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MENTOR

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Jackie Thomas 
Founder, Elite Explorer

I had the privilege of participating in Michael's executive mentoring program, and the experience was nothing short of transformative. From our very first meeting, it was evident that Michael possesses an exceptional ability to understand what makes individuals "tick,” how they think and act in the world, and how to be more authentic and effective. He’s unparalleled as a writer and communications expert. His technique isn’t theoretical; he’s worked in the trenches and speaks from decades of direct experience. My mentoring relationship with him has been among the most influential of my career to date and has also led to a fundamental (and deeply positive) change after years of feeling so stagnant. I tried it all. Therapy, spiritual work, psychological study – Michael blasted through all of that, and my healing was seismic and fast. Working with him is a fantastic and worthwhile investment! His insights, shared right from the outset, have not only remained ingrained in my mind but have also had a profoundly positive impact on my professional and personal journey. His curated methodology fostered an engaging and highly constructive dialogue, which, in turn, played a pivotal role in inspiring me to establish my own business. Our weekly sessions, over the course of a year, were a cornerstone of my rapid growth. He can constantly change the lenses and channels to mentor you to new levels of superior leadership by providing guidance, support, and meaningful input. Michael's executive program goes beyond conventional mentorship. I wholeheartedly recommend his program to anyone seeking a transformative and impactful professional development experience unlike any other. He’s truly one of a kind.

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The Process

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Who This Is For 

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The Technique

When I was eleven, my father pulled a book from his bookshelf and handed it to me. He said, “Give this a read. It’s a lot of fun.” I put the book in my bag and got on the school bus. I looked around at all the other kids reading Spiderman comic books and playing games. I glanced at the book he’d given me: "Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams." I had a strange and magical childhood. Here are the facts (and please note: TRIGGER WARNING). My mother was mentally ill. She abused me. Verbally. Physically. My dad was a family therapist. He didn’t save me. I was kicked out when my parents found out I was gay at 15. I was homeless and a sex worker. This was in 1980. I was allowed to come back and live with them to finish high school as long as I didn’t live in their house but in a camper in the backyard. Oh, my mother killed herself, and my grandmother was schizophrenic. Now, I know that’s a lot. I do. And yes, the scars from that childhood will never go away. They’re not meant to. That’s my hard-earned belief after having worked with people professionally for over a decade through my LLC. The Technique I use to help people express all of themselves is informed by all The Greats – Jung, Nietzsche, Maslow, Freud –you name ‘em, I’ve read it. It was also influenced by my taking a tour of Hell as a boy and surviving. I learned how to keep my heart open and soft. Working for over two decades in Manhattan corporate, I also learned how to leverage my street smarts in the boardroom, where it really mattered. I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I’ve seen it and I can help.

The Process

The only way out is through. Yes, yes, all very true, but I don’t believe traditional talk therapy for 20 years is the answer. It’s a choice, and a lot of people choose it. It’s comfortable. Proven to make us more aware. Hell, I have a shrink, but he’s one of a few potent sources, not the sole one. I challenge him to speak his mind and not stare at me, awaiting me to supply the great epiphanies. I don’t believe the results from quatum leaping via ketamine or Ayahuasca or other such psychedelics today are the answer, either. Why? Not because we don’t get great insights from them…but because I’ve read (and heard) endless reports of how there is no mechanism to apply the insights long-term. Day by day by day. Relentlessly so they stick. We get the insights…but then they fade as all extreme experiences do because we’re lazy. There’s no urgency. We forget this shit is life or death. There is no grey area here. I’m not a licensed therapist or clinician. I speak my mind; I am direct, blunt, and wildly loving. I don’t believe we’re meant to heal. I believe we’re meant to see the value in our broken parts and love ourselves. Full stop. My process is to tell you what you’re hiding from – to bluntly tell you why you won’t hear me and won’t apply the truth – not can’t, won’t - and then work with you as long as you’ll let me help you get over yourself and change. I’ve done it for hundreds; I can do it for you. If you’ll let me.

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Who This Is For

This work is for people who are open to living their lives in a new and radical way. Committing to understanding who we are is our only true goal. It’s ever-evolving. Anyone who thinks they know who they are is not the right person for this work since there is no endpoint. Integration is a life-long process for all the right reasons. The moment we touch down into the emotional awareness of knowing/not knowing who we are, our actions, and how we communicate and move about in the world, more often than not, follow suit. We will backslide and blame the world and people for how we feel. We’ll throw temper tantrums. We'll be nasty, cold, and calculated. That’s part of being human. This work is about training ourselves to return to stasis, see the illusion of the ego as us, and reconnect the best we can to our true Selves. This work is not for people who think they have it all figured out. That’s ego talking. I’m very clear and direct. I’m not a therapist or a life coach. They’re fantastic models, but I’m unique and radical. I know how the coaching models work and what the idea of mindset means, but this work is more holistic and visceral-emotional. I don’t hold back. I say it, and whether others' egos will listen or not is up to the person. I’m compassionate and kind, and I’m also here to remind you that your time is limited and that each moment matters. Are you fully living or wasting away? It’s always fascinating to see how it all plays out.

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