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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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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 🙂

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

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