Career and Life Skills for Generation Y by Generation Y

Sometimes, life gives you an unexpected chance. Sometimes, you need a little help.

Mike Peck

My name is Mike Peck, I’m 25 years old, I live in amazing Vancouver BC, Canada, and I’m dedicated to helping Generation Y (born 1980-ish to 2000) gain the skills we need to succeed in our careers and lives.

Here’s why:

When I was in college at the ripe age of 21 something significant happened to me that would change my life forever. On December 23, 2004, I was selling TVs at the local Best Buy when the world’s #1 life coach Tony Robbins – yes, that Tony Robbins – walked into my store to buy a new TV.  He was in British Columbia for the holidays because his wife is a Vancouver native, and he needed a TV to watch DVDs while running on his treadmill.  Yep, I’m pretty sure I powered his Hour of Power.

After I mentioned to him that I was in business school (and was in serious need of procrastination reduction strategies), he offered to send me his CD programs to help out. What a guy! On December 27th 2004 Tony Robbins proved he was a man of his word because Fedex delivered his programs, a signed book, and a great Thank You card which I still keep on my desk today for inspiration.

I listened to his motivational programs every day and was flying high on the potential of Life. It was great! Partly because I was into self development after listening to Tony’s CDs and so motivated to make something of myself, I was hired after graduation to drive sales at an up-and-coming software consulting firm. 

 I failed miserably. I knew nothing about the very complex industry I was entering. Apparently, Data Warehouses aren’t big buildings down by the docks that corporations use to store mounds of paper files. Who knew?

After reviewing my performance with my great boss and friend  I was let go, but agreed to apply to the software company whose software we implemented. However, most current sales reps there were 30+ in age with years of solid sales experience, not 8 months out of college.  I had to take a shot, so in my interview I told them I would work hard to be a top performer regardless of how much (little!) experience my resume stated.

They gave me a shot, and within 2 years I figured out how to sell enough software to become a Top 10% sales rep. Specifically, I used new skills I learned from Loren Duffy, who I hired as a life coach through Robbins’ coaching organization to help me get my life on track.

Life is funny like that – if I hadn’t met Tony Robbins I probably wouldn’t have been hired at the software consulting firm, and I would never have been given a shot by my current employer. And, I most certainly wouldn’t have experienced the level of success in my life and awareness about my life without Loren’s help.

I was lucky – I bumped into a scenario that accelerated my career path and understanding of what it takes to get a job, compete and succeed. Not everyone has that chance, but they should. That’s what this Blog is about – tapping into what employers want, what you can do about it, where to go for help, and how to be Your Best Self to get what you really out of life.

Here you’ll find career skill resources in interviews, links, blogs, random thoughts, and guest posts with those goals.


Mike Peck


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