About Mike Lauesen
Mike Lauesen is a lifelong learner and student. Mike’s purpose in life is to make an impactful, positive difference in every life he touches. He was greatly influenced by his upbringing. He grew up with seven brothers and sisters in a modest three-bedroom ranch-style home with one bathroom. He worked several jobs in high school, learning the value of hard work from his parents and older siblings.
While attending the University of Minnesota on an athletic scholarship, he learned invaluable life lessons one summer selling cutlery door-to-door. After graduation, Mike started his career in accounting (a recovered C.P.A.), then sold computers and software and eventually founded his own specialty chemical/coating company (Nicoat) in 1985 at twenty-eight years of age. After building Nicoat into a successful professionally managed international company, he exited as founder/CEO and started a new career as a professional speaker and life coach.
He is passionate, funny, and entertaining as a professional speaker. Mike is a Competent Toastmaster (International Speaking Association) and coaches/ mentors business leaders or anyone who is a ready student.
Mike wrote Getting off the Treadmill because he wanted to change people’s lives for the better. His 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 of these pages, he hopes you’ll find more personal insights, more life direction, more happiness, and use the tools included to improve the quality of your life.
He is married to Dr. Barbara Lauesen and has four adult children (Conor, Erin, Cailie, and Taylor) who are all involved in social justice causes and education. Mike humbly states, “Without my wife and children, I could never live and experience such a charmed and grateful life.” Mike enjoys, reading, cycling, travel, the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with his family.
If you want to make a change for the better, and enjoy a bit of humor along the way, Getting off the Treadmill is the book for you.
Don’t live your life in a sleepwalking trance. Instead, be aware of all the joys life has to offer. As a result of these pages, you’ll find more personal insights, more life direction, more happiness, and more tools to improve the quality of your life.