I have told you before that I love to write. I was sitting here thinking about
this deal and our futures, in particular what other loan partners are thinking/feeling,
especially newer ones. I have "been there" - remember my panicked
email to Amy, and the first time we spoke, around my third week in? Anyway,
I wanted to organize my thoughts and write you a little something to share with
our other loan partners - if you wish to do so. You can tee it up however you
want or just share this whole message, but here goes. If I were sitting in a
living room with a new loan partner, this is what I would tell them:
I am just a normal gal; I am a 34 year-old mother of two little ones, happily
married to my dream guy. My husband and I are business owners/entrepreneurs,
and I also love research and writing. We have had wins and losses, and we have
gotten up and tried again... and again and again. This deal is "not our
first rodeo." I have been a loan partner for some time now and I have ridden
the highs and lows. I have felt the joyous anticipation of an imminent close,
and the pit-in-my-stomach disappointment when there is an unforeseen delay.
Perhaps not everyone has experienced things this way but I - and every loan
partner I know (I know people in this deal above and beyond my direct referrals)
- have run the emotional gamut.
When I have had concerns, I've reached out to address them. I have approached
what were sometimes, certainly not always, difficult conversations with Mike
openly and honestly to share how people are feeling and why; where they are
at mentally, what questions or doubts they have and how they're interpreting
things. After all this time and my experiences with Mike, as well as my own
due diligence (which I will elaborate on shortly), I want to take a minute to
share some takeaways and lessons with other partners, particularly newer ones.
Most importantly, I want to honor Mike. (Hopefully you'll post this, Mike :)
I wish I had done this sooner - I have thought about it so many times before,
and here we are at the 11th hour - but nevertheless, I feel it needs to be said.
Better late than never.
Before I go on, I should note that there is one thing (ok, two) that set me
apart and make me maybe not-so-normal...
The first is that I am a vehement skeptic. I have ninja-level skills at poking
holes, finding inconsistencies, and otherwise breaking a thing down to its constituent
parts to either disprove it... or begin the process of finding corroborating
evidence to confirm it.
The second is that my superpower is solving complex problems and performing
ultra-deep research on pretty much any subject, person, event, idea...anything.
I should have been a detective. When other people give up, I keep going until
I find the solution, answer or information I seek. Every problem has a solution,
everything is figureoutable. I am extremely good at this. Suffice to say, "I
do my research" and this process has been no exception.
My husband knew about this opportunity for over a month before he told me,
because he didn't want to deal with my skepticism and hole-poking. Yes,
my initial thought when I saw this was absolutely "Wow, uh...yeah right."
And yes, I do feel it's important to be discerning, question everything
and practice critical thinking...BUT to do so actively, not preemptively disregard
something you don't fully understand, under the guise of "critical thinking."
So rather than writing this off at first glance, I leaned into my doubts. I
used my questions and discernment to fuel me. I thought "Given its potential,
it's worth my time to put my research skills to use and see if this is
legit." And that's what I did.
Please know a.) I did not know Mike personally prior to this and b.) The only
information I have received about this deal has been in the updates. My opinions
and conclusions come from the inordinate amount of time I have personally spent
researching and connecting the information provided in the updates - to the
best of my ability - with real world people, places and things.
And of course, my opinion of Mike stems from the personal interactions I have
had with him as well as observing him throughout countless updates. Here is
what experience has taught me:
1.) Mike G is a good person and an honest person. His heart is in the right
place, and his mission, which he has shared countless times - single-handedly
creating the most millionaires/billionaires in one event and creating the largest
philanthropic group in history - is genuine and pure.
2.) This is a real transaction there is a real tech company with a real
real seller being purchased by real buyers financed by real banks... etc
etc etc. It's all real. (This feels embarrassingly redundant this late
in the game, but I chose to include it because a.) I think a small number of
people still doubt its legitimacy and b.) for newer and/or on-the-fence loan
3.) Don't attach mentally or emotionally to a closing timeline. This has been
the hardest thing for me personally - remember that emotional gamut I mentioned?
Mike reports the information given to him in real time to the best of his ability
and, as you have seen, things can change*. (As an aside - imagine having no
control over changes, yet being the person who has to communicate them - and
then receiving defamatory messages from the people you're literally working
to make wealthy. Could you handle it? I couldn't. It's like screaming at a hostess
because you want a Sunday reservation and the restaurant isn't open on Sundays
- except way worse. Like...what? Just stop. I digress...)
Setting an expectation that closing will be in any particular week doesn't
serve you - trust me, I can attest that it's a useless and aggravating life
strategy. Be patient, we are all in this together.
4.) *When things do change, don't take it as a sign that something is
wrong. Instead, view it as a neutral event a necessary stepping stone
toward closing. Stepping stones across a pond are neither good nor bad, they're
all equally serving the same purpose - to get to the other side. Trust that
the capable individuals behind-the-scenes (seller, buyers, lawyers, banks, MIKE,
Garry) are all working toward the same goal, as Mike has repeatedly confirmed.
5.) If you feel so inclined, you might consider starting the first draft of
a "thank-you" letter to Mike, to deliver after we close. It's truly
remarkable what he has done, what he has been through, and what he continues
to do a true linchpin, a fighter and an all-around man of integrity.
He is the reason we are all here and as a group, we can and will change the
So take all of that for whatever it's worth. "Who am I," right? I
am just a loan partner like you, and this is just one person's opinion. But
know that my opinions do not come from wishful thinking or blind faith; they
come from being deeply researched and informed. I gain/lose nothing from your
belief or disbelief in this transaction except that it makes me feel good to
tell the truth and to let Mike know - publicly - that I have deep respect and
appreciation for him. I know I am not alone in the sentiments I've stated above,
but hopefully it helps close the gap for anyone who does remain skeptical.
Mike, sorry this is so long. But I guess it's fair considering your own self-proclaimed
"gabbiness" hehe :) Thank you, as always, for all you're doing. I
hope you're taking care of yourself and that your appointment yesterday to prep
for your back surgery went smoothly. Looking forward to next week's updates!
Have a beautiful July 4th holiday!