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Learning Through 700 JAMs!

Thursday February 5, 2015 #700

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

~Jim Rohn


As I reflect on the milestone of writing my 700th JAM with Mike, I am most grateful for all I have learned from and about you, and about myself in the process.  I don’t always follow my own advice, but I try!  And, whether you have been with me since the beginning in 2008 (and thank you for that!), or have just recently joined, I hope you have learned something about your ability to help yourself and others achieve greatness and find joy in living.  I have learned from so many of you and I look forward to our mutual learning in the next 700 JAMs!


February 14, 2015 Posted by | JAM with Mike, learning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JAM #500 – Daring to be Contagious!

Thursday February 21, 2013 #500


“My path has not been determined. I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones.”


~Agnetha Faltskog


On January 15, 2008 JAM with Mike was launched with JAM #1, from my desk in Medford, Oregon.  I could never have dreamed that I would be writing JAM #500 five years later, from Hong Kong.  One never knows where the choices we make will lead us.  I am grateful for all I have learned and experienced, for the blessings of family and friends, and the opportunity to work for an amazing company in an incredible part of the world.


I live by my philosophy of “Dare to be Contagious™”, learning constantly through experience and reading, and then sharing with my organization, my family, and of course all of you through JAM.  I am grateful you give me this opportunity to share and I look forward to the next 500 JAMs.


What is next for JAM with Mike?  I am working with some inspiring friends and we’re brainstorming some really cool ideas for using the content.  Stay tuned!

March 10, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Gratitude, inspiration, JAM with Mike, learning | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Milestones 50 & 400

Tuesday March 6, 2012 #400

“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.”

~Esther Williams

It is amazing how things come together sometimes.  Today is my 400th JAM with Mike and my 50th birthday.  Two milestones for sure.  I take this moment to reflect with gratitude my opportunity to celebrate 50 years on the planet, surrounded by people I love, doing work that energizes and inspires me, and having the gift of several hundred people around the world reading my 400th twice-weekly JAM.

So, thank you for sharing this journey with me.  We are truly fortunate to live during this amazing time and I look forward to every opportunity to connect and share in the years ahead.  On to the next 100 JAMs and my 51st year!

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Gratitude, inspiration, JAM with Mike, love | , | Leave a comment

Celebrating 300 JAMs!

Tuesday March 22, 2011 #300

“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.”

~Daisaku Ikeda

Today I share with you my 300th installment of JAM with Mike, my intention of giving something of myself to you and a growing community of readers.  I am grateful that you continue to find value in my writing and that the community of readers continues to grow.  Many of you ask me why I continue to write JAMs or how I find time to do so in an extraordinarily busy life.  My answer is this:

The world we live in provides ample examples of negative circumstances, the worst of human failings, and bitter disappointments and tragedies.  It is easy to be overwhelmed by this and it is exacerbated by a sensationalist media.  I feel fortunate that I have always tended to view the world and its people with a sense of hope and wonder, and a real appreciation for the beauty and goodness all around me.   When I am overwhelmed with the stresses of work or life’s challenges, I am usually able to remind myself of the infinite amount of goodness, love and beauty and the capacity of people to heal, create, overcome challenges and grow.  I am grateful to be alive at what I see as an amazing time and I truly love life.  As such, I am able to see and comprehend the beauty of the world.  I believe it is my obligation to offer my perspective to the world, to lead a change of minds and hearts.

JAM with Mike is my twice weekly effort to share my hopeful view of life with you and hopefully provide a bit of a lift.  It is my invitation to you to process the world around you in a more positive, healthy way.  My philosophy is to do more than learn – to share knowledge and to take positive actions to move ourselves and others forward.  I hope in some small way, JAM with Mike provides you with some ideas or tools to move forward in your life and to allow you to see, as I do, the beauty in the world.

Things may seem very dark – problems in your own life, as well as global challenges such as the tragedy in Japan, the unrest in Northern Africa and the Middle East, poverty, and more.  But within all of these examples, if you are open to it, are amazing stories of heroic deeds, people overcoming challenges, and images of beauty among the ugliness.  As someone very close to me recently said,

“On the edge of darkness there is a rainbow.”  ~anon

May you see the rainbow and its beauty on the edge of your perceived darkness.  If you open your eyes and your heart, you will see.

On to the next 100 JAMs!

May 8, 2011 Posted by | Gratitude, intention, JAM with Mike, Perspective, Take Action | , , , | Leave a comment

200th JAM!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 #200

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”

– Doris Lessing

Today we celebrate the 200th addition of JAM with Mike.  I am humbled by and grateful for your continued participation, your comments, and your contributions.  Most of what we talk about in this space are concepts you already know.  But the power occurs when the quote and the message come to you when you need a boost, a kind word, or a moment of reflection.  Thank you for allowing me in your inbox twice each week.  I hope you’re looking forward to the next 100 JAMs as much as I am!

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Gratitude, JAM with Mike, learning | , | Leave a comment

give, give, give, give, give

Tuesday March 4, 2009 #100

“I live by five little words:  give, give, give, give, give”  

~David K Aaker

David, my good friend and mentor, taught me this quote 15 years ago and it has resonated with me ever since.  David has lived and continues to live a life of service and his example lends credence to the idea that we get the most when we help others the most.  In that spirit, I chose this quote for today’s JAM – the 100th opportunity to give something to you, my JAMmin readers.

Thank you for being a loyal reader, many of you since the first JAM on January 15th of last year.  I commit to you that you can count on receiving the next 100 JAMs as I give, give, give, give, give.

(David K Aaker is a nationally known speaker in the US, focusing on customer service, leadership, and business ethics.  Check out his site at www.davidkaaker.com.)

March 8, 2009 Posted by | JAM with Mike | , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

Thursday December 25, 2008 Christmas 2008

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. 

 ~Charles Dickens

Thank you!

I appreciate you being a loyal JAM with Mike! reader in 2008.  I have enjoyed writing for you, and reading your feedback, stories and quotes.  Our life journeys are so amazing and I am privileged to be spending a couple moments with you each week.  I hope you have been able to use the JAM messages to improve your day or to help you toward achieving meaningful change in your life.

Please be sure to take some time to enjoy your family and/or friends and the beauty of this holiday season. 

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?  It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store?  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” 

 ~Dr. Seuss

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Gratitude, JAM with Mike | , , , | Leave a comment

April is National Humor Month – Celebrate!

Thursday April 10, 2008

“The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.”

~Elbert Hubbard

In the last JAM, I suggested taking a one-day holiday.  So, following my own advice, I am taking a break from the serious business of helping you find ways to take action.  Instead, let’s look at the recognized holidays for the month of April and the next couple of days.

(Yes, I know I took a break on April 1st too – you weren’t supposed to notice that!)

April is “Stress Awareness Month”, and “National Humor Month”, which certainly goes together perfectly, doesn’t it?

Your assignment:  Today and tomorrow, find ways to laugh out loud and reduce stress.  Here are two suggestions from Holiday Insights:

Today:  National Siblings Day

What a great way to celebrate national Humor Month!  Call your brother or sister (or someone in your life you regard as one) and share a joke, or laugh about a funny memory.

Tomorrow:  Barbershop Quartet Day

This can be a good way to both relieve stress and laugh too!  Try to find a local venue that has a barbershop quartet as the entertainment.  What a happy, carefree, way to pass some time.  Plus, these singers are usually incredibly talented.  You’ll be laughing about the experience for weeks to come.

Next JAM:  Action item #6 to help you “get up and get on with it.”

April 12, 2008 Posted by | Humor, JAM with Mike | , | Leave a comment

Distractions be gone!

Thursday April 3, 2008

“You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one.”

~ Tom Kite

I hope you enjoyed Tuesday’s humor quotes and that you’re enjoying this series of action ideas to help you “get up and get on with it”. 

Remember:  Learning to take action is critical to your long term success and happiness.  You are someone with incredible talents who will change your and others’ lives in so many incredible ways if you just get up and get on with it!  Here is the fourth of 8 action ideas to enable you to do just that.

Action item #4:  Distractions be gone!

Unless we are really turned on and passionate about a project, we are likely to seek out distractions that can serve as excuses for not taking action.  I do it, you do it, we all do it.  But if we allow it to continue, we’ll never get on to the actions that will get us what we truly desire.

Your assignment:  Eliminate the things you find yourself doing that distract you from taking action.  This will include things like TV, excessive computer time, books, etc. Eliminating distractions will create a bit of a vacuum – your mind will want to find something to do.  If those distractions are gone, you will be more inclined to take action on the things you want or need to do.

April 12, 2008 Posted by | JAM with Mike, Take Action | , , | Leave a comment

Use Humor to Break Through

Tuesday April 1, 2008 #23

 “Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.”

~ Leo C. Rosten

In honor of April Fool’s Day, I will break from our series of action ideas to help you “get up and get on with it” – well, sort of.  As I began writing today’s JAM, I planned on sharing with you 6 quotes on humor.  I am still going to do that.  However, I realized that the use of humor can be one of the best tools we have to “get up and get on with it.”

With affection, I share with you the insight of today’s action item:  Use humor to break through

Your assignment:  Read through the 6 humor quotes (1 above and 5 below).  Ponder them a bit and find a way to use one or more of them to alter your thinking just enough to push yourself into action on one of your key goals.

For example: 

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.” ~ Frank A. Clark

Action:  Determine an obstacle to taking action, find some humor in it, and break through!

Here are four more humor quotes.  Enjoy them, enjoy April Fool’s Day and…SMILE!

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” ~ Francis Bacon

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

“This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.” ~ Lin Yutang

“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.” ~ Christopher Morley

April 12, 2008 Posted by | Humor, JAM with Mike, Take Action | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment