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In Focus | Mike Chisholm

Mike Chisholm is a partner at Kelowna's World Financial Group office and a passionate hockey fan. Dedicated to his wife, family, and friends, Mike is an outgoing individual who also dreams of helping others. Read more about Mike in our questionnaire below!

What do you always find yourself saying?
Ordinary people focus on the problem. Champions focus on the solution.

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
David Letterman

If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
The award for helping the most people achieve their goals and dreams

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose?
Jesus Christ (assuming I can speak conversational Greek or Aramaic of course)

Who inspires you?
Wayne Gretzky, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Joe Rogan

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
1. One day own a part of the LA Kings (not 100%, just enough to get in the owners box)
2. Create a foundation that gives back in the form of bursaries, charity, and angel investment type opportunities for local Kelowna residents of the middle class.
3. Broaden my public speaking and personal development training skills beyond their current scope to help inspire other indivduals, groups, and companies who want to grow and strive to become more successful.

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?

If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
My last day on Earth

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my wife. I am passionate about helping people. I am passionate about personal development. I am passionate about my work, family, personal and spiritual life. I am a passionate hockey fan. (LA Kings in particular). I am passionate about finances and giving people the empowerment to take control of theirs, especially ones that have been overlooked by the traditional financial service industry. I am passionate about entertainment in many mediums (Books, Movies, Comics and Documentaries). I am passionate about Music; listening, discussing, playing and singing.

What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
My wedding day. After that it was dropping everything to go down to LA for the finals to see The Kings for their Stanley Cup Run.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Looking back and realizing the growth and wisdom that is occurring in my life (that accomplishment is fortunately renewable).

Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna?
The Twisted Tomato

What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna?
I love when Kelowna attracts big groups or acts for concerts and performances. I love seeing the growth of the city I am so proud to be born and raised of.

What is the name of your business/organization?
I am a full partner in the local World Financial Group office. I also am in the Marketing department for Costco Wholesale, who has given me my business training and a wonderful 18 year career.

What does your business/organization do?
I hire, train and develop people. Through our part time training program, I foster a transition into a career in the massive, lucrative financial field. I am looking for people that might consider a career change if the money and situation were right.

How do people connect with you on Linkedin?

Where can people find your business on Facebook?

What is your Twitter account?

What is your mission?
To show people how they can take control of their finances, lives, and ultimately their dreams! Too many people give up on their hopes and dreams! I want to inspire people to never do that!

If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
I want to train and License 500 people, show them how to take control of their lives.

Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
I would like to have grown to 8 offices valley wide with 60-70 agents per office.

Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
Kurtis Jacques, my business partner and mentor here at our office in Kelowna.

What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
1. Helping people take control of their finances no matter how much money they make. We put heart and emotion into what we do.
2. Developing people and showing them how they can achieve their goals and dreams.
3. Not discriminating who we help in any way, no matter their gender, race or current income level or financial status.

What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
You can do this. Through dedication and hard work anyone can accomplish their goals and dreams. Do not, Do Not, DO NOT ever forget or give up on your goals and dreams!

How does your business/organization impact the community?
We strive to create financial security for all in the community. Through our WFG foundation we can devote captial to the needs closest to our hearts and create corporate matches.

If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
I would be trapped with Warren Buffet and W Brett Wilson (of Dragon's Den Fame) for the Canadian perspective. I would talk about Kelowna and the passion I have for my city that I love. I would ask how we can move past the one dimensional 'tourist town' stigma and how we can get better paying jobs/opportunities here for our citizens.

If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be?
I would change people's opinions that those of us born and raised here are cliquey and snobbish. I adore the melting pot that is our city, and love hearing people's 'where they are from, and how they got here' stories. I love how so many deisre to live here in our paradise.

What do you think makes Kelowna great?
The geography, obviously. The climate most definitely. The 'not too big, not too small' city feel is very appealing to many. What always makes or breaks a place is the people. My circle of people here are GREAT!

Some general comments I would like to share are
Kelowna has given us the geography, topography and climate to be amazing. But those are only raw materials. What we as a city do with those things, how we greet those that visit and move here; that is up to us. My family and I are inspired to try and spend each day to pay it forward, to inspire, and actually show instead of tell why we live in the best place in the world!

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