Saturday, July 31, 2010

Guest Blogger, Dr. Mikel Brown

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mikel Brown as the special guest blogger here today at Thoughts in Progress.

Dr. Brown is the author of UNEXPECTED TREASURES: 72 WAYS TO UNCOVER YOUR HIDDEN WEALTH, a new motivational self-help book.

The book is written for readers struggling with addiction, depression, divorce, financial challenges or any myriad of life's challenges. UNEXPECTED TREASURES provides proactive steps to help them escape the imprisonment of failure and discouragement. Based on his experience as a Licensed Clinical Counselor, businessman, and religious leader, Mikel shares 72 motivational triggers to help readers overcome these obstacles, and bring change to all areas of their lives—personal and professional.

Without exception, we each have, or will, face unwelcomed challenges throughout our lives. UNEXPECTED TREASURES inspires readers to delve deep within themselves for answers and gives readers the strategies to overcome obstacles and ignite the passion in their lives once again. 

Mikel, joins us today to talk about his reasons for writing UNEXPECTED TREASURES.

I wrote UNEXPECTED TREASURES for the many people whom I have counseled from marriage to depression to the victors who overcame their defeated mentality and to future entrepreneurs who are frustrated with getting their dream business off the ground. Unfortunately, not all of my clients and protégés have experienced the kind of success in life or business they were expecting, but many of them have. Some continue to get up after a fall, even though they are tired of making the same mistakes. Nevertheless, they have not surrendered to personal failure.

I personally know how it feels to struggle financially…not being able to pay your bills. I know what it’s like to sit a dark house because I didn’t have a measly ninety-nine dollars to pay my electric bill. People usually have a propensity to scan your current condition without ever giving thought to where you’ve been. I have been very acquainted with hard times, but I also know how to get up from my stupor and change my way of thinking.

I have played all the games that people who struggle with their

finances have played. For example, when your phone has been temporarily terminated and a friend informs you that they have been trying to get in touch with you, you quickly scan your thoughts for information, not wanting to lie, so you stretch your explanation to talk around the true reason for your disconnected phone service.
It is during times like these that a person struggle with capitulating to low self-esteem, a defeated self-image, frustrations, and suicidal tendencies. It is easy to speak out of your frustrations and sentence your life to doom and gloom. Therefore, people have to be reminded of the value placed in them despite the disappointments and challenges one may face. I often say that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Oftentimes, people prolong their suffering, due to errors or mistakes they’ve made, because they seem to toil with the prerequisite of being decisive and moving forward.

Mistakes will be made and consequences will be a result of those mistakes because it is a part of life. Nevertheless, mistakes can be corrected and consequences do not have to result in prolonged sufferings from those mistakes. UNEXPECTED TREASURES gives the reader real life people, in real life situations, who did not crumble of the weight of their blunders. My book gives the reader 72 motivational triggers to help strengthen them throughout periods of discouragement or mental collapse resulting from prolonged battles with unpleasant incidents.

This book is not a systematic, comprehensive guide to locating your personal treasures. However, it does point to the fact that under the debris of disappointment and frustrations, there is a creative individual waiting to emerge with personal peak power and a strategic thought process that makes the individual mentally ready to escape and overcome any of life’s challenges. Just as King David said in the Bible, “encourage yourself…”
UNEXPECTED TREASURES is designed to inspire its reader to overcome the obstacles and roadblocks that are designed to zap the life out of you. The 72 anecdotes will burst in your heart like a thousand suns and motivate you to get up after a fall and make your life exciting.

Thanks Mikel for stopping by today and telling us about your book. To read more of Mikel’s insightful writings, visit his blog at


  1. Mason - Thanks for hosting Dr. Brown today.

    Dr. Brown - Thanks for your ideas on ways that people can harness their own potential and resources. It's easy to forget our own capacities when we're in the middle of sorrow, and when we've made mistakes.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book that will help many people. Great post!

  3. Mikel, thanks again for sharing your information with us. Wishing you much success with your book.

    Margot and Lou, thanks for stopping by.

  4. Dr. Brown, I love this type of information, so helpful.

    Thanks Mason for hosting.

  5. Thanks Mason for having Dr. Brown on your blog - and thanks Dr. Brown for sharing your advice and book.

    I like the idea that your book offers strategies for readers to work on problems and obstacles. Too often you read a book, then say, okay, that's great that the author overcame problems, but I don't see how I can do the same.

    Straight From Hel

  6. "Roadblocks that zap the life out of you."

    That, we can all understand, Dr. Brown. Sounds like a powerful book. I will be recommending it to folks and fam! Thanks for writing a message of hope.


    Sylvia Dickey Smith

  7. Sounds like a great book, although I pray I never need it. (But I can recommend it to others.)

  8. This sounds like an excellent book for all of us, because it's the rare person who doesn't suffer from tough times at least once in his life. More often than not, we face many traumas and disappointments. The ability and the strength to go on makes us better, so any help offered along the way is welcome. I'm going to ask my library to order this one.


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