EcomCrew Podcast

E492: Beyond Ecommerce—Dealing With Loss and Our Own Mortality

“Every man has two lives, and the second starts when he realizes he has just one”— Confucius.

In this episode, I’ll be talking about the recent passing of my cousin and longtime business partner Jay, and the valuable lessons I learned from taking care of him during his final days. 

Dealing with the aftermath of a loss and the thought of one’s own mortality can be difficult—even morbid—topics, but I’ve come to realize the infinite value of taking control of our lives, planning for the aftermath of our own passing, and getting our affairs in order for the sake of those we leave behind. 


  • 00:00 – Intro

  • 05:10 – Becoming caretakers for our loved ones

  • 06:55 – Schedule your annual checkup ASAP

  • 11:36 – Getting your affairs in order

  • 16:11 – Dealing with the trauma of loss

  • 19:12 – The value of coming to terms with your own mortality

 I want to thank Jay for all the memories and everything we shared together. 

 Please make sure to get that checkup and let me know if you can. It would mean the world if even only one person takes action because of this episode. Entrepreneur or not, always remember to prioritize your health and advocate for being prepared for the worst case scenario in this unpredictable life. 

Happy selling, and I’ll see you in the next one.

Michael Jackness

Michael started his first business when he was 18 and is a serial entrepreneur. He got his start in the online world way back in 2004 as an affiliate marketer. From there he grew as an SEO expert and has transitioned into ecommerce, running several sites that bring in a total of 7-figures of revenue each year.

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