Random Hugs and High5s with Audrey from Dallas, Texas! #hugs #hugtheworld #dallas #hugsandhighfives
I’ve read a bunch of good books in my day but have never been fortunate enough to ever meet the authors- until today.
Meet Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator and author of “Never Split the Difference” - a great book of negotiating lessons from someone who did it when the stakes were at the highest level.
More than reading the book, I’ve applied the techniques in some negotiations and they work. So get get a copy - trust me
THANK YOU to everyone from around the planet who has wished me a happy birthday. Reflecting on my years- it’s crystal clear that I am so fortunate to have supportive friends and family who have helped me evolve as a man and lead the amazing life that I live. Your love has been an endearing and enduring gift.
Someone sent me this video of me High5n the many runners taking part in this year’s Broad Street Run- the smiles and energy made standing out in the rain for two hours worth it.
Also, you never know who’s watching so you might as well always try and do some good out there.
More Hugs, High5s and Smiles from Fox Chase Cancer Center. #hugtheworld
A year and a half ago my friend Evelyn said that her friend, Mary, “needed” my hugs and energy because she was really suffering under the strain of dealing with multiple myeloma- blood cancer.
I didn’t know what I could really do - but did what I could by arranging to give a picture punctuated talk filled with hugs, high5s and tons of smiles at my friends office @ Tag Strategies…and it worked out great.
Between my pictures and stories - our tears - and everything else - a ray of hope shone through that there would be a day where she wouldn’t have to go through infusions, treatments and chemo any more.
Well, today is that day.
Today, Mary went through her last round of chemo at Fox Chase Cancer Treatment Center and after 3 long years finally rang the survivor bell.
When she came out and saw her family with balloons and flowers- she immediately burst into tears.
And when she saw me she said, “Big Mike, y-y-you’re here” -which made me laugh- chemo makes your brain fuzzy a bit.
Mary’s moment was one that not only brought tears to eyes of those that knew her- but the the people in the room waiting to receive chemo as well. The moment also prompted me to walk around and offer hugs to everyone I could embrace.
Here is a picture of Mary holding her flowers - surrounded by her friends, family and a woman named Wendy who hugged me and said “I wanna ring that bell one day.” You will, Wendy, you will.
Hugs to you, Mary
Big Mike:) #HugTheWorld