The Only PhD You”ll Ever Need To Be Successful That’s 100% Free & Available To You Right Now

I use to think that success was available to only some.

That you needed to be really smart to succeed.

What a stupid thought that was.

It’s cool to be smart, no question, but it isn’t smarts that creates success.

All the smarts in the world doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning to workout.

It’s not what will keep you up late night working to create something you believe in.

Smarts don’t create lasting relationships.

There’s a lot more, way more, to success than just being smart.


Whatever The Success – Smarts Alone Won’t Get You There

Don’t get me wrong now, I think being smart and knowledgeable is awesome.

I still would have liked to have won just one spelling bee…. who am I kidding, no I wouldn’t.

Here’s me bragging about my smarts.

I have an dual undergraduate degree in Sports & Fitness Management and Business Administration.

I have a graduate degree in Sports Medicine.

I have several national health & fitness certifications.

I do value education, knowledge, and believe in continuing to learn and grow as much as we can.

I’m proud of my studies and all the work I’ve put in to have all those fancy papers and frames telling me I’m smart.

Heck, I’m still paying off those frames today.

I’d be lying if I said I’ve never considered going back to get my PhD.

I mean what’s another $100,000 for another frame on my wall right?

Come on, those frames are fancy aren’t they?

I know I’m being a bit of a smart ass right now but seriously, another $100,000?

No thank you.

Especially when a better, real, more practical PhD program exists that’s 100% free and available to you and I right now.

No classes to sleep, I mean sit through, no books to buy, no hefty price tag waiting for you when you’re done either.


The Only PhD I Believe In And Stand Behind

I know, you think I’m nuts and have completely lost it because such a PhD that’s free and available to you right now, doesn’t exist.

Well, your right… about the PhD not existing that is – and maybe even about me having lost it a bit.

The PhD I’m talking about doesn’t exist at a university, in a classroom, or as part of an online course.

The PhD I’m referring to exists within you, right now.

I promise I haven’t lost it, stay with me.


The PhD I’m Talking About Is Passion, Hustle, & Deliberate Action

Whatever success you’re after, this is the only PhD that will get you from where you are now to where you want to be.

A formal PhD will hand you a fancy frame and provide you with opportunities.

What it won’t do is guarantee you success.

Nothing guarantees you the same level of success as focusing on your own personal PhD.

Yes, that is a bold statement I just made.

And it’s the real deal.

A degree isn’t indicative of success, being passionate about what you’re doing is.

The world is your oyster not because of formal education or smarts, but because of the ability we all have to hustle and work our asses off for what we want.

Sending out resumes with all of your awards and achievements won’t guarantee you an opportunity.

Being deliberate with what you do, how you do it, and who you do it with, will.


Invest In Yourself, Your Dreams, & In All It Is You Want

That’s the PhD I’m talking about here.

Busting your ass day after day to lose weight once and for all.

Creating that business you’ve always wanted to create.

Giving your kids the kind of life you never had.

Having a relationship full of love, respect, travel, and adventure.

That’s what the PhD I’m referring to here will get you.

The PhD I’m referring to is a hell of a lot harder to earn than a formal PhD, but when you decide to enroll and invest in yourself, the rewards are endless.

You don’t need to submit a fancy application with a fee that someone who doesn’t know shit about you gets to decide your future and whether or not you’re “accepted“.

The PhD I’m referring to doesn’t require an application and accepts anyone who’s ready to commit to themselves and take on what lies ahead.

It’s you who decides your enrollment, your acceptance, your future, and no one else.

Let’s talk through it some more – I want to give you a look at what’s involved.



I might as well give you the heads up right now that I’m going to be recruiting you big time to join in on this PhD program I’m referring to here.

Relax, I’m not selling anything – what I’m saying is, I’m going to be asking you to invest in yourself going forward. Lots more than you ever have before.


Because you’re awesome and I’m not going to settle for anything other than you being your best, happy, healthy, having what you want, with who you want, living the life you want.

Am I asking too much of you?

Probably, but so be it.

I refuse to settle for anything less than awesome for myself and for you.

OK, let’s dive in.


The PhD Syllabus


1) PASSION 101

I know, we’ve all seen this word a million times…. passion, passion, passion.

It’s over used and at this point, the question “what’s your passion?” has become a bit of a cliche.

As cliche as it may be, if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing – chances are you’ll be unhappy, unfulfilled, and more likely than not, unhealthy too.

If whatever you’re doing, you are doing for the sake of vanity, money, fame, entrepreneurship…anything other than for the fact that it fires you up, has you excited, and is fulfilling, I assure you, it won’t last.

And if it does, you’ll be hoping it didn’t.


Lessons Learned

I remember six years ago, I started an online company that had nothing to do with health and fitness which if you didn’t know it already, health & fitness is what gets me fired up and excited.

I decided to start an online real estate website because:

1) There was huge potential to make money

2) I wanted so bad to be and be called an entrepreneur

The word entrepreneur just sounds so nice and sexy doesn’t it?

It sure did to me and I fell in love more with the idea of making money and being an entrepreneur than doing something that I was truly passionate about, something I loved and that fulfilled me.

12 months and $20,000 later, I learned my lesson.

It didn’t take long before I lost interest in what I was doing, especially when it got tough and required lots more of my time, energy, and effort. 

It’s an absolute must to be crazy, passionate, fired up, call it what you will, about whatever it is you’re out to achieve or create.

If you want to lose weight, you need to be passionate about making it happen.

If you want to start a new business, you need to be passionate about the business you want to create .

If you want to provide services to others, you need to be passionate about helping and serving others.


You Can’t Manufacture Passion For Something – You Either Have It Or You Don’t

I can’t tell you how often I get asked the question…. “How do you stay motivated and committed to all that you’re doing?

My response it always, “because I absolutely love and believe in what I’m doing.

More than anything, I love the opportunity I get to help and serve people through health and fitness, the same health and fitness I’ve gravitated towards and have been in love with all my life.

There’s nothing more motivating to me than getting the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

That’s not to say I don’t have bad days, which I think people don’t think I have sometimes.

They think because I’m always fired up, motivated, and excited with all I’m doing and creating for The Wellness Bucket, that I don’t have any bad or off days.

Truth is, I have plenty of bad days where I’m grouchy, not feeling it, and just don’t want to do anything.

I don’t like having these type of days but I know it’s normal.


We All Have Good Days And Bad Days

The differenceis, when I do come out of my funk and stop being a grouch, I go back to doing what I love versus coming out of my funk, just to get right back into another one because what I’m doing doesn’t motivate or fulfill me.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t need to be passionate about what you’re doing.

If you don’t know what it is you’re passionate about, that’s OK.

To help you figure out what fires you up and what you’re passionate about, I suggest you check out Live Your Legend, a website dedicated to helping you find and do the work you love.

Speaking of work, I’ve heard this saying time and time again…

“If you’re doing something you love and are passionate about, you’ll never work another day in your life.”

Ha! – what a joke.

When you’re doing work you love and are passionate about, you will work twice as hard as you ever have and not because you have to, but because you’ll want to.

Because you’ll be loving what you’re doing and completely into in.

I love all it is I do for The Wellness Bucket and yes, it is work – it’s a lot of hard work, energy, effort, sacrifice, and late nights.

It’s not that I love this part of the hard work but I rarely stop to notice it because I love all that I’m doing and creating and that’s where my focus is and this type of focus comes with doing what I love.


2) HUSTLE 101

I’m going to take a page out of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book here when it comes to hustle.

“Hustle is the most important word. Ever.”

Here’s a quick video by the man himself, Gary V that’ll sum up what hustle is all about.

I hear it all the time and I’ve used this statement many times myself…

“I don’t have time?”

I have the time, you have the time, we all have the time.

It’s not a matter of if we have time or not, it’s a matter of…


Are You Willing To Put In The Time?

That’s the truth and that’s the real question we need to ask ourselves.

You’re busy, I’m busy, we’re all busy.

The question is – what are we busy doing?

Watching television, checking Facebook, on Snapchat (I don’t even know what the hell Snapchat is), sleeping, spending time on things that don’t matter, that are not adding value to your life?

Here’s a truth bomb coming your way…

Nothing worth having comes easy. Nothing.

If you want to lose weight, you need to hustle and work your ass off (literally) to get it done.

If you want that new job or career, you need to hustle and do more than the next person to make it happen.

If you want to launch your new business idea or see the one you currently have now take off, you need to hustle and serve others better than anyone else is doing.

If you want better relationships with those around you, you need to hustle and listen more, care more, and give more to make that happen.

You’re probably asking yourself…

Mike, what does that even mean, hustle? I mean, it sounds good in theory but what does that mean?”


What It Means To Hustle

Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, doing the minimum will get you minimum results at best, if at all.

Hustle means exercising 5 days per week, no excuses.

Hustle, make it happen, get it done. Period.

Eat healthy foods and not just sometimes, all the time.

There will always be opportunities around you to eat crap food along with reasons and justifications why you did…

“It was a work party.”

“I was invited to a dinner and didn’t want to offend anyone by not eating the food.”

“It was great food, plus it was free.”

“I had a bad day.”

Hustle means giving all of these excuses the middle finger and sticking to your nutrition plan and weight loss commitments.


New Job Or Career

If you’re after that new job or career, hustle doesn’t mean just sending out a few resumes a day like the other 3.3 million people doing the same thing and hoping to hear back for an opportunity.

Hustle means talking to your friends, family, and neighbors letting them know what you want and are looking for.

It means going to different networking events and conferences, sharpening your current skills, or picking up new skills.

It means putting on your best attire and personally walking your resume into the companies that are near you, asking for the hiring manager or someone in human resources, and handing them your resume personally and in person.



If you’re an entrepreneur and have a kick-ass idea… that’s great, but it matters little.

“Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.”

A half-ass idea coupled with hustle will crush a great idea coupled with mediocre effort.

Remember Myspace? I do – it was everywhere!

It was the 800 pound gorilla.

I was all about Myspace until I started hearing more and more about this other company by the name of Facebook.

Where’s Myspace today and where’s Facebook today?

I think we all know the answer to that one.


One Word There…. Hustle!

Facebook absolutely out hustled Myspace in every way.

They kept creating, innovating, coming up with new ideas, some that sucked and failed and some that kicked ass and stuck.

What matters is they kept hustling.

In sales, there’s this phrase that’s often used which is, “Always Be Closing“.

It’s the ABC’s of sales.

In entrepreneurship, I believe the ABC’s should also exist but with a slight modification…

“Always Be Creating.”

Trying new things, creating different products, solutions, and services.

Some will suck and tank big time (I’ve had my fair share of these) while others will resonate and have a quicker adoption rate.

Wins, losses, failures, successes… it’s all necessary and all part of the hustle.


How To Hustle Your Way To The Job You Want Without Quitting

Maybe you’ve been at your job a while and are well vested and aren’t happy but also don’t want to leave.

No worries – you can hustle your way into a better situation without leaving your job.

It’s 100% possible to do that and if you’re curious how, check out the book, The Quite Alternative by my good buddy Ben Fanning that’ll show you exactly what to do to make that happen.

He’ll show you exactly how to make it happen, but it’s up to you to hustle and make it happen.

Not just when it’s convenient for you either.

Hustle isn’t a sometimes thing, it’s an all the time thing.


My Personal Case Study

I’m going to use myself as an example and case study here.

What the heck, why not put myself on the spot.

I love The Wellness Bucket and all I do and create for it.

My vision of for The Wellness Bucket is to help people believe in themselves and be at their absolute best in all that they do through by creating daily sustainable health habits along with the motivation and accountability to keep them going, focused, and on track.

I’m committed to providing this on a global scale through my FitCamp that has already launched in San Diego with a 5 year vision of making these Fitcamp’s available globally.

Regardless of where you are in the world, you will have a place to go where those you are surrounded by believe in you and are ready to support and motivate you.

A place where you will move, jump, push, and give your absolute all.

A place where you will begin to believe in yourself and in all that is possible for you because of…

1) Your Surroundings

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

2) Motion (exercise)

“The quickest way to change your physiology (what you believe is possible) is to change your physiology through movement and exercise.”


Just Writing That Out Scares Me

It sounds big-time daunting and like a lot of work  – probably because it is.

I know that the only way any of this will ever happen and become real is if I hustle my face off, every single day for the next 5 years and beyond.

I know that half ass, convenient, “when I feel like it” efforts won’t get me there.

Believing in my vision, why I’m out to create it, what’s at stake if I don’t, and all that will be for myself and those I serve when I do create it, has me excited and hustling every single day.


Don’t You Ever Stop Or Slow Down?

It’s a question I get asked often.

Yes, I do stop and slow down on occasion.

I do so to sleep, shower, spend time with Kristen my girlfriend, and my family and friends.

I stop to exercise, read, and occasionally mediate (still working up to that one).

Other than that, no – I don’t stop or slow down.

While I do believe in hustling and working hard ,I don’t believe in doing so at the expense of your own health and the relationships in your life that matter most to you.

I refuse to do that myself and suggest you don’t do it either.

Because if you do sacrifice your health and relationships, when you do eventually get to that place of success, where you’ve achieved all of your goals and vision, you’ll find yourself unhealthy and unable to enjoy all it is you worked so hard for.

And, because you neglected all of your important relationships along the way, you’ll probably be alone too or surrounded be people who don’t give a shit about you.


It’s So Easy For Any One Of Us To Say, “I Can’t“.

Jeremy Cowart is a kick-ass photographer and super awesome guy.

I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at a conference we both attended and I’ve been fired up and inspired ever since.

He grew up, as I did, believing, “I can’t“.

You will be blown away by all that Jeremy is up to these days because of two things….

1) Believing he could

2) Hustling like no other.

You can see Jeremy’s story here in this video – it still fires me up and inspires me so much every  time I watch it.

If we want more, we need to do more.

If we want things to get better, we must get better.

We can’t keep doing the same things over and over again and expect different results.

That is after all the definition of insanity.

The only thing that stands between you and what you want is the work and hustle it will take to get there.

It’s not a question of, is it possible?

It’s a question of, are you willing to put in the work and do what it takes to get there?

There’s plenty of room at the top.

The well of success is bottomless.

We’ll never get though unless we hustle for all it is we want.



I’ve recently started to take a closer look at all I do and spend my time on.

Essentially, I’m doing a full scale audit on everything I spend my time and effort on.

If there’s anything I find that I’m doing that is not contributing to either my health, the relationships that are most important to me, or the vision I have for The Wellness Bucket, I get rid of it.

Time is that valuable asset that we all have access to that once used, we can never get back.

Make it a point to be deliberate with how and who you spend your time with.

It’s because of this audit I stopped watching television, clicking on all of the mindless articles that are screaming for my attention, you know which one’s they are….

“10 Reasons Why Your Broke, #3 is such a SHOCKER.”

I mean, am I the only one who gets suckered into clicking on these silly links?

Good news is I don’t do so much anymore, occasionally I’ll still be sucked in.

That’s valuable time and effort I’m spending on something that’s not contributing to either my health, relationships, or vision for The Wellness Bucket.


Perform Your Own Time Audit To See Where You’re Spending Most Of Your Time

Over the next day or two, take inventory on where and how you spend your time.

Write down what you did and how much time you spent doing it.

You may be surprised at where and how you spend most of your time.

You might be hesitant to do this exercise because in doing so, you may realize you’re spending time on meaningless stuff and that you actually DO have the time to exercise, write, read, meditate.

All of the things that can and will help you achieve your goals that you’ve been saying you just don’t have time for.

The excuse of “I don’t have time” will no longer apply (not that it ever did), it’s just now you’ve actually verified you do have time, you’re just using it elsewhere.


Be Deliberate With What You Do And Spend Your Time On

I know, it’s a great theory right – but the question is, how do we apply this?

Here’s some suggestions…

If you’re looking to lose weight, instead of spending your time getting in that 8th hour of sleep that “you just need to have“, sleep 7 hours instead (that’s plenty of sleep) and spend that 8th hour exercising.

If you’re looking for a new job or career, instead of spending time watching television in the evenings, use that time to read, go to networking events associated with the career and industry you want to get into.

Sharpen your skills such as public speaking through Toastmasters International or pick up a new skill such as photography or how to use Photoshop.

CreativeLive lets you acquire all of these new skills right from the comfort of your own home.

Speaking of home, if you’d love to be able to work from home or for yourself so that you have more time to focus on you, your health, family, travel, whatever it may be that’s important to you…

There are communities such as this one that exist with people already doing it, supporting each other along the way too on how to do it and create this work from home, or anywhere for that matter, lifestyle.

The resources are out there, the question is, what are you spending your time on?


How Deliberate Are You Being With Your Time?

If you’re so busy that you don’t have time to spend with you kids, family, spouse, or friends…

First off, that’s absolute nonsense.

Secondly, it’s time to take a really good look at all it is you’re doing and start scheduling your priorities and not prioritizing your schedule.

That is of course if your kids, spouse, and family are more important to you than your job. I would think and hope that they are.

While we’re on the subject of being deliberate and taking deliberate action, we might as well address the whole idea and concept of taking “imperfect action”.


Imperfect Action

I’m all for taking imperfect action, I’m a bigger believer in just taking action period.

Yes, taking imperfect action is great – it means you’re moving, you’re in the game, in the arena, you’ve taken that first step or first few steps… awesome!

I say we take it a step further.

By all means, take imperfect action, just make sure the action you’re taking is somehow, someway, contributing to what your priorities are.

Maybe we call it, “imperfect deliberate action“.

For example, my priorities are my health, my relationships, and serving others through The Wellness Bucket.

Deliberate imperfect action for me could be creating a new course or resource without first finding out if it’s something that The Wellness Bucket community wants or needs.

It’s imperfect because I did not validate the idea first before creating it BUT, it is deliberate since it is inline with my third priority which is helping to serve and others through The Wellness Bucket.

A straight up form of imperfect action for me without being deliberate would be to start looking into monetizing The Wellness Bucket with banner ads focusing my time and effort on making money.

Making money isn’t one of my top three priorities (health, relationships, and service).


Is Making Money Important?

Of course it is.

Do I want money? Yes.

Do I like money? Yes.

Chances are you like and want money as well.

Nothing wrong with that.

Is money one of my top three focuses and priorities? No.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “but we all need money to live“, and I couldn’t agree with you more.

My philosophy, values, and ideals aren’t focused around money.


Make A Difference First, A Dollar Second


Priority #1 – I believe that if I take care of myself and my health, success will find me.

“Success isn’t something you pursue, it’s something you attract by the person you become.”


Priority #2 – I believe in nurturing my relationships which bring me happiness and fulfillment.

“The greatest wealth of all is health and happiness.”


Priority #3 – I believe in serving others at The Wellness Bucket and that we get what we give.

“If you help enough people get what they want, you can have everything it is you want.”


So, Is Money Important To Me?

Of course it is.

It’s just my approach to money is a different one and that is why looking for ways to monetize The Wellness Bucket would in fact be taking imperfect action, but not imperfect deliberate action.

Action? Yes.

Deliberate? No.

Promise me you’ll begin taking imperfect deliberate action and not just imperfect action.

It’ll make a big difference for you and for the goals you’re out to achieve.

It’s not always easy to do, I realize that, but it’s a must – it’s necessary if you’re to get from where you are now to where you want to be.


Don’t Let The Distractions Distract You

The best way I have learned to do this is not just through the time and effort audit I’ve done and suggest you doing as well, but it’s also through lots and lots of focus.

Identifying what you want, why you want it, making a plan to get it, and then get crazy-focused.

Focus, focus, focus like crazy on these three things (your what, why, and how).

Focusing is definitely a challenge, especially with all the distractions constantly around us and all those new and shiny objects vying for our attention.

It’s so easy to get distracted.

“5 Places You MUST See Before You Die…. #2 Is Heaven On Earth”

I mean seriously?

Of course I want to see what heaven on earth looks like.

There I go again, clicking on the damn link to find out that heaven on earth is some beach located somewhere I’ve never heard of, that I can’t pronounce, and will probably never even visit.

Distractions – they’re everywhere.

That is why focusing on what you want, why you want it, what your plan is, what must be done to get there, and then making sure all you do, see, consume, read, spend time and energy on, is feeding that plan and getting you closer and closer to your goal.


All You Want Is Within Your Reach

The life, health, and happiness you want is yours if you want it.

“Of course I want to be happy and healthy.”

Our course you do, we all do.

The question is…

Are you willing to put in the time, energy, and effort necessary to get there?

Because you can and will get there if you choose to.

Are you willing to do that?

To make that commitment to yourself and to your goals?

You’re awesome and definitely have what it takes – no question about it.

You’re destined for greatness but no one can help you get there but you.

My free PhD program I’m offering you here that’s available to you right now, regardless of where you live, what you do, how much money you make, whatever – can and will get you there.


(PhD) Passion, Hustle, & Deliberate

The only PhD you will ever need to be successful.

Enrollment starts now.

You in?

Let me know in the comments below if you are “in” so that I can personally welcome you to PhD U.




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  • Mike! Love your perspective and you are absolutely right that this is the formula for making things happen in your life. I am charged up today after reading this. Thank you!

    • Thanks Dorene! 🙂 I really do appreciate your words and the fact that it resonated with you – awesome! Now I’m charged up because you’re charged up – haha! You’re awesome… thanks again – cheers!

  • Great post Mike! Sign me up for PhD U! This is quite timely for me actually, not only for some new business pursuits, but I also just signed up for a Half-Ironman race this July, which is going to require lots of Hustle and Deliberate practice for me to succeed at, but I know I can do it!

    • Thanks Kevin.. I appreciate it man and how AWESOME that you just signed up for a Half-Ironman too – Nice! No question it’s going to take lots of hustle, hard work, and deliberate practice – it also takes a special kind of person to be able be able to commit to that level of intense training, both physically AND mentally and from I’ve seen from you so far, you’re more than ready to take on that challenge. You’re awesome man and I’m cheering you on big-time! 🙂

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