Mike Rayburn’s personal, business and career mission is simple: Transform communities. Whether that community is a business audience, an association, enrollees in his “What If…?” keynote experience, impoverished people world wide, or the lost in his hometown of Las Vegas, Mike’s daily efforts and life work are dedicated to transforming communities.

We Know What Second Nature Is; What Is Your “First Nature?”​ And Why Is It Critical?

We’ve all heard of something being “Second Nature,” – a skill or habit someone does so well they don’t have to think about it. Walking, tying your shoes, riding a bike, brushing your teeth, speaking your language… are all second nature. So here’s my question… what is First Nature? When I first considered it I had an…

Excellence Is Not Linear, It’s Exponential. The Simple Math Behind Luck and Becoming A Virtuoso

Excellence Is Not Linear, It’s Exponential… The Simple Math Behind Luck and Becoming a Virtuoso. Back when I played more than 1400 bar gigs for $60-90/night, and later more than 1800 college shows, I refused to relegate myself to being background music. Night after night, honing my skills, I made it a challenge to pull…

A hug from George Foreman

Write Bad Songs

Write Bad Songs I used to get horrible #writersblock. Like, write-one-song-in-a-year writer’s block.  This was bad considering my career relies completely on creating regularly.  There was a reason I was a “struggling” songwriter in Nashville.  Writer’s block (and all procrastination) ultimately comes down to one word: FEAR… usually of failure, success, or rejection.  I developed…