WHH35: Self Made Man: Redefining One’s Future with Mike Dillard

Mike Dillard Heather Havenwood The Win

Who is Mike Dillard?

I've known Mike Dillard for close to eight years and I've seen him achieve great things in business, have seen him experience extreme lows in business, and am now seeing him come back stronger than ever.

Mike's mission is to “empower those who want to change their life, and change the world for the better, with the knowledge and skills they need to do so,” and he is doing that by teaching people how to start, and run, businesses.

He's also very passionate about racing and has even participated in the longest and most dangerous race in the world, the Baja 1000. He now frequently finds himself racing alongside his friend, and former Grey's Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey.

In addition to risking his life on the track, Mike has become focused on providing a more cost-effective way of providing access to organic produce using hydroponics.

“Clearly, if you’re an Entrepreneur, you’ve got some kind of comfort level when it comes to risk in life in general.” – Mike Dillard

Mike's Catastrophic Business Failure

At one point in time, Mike's previous business was bringing in $1 million in revenue each month. His company provided financial training in the form of educational videos and guest experts. Unfortunately, one of these “experts” turned out to be a con-artist.

Almost instantly, the revenue of the company plummeted, Mike's name was dragged through the mud and, he even lost his marriage due to the stress.

Once an official investigation started, it became clear to the authorities Mike's company had no involvement in the scam but the damage had been done and the difficult lessons had been learned.

“… you’re not a real Entrepreneur until you’ve made it, lost it, and then made it back again.” – Mike Dillard

Mike's Foray into Hydroponics

In addition to racing, one of Mike's other passions is making organic produce more affordable and accessible and he's doing this through his new business venture.

He's keeping the details pretty close to his chest at the moment but says his new automatic hydroponic system will produce around $4,000 of organic produce every year right in someone's own kitchen.

“We’re all going to work twelve hours a day. You might as well apply that to the biggest potential win that you could create for yourself …” – Mike Dillard

If you are short on time, here are the highlights of Self Made Man: Redefining One's Future with Mike Dillard:

How Mike Went from Waiting Tables to Making 7-Figures/Month ([1:54])
Mike Dangerous Hobby (That Involves a Celebrity) ([3:57])
Mike’s Inspiration for His Self Made Man Podcast ([7:36])
Does Mike Consider Himself a Teacher? ([13:34])
Mike’s Catastrophic Business Failure ([14:40])
Mike’s Foray into Hydroponics ([22:20])

Connect with Mike Dillard

Mike Dillard's Website
Mike Dillard's Podcast: Self Made Man
Mike Dillard on Twitter

Resources Mentioned

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis

Mike Dillard's Bio

Mike has always believed the greatest achievement each of us can strive for in life is to have the ability to create the world around you so that it matches the dreams in your mind.

Mike's mission is to empower those who want to change their life, and change the world for the better, with the knowledge and skills they need to do so.

If you’re an entrepreneur, or want to become one, he believes he has some insights and experiences that can help you make an incredible impact in the lives of others.

When he's not working, he does his best to experience as much as he possibly can during the short window of time we all have here.

In 2008 he received his first taste of motorsports during an off-road excursion trip driving through the magical place that is Baja Mexico. He was hooked. Six months later he found himself on the starting line of the longest and most dangerous race in the world … The Baja 1000.

Today, he spends his free time racing in the SCORE and HDRA off-road series. With the construction of the new Circuit of The Americas racing facility in Austin, he's started to transition his focus to road racing in an effort to follow in the footsteps of his friend, Patrick Dempsey.

When he's not flying down a track at 160 MPH, you’ll find him at his ranch in Texas hill country chasing chickens, feeding goats, tending to the organic greenhouse, or pinging steel with some 7.62.

When he's not in Texas, you’ll find him waving a stick at some trout in the mountains of Colorado or traveling the world in search of the best food and fun it has to offer.

Heather Highlight

In this clip, I'm interviewed by Maribeth Kuzmeski of The Female Insight Zone podcast. Check out the full interview here.