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PROFILE #1 - Michael Gist

Michael has lived a life of service to country, contribution to community, and committment to family.  He has recently launched a new podcast called- The Gist Factor.  The goal of the podcast is to promote unity and present ideas which leads to growth solutions addressing personal and national issues.  He addresses topics such as Freedom, Racism and discrimination in a thought provoking manner.

You can listen to the podcast in Apple podcast, Instagram, Facebook, or by visting his website  Let's support Family!   Send him encouragement at   

Ten Minutes with Michael Gist:

  1. How did your Gist ancestors influence you in your journey?
It is everything. The struggles and discrimination my grandparents went through, my mother and aunt went through just for me to get to the point I’m at today. My ancestors have a history of service in the military.

  1. Who have been your strongest (non-family) influences in life? Why?
My strongest influence of who I am, and what I’ve become and where I’m growing to has been my experiences. Experiences in the US and worldwide through college, the military and business.

  1. Do you remember listening to your (Gist) grandparents and/or great-grandparents talking about their lives? What did they say?
My grandparents were humble and focused on the future and not dwelling on the past. They loved their family and did what they could for them at every chance.

  1. What is the most difficult thing you have ever experienced?
Working in foreign countries and abuse of my Freedom and rights by Government in the military.

  1. What are you most proud of accomplishing?
Having used what my grandparents, mom, aunt, uncle and friends have taught me to grow into the person that I am today. College graduate, bachelor degree, 2 masters degrees, college athlete, Major in the Marine Corps and travel and experiences from more than 30 countries and 30 US States.

  1. What is the one thing you want people to remember about you?
That I treated everyone like human beings and I always try to pass on what I’ve learned in a positive way. Though, I don’t want to run for public office because I’m not a politician, I am concerned because of the present times which are calling for real leadership and President Gist or Governor Gist would provide just that.

  1. What has been your favorite vacation spot?
Maldives, Germany and Japan. Though I’ve never vacationed there I only worked. I also loved Albania 

  1. What are your hobbies?
Anything on the Water and travel

  1. How did you imagine military life before you joined? How did your perceptions change after serving?
I imagined it as being disciplined and responsible for opportunities worldwide-if you worked hard at it. My perception match how it was but, what I didn’t imagine is how corrupt, political and lacking of integrity senior leaders are.

  1. What do you feel most grateful for in your life?
Family, friends, to be alive, to be an American born into Freedom.
11. What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
Treat everyone as Human Beings, be grateful for family and friends, Learning and growth is constant, continuous and never stops, Authentic Leadership is what people respond to the most - they may not always agree with you, but if you’re authentic they’ll respond in a positive way.