud magazine6. Educate

Like I said, this a great time to review your year and see what you can learn from it.

But it’s also a great time to catch up on some reading.

We live in a day and age where you can learn about anything you want.

For the past few decades I’ve made it a point to study between 1-6 hours a day—whether it’s science, technology, horticulture, marijuana, personal development, business, you name it.

The people I know who are the most successful in life (whether it’s in business, growing, or just about anything you can think of) are the ones who learn the most.

So spend some extra time this month reading those books you bought but haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

Go through the posts here on the Growers Underground (as well as the articles in Big Bud Magazine and Rosebud Magazine) so you can learn everything you need to know about how to grow the absolute best buds possible.

When I started growing 31 years ago, it was HARD to find information about how to grow. We pretty much had to just do it through trial and error. Today you have everything right here at your fingertips.

Read, take notes, and then when January rolls around, kick it into high gear and take some serious action.

Action is the key.

Volunteer caring a holiday heroes box for charity7.  Give

We should all be giving on a daily basis, but this is definitely a time to give a little more.

I’m not saying you gotta go buy a ton of gifts for your friends and family. Your presence, empathy, and sincere and kind words are some of the greatest gifts you can give them—and those don’t cost a thing.

What I’m saying is—go make a difference in the world.

Now, I have no doubt that you already are making a difference, but we can always do more.

(If you’d like some good ideas on how you can make more of a difference in the world, read this blog post I wrote a few weeks ago.)

Recently I was brought to tears…

I’ve been blessed to witness firsthand the power of people making a difference in the lives of others on a massive scale.

Just check out this video showing how the Advanced Nutrients’ “Holiday Heroes Army” just collected over 10,000 toys for the children of Bulgaria this month—and is on pace to feed over 5000 families this Christmas with delicious holiday meals packed with all the trimmings.

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Holiday heroes Christmas badgeSeeing so many kind hearts in Bulgaria pull together to bring these toys to the kids and feed hungry families is one of the most touching things I have ever seen in my life.

You see, Bulgarians have been treated so poorly by their corrupt government, and have been deceived so many times by the very people who are supposed to have their backs, that they’re highly skeptical of people, charity organizations, and pretty much ALL corporations.

When I saw how much the people of Bulgaria needed the opportunity to enjoy all the great things during the holidays that so many of us take for granted, I just knew I had to do something about it.

I also knew that I needed to help them believe in themselves.

They needed to believe that they can make a difference.

So I did something that’s never been done…

Advanced Nutrients became the first corporate charity in Bulgarian history with our Holiday Heroes program.

And we did it with 100% transparency, something that the people of Bulgaria have never seen before. And best of all, we gave the citizens of Bulgaria the opportunity to see just how much of a difference they can make.

Two people hugging each otherNow, you may ask, “Why isn’t Advanced Nutrients doing this in America instead?”

The answer is simple. There are already a TON of great holiday charity organizations in America. But there aren’t in Bulgaria.

Now Advanced Nutrients does help out in the U.S. with programs like our Cannabis Care Program, where we give away millions of dollars worth of nutrients to make sure that sick, needy, and dying people can get the medical marijuana they need so they can enjoy a better quality of life.

But as for feeding the hungry, the people of Bulgaria just don’t have the kind of charitable programs that we do in the U.S.—they need it so much more than the U.S. does right now.

And, unlike America where we believe in ourselves and what’s possible, the people of Bulgaria don’t think that they can truly create change and make a difference.  And that’s exactly what Holiday Heroes is doing—getting the people of Bulgaria to believe in themselves.

BigMike next to a small childAnd you know what?

None of this would be possible without YOU.

Without you investing in our nutrients, we simply would not be able to support causes like these.

Every time you choose to use Advanced Nutrients in your garden, you are making the world a better place. You are impacting the lives of countless people who you’ll never even meet but whose lives you are impacting nonetheless.

These are everyday people who, without you, wouldn’t be getting the nice yummy holiday meal they deserve this Christmas.

These are children who wouldn’t be getting toys this Christmas.

And they’re oppressed citizens who would not have the opportunity to believe in themselves and what’s possible, if it were not for YOU.

And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

So remember, right now is a time to…

Cartoon penguin with Christmas hat1. Reflect

2. Plan

3. Appreciate

4. Celebrate

5. Spend time with friends and family

6. Educate yourself

7. Give

I’d love to hear your comments below.

Talk soon,

man holding big holiday heroes charity box
BigMike 🙂


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3 Responses to 7 Things Every Grower Should Do This Month

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    Bob Watson December 20, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Hi Big Mike,

    I live in the Scotland and we too have arranged a Christmas charity collection for the eastern european countries most affected by the current situation there. Though on a smaller scale than yours, I feel that perhaps we are all sharing in the simple act of helping make Christmas universal and helping our neighbours in the world who are not so fortunate as we are. It is after all, what Christmas is all about.
    Have a great Christmas and well done,


    • BigMike
      BigMike December 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      AWESOME – what a pleasure to hear Bob

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    Jeff May 29, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    Good piece, Mike…

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