Sep 23, 2021
Mike Kai is a pastor, leadership expert and host of the Pound
for Pound Leader podcast. From humble + challenging beginnings,
Mike learned firsthand that in order to lead a team, cultivating a
healthy culture is key.
Whether you're leading a small family or large company, today's
conversation will help you practice excellence (not
perfection!), move forward with intention and build
sustainable change in order to leave a lasting legacy.
Join us to learn real-life examples and practical principles
that will inspire you to grow in any season of life and be reminded
that the best of our days remain ahead.
- The only astronaut from Hawaii, Ellison Onizuka, inspired Mike
to pursue his dream to be a fighter pilot.
- Mike's kuleana: After learning he was becoming
a young father, Mike abandoned his dream to provide for his family,
losing sight of his purpose.
- How Mike grew during a turbulent season:
Discovered a relationship with God, cultivating self-worth and
pursued a purpose, read dozens of books including Think
and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The
Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, and Tough
Times Never Last but Tough People Do by Robert
- Believe in hope. Mike's pain turned into anger
as he developed homicidal + suicidal thoughts.
- Mike's advice from 28 years of marriage:
Forgive quickly and freely, fight for unity and continue to date
- To lead a team of any size, Mike builds like Soloman and sees
- Build better to finish better.
- Excellence is an accelerator, elevator, separator, and income
- "Sometimes excellence gets a bad rap because people think it's
another word for perfection, but it's not. Excellence is doing the
very best you can with what you've been given."
- Learn more about Mike Kai, including his Pound for Pound
Leadership Podcast here.
- Get a copy of Mike Kai's book It Doesn't Just Happen
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- Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
A. The Greatest Salesman in the World by
- Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed
as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
- Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What
would it be?
A. As many photo albums as I can.
- Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
A. Coach John Wooden and Reverend Titus Cohen who pastored in
Hawaii from 1840s-1870s and ask how the revival happen.
- Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever
A. My pastor told me, "Don't buy the brand new car. Pay cash for
everything. Save your money for a house."
- Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old
A. Don't be so emotional and be run by your feelings.
- Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
A. Whoever he was with, wherever he was, he loved people to the