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Why You Don’t Wanna Be a One-Man Wolfpack…and How to Connect With the Right Growers

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A close-up portrait of a man with beard - one man wolfpackHey there, I hope you’re doing awesome and are ready to kick some serious ass in 2014. I know I sure am.

Because what we do as growers isn’t always accepted by the masses (they ARE coming around though), we often end up being far too self-reliant for our own good.

In fact, being a one-man wolfpack is one of the biggest things that holds a ton of great growers back from producing at the level they want to.

Yes, YOU are the one— the ONLY one—who is responsible for your success as a grower.

YOU are the one who needs to have the vision.

YOU are the one who needs to decide that nothing is going to stop you from reaching that vision.

And YOU are the one who needs to put one foot in front of the other, trudge through the self-doubt and limiting beliefs, conquer your inner demons, overcome whatever obstacles you may face, and move forward with unrelenting strides to make your vision a reality.

However…you can’t do it alone.

You need others to help show you the way…others who you can bounce ideas off of…others who support you and your dreams, and whom you support as well.

Three man and a baby in elevatorBack when I first started growing 31 years ago, before there were blogs like this one and online magazines like Big Buds, and when there was very little valid literature on the subject of growing marijuana, we had no choice but to rely on each other so we could figure all this stuff out.

I’d share with my friends what was working for me, and they would share with me what was working for them.

We supported each other every step of the way as we revolutionized the way marijuana is grown. In fact, we still do.

Too many growers let their paranoia and genuine mistrust of others isolate and hold them back.

You need quality members of our community whom you can turn to and count on to be there for you.

Sure, today there are forums that can be super helpful, especially if you can see past the trolls and haters. But it’s just not the same as having a group of close friends who lift each other up.

If you do have a tight-knit network like this, you are blessed.

Here are two things I’ve done over the years that have been critical in my success as a grower, in business and in life that I think can have a profound impact on your life as well…

An image of Obi Uan Kenobi from the movie Star Wars1. Mentors.

I find people who have done the kinds of things I want to do, and then get guidance from them.

I’ve had coaches and mentors ever since I started growing in the early 80’s, and if it were not for them, I never would have been able to achieve the things I have in my life.

Now, oftentimes I may be more successful than the person I’m learning from, but they’ll know a certain subject inside and out that I want to become more proficient at… So I look to them for guidance.

Never underestimate the power of working with mentors.

I strongly suggest finding guides who can help point the way along your journey. They can save you years of frustration and costly mistakes and help shorten those learning curves that we all need to go through.

Silouetes of group of man2. Mastermind.

A mastermind group is a group of like-minded individuals who meet either in person or virtually, to brainstorm, educate each other, keep each other accountable, and support each other.

You basically help each other succeed.

Members of the group set individual goals and then the group supports each other in accomplishing these goals.

I highly recommend involving yourself in a mastermind group.

And if you can’t find one, start one. It can be a network of growers, or just a bunch of cool success-oriented people who can help you make your vision a reality.

Some of my closest friends today come from the mastermind groups I’ve been involved with over the years.

Without each other, without members of our community pulling together and having one another’s backs, true success will always be a far off pipe-dream.

Whether in the official setting of a mastermind group, or even if it’s just a bunch of comrades helping each other out, it’s important to surround yourself with people who have common values, are success oriented, and WANT to see you succeed.

Life is too short to be around crabs who want to pull you down, know-it-alls who want to break your balls in a forum just because you don’t know as much as they do or have a different opinion on things, and time vampires who want to suck you dry.

Stick with the ones who are authentic and will tell you the real deal, who are willing to teach you anything they know, and who will bail your ass out of jail if needed (and who you’ll do the same for.)

However, realize that the people you attract in your life are basically mirror images of you or aspects of your personality.

So if you’re around a bunch of negative people, untrustworthy shenanigan artists, or undesirables, then there are parts of yourself you may want to address, because there’s a reason these people are in your life. Remember, like attracts like.

BE what and who you want to attract into your life.

Start friendships off with the giving hand and by being a friend first. If you want someone to help you, help them first. Reciprocity is a powerful thing.

Have you ever heard of the Deathsquad Network?

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The Deathsquad Network is of group comedians (along with a few MMA fighters) who support the living shit out of each other.

They’re a great example of what I’m talking about in this blog post. True friends helping each other succeed.

Deathsquad includes Joe Rogan, Brian Redban, Doug Benson, Joey CoCo Diaz, Tom Segura, Eddie Bravo, Bryan Callen, Tait Fletcher, Doug Stanhope, Duncan Trussell, Greg Fitzsimmons, Bert Kreisher and Ari Shaffir.

These dudes have created an awesome little community for themselves.

A colage of cartoon faces By the way, if you haven’t listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast, do yourself a huge favor and check it out.

It gets into higher consciousness, marijuana, legalization, psychedelics, positive thinking, community, health and fitness, friendship, stand-up comedy, MMA, politics, activism and tons of other cool stuff.

As a member of the Underground, it’s right up you alley.

The camaraderie between the regulars on the show shines through in each episode and it’s a great example of members of a community lifting each other up while talking about cool topics and it’s all done in a funny and entertaining way.

Who you choose to surround yourself with can make or break who you are and who you want to become.

In fact, if it weren’t for others, I’d probably have given up on growing a long time ago.

It’s been said that you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. In my experience, this is as true as it gets.

Surround yourself with the right people.

Without having good people in your life, true success is not only impossible, but it wouldn’t even be worth achieving anyway.

And if you want to make better connections with people, read Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Win Friends and Influence People

It’s classic that has changed the lives of millions.

Here’s another example of people pulling together…

In Bulgaria, businesses are taxed if they donate food to a cause.

And because of this twisted law, each year Bulgarian businesses throw away 145,000 tons of food, while 800,000 Bulgarians are starving.

We’re talking about 800,000 people who would not need to starve if they could just have access to this food.

A crowd of people in a charity hallSo recently, The Advanced Nutrients Holiday Heroes Army launched an initiative that’s bringing together Bulgarian businesses, experts and the government to deal with the unjust tax laws that are causing the people so much undue suffering.

AND we’re feeding 5,000 families this Christmas by getting some major businesses to ally forces and make sure these families get fed.

If I tried to feed all these hungry families myself it would never happen.

But because of people and businesses coming together—something that has NEVER happened before in Bulgaria—we’re able to put great food onto the tables of so many deserving families.

And ya know what?

None of this would be possible without YOU.

It’s our community that is making it possible for me to do all this.

Without you feeding your plants with Advanced Nutrients, I would not be able to be here in Bulgaria with the Holiday Heroes Army working to create change, getting impoverished people to believe in themselves, and feeding families who so desperately need it.

So I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Because of you, I’ve been able to get some major players, like Sony, involved in our charity program—allowing us to make positive things happen at a rapid pace.

Check out this short talk I gave, thanking Sony for participating in the Holiday Heroes Program this month.

Sony fed 500 families which is downright awesome, and I’m highly grateful to them for it.

Check it out and see where your dollars are going when you invest in Advanced Nutrients. I’m not really a suit guy, and when I wear one it always reminds me of being 9 years old and my mom making me dress up for someone’s wedding or something…but what the hell, it’s for a good cause:

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I’d love to hear your comments below.

And thanks again for all your support.

May the Force be with you.

Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

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There’s Something I Need to Tell You…

Advanced Nutrients owner having a speach at charity event

BigMike next to a holiday heroe girlHey, I have something important I really need to say to you.

I actually get pretty emotional when I think about it. Not sure if you’ve ever seen a 6’7″ guy get all teary-eyed, but I’m sure it must look pretty funny.

Now, you’re probably aware that I’ve been spending a great deal of time in Bulgaria this month working with the Advanced Nutrients Holiday Heroes Army to bring toys and food to families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas the way they deserve to.

And if you’ve been following my blog lately, you also know that we’ve been able to get over 10,000 toys for needy children and are working hard to reach our goal of feeding over 5000 hungry families this Christmas.

Well, I have a special message for you—as a user of Advanced Nutrients—towards the end of this short 2-minute video.

Check it out…

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Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

Without you, none of this would be possible.

Unlike America, where there are plenty of charity organizations to help feed the hungry over the holidays, Bulgaria just doesn’t have anything like that.

And if it were not for you investing in Advanced Nutrients to feed your garden, these families wouldn’t be able to enjoy the kind of Christmas they deserve.

YOU are making this possible.

Ok, I better sign off before I cry all over my damn laptop.


Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

P.S. You can visit the Holiday Heroes website here and our Facebook page here


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The Biggest Factor in Your Success as a Grower—And You’ll Never Guess What it Is

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Deserted road during the night with a man-silhouette on its endDeep in the Backwoods of Illinois

Approx. 4:45am – Sometime in the late 1980s

Just before sunrise, I drove the rented moving van through the early morning fog. The winding road was in the middle of nowhere and the trees and bushes on either side of me were pitch black and all blended together into one big dark blur of forest.

I was headed to one of my gardens that was nestled into a lush green valley just a few miles up ahead of me.

I was young, reckless, and wanted the whole world.

In the back of the moving van I had just under 1150 young plants. The plan was to drop them off at the site at the break of dawn, get out of there as quickly as possible, and come back later with my partner so we could put those little beauties in the ground.

I was focused on the task at hand and thinking about all the cool things in my life I was grateful for—good health, good buds, good friends, a good income, and the ability to do what I love—grow.

Suddenly I came across a big white broken four-wheeler on the side of the road. Its hood was up and the driver was standing in the dark waving his arms in the air trying to get me to stop.

An image of road in the forest during dawnShit…

I better just keep on driving. Who knows what the hell this guy is up to or what’s about to go down.

Just keep on driving, Mike.

But as I passed the truck, I was struck with the thought that if this dude really is broken down out here, he’s screwed. This is a road hardly anyone ever uses and we’re FAR from normal civilization. He’d need to walk at least 20 miles before he could get help, and who knows how long he’s been out here and if he even has any water.


So I backed up and got out of the truck and that’s when it happened—something that would change my life forever.

And it has to do with something you NEED to be aware of as a grower.

This will—not can, but WILL—make or break your entire future. It plays a bigger role in your success, or failure, as a grower than anything else.

It’s more important than what nutrients you use, what strains you grow, the size of your garden, your CO2 levels, getting your pH handled, the amount of light you give your plants, or how much you know about growing.

Because without this one key thing, none of that other stuff matters.

Get this right and your future as a grower will be bright green in more ways than one.

Get this wrong, and things will fall apart so fast you’ll never know what hit you.

Recycling Center BuildingLet me take you back 4 years earlier to the mid-80s to explain what I’m talking about…

Every month or so, I used to take all my aluminum cans to the local recycling center. It’s not like I needed the money or anything, it’s just that back then the trash companies wouldn’t pick up the recyclables separately for you, so you had to take ’em in on your own if you wanted to recycle.

So one day I pull up to the recycling center with my trunk full of cans and hand them over to the guy who weighs them and then pays you a few bucks for ’em.

The guy working there had a marijuana leaf tattooed on his left forearm.

It wasn’t one of those cool-looking tattoos like you see today—it looked like one of his drunken buddies had given it to him in his garage after a hard night of partying.

The dude actually looked a little beat, and I could tell he needed the money more than I did, so I said, “Keep the money man, it’s your tip.”

He thanked me, and told me his name was Darren.

He and I got to talking, and before long our conversation turned to our common love of marijuana. Darren told me how it really helped him relax after a hard day’s work, but that he hadn’t been able to afford any lately—so the little bit of money I gave him was gonna help him get a small sack for after work.

Man behind prison bars holding to itThen he tells me how he actually did some time for possession of 5 joints back in Texas in the the late 70s. A time and place where you DID NOT wanna get caught with even one joint, much less 5. That explains the tattoo, I thought.

He told me how ever since he got out of prison he’d been on an unlucky streak—drifting from one dead-end job to another. At now at 31 years old he was living with his mom, making minimum wage, and had no hopes of a future, a family, or any of the good things life has to offer.

He told me how his mom was always on his case to go make something of himself, but he didn’t have the first clue where to start and felt absolutely beaten down by life.

Here’s a young man who was good-looking, physically fit, and struck me as incredibly bright, but who simply was not living up to his potential. He was stuck in a self-defeating mindset and, unless he did something about it, it was obvious that his life was only gonna get worse.

I knew I had to help him.

So I shared a little bit of my own story, including my setbacks and defeats, and that going in and rooting out the garbage from my own mind had made all the difference in the world for me. I then showed him a few simple ways in which I had done this and gave him two books that had a major impact on me a decade or so earlier.

We must have talked for an hour before parting ways, and the next time I brought my recyclables in, Darren was no longer working there.

I always remembered our conversation and wondered how he was doing.

The things I taught him that day had helped me create the exact life I wanted. I just wished guys like Darren could experience their own dream life, whatever that life might look like for them.

I had my health, great friends in my life, was doing well financially, and had a few giant gardens going on. So much to be grateful for.

And that’s what I was thinking about four years later when I was driving to my garden in the middle of nowhere right before I saw that broken-down four-wheel drive.

Walking man shadow on lonely road in the forestLittle did I know that stopping on that dark and foggy forest road—that one-second decision to go back and help the mysterious stranded motorist—was about to alter the entire course of my life.

When I got out of the moving truck, the guy standing there just looked at me, and I could tell he was nervous.

At this point, I about had a panic attack. Like I said, I had almost 1150 plants in the back of the truck. I knew I should have just kept on going.

I start to turn around to get back into the truck and I hear the guy go, “Mike?”

My heart fell through my chest.

“Mike? It’s me, Darren, from the recycling center! What the hell you doing out here, man?”

There he was standing right in front in me. Darren, the dude I met 4 years earlier and hundreds of miles away. And not 5 minutes ago I was actually just thinking about the stuff I had shared with him back at the recycling center that day. Whoa.

All I could do was say —in a very awkward and uncertain tone—”Hey, Darren.”

Turns out Darren’s truck had died just minutes earlier, right on the very same dirt road that led to my garden.

After we said our hellos and tripped out on the situation for a minute or two, I gave him a ride back into town. Now even though I knew Darren loved weed, I wasn’t about to let him know what was riding with me in the back on that truck.

On the ride back into town, we totally hit it off.  I could just tell Darren was a good dude. We laughed about the serendipity of the experience—I mean, we were literally hundreds of miles away from where we first met, and now here we were again, in the middle of friggin’ nowhere.

It’s weird how when you know what you want in life, and your heart’s in the right place, life will line things up for you, put people in your path, and make opportunities available to you in the strangest of ways. There’s a serendipitous flow to life that takes place that is almost beyond words.

Now check this out: For almost the entire drive, Darren shared with me how he had applied what I’d taught him just a few years at the recycling center, and how he used the simple exercises I showed him, and in less than four years he went from being broke, alone, and living with his mother to owning a successful construction business, meeting and marrying his dream girl, and creating a life that he never even thought was possible before.

He said he’d also read the books I’d given him—Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and Maxwell Maltz’s “Psycho-Cybernetics”—so many times that they were falling apart at the seams and now looked like a dog tried to eat ’em or something.

He said he buys new copies of the books, but always gives the new copies to other people that he thinks they can help.

And here’s where it gets even weirder…

Me and Darren became fast friends and started hanging out together; I even had his construction company do a bunch of work for me.

Marijuana plant growing in the forestSoon Darren shared with me that he was actually a grower. And that since applying what I’d taught him back at that recycling center four years earlier, he now had 3 giant gardens going and about 5 smaller ones.

In fact…that’s actually what he was doing out there on that dirt road that morning. He was heading out to tend one of his own gardens, which it turns out was just right over the hill from mine—not but a mile or two away!

Fours years earlier Darren couldn’t even afford a sack of dirt weed. And now he was a happy family man, a successful businessman, and one of the most successful growers in the Midwest.

Now, Darren’s path wasn’t necessarily easy. In fact, like many of us have experienced, sometimes when you’re chasing your dreams you have to go through all sorts of tests, trials, and dark nights on the way up. And sometimes you’re gonna fall. Darren fell hard.

In the early 90s Darren got cancer.

I remember visiting him in the hospital when none of us thought he would make it. But he DID make it, and beat seemingly insurmountable odds.

Now, Darren did lose a large potion of his business while trying to fight for his life. He simply couldn’t run his construction business or tend to his gardens and ended up going into debt almost to the point of bankruptcy, just so he could pay his medical bills.

But, as I’m sure you’ll agree, none of the material stuff matters when you’re fighting for your life.

And ya know what? Almost the entire time Darren had cancer, he kept a positive attitude, even while his world was falling apart around him.

One man helping another to climb a rockAnd he applied the exact same strategies he used to become a successful grower and businessman—along with the help of an amazing medical team—to defeat his cancer.

And what’s awesome is that Darren became even happier and more successful AFTER his battle with cancer. Not so much from a standpoint of material success. But success as in living a full, balanced, and happy life.

Darren’s success—both before and after his cancer—had to do with what I’m about to share with you right now…

The fact is that the most successful growers aren’t necessarily any smarter or better connected than you.

Trust me—I know many of the most successful growers in the world, and it’s not connections or smarts that got them to where they are.

Sure, those things help, but at the end of the day they’re actually not all that important.

And you can get your nutrients right, light right, CO2 right, pH right, everything right in your growroom environment…

…But if you don’t get this one thing right, the rest of it simply does not matter.

Darren’s success in life—as compared to the depressing existence he had just a few years earlier living at mom’s and working at the recycling center—was because he changed the way he looked at himself and the world.

And beating the cancer further improved his perception of himself and what he was capable of.

It’s the same with the most successful growers I know. It’s a total inside job.

It all comes down to your self-image…

Artistic impression of a man's face in the skyWhat’s going on between your ears—your perception of yourself and the world around you—is BY FAR the most important thing when it comes to how successful you can become as a grower, and in life.

If you don’t get the head stuff right, it can be hard to get just about anything else right for long. And even if you do enjoy massive levels of success for a while, your limiting belief systems will pull you right back down to match whatever your current self-image is.

And the thing is, most of this happens on an unconscious level, so you’re not even aware of what’s going on besides the fact that you’re not getting the results you want.

The reason for this is your internal programming for success all happens on the level of the subconscious. Your subconscious mind is your operating system.

It’s what drives your actions and behaviors—usually without you even knowing it.

A lot of experts believe that up to 99% of all human behavior is conditioned responses. That the actions you take, the experiences you have, and the results you get all come down to the way you’ve been programmed—the settings in your unconscious mind, if you will.

And most of these settings were installed when you were a little kid!

And now, the results you’re getting in your life, both desirable and undesirable, are coming from these programs that are running in your subconscious.

It’s what makes you believe what you’re truly capable of. It’s what makes you feel worthy or unworthy. It’s what makes you confident in one type of situation, but insecure in another one.

Two tall treesThe good news is that you can actually change these settings. 

But first let’s take another look at how they can have an effect on someone’s life.

Let’s take, for example, the guy who’s a naturally good public speaker, but can’t get a date to save his life.

Deep inside he believes he’s great on stage talking in front of people. Yet he also believes he’s not worthy of attracting a female. So he’s terrified around them and stumbles to find the right things to say.

And this all comes from the conditioning he learned as a child.

Maybe he gave a great presentation to his first-grade class and got a ton of validation from it, so ever since then he’s had a positive association with speaking publicly.

And now, because of this positive association, he’s a confident public speaker—which has made him good at it. And since he’s good at it, he delivers great speeches, and because he delivers great speeches, he gets even more positive feedback, which in return, continues to build his confidence at public speaking.

And the snowball to public speaking success continues to grow and grow.

Now, while he may have gotten positive validation as a young boy speaking in front of groups, let’s say he was also laughed at the first time he tried to make a move on little Sally Sue in the 2nd grade. And not only did she laugh at him, her friends laughed at him too.

The humiliation, embarrassment, and feelings of unworthiness he felt for not only being rejected, but also being laughed at, gave him an extremely negative association to making his feelings of attraction for a female known to her.

Close artistic portrait of a human faceSo ever since then he’s shied away from girls. And the feeble attempts he did make were so filled with anxiety, self-doubt, and the expectation of failure that the results he got were less than optimal—further making him feel unworthy in this area of his life.

And now, at 35 years old, while he can deliver a wonderful speech in front of a room full of people, he trembles so bad with fear every time he gets around a female he’s attracted to that he avoids letting his feelings of attraction to be known at all costs.

Can you go onto do amazing things even with a poor self-image? Sure. But typically you’ll end up sabotaging anything that isn’t in line with your belief systems about what you think you’re worthy of.

For example, I knew a guy in L.A., who—because of a little bit of focus, hard work and few lucky breaks—became a successful television actor for a while in a well-known sitcom. Money, cars, women, fame, the whole deal.

But soon his self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness caught up with him and he self-destructed like a suicide bomber trying to get to that holy place where 72 virgins and a never-ending supply of hashish are anxiously awaiting his arrival.

Before long he was alone, out of work, in debt, and had a $700 a day heroin habit to feed.

You see, his level of success in television wasn’t congruent with his beliefs about himself, so he began tearing everything apart…and before long he dragged himself all the way down to where he thought he deserved to be.

A field of marijuana plantationNow let’s look at Darren, on the other end of the spectrum. Darren went from broke, miserable, and living at his mom’s to owning a successful construction business, marrying his dream girl, becoming one of the best outdoor growers I’ve known, beating a form of cancer few people survive from—and, most importantly, becoming happy.

Darren was so broke he couldn’t even afford a small sack of weed at age 30, and just a few years later he was living his dream life.

That’s what the power of improving your mindset can do.

You currently hold a self-image of yourself that drives your actions. This self-image is held deep in your subconscious mind and not only controls the vast majority of your conscious thoughts and behaviors, but also holds the key to your entire destiny. (Not to sound too Tony Robbins on you here, but it’s true.)

Now, while the limits of your current self-image are responsible for your level of success right now, if you want to improve your level of success for the future, you just need to improve your self-image to be in line with the future you want to have.

Right sided profile of a human headSo how do you do that?

By rooting out the negative beliefs and replacing them with new, empowering beliefs.

I call it my “Subconscious Overhaul Strategy.”

You first start by having clear-cut goals you want to achieve.

Next, spend a few minutes each day visualizing yourself accomplishing these goals. Do this two ways. First, see yourself accomplishing these goals in the first person through your own eyes. Like you’re actually experiencing it. And FEEL what it will feel like when you’ve accomplished these things.

Then you ALSO want to see yourself accomplishing, and HAVING accomplished, these goals—like you’re watching yourself from outside your body. Almost like you would if you were watching yourself in a movie.

Stack these two forms of daily visualization with spoken affirmations about your abilities. Even if it’s just 2 or 3 minutes in the shower each morning, speaking empowering truth to yourself about your abilities can do the trick. Now, these things may not be truth when you say them…but if you do enough of this stuff, they will be soon.

An example is saying something like, “I’m smart, successful, have a magnetic personality, and easily attract good things into my life” over and over to yourself, and feeling great about it, while you’re taking a shower or something. I know it sounds kinda funny, but it works!

Or you could repeat something like, “Growing massive amounts of the best marijuana around comes easily and effortlessly to me.”

Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between fact and fiction. It just takes in the information and then goes to work to make your reality congruent with what it’s told.

Now, here’s a key part of this equation that most people leave out.

It’s something that the hit movie The Secret left out.

A man chaneling his aura energyYou have to take MASSIVE action to attain the goals you have set for yourself.

And massive action starts with one step. Just put one foot in front of the other and start moving forward.

And when you doubt yourself, remember that self-doubt is usually a sign you’re expanding yourself and you’re on the right path doing something big.

You’re becoming the person you need to become to reach your goals.

Continue to put good stuff into your mind, continue to move forward, learn from your mistakes as you go, and recognize your accomplishments.

Your subconscious mind will take note of all the good stuff you’re feeding it, the actions you’re taking, and the milestones you’re hitting along the way. And your self-image will improve.

And if the actions you need to take make you nervous—GOOD.

A guy who successfully grows two thousand plants does things differently from a guy who grows two plants. Just like a guy who makes $200K a year does things differently from someone who makes $10K a year. Or just like the athlete does things differently from the couch potato. If you’re trying to reach a new level, some of these things are gonna be new and uncomfortable to you.

Just remember, action alleviates anxiety. Feel the fear and trudge through it. Things will get easier, and soon actions that once made you nervous won’t cause you any anxiety at all (and if they do, it will much less than it was before).

Over time your self-image will become stronger and stronger.

And it all starts in the mind.

A girl holding fur toy next to pile of toysRecently I gave a little speech at a function for the Advanced Nutrients Holiday Heroes Charity in Bulgaria, where we bring thousands of toys and meals to needy families over the holidays. This month we’re delivering over 10,000 toys to children who otherwise wouldn’t be getting any, and we’re bringing over 5,000 nice holiday meals to families who can’t afford to have one.

One of the things the Holiday Heroes programs does is bring hope to a country that has very little. Bulgaria is the poorest country in Europe right now, and I’m over there personally working to help them change that. It’s a country filled with so many great people—but they’re really getting a rotten deal from their corrupt government.

Now, because of the way they’ve been treated by their government, the people don’t believe in themselves, their country, and what they’re capable of.

Seeing this absolutely breaks my heart, so I, along with an amazing team of people, are doing what we can to change that.

If we can just get the people to believe in themselves, and to believe in the change that is possible, then they can create that change.

But—just like with my life and yours—it all starts in the mind.

Check out this video:

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What you tell yourself, the way you choose to look at situations, and what you read, watch, and listen to—it all goes in, and what comes out is your life.

Man standing on rock edge looking at mountain topJust like you wouldn’t give your plants anything but the best, don’t give your mind anything but the best either.

If you just put the simple exercises discussed above into action in your life and make them habits, you can accomplish just about anything you want in this world. Almost nothing will be impossible for you.

And NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING—not even total crop failure, losing your house, or going bankrupt—can hold you back for long as long as your self-image is strong, your mind is focused on the right things, and you take unrelenting action in the direction of your vision.

Sure, you’ll come across obstacles and experience temporary setbacks here and there. We all do. But you’ll see them for what they are—chances to learn, grow, and become and the absolute best at what you do.

Golden fish jumping out from aquarium Continue to boldly move forward and remain absolutely tenacious, knowing in your gut that nothing can stop you.

And don’t ever let the fact that what you and I do—growing marijuana—isn’t 100% accepted yet by those in charge stop you from giving it your all. Make no mistake, things ARE changing (as we’ve seen in recent years), but we still have a long way to go. Don’t ever let them tell you that what you do is “bad” or “wrong.”

I’m here to tell you that what you’re doing is a good thing.

You’re helping people get the medicine they need. A natural and healthy medicine that’s a much better alternative than what they typically get pushed onto them by the medical community.

The judgmental, hypocritical, and just plain uneducated can have their opinion. But don’t ever let that opinion hinder your success as a grower or in any other area of life.

Your entire life is front of you, my friend. You have the keys to an incredible future of limitless possibility in your very hands right now. I encourage you to use those keys to unlock the power of your subconscious mind and create reality so incredible that no book ever written could explain just how awesome it is. Not even 10,000 books.

Road in the desertOh, and whatever happened to Darren?

After beating the cancer, Darren built his business back up and then retired from the construction industry with some money in the bank. He also scaled down his growing to just enough for his own personal use and for a few friends. Like it is for me, growing is a hobby of love for him.

Darren and his wife became environmental activists, and today he gives about 90% of his time and money to that cause. He and his wife are two of the happiest people I’ve ever known in my life.

And what’s awesome is that Darren has had a major impact on my own life. Over the years, seeing all the happiness and fulfillment that Darren has gotten by giving has further instilled in me the importance of making a positive contribution to the world and giving from your heart, without asking anything in return. And watching him beat cancer showed me what the human spirit is capable of. (Thanks Darren!)

I’d love to hear your comments below.

Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

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Your Most Important Day as a Grower

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medical marijuana badgeAs a grower, it’s easy to get caught up in living for the harvest—living for the days when your crop is ready and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

While I do think you should keep the end goal in mind of harvesting the biggest, fattest, most sugary-coated potent buds possible, if you live for the harvest, you’re in the same position as the masses who live for the weekends.

Now I know this sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many growers live this way.

It’s part of the human condition, striving for tomorrow while missing out on today—the only day we have.

When you live like this, not only are your plants not getting the attention they deserve, but your LIFE isn’t getting the attention it deserves either.

The key is to walk the line of having clear goals for yourself and your garden while diving headfirst into the steps you’re taking today to reach those goals. Otherwise you’ll end up rushing the entire process and paying for it with a crop that falls short of what it could be, a life that’s unfulfilling, and an entire journey that seems more like a means to an end instead of the labor of love it should be.

A giant marijuana bud with glasses and cigarNow, the growers I know who LOVE what they do—the ones who love stopping to smell the flowers, who love giving everything of themselves to grow the absolute best buds possible, and who know that the steps they take today are the only ones that matter—those are the growers who are successful both in and out of the garden.

Bringing passion and focus into your work is what yields the best results, the best buds, and the best life—by FAR.

As you probably know, I’ve been growing for over 31 years now and have been helping growers like you enjoy the biggest, baddest, tastiest buds possible for nearly as long.

And while I’m an extremely goal-oriented person, I’ve made a discipline of putting 100% of my attention into what I can do today and ONLY today.

Doing this allows me to avoid a lot of the stress that comes with running an over $100 million a year company.

It keeps me out of regret for the mistakes I made yesterday…and trust me, I’ve made a ton of mistakes. But I look at these mistakes as growing experiences (no pun intended) that allow me to be the number one grower and business owner I can be today, and they enable me to be of maximum service to you today—so you can be the number one grower that you can be today as well.


A man in bud costume Now, fortunately I love working with growers like you…I just LOVE discovering new ways to help you become the best at what you do.

I love hearing about your giant harvests, about how much Advanced Nutrients is helping you take your growing to the next level, and about all the pats on the back your friends are giving you when they’re partaking in the tasty fruits of your labor.

I can’t even begin to describe the smile on my face all this gives me.

But I know none of this would be possible if I was constantly in a rush to get to the next thing. It only comes by giving my all to what I’m working on RIGHT NOW.

And since today is all we have, we might as well live in the here and now, give the step in front of us everything we’ve got, and enjoy the ride—and, oh, what a ride it is!

Our lives and our harvests will thank us for it.

Talk soon,
BigMike 🙂

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7 Traits of a Badass Grower

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I’d place good money on the fact that you’re a straight-up badass.Samuel Jackson sitting on couch with a book in his hand

Let me explain why…

By getting to personally know a lot of the readers of this blog, I’ve come to realize 7 common traits that you and your fellow underground cronies share almost across the board.

These are traits that most people just don’t have…

You see, I meet average people all the time. We all do. They’re everywhere. And while I think most of them are good people and I want the best for them, it’s not like when I meet someone who reads and lives the kind of stuff we talk about on Growers Underground.

It’s like you’re on a whole different level.

Well, I did meet one dude I wasn’t too sure about, but he actually ended up being pretty cool. Oh yeah, and there was the strange chick I met in LA who’s a big Underground fan, but maybe I just caught her when she was having a bad day or something. I hope she’s doing good.

So, with a few rare exceptions, literally every reader of this blog I’ve met has impressed the living shit outta me. And I’m a hard person to impress.

Here are the 7 traits of badass growers that most readers of Growers Underground share…

1. You play by your own rules—ignoring the status quo and doing things your own way, no matter what “they” say or which drum the masses are currently marching to—you march to your own.The logo of Growers Underground

You’re a modern-day renegade. An outcast with a vision—passionate and tenacious.

You refuse be pigeonholed by society, take part in the rat race, or be put into a box.

You’re as authentic as they come.

You walk your own path and are not ashamed to do so.


2. You’re an intelligent and creative free-thinker

You enjoy creating something great where once there was nothing.

You  may or may not have the kind of smarts that got you good grades in school, but you’re a smart mofo nonetheless—knowing what you want in life and always figuring out a way to get it.

You question everything, never satisfied to accept commonly-held beliefs and old-school doctrine just because everyone does.

You take pride in the fact that you’ll never be held down by the limiting spoon-fed dogma that most people blindly take as truth.

You just don’t buy into other people’s ideas of how things “should be.”

You’re smarter than that.

And along with your smarts…

Shiny brass balls3. You’ve got balls

And I mean balls of steel!

You’re not scared to stand up for what you believe in—that’s a rare thing these days.

I mean, let’s face it, being a serious grower takes some serious backbone.

You run the risk of thieves (even indoors), crop failure, and possibly even legal consequences enforced by a bunch of unwanted testosterone-fueled guests with big ass guns and a quota to meet.

You take calculated risks and reap the rewards.

Honestly, you’re treading where others are too scared to go—doing something that tons of people WANT to do, but few have the courage to actually go out and do.

To you life is an adventure. A chance to learn and evolve. A ride to be enjoyed no matter how bumpy it may get at times.

An uprising fist4. You’re part of a community that’s like no other—a community that, even though stigmatized by the man and black-balled by the institution, has a heart of solid fucking gold.

Our common love of growing pulls us together, and because what we do has been vilified by so many people, we have each other’s backs with an undying loyalty that few people will ever know.

The bonds run deep.

And not only that, it’s a community that’s constantly giving


5. You’re always learning.

You constantly educate yourself by reading blogs like this one, forums, and online magazines like Big Buds and Rosebud so you can learn everything you need to know about growing the absolute best buds possible.

Mediocre growers don’t do this—in fact, they think they know everything and then go on forums bashing other growers.

In my experience, the people who are the most successful—in growing, business, and life—are the ones who understand that there’s always more to learn.

Always Be Learning—that’s one of my mottos and is a motto that’s shared by the majority of the those in the Growers Underground.

6. What you’re growing is helping sooo many people to have a better quality of life.

You’re honestly bringing the gift of happiness to a ton of people. Most of whom you will never meet. Now THAT is awesome.

These are people who, if they couldn’t get their hands on medical marijuana and enjoy its wonderful benefits, would most likely be in massive amounts of pain, or suffer from debilitating anxiety or the symptoms of whatever medical condition it is that they’re forced to deal with.

In fact, many of them would be hooked on hardcore drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines—drugs that far too many doctors are happy to prescribe—instead of all-natural and perfectly-safe marijuana.

Now not only do you help a ton of people, but…

Pile of apples7. You flat-out refuse to settle.

You’re selective about who you’ll let into your life and what you’ll put your energy and focus on.

You know that life is too short not to be picky.

You insist on growing nothing but the most primo buds around. Because for you, it’s all or nothing.

You’re extremely discerning when it comes to what kinds of strains you’ll grow, what you’ll nourish your plants with, and who you’ll show your garden to.

They call you picky. I call you wise.

You know what you want and make no bones about it.

You simply won’t settle for anything but the best—the best in your garden and in your life.

THAT is how I know you’re a badass.

Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

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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,

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BigMike 🙂


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How to Be the Happiest and Most Successful Grower Possible

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Man in BUD costume with two girlsHey there it’s BigMike. What I’m about to share with you will not only make you a happier and more successful grower, it’ll make you happier and more successful in every area of your life.

I actually haven’t had the time to do a lot of blog posts lately.

It’s been crazy around here.

I’ve been putting the pedal to the metal working with the Advanced Nutrients scientists and grow specialists on some things that are gonna rock the hydroponics world to its core and skyrocket your growing to an entirely new level—with bigger yields and off-the-charts potency.

I’ll be sharing more about this with you in the near future.

I’ve also been spearheading a movement to create social change in Bulgaria.

Man, the government there is a mess…talk about corruption!

The people are broke and their system is failing them. So I’m doing what I can to help fix it. It’s a mighty task but fortunately I’ve already rallied up over 128,000 people and we have some brilliant minds on our team doing everything they can to make things right for the citizens of Bulgaria. It’s a full-on, balls-to-the-wall effort the whole way.

We’re not messing around.

An granny standing in the middle of her kitchen And on top of all that I’ve been spending a lot of time building the Holiday Heroes Army so we can feed as many families in need as possible. It breaks my heart to see people go hungry when there’s no good reason for it. EVERYONE deserves to eat. Everyone. No exceptions.

So, like I said, I haven’t had a lot of time to do many blog posts for you, but this one just couldn’t wait. It’s about something that can improve your life in sooo many ways.

Look, I want you to be happy.

And I’m not just talking about being happy with the products you get from Advanced Nutrients…or when you’re gazing at the big fat sugary buds busting outta the seams of your garden…or when your friends are partaking in the fruits of your labor and patting you on the back for growing such killer buds.

I want you to be happy, PERIOD.

Which brings me to the time I died…

As you may know, while undergoing an operation back in August 30th of 2011 I completely flat-lined—I died. Fortunately it was only for a short period and the doctors were able to revive me.

IMG_0340w-w800-h600(BTW, keep your eye out for a future post where I’m gonna share the entire story of what happened…including what I saw on the other side—something I’ve only shared with a few close friends since it happened.)

After the doctors brought me back I noticed something strange.

It’s as if parts of myself died right there on the table with me but never came back.

One day they were there, holding me back from being of maximal use to my fellow man, and the next day—“POOF!”—they were gone.

And what replaced ’em was a sincere desire to help my fellow man to the absolute best of my abilities.

Now I’m not gonna sit here and tell you I’m filled with nothing but altruistic tendencies… because it’s not like that at all. Trust me, I like having my piece of pie; I just wanna make sure everyone else gets a yummy piece of pie as well.

All I’m saying is that something changed deep inside of me. And because of this change, I’ve been spending a great deal of my time focused on helping people.

And ya know what?

It feels fucking amazing.

I’m very fortunate that because of my mother and my Grandma I’ve always always been somewhat of a giving person… but now it’s become an obsession. And the more I give, the happier I am.

If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps, go help someone and I promise that you’ll immediately start to feel better.

And if you’re not as happy as you’d like to be, go help more people in more impactful ways. You WILL be happier.

Not getting what you want in life? Go help more people get what THEY want in life—that’s how you get what YOU want in life.

Now I realize I’m not telling you something you don’t already know. I mean, I’m sure by the time you were 9 your Grandma told you at least 327 times how important it is to help people. She probably said things like “It’s better to give than receive” and “Giving is the greatest gift of all.”

But at that age, most of us were like, “Screw that, I want presents!” (I know that’s what I was I thinking, at least.)

Now, why did she tell us this stuff 327 times?

Because Grandma was smart.  She knew that we can never be reminded of this little lesson too many times.

The more people you help, the happier you’ll be. You know it, I know it, and Grandma knew it. (R.I.P. Grandma.)

And here’s the thing: I want you to be as happy as possible.

Seriously, I want you to have such a happy, fulfilling and prosperous life that you could never, even in your wildest dreams, ask for anything more.

I’m not saying that you don’t already have that kind of life, but in our community it’s important that we look out for each other… and just like I’m sure you want the best for me, I want the best for YOU.

So here’s a few ideas on how you can help more people…

– Donate a portion of your next harvest to someone in need…someone who deserves the absolute best medicine possible, but can’t normally afford to get their hands on it. Even if you can only spare a little. Remember, a little to you can mean A LOT to someone else.

– Help a first-time grower set up his garden. Here’s even some downloadable gifts you can hook ’em up with:

– Be a mentor to a grower who’s less experienced than you are.

– Commit to doing one random act of kindness each day: Call a friend just to let them know how much their friendship means to you. Buy a meal for a homeless person. Pull over and help push someone’s stalled car. Leave a big tip. That kind of stuff.

And check this out… I know two ways that you’re already helping out a lot of people right now.

First, because you grow some of the highest quality medical marijuana around, you’re helping to alleviate the pain and suffering of others and giving them a better quality of life.

How do I know you grow some of the best marijuana around?


Because you use Advanced Nutrients.

AND…because the growers who follow my blog are the ones who are always trying to learn more and are committed to continually raising the bar for themselves and the quality of their crops.

Growers who don’t give a shit about educating themselves and becoming better at what they do aren’t the ones reading this stuff—I promise you.

The ones who read it are the ones like you—the forward thinkers who are open to new possibilities and who are 100% committed to excellence—excellence in themselves and excellence in their garden.

You’re the ones who can, and are, changing the world.

You’re the rebel, the outcast, the David in a world of Goliaths.

You tread where others are too scared to go.

You see possibilities where others see only problems.

And you refuse to settle for anything but the best.

Which brings me to the other way I know of that you’re currently making a contribution to the world.

You use Advanced Nutrients!

When you invest in any of our nutrients you’re not only investing in your garden…you’re not only investing in the science and development of the best nutrients possible…you’re not only investing in the rapid advancement of our industry and helping to improve the way marijuana is grown and forever increasing its quality for the world to enjoy…

You’re investing in a company that is committed to making a difference in the world.

You’re investing in a company that is heavily involved in charity and philanthropy work.

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 10.50.41 AM-w800-h600You’re investing in a company that…

– Feeds thousands of hungry families each year with its Holiday Heroes Program

– Has charitable programs to help ease the pain and suffering of injured war veterans

– Gives away millions of dollars worth of nutrients to assist the sick, needy and dying people of the world

– Builds classrooms in Uganda

– Is helping to break the cycle of poverty by lending seed money to people in developing countries who dream of starting small businesses but simply can’t afford to do so

THAT’S what you’re investing in.

966651_10151677818721093_1415564359_o-w800-h600The bottom line is that you’re investing in a company that is making the world a better place. Which means YOU’RE making the world a better place.

And for that I commend you and I thank you.

It’s people like you who are changing the world.

Help more people, give more of what you have, stand up for what you believe in, and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

Together we’re making a difference.

Talk soon,

P.S. Check out this video of some of the Holiday Heroes Soldiers showing love in action


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