What people who have hired Mike had to say about him
This is the greatest testimonial of the impact of Mike’s Zero to Hero presentation…ever.
Mike spoke at her school a few months ago. She wrote him that night.
I just wanted to thank you for your kind and inspiring words today.
By the time I was in the 10th grade, self harm was a regular and I had attempted suicide at least three times. I developed an eating disorder at this point (where I wouldn’t eat for days and sometimes a week) and sunk very deeply into depression. I continued this way for about a year, until I finally realized that what I was doing wasn’t helping my situation. I started making new friends and getting involved, and I became much happier. Of course, the suicidal thoughts and eating disorders still remained, but it was far less severe than it had been. This was about four months ago (I believe the last day I self harmed was May 11th), and I’ve been doing much better. For the past month or so, however, my life has been pretty hard to deal with. My mom lost her job, and my father moved across the country to be with his girlfriend. Everything seemed to be going terribly. This morning, I felt severely depressed and I was seriously considering another attempt. I thought that I was worthless, and that I was nothing but a burden to everyone, and that I should just stop existing.
But then, you appeared on stage and probably changed my life forever. No one had ever known so perfectly what I was feeling. I suddenly didn’t feel alone. I felt like I had a true meaning, and I felt like a super hero. I have you to thank for that.
In the future, I want to become an oncologist and maybe change some lives in the way that you changed mine.
Nevertheless, thank you for everything.
Thank you for saving my life.
Yesterday I wrote her this:
How are you doing? Thinking about you!
Today, less than 2 months after her first email…she writes this.
I’m doing great, thanks! I’ve tried a new method to cope with my urge to self harm: I chew gum. It seems a little silly, but it really helps get rid of the urge. I ran for school president and won! Also, I’m starting up a anti-bullying campaign for my school.
Walking through the hall today and i see this girl i know drop her colored pencils. Before i even go to help her pick them up this other girl( i know for a fact that this other girl has never spoken to the girl who dropped the pencils in her life) says here let me help you. Mike i was late to biology because i stood in utter shock of what i just saw. Then later in the day i saw her again and this time it’s like a colored pencil explosion they go all over the hall in every direction. Again i look down to start picking them up what am i to see but FOUR people gathering these pencils before she even realized what happened. Business is not as usual at my school . . . and i thank you for that.
Maybe it’s because I’m graduating this year, but you really helped open up my eyes. I was a homeroom representative and when I reported back to my homeroom, I cried in front of everyone. I told them that you talked about leaving behind a legacy and that as a senior, I feel as though I haven’t done that. I said that I feel like I haven’t done anything to change the school in these four years and I’m already gone in 2 months. I told them that I want to leave a legacy behind and make the school a place that’s welcoming because I know (again as a senior) that I just want to leave. But I decided to start leaving my legacy today. I bought a bracelet to remind myself to use my influence for others. After hearing you speak, I walked through the halls happy and smiling and in a positive mindset. At lunch, I sat with people I usually don’t talk to and we invited a disabled kid to sit with us. I had gone to middle school with him and he had still remembered me despite not talking for 4+ years. We talked to him and included him and I really hope he realized that we did it from the bottom of our hearts. This is me using my influence for others. I want to thank you again. I’m going to work towards being a better person all around thanks to you. A better person to others and a better person to myself. I can’t thank you enough. Your words have more impact than you know.
By giving your own experiences, and pulling kids out of their comfort zone, by pulling ME out of my own comfort zone – Mike, you have changed me. You have made me such a greater person, really you have. I have been bullied since I was a young kid. If it was from my looks, height, or my speech impediment. You have taught me to stand taller than the bullies, that I AM NOT a zero, I am a HERO!!! I did choose to take my life months after your talk, but both times I remembered your words: “Only you can let others hurt you.” Mike Hall you have saved my life. And I thank you so much for that.
Hey Mike. Today, when you came and spoke at Hale I thought “Oh great, some inspirational speaker. He’ll say the same things we hear everyday.” But when you came out, and you started talking, I knew you were different. Not only did you share personal experiences, but you made us feel like you were one of us. I looked at you like I would look at any one of my classmates, or friends and that made me care about what you were saying. I could feel you connecting with each and every one of us. I want to thank you so much for coming and changing so many lives in such a small time. And when I’m a teacher, I want you to come and speak in my classroom, so my students can get the amazing experience that I was so lucky to get today.