Volume 15: Mike Brown: Listen, Plan, Train

Not all entrepreneurs make it. Almost a quarter of new businesses fail within their first year, all because of poor planning and execution. Maybe an injection of military tactics and practices could change that.

Welcome to The Psychology of Entrepreneurship, a candid and revealing series that follows Ronsley Vaz and his guests, as they strive to unravel the inner workings of the entrepreneurial mind and explain why even the most successful among us experience Imposter Syndrome.  

If you are someone who is holding back, feeling unworthy of your success or questioning your competency as a professional, this podcast is for you. 

In this volume, Ronsley speaks with the military man turned successful entrepreneur, Mike Brown. Mike is the Co-founder of Palmares Energy, a veteran-owned and operated business mineral rights buying company. 

In 2003, Mike was a United States Naval Academy graduate and later an F/A-18F Super Hornet pilot who flew combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom and by 2011, Mike had returned to Texas to pursue his dream of working as an oil and gas professional.

In this volume, Ronsley and Mike discuss the multiple military disciplines that can be effectively implemented into the business world. They explore how more money can lead to extreme procrastination and why sometimes you just have to ‘shut the f**k up,’ to get the bigger picture.  

Also featured in this volume:

  • How Mike became a Naval Academy jet fighter pilot
  • The philosophy behind the rules, and being trained to take orders
  • Why Mike experienced reverse imposter syndrome
  • Why military-level planning should be applied in business
  • How Mike found a home in the Navy
  • How breaking you down and make you stronger
  • Benefits of in-depth risk management & problem-solving
  • Why you should put in the reps
  • How meditation can bring life satisfaction
  • Why more money means more procrastination


Mike Brown: LinkedIn


The main objective of this audio project is to bring together entrepreneurs who share similar values, for creators to find a place to have these kinds of conversations and not be judged and for artists who are looking to commercialize their art. 

For access to full-length interviews and access to that place go to mustamplify.com/poe and click the button.

If you’d like to provide listener feedback or suggestions for podcast volumes or guests feel free to leave these suggestions at mustamplify.com/poe

Author: Ronsley Vaz

Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.

He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.

Comments 1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *