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Ep 160: Embracing Change and Staying the Course with Michael “Big Mike” Danielson

Michael “Big Mike” Danielson

I have over 20 years of professional experience, including commercial banking, private client banking, wealth management banking, consumer banking, mortgage loan origination, management, and business ownership.

My clients choose to work with me because I make them feel comfortable, and listen carefully. I follow-up and communicate openly and honestly.

“Bank on BIG Mike”

Conversation excerpts:

Elzie Flenard  05:15

What motivates you to do what you do?

“Big Mike” Danielson  05:19

I enjoy the effect of what I do when you make someone’s dream come true. And, and I’ve been lending money for a long time, guys before I worked in the business element of it and lending to businesses and I used to do mortgages, and so I’d help people with their very first homes, also worked in private wealth, which was obviously people that have accumulated wealth, but not really a clue what to do with it or how to keep it going. And you know, teaching and showing them all of those things…

Elzie Flenard  06:10

How do you inspire others to take risks and embrace change?

“Big Mike” Danielson  06:15

It’s hard, especially with a business, because you really, you have to put it all on the line, you have to be willing to lose it all, especially with business. I mean, you have an idea. you’re passionate about it. I meet people all the time. They’re like, this works. I believe in this. And sometimes it might not be the right time for you to do this. They might need to rethink a couple of things.

Elzie Flenard  06:44

What inspired you to go into your current profession?

“Big Mike” Danielson  06:48

What inspired me to get into banking and all that, you know, it’s funny, I went to college UVM and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I originally went, I was going to do pre-med because I thought I wanted to be a doctor or a chiropractor.

Elzie Flenard  09:01

What was the worst mistake you recently made?

“Big Mike” Danielson  09:04

Picking scissors instead of rock and ending up here?

“Big Mike” Danielson  09:11

No, I’m teasing. I’m teasing. I don’t make mistakes. No, I’m kidding. That’s a tough question. I make a lot of mistakes all the time. It just happens. You know, you have to be, I’m gonna kind of deflect off of that. And you have to learn from what you did if you if you walk away from something. Jesus that did not go I thought it was gonna go, what do we do? What did we learn from that? What would we do differently? Or

Elzie Flenard  09:54

So what’s your biggest triumph?

“Big Mike” Danielson  10:17

I was in the middle of talking to some people about a really important project and all of a sudden I just, I didn’t really know where I was the room was really dizzy and I guess people were looking at me saw like my face like went down to the side and someone’s like, something’s wrong, but Big Mike and someone came over your mic. Are you all right? Do you know where you are?

Elzie Flenard  14:45

Where do you even start in terms of mindset and how to get better?

“Big Mike” Danielson  14:49

It’s interesting, because when it happened, at first, it was panic because I didn’t know like, am I? Am I gonna be able to talk again? Or is anyone gonna understand what what’s going on? Am I gonna tell my wife I love or am I gonna be Do any of you know and it was very scary and then it turned into pity party for a little while of course you know like oh my god what the hell am I gonna do who’s gonna hire a guy that can only multiply and can’t do anything else? You know how are we going to pay for our house you know my wife put frickin house on the market you know we’re just……

Elzie Flenard  16:59

What’s the best advice that you have received?

“Big Mike” Danielson  17:24

There’s not one one thing that stands out so it’s a tough question. And you know, when I wrote questions, thinking someone else is going to be up here of course.

“Big Mike” Danielson  17:36

I have a friend of mine who was a cop that recently passed away he ended up taking his own life just from all the stress and his motto was always stay the course. And you know, when you’re dealt a curveball, stay the course do what you know is right, you know, understand, it’s gonna take it’s not the end of the world just you know, stay with it.

Elzie Flenard  18:58

If anyone wants to reach out to you To learn more about what you do and your story, how can you do that?

“Big Mike” Danielson  19:03

Many of you already have my business card. For those of you that don’t know, and are on LinkedIn, if you want to, if you want to know who I am, you can visit my LinkedIn or you can literally go to bank on big mike.com. And it has a link to who I am and what I stand for.

EP 127: Master Mindset & Think Success with Rev Ciancio

Yext is the leading Digital Knowledge Management (DKM) platform. Their mission is to give companies control over their brand experiences across the digital universe of maps, apps, search engines, voice assistants, and other intelligent services that drive consumer discovery, decision, and action.

We talk about the mindset of an entrepreneur and how thinking correctly is a difference maker for success. David shares with us how being a student of the game of business translates into successfully executed ideas. He also gives us insight on how pizza and burgers help bring people together.

Golden nuggets:

  • Be a student of the game of business
  • Don’t rest on your laurels

Keys to success:

  • Always be learning
  • Ask questions
  • Be humble

Actionable tip:

  • Manage your digital footprint


“Let me fall. Let me climb. There’s a moment where fear and dream must collide.”  Lyrics from Let Me Fall – collaboration between Josh Groban and Cirque du Soleil



EP 124: Going from Shipwrecked to Mastering Accountability with Ronan Leonard

Ronan was just 23 he helped rescue passengers and fellow staff when the cruise ship he worked on sank off the wild coast of South Africa. His 1st business (a casino party company) grew from just 2 casino tables to over 50 and the largest gaming events company in Australia.

We learn about how connecting small business owners into peer-to-peer mentoring groups called Mastermind can help businesses succeed. Ronan shares how accountability and peer learning helps you bridge the gap between information and action. We also talk about the concept of return on intellect (ROI).

Golden nuggets:

  • Don’t forget the things that bring you joy
  • Fear holds you back
  • We are overwhelmed with content but lack context

Keys to success:

  • Become more self-aware and be honest with yourself
  • Either improve your knowledge or execution

Actionable tip:

  • Learn how to deliver content and concepts


“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston S. Churchill


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EP 111: Be Stress Free with Brianna Rooney

I talk with Brianna Rooney of Techees. Techees has been building engineering teams for seed funded startups to public companies and everything in between since 2009.

We discuss how being stress free can be a key to succeeding in business. We talk through being efficient and having a laser focus in business and in life. We also chat about the fact that everyone shouldn’t kiss your baby.

Golden nuggets:

  • Think about what you can get done
  • Fall in love with winning
  • Be stress free

Keys to success:

  • Laser focus
  • Be efficient

Actionable tips:

  • Open communication
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously


“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm


Brianna Rooney – Techees


EP 110: Remove Hassles and Simplify your life With Lil Roberts

Xendoo was featured on CNBC’s The Job Interview and is a cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting service focused on small business owners. By harnessing technology Xendoo gives accounting teams more time to work directly with clients and their individual business needs.

We talk about perspective and how to use difficult times to propel you into your future. Lil shares with us how she spaces people and relationships in her life and how that concept also applies to business. We also talk about the four things that you have to do well in order to excel.

Golden nuggets:

  • You always have two choices: Positive or Negative
  • Your business is its own entity and not an extension of you
  • People remember how you make them feel more than what you say

Keys to success:

  • Surround yourself with the right people and the right relationships

Actionable tips:

Figure out which of the four areas you’re good at and find other people to help fill the gaps

  1. Sales and Marketing
  2. Strategy and Vision
  3. Operations
  4. Finance


“Let me fall. Let me climb. There’s a moment where fear and dream must collide.” Lyrics from Let Me Fall – collaboration between Josh Groban and Cirque du Soleil


Lil Roberts – Xendoo


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EP 102: Retirement is Not Logical – Dealing with the Monotony of Success with Paul Moore

Wellings Capital is an income-focused multifamily real estate investment firm centered on providing stable, yield-producing investments to clients.

We talk about the concept of retirement and how it’s a risky move. Paul teaches us about losing money and how he gave his way out of debt. We also talk through the difference between investing and speculating.

Golden nuggets:

  • Create structure around your time
  • Keep going even when it hurts
  • Do the right things consistently

Keys to success:

  • Be driven
  • Be able to go from task to task

Actionable tips:

  • Manage your life using the one thing principle


  • “Something’s got to give. Don’t let it be you.” Stever Robbins


Paul Moore: Wellings Capitol


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EP 101: The Power of Being Human. Wake Up Loving It with Julian Hayes

Julian Hayes helps high performing entrepreneurs and top performers create more energy so they can move at a faster pace in life while operating with an edge over the competition by automating their health.

We talk about strategic thinking and the art of fitness in life. We also learn about how to deal with the stress that comes with being an entrepreneur.

Golden nuggets:

  • Energy is your most valuable currency
  • Leave footprints in life
  • You get one shot so make it count

Key to success:

  • Remove the ego – Humility

Actionable tips:

  • Look at your vision and expand it by 10X


  • “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott


Julian Hayes – The Art of Fitness and Life


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EP 100: Sexy Boss Business Success with Heather Havenwood

Heather Havenwood is the CEO of Havenwood Worldwide, LLC, and self-proclaimed Chief Sexy Boss. She is a serial entrepreneur and is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and marketing. Heather has been featured on NBC, The Huffington Post and Iheart Media.

Heather teaches us the rules of business with regards to marketing strategy and promotion. She talks about how her superpower of turning things into gold has contributed to her success. We also learn how she has started two seven figure businesses to date.

Golden nuggets:

  • What you resist persists
  • Do what scares you

Keys to success:

  • Constantly deal with yourself
  • Promote yourself

Actionable tips:

  • Never keep anyone in your life that’s not part of your fan club


  • “When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.” Lord Kelvin


Heather HavenwoodHavenwood Worldwide, LLC


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EP 099: “Tune Yourself Up” – Leadership Axioms with Steve Smith

Steve Smith of Growth Source Coaching instructs business clients worldwide and has served over 400 to date. His specialties in leadership, management and marketing make him an ideal coach to help professionals prepare to become world-class business owners or company executives.

We discuss how to pay attention for opportunities to make money. We learn about how to find solutions in the market and how to get clear about life and your business.

Golden nuggets:

  • Listening to people is the best way to get them to tap into themselves
  • Learn from the past, live in the present, plan for the future
  • Failure is only failure if you don’t learn from it

Keys to success:

  • Get clear on what you want and what you’re willing to do to get it
  • Recognize that every person that you come in contact with is a potential resource that you can learn from
  • Develop a servant leadership attitude

Actionable tips:

  • Find 2 or 3 people and form a buddy coaching group to help hold your accountable
  • Get feedback outside of your business


  • “Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” David Lloyd George


Steve Smith – Growth Source Coaching


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EP 096: Mother Nature And Business with Ira Pastor

Bioquark, Inc. is a life sciences company that develops proprietary combinatorial biologic products for both the regeneration and repair of human organs and tissues, as well as the reversion of a range of chronic degenerative diseases.

We talk about integrating and compiling information to create possibilities. We also talk about listening to the market and how to look at the power of mother nature to find clues to how things work.

Golden nuggets:

  • Be prepared for the long haul
  • Have the guts to tinker
  • Be prepared for a paradigm shift

Keys to success:

  • Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know
  • Build the right team

Actionable tip:

  • Remove, eliminate yourself from vampire that bring negative energy to what you are trying to achieve.


  • “If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.” Louise Hay


Ira Pastor – Bioquark Inc.


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