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How to Attract Lots of Unwanted Attention to Your Garden

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SWAT raiding team behind a shieldAn unorthodox approach to keeping your garden safe.

In this post I’m gonna share a strategy with you that I’ve used for decades now to keep my gardens off the radars of those who might want to come and destroy it, steal it, or worse…

Now, this strategy may go against everything you’ve been taught about keeping your gardens safe from detection.

And it’ll probably also go against your intuition.

But let me explain…

As you probably know, I’ve been growing marijuana for over 30 years—and helping others do the same for nearly as many.

Well, years ago I learned a big lesson that’s helped me keep my gardens free from unwanted intruders to this day.

It involves a skinny dog.

black skinny dog with wierd looking eyesThe skinny dog story…

Back long before medical marijuana was legal and EVERYTHING had to be kept on the super down low, one of  my guys had a 50-light grow going in a giant garage. It was one helluva sweet garden; a growers dream.

But that dream quickly turned into a nightmare…

You see, Jerry (fake name to protect his identity) had a dog to help protect his garden. It wasn’t one of those big pitbulls that could scare the shit out of the Devil himself, but it was a decent guard dog none the less. He could bark and scare uninvited people off like a good dog should.

Now, this dog was fairly lean—it was actually a retried greyhound racing dogs that Jerry had saved from being euthanized.

Anyway, one day Jerry gets that knock that we all dread. Ya know, the big loud one made with a flashlight, the fist of a 300lb swat officer or a battering ram.

cops-w800-h600Now, it’s not like Jerry could just hide, run out the back or flush the entire grow down the toilet. So, being a reasonable man, Jerry opened the door. There stands two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers—he knew right away that since there wasn’t 17 of them in ski-masks and bulletproof vests so it couldn’t be a raid.

And it wasn’t. It was just two constables doing a welfare check. You see, the nice little lady across the street—who Jerry didn’t even know—hadn’t seen him around for a few days.

But she HAD seen Jerry’s skinny dog.  She thought that since the dog was so skinny—like maybe it hadn’t eaten or something—and that she hadn’t seen Jerry around, that he must be dead in the house somewhere.

So being a good little neighbor what did she do?

She called the cops. That’s right. She called the police and told em’ that she thought her neighbor was dead inside his own house.

An image of classical police officerDoh!

Now the cops are at Jerry’s front door wanting to make sure that everyone in the house is OK.

And while they didn’t have a search warrant, they insisted on looking around—since ya know, there’s supposed to be a dead body in there and everything.

While looking around they stumbled onto Jerry’s garden. The officers told him that since they weren’t there for the weed and since they didn’t have a warrant for it, they weren’t gonna bust him. But they were gonna come back in a week and the garden had better be gone—or else.

So Jerry had to take down the entire 50-light grow.

There’s an important lesson in this. Now sure, Jerry’s situation was just a stroke of bad luck, which we can all have from time to time (his luck could’ve been a lot worse though). But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t learn from the mistakes of our fellow growers.

I know I did.

A man taking care of his outdoor gardenIn fact, ever since this incident, I started doing something that’s counter-intuitive to us as a community.

Wherever I’ve had gardens, I got to know my neighbors. Seriously, I go introduce myself to the neighbors and get to know them on a “Hi, how you doing this morning Tom?” first-name-kind-of-basis.

I stay away from the whole living-in-secrecy with a huge blood thirsty guard dog kind of thing, and actually become friendly with the neighbors of all my grow houses.

When you live closed off like a hermit and have some big angry beast protecting your property, it creates questions in the minds of people who live around you.

Questions like “I wonder what’s up with that strange dude who lives over there?”

It’s much better to become the friendly face they love to see, who they feel good about knowing, and it takes away that whole mysterious vibe to what I’m up to. And what is it that I’m up to? I’m just living here like a good neighbor does.

Beautiful woman in front of marijuana plantsBe the friendly neighbor who everyone knows, likes and trusts.

I remember one time some undercover cops were snooping around one of my grow houses, and Margret from two doors down actually came and told me about it!

Now that’s a nice situation to be in. Because of Margret I was able to handle things before it all went south. And it DID go south, but thanks to Margret, there was nothing left to find. The place was clean.

And then there was the time one of my grow houses had an automatic sprinkler unit for the lawn that causing a bunch of run-off to flow into the next door neighbors yard and giving him a bunch of messy puddles to deal with. I went over and asked him how long it had been going on. He told me a few years because the previous tenant never did anything about it. It drove him nuts.

So being a nice “neighbor” I immediately fixed the problem by making a few tweaks to the sprinkler and irrigation systems. The dude loved me after that.

Another time I was applying to rent some property from a guy up in Canada, and I actually told him exactly what I was planning on doing with it and offered to pay him an extra $500 in rent each month as a bonus—since my situation was a little unique, you could say.

He rented me the property and he and I ended up having a long lasting friendship. In fact, I eventually ended up rented places out from him all over town. The relationship was a win/win for both of us.

Now, I’m not saying to go tell people what you’re doing, but what I am saying is to go meet your neighbors, be friendly, smile, wave, and say “hi” each time you see em’

Get to know them on a first name basis.

A book cover from the author Dale CarnegieThis has worked well for me and countless growers I’ve taught it to over the years, even though it’s the complete opposite of what most everybody does.

And if you don’t have the best people skills in the world, go read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People“. It’s a classic book that’s packed with some of the best, most timeless wisdom on getting people to like you that you’ll ever find.

In fact, I’ve even used the skills in the book—which have been like second nature to me now since I read it almost 30 years—to get the ball rolling in legalizing medical marijuana here in Bulgaria.

You see, in Bulgaria, the old school of thought stigmatizes anyone who uses marijuana as derelict of society. They’re just not as progressive as a lot of the states in the U.S. are, and because of this, tons of people—who by all rights should be able to use marijuana to cure what ails them—are either hooked on highly addictive medication that’s so much worse for them, or they end up suffering through a life of undue pain that could easily be alleviated by some good ol’ fashion medical marijuana.

A logo of medical marijuana BulgariaIn fact, our movement, Medical Marijuana Bulgaria, is really starting to take off. I’ve actually put together a round table that’s getting together next month to discuss taking the steps necessary to legalize marijuana and allow the people of Bulgaria to medicinally use marijuana, just like they to deserve to be able to. We’ve got many of the country’s head doctors, lawyers, lawmakers, politicians, elected officers, celebrities, and change-makers attending.

I’m not sure I would have had the skills to put this together had I not read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” back in my 20s, embraced it’s philosophies, and made it such an integral part of my life.

Everyone likes a friendly face.

I urge you, don’t be the mysterious neighbor with the pack of blood thirsty guard dogs. Be the friendly neighbor who everyone knows, likes and trusts.

Your future as a grower will thank you for it.

Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

P.S. I’d love to hear your comments below

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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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