An important message from Duston McGroarty (Mike’s son):
I can’t believe it’s been 15 years (I guess time flies, right?). 15 years ago, this January, my Dad started FreePlants.com. He didn’t know it then but his life would never be the same. Over the course of the next 15 years he went on to change the lives of thousands.
He is full of knowledge and experience, his words are powerful and inspiring and his underlying message is simple…
“If you want more out of life,
it’s up to you to make it happen.”
These are words he instilled in me at a young age and words I live by today. Some people look at what my Dad has done for himself and say it’s just luck. But I say… if they only knew the amount of work it took for him to be so “lucky”, they’d hang their head in shame.
No one ever gets anywhere in life out of luck. Success takes hard work, dedication and perseverance (something else I learned from my Dad).
In just the last four years of working closely with my Dad, I’ve learned more about business, marketing and life in general than I have ever before. Like Amber mentions below, he doesn’t just tell you how to do it… he tells you WHY you’re doing it. Something most people don’t do and the sign of a true teacher and mentor.
Love you Pops!
So… here’s why I’m writing to you today…
My Dad is turning 58 in just a few days and for his birthday, Amber and I wanted to surprise him. We thought it would be great if you could leave a comment below telling us how my Dad has made an impact on your life.
Anything at all. Something he might have said, done or shared with you that was of value, or possibly life changing. I’ll be honest… I have no clue what to get for him for his birthday. He’s a hard guy to shop for… but I KNOW he would love to hear from you.
So please, if there’s anything you can think of… anything at all… about growing plants, running a nursery, running a business or even just about life… I know he would love to hear about it.
Thank you SOOO much! I value you as a subscriber/customer and I know my Dad does too!
Here’s a message from Amber…
♪ ♫ ♪ Happy Birthday to you!
Thanks for all that you do.
Your knowledge is priceless
Thanks for sharing it too! ♪ ♫ ♪
I am blessed beyond words to have the opportunity to work with Mike. When I first started this job, I was hired to help in the office. By the time spring came along I was more than excited to play in the dirt.
Reading through his books beforehand was helpful, but working hands-on under his direct supervision really helped me to gain confidence in my gardening abilities.
I have learned more over the past growing season than I did in 4 years of college. Mike has a knack for taking something that seems complicated and explaining it in simple terms.
What I like best about Mike is that he has never (ever) answered any of my questions (and there were tons) with a yes or no answer. I would ask, “Mike, does this cutting look long enough?” He would say, “Yes because it needs to have at least 3-4 leaf nodes.” “Hey Mike, can I use this gas can to fill the tractor?” “No because that gas is for a 2-cycle engine. A 2 cycle engine works by…….and it needs….”
He explains his reasoning for everything. I don’t think he can help it, and I wouldn’t want him to. It is in his nature to teach. I’ve learned about pruning and sprinkler systems, rototillers and back hoes, grafting and intermittent mist.
I learned about fertilizers, pre-emergents, and rooting hormones…how to build a donkey shelter, how to remove a dead groundhog from a well and how to cut down a 30 foot tree in under 4 minutes. I even learned what happened to Jimmy Hoffa!
As any nurseryman (ahem, or woman) knows, growing plants is only half the battle. You need to know how to sell them. I’ve seen first hand how a good news paper ad can bring in swarms of customers.
Mike’s newspaper ads are no accident. He has studied marketing for a l-o-n-g time and has mastered the art of carrying on a conversation with his reader. He knows a great deal about advertising and more specifically, how to use the internet to market a product.
How does that saying go? Those who can, teach. This anniversary marks 15 years of sharing his information with others. I’ve met so many wonderful people who have used Mike’s Backyard Growing System to start their own backyard nurseries. I’ve seen first hand how it has changed lives.
He has guided young entrepreneurs, given independence to the disabled and helped retirees supplement their income. For Mike, its not about the money. Its about helping others.
He knows how it feels to be down and out and he genuinely wants to show others how he overcame it. Mike is the real deal. If you were to show up unexpected at the nursery, you would find him in his bib overalls-just like his picture.
He puts a tremendous amount of time into creating free content for his websites and works continuously on improving his products and information.
For his birthday, I would like Mike to know how much I appreciate his patience with me and that I value every lesson he has taught me. He has shown me how to run a business ethically while keeping family a top priority. I genuinely like who he is and what he stands for. Most of all, I am a better person for having the opportunity to work with him.
Thank you Mike! Happy Birthday & Congratulations on 15 Years of Business!
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