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The Velocity Factor

Indoor marijuana gardeningI wanna share something with you that has been a key factor in my own success, and can help you not only to be more productive in your growing adventures, but also in your life.

I call it the “Velocity Factor”

Imagine green sugary buds. Beautiful, big, fat sticky ones. As many of them as you want to grow.

That’s what I did 31 years ago.

And then I got busy.

Did I make a plan? Sure. But planning doesn’t attract success. Speed and execution attract success.

No amount of studying, planning, brainstorming, or mentally preparing even come close to the power of just getting to damn work.

A running cheetah in the wild. I’ve known people with all kinds of amazing plans to harvest tens, hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of bright green beauties; or to start their dream business or launch a product line, and their plans are amazing… I mean they’re as prepared as one could be, but the problem is they don’t actually jump in and do it.

They let fear, self-doubt, perfectionism, waiting for inspiration or the “right time” to get started, keeping them stuck in a state of perpetual “gonna do something great” but they never go out and do it.

“I wish to have no connection to a ship which does not sail fast; for I intend to go into harm’s way.”

– John Paul Jones

The key is to dive in headfirst and let the path reveal itself to you.

Action not only alleviates anxiety, but it attracts the answers, tools and momentum you need to be successful.

No book, plan, thought, meeting, insight, partner, blog or forum post can give it to you.  It takes massive action in the direction of what you want.

Sure, study your ass off and make well calculated plans, but all the best information and planning in the world is completely useless without execution.

A moment of NASCAR crashAnd the faster you execute, the more success you’ll attract.

Yes, you’ll also make more mistakes, I spoke about this in-depth my last post actually—How to Become an Epic Grower—but mistakes are good. They’re a necessary component of success.

Be willing to make a mess, break some stuff, spill nutes, kill plants and maybe even get some blood on the floor.

That’s ok, The path is never perfect. It’s dynamic, changing and sometimes a downright pain in the ass.

But if you move fast and fail fast, you’ll also learn fast and attract success fast.

So don’t worry about trying to do everything perfect, especially if you’re just starting out.

In fact, perfectionism is your worst enemy if you want to succeed. It’s a form of fear and control. You have to be willing to embrace the chaos and face it head on.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
― Bruce Lee

An artistic image with two racing carsThe more successful you become as a grower, in business or at ANYTHING in life, the more chaos, hurdles, and setbacks you’re gonna face.

But it’s all one big test. Success is testing you to see if you have what it takes. To achieve what you want in life, you have to become a person who achieves the kinds of things you set out to do. You have to grow, evolve and prove you can handle yourself under the pressure.

If you currently grow 10 plants and want to grow 10,000, you have become a person who can handle growing 10,000 plants. And to become that person, there will be series of tests every step of the way.

As you pass the tests, you become stronger, wiser, more tenacious and more successful.

However, none of this happens when we sit on our ass. It happens when we get moving, Even if we don’t know where to start, the key is to start. And then once you get moving, opportunities, possibilities and rewards will open themselves up to you.

My entire life as a grower I lived by the principle of velocity.

And yeah, I’ve made mistakes, crashed, burned, blew shit up… the whole deal.

But velocity has allowed me to achieve things that there’s no way I ever could have done had I tried to come up with the perfect plan or waited for inspiration to come give me a swift kick in the butt.

I had to get busy.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing

A running athlete finish off the trackAs long as you can see the first step, take it. You’re never going to figure out all the steps you need to take to get to where you want to go. The first step will lead to the second step and so on.

When I first started the Advanced Nutrients Holiday Heroes Program—to feed hungry families in Bulgaria—from the time of conception until we fed our first 1000 families was just 21 days.

People said it would be impossible. I guess they didn’t understand the power of velocity.

And yeah, we ran into ALL SORTS of problems that we didn’t foresee. But we never would have been able to figure everything out just sitting around waiting for the perfect plan to come together. We got busy and learned as we went.

And before long we were able to feed not only 1,000 families at a time, but 16,000 people at a time.

Just like anything else worthwhile I’ve accomplished in my life, it’s because I started with a goal, got busy taking action in the direction of that goal, encountered all kinds of problems, learned, grew and sometimes had to adjust my course a bit, and finally either reached my destination or one better than I had originally set out to reach.

A biker wins the raceJust like Tyler Durdin said in Fight Club “I don’t want to die without any scars

Whatever it is you want to achieve in life—giant gardens with big fat sugar-coated buds, owning a business, getting into shape, going after your dream life or career, if you just start moving in the direction of it—not tip-toeing around, but taking large and bold strides—the path will reveal itself to you, and you’ll either achieve your goals, or something greater.

And I want great things for you.

Talk soon,


“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Jack London

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

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17 Responses to The Velocity Factor

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    Ron Lloyd February 2, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I would like specific growing instructions more than philosophical inspiration

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      Sam Fraud February 3, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Re: Ron Lloyd.

      1) Sprout seeds
      2) Take care of seedlings
      3) Maintain care

      • BigMike
        BigMike February 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm #


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    Bob Watson February 2, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Well said Mike, it is only in the making the you can gain the skill to future success. Teaching and encouraging people to dive in to this great hobby of ours and make some mistakes inevitably leads to learning and greater confidence. I am a lot older than you but have never stopped learning, each and every day of my life. It keeps the brain working.

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    thegeezist February 2, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Wow! Very inspirational. Vey supportive. Have you ever thought of be coming a motivational speaker? Perhaps the guest speaker at a University graduation. Your “Velocity Factor” article was superb! Thanks. I needed some support in my current grow status. You really made me think much deeper about the whole situation. (In a positive manner mind you). Thanks again for sharing. You are a true “motivator”.

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    Tim February 2, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    I didn’t write or think this up but I do agree

    You Have To Do The Hard Things.

    You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.

    You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.

    You have to give more than you get in return right away.

    You have to care more about others than they care about you.

    You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.

    You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter.

    You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.

    You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.

    You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.

    You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.

    You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.

    You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts”.

    You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.

    You have try and fail and try again.

    You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.

    You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

    You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.

    You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.

    You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.
    You have to do the hard things.

    The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

    Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

    The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

    The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

    Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

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    Kimo February 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    You are soooooo inspirational Bruddah Mike! Mahalo for your free advice. Thank you.

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    jim ruegg February 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    ” its better to burn out, than to fade away..”. Neil Young

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    foam February 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    the 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration saying holds so true..

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    Patrice February 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Thanks for the tremendous inspiration. I am part of a business savvy underdog team of resident patients vying for a license to grow commercially here in Nevada. Our political environment is leaning toward Walmart Weed by carpetbaggers. I have distributed your article to my team members—we might make it the opening prayer for all of our meetings. Thanks much.

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    DrHerba February 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Every time i read something from you, I find some much in comun and thought: It seems Im on the right way, doing the things fine… lol…
    Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and experiences.
    Saying Hi from Chile!.. growing buds with advanced nutrients. Pure Life!

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    Dave Ferguson February 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm #


    My dad’s name was big mike, in many ways you sound like him to me. Thanks for the kind words and the motivation.


    • BigMike
      BigMike February 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      hey right on Dave. i’m HONORED that I remind you of him. HONORED my friend.

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    semaj barris February 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    this is just what I needed to start my week off thanks for the great inspiration.

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    Mary K February 4, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Well said. I am forwarding this to my husband. He is trying to understand the man he works for. I think this will help. You are what is affectionately called a “humming bird.” That’s an entrepreneur. That’s you. Time to write a book?

    • BigMike
      BigMike February 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      Maybe Mary. I just may. Thanks a ton for your kind words (=

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    shaun October 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Specific growing advice instead of philosophical inspiration.

    That wasn’t inspiration but advice. Translation: Get growing and feel some pain. Failure is the surest path to success.

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