Welcome. Let’s start at the beginning and allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Lauesen, and I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, Barbara. We have four adult children. I have had several careers in my life. Starting out as a CPA with a large firm, I then became a sales professional and eventually a business founder/owner. Currently, I am a professional speaker and a coach for business owners and Chief Executives in a peer group. As a speaker, I educate, inform, and inspire people on how to find purpose and fulfillment in everyday life. I wrote Getting off the Treadmill because I wanted to change people’s lives for the better. My main message is, don’t live your life in a sleepwalking trance. Instead, be aware of all the joys life has to offer. As a result, my hope is you’ll find more personal insights, more life direction, more happiness, and use the tools included to improve the quality of your life. On a personal note, I am a life-long Chicago Cubs baseball fan, which obviously builds character and patience. My patience was finally rewarded with a World Series Championship in 2016.
Many people have coaches, mentors, and trusted advisors throughout their lives. They are from all phases of our lives. Parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, bosses at work, clergy, and even an encounter with a stranger can have a profound
impact. I have had countless mentors in my life. Dad and Mom, my sisters and brothers, my wife Barbara and our children, George Thomas my college baseball coach—all mentored me in countless ways. This list could go on.
Jean Valjean, the protagonist of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, Les Miserables, continues to be an impactful mentor to me. Valjean is an ordinary man attempting to live a normal life after nineteen years in prison for stealing bread to feed his sister’s starving children during an economic depression. Jean Valjean’s life is drastically altered by the kindness of a priest who forgives him for stealing and more importantly provides him another chance at life. He challenges him to live a life of love, compassion, and faith in God the rest of his living days. What if our life and faith journey displayed more forgiveness, love, and compassion to one another, like Jean Valjean? He was not racing to nowhere. His race was won by the life he led loving others with compassion and grace.
My goal for the book is to provide you a foundation or buttress to further your footing for a meaningful and fulfilling life allowing you a restful sleep each and every day.
We can actually live the life we want. When you are ready to get off the treadmill, a teacher will appear. You will become a student, always learning. I hope you will be my student through my book or blog. Every person we come in contact with influences us in some way. It is our choice.
It is never too late to get off the treadmill and the race to nowhere so you can realize an intentional, fulfilling, and purposeful life.
Are you ready to get off the treadmill?