Based in Miami Beach, Mike Tewel, Founder and CEO of ARTRPRNR is an example of the quintessential American story: He grew up in a large family where money was always a struggle. Being the oldest he felt the pressure to chase money, so at the age of 19 he took a sales job in a very profit driven company which eventually led him to starting his own company and becoming an entrepreneur.
Turning 30, he had found success, but not “whole-hearted” success. He had done well, but wanted to do more, this time with heart and soul. Fresh out of a long relationship, he took off for a brief vacation to Costa Rica. He had come to the realization that his personal growth needed some attention, canceled his return ticket and stayed for a month. During this time, he committed to two things. Commitment #1 was to read one book per month, which was a big challenge at the time coming from a fast paced lifestyle. Commitment #2 was to travel for at least one week every month. By making this time and space for himself, he was able to drop in to what *Mike* really wanted out of life. He read not 12, but 20, books that year and spent a lot more than 12 weeks traveling.
During that first trip to Costa Rica, he also began practicing yoga and eventually added meditation. These tools and experiences along with his commitment to personal development brought him to the realization that his values did not align with his businesses partner at that time and it was time to make a change. This series of events and his personal dedications sent him down the path to where he is today.
While driving on the freeway in Los Angeles, he was listening to a podcast that talked about licensing your ideas to brands and earning royalties. This struck a chord. He thought, “If I can gain a small percentage of every idea I come up with, I would never have to work.” “But how do I find businesses to offer my ideas?”
He had always rubbed shoulders with many artists and over time they turned to him for advice given these folks don’t usually have a natural inclination toward business. It was here he noticed a void… To bridge the gap, he first created an event called “Innovators and Executors” with his friend, Israel Brod. The Innovators wore white, the Executors wore black. He threw himself into the arena of event production which he did not know much about, and what do ya know, made some magic happen. The event was successful and he now had a database he felt he needed to engage, so he started a newsletter which led to a blog then known as ThinQBeta.
But it was time to do what all high performers must do, dig a little deeper. He really needed to walk his talk. He wanted to find more direction to spearhead his intentions. So he dropped into himself again.
Mike made space and time to write down what he wanted. Visualizing what it would look like and connecting to the emotions and feelings derived from what it would feel like to find what he was seeking. He also honed in on the 80/20 rule asking himself where he could find the most fulfillment with the lowest compromise of his lifestyle values. He found:
1. freedom to be location independent
2. connection with intelligent high achievers / creating opportunities for growth while meeting the emotional needs of human connection
Enter the rebrand. Introducing ARTRPRNR.
This was the scariest move yet. “I jumped into something I knew nothing about with no existing resources or industry connections”. In his previous businesses, he was more reactive and found opportunity among his existing network. This time he was being proactive, but he was completely on his own.
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ARTRPRNR’s Founder, Mike Tewel, has hit his sweet spot in highlighting creative influencers elevating humanity. Creativity, entrepreneurship, wellbeing and wanderlust wrapped up into one beautiful package. With a sweet membership program launching soon, their online magazine with a travel and lifestyle focus is not to be missed. And for all you analog lovers such as myself, a very limited print edition is in queue, too.
Mike was kind enough to reach out last year featuring me as a creative and entrepreneur within wellness. Mike, we thank you immensely for taking the time and space to drop into you, find what serves not only you, but your community, and take not only yourself, but those around you, from where you are now to where you want to be.
Hey you. We need you now. Let’s Apres.