Hey Everyone. This week marks a special day for us. We have our first Guest Post on behalf a man who has a message to share, and explains how MindSetGo ties into his very own life.
Please take the time to read this, as this man took the time to share his story and his message with all of us. It may be longer than normal, but that’s because it’s written with a passion and a desire to spread a message and share a story. This is real. It’s true. It’s what MindSetGo is about.
Here is the story of Big Mick Stein, told by Big Mick Stein:
MindSetGo is what we call LIFE. It’s FAILING. It’s SUCCEEDING. It’s LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES. It’s EMBRACING CHALLENGE. It’s TAKING ACTION. It’s PUTTING SOMETHING GOOD OUT THERE. It’s TRYING. It’s Working Hard, then WORKING HARDER. It’s GIVING BACK. It’s SHOWING SUPPORT. It’s MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s STEPPING OUT YOUR COMFORT ZONE. It’s Saying, “I CAN.” It’s MAKING A NEGATIVE A POSITIVE. It’s TESTING YOUR MIND. It’s GOING THE EXTRA MILE. It’s BELIEVING. It’s DOING. It’s TEAM. It’s THINKING POSITIVE. It’s YOU. It’s ME. It’s ALL OF US. It’s MINDSETGO.
” LIFE IS FAILING. IT’S LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES. IT’S GIVING BACK. MAKING A NEGATIVE A POSITIVE.
My name is Mick Stein. I was born and raised in Norco and that is where I live today. I’m 52 years old – graduated from St. Charles Catholic in 1979 and I’d like to share a life experience with you that I feel is an example of the MindSetGo attitude.
Friday, December 15, 2006 began like any other day in my life up to that point. I worked my usual 10 – 12 hour day in my office. I stopped for a bite to eat and a few beers with friends at a joint in the Warehouse District. I headed home about 11:30pm.
From that point, my life was no longer ordinary in any way. About three miles from my home, I was involved in a horrific crash. I was lucky – I walked away unscathed – but the driver of the other vehicle was not lucky – he perished.
As a result of my alcohol intake earlier in the evening, I was charged with and eventually pled guilty to vehicular homicide.
On 11/7/2007 I stood in open court and read a statement acknowledging my guilt and asking the victim’s family for forgiveness. I was sentenced to five years of house arrest and had to spend 26 weekends in St. Charles Parish Correctional Facility in Killona.
It was an accident…I never intended to cause anyone harm…but my actions and decisions that day cost another man his life – I still find it hard to believe that I was capable of such a horrible result. What does a person do at that point…
WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO?
I asked myself that hundreds of times in the months that followed the crash. Hell – I still ask myself that question almost daily. I’ve not had one drink since that night and have done all I can to stay positive and spread my story to others.
I hope to affect as many people as I can so no one else has to die or be injured due to someone driving under the influence. I speak at high schools’ annual SADD presentations.
The gist of my message is “IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU”. For so long I was convinced that I was not one of “those” people. But I am living proof that it can happen to anyone.
In the years that have passed, I try to make each and every day count. I feel as though I was spared that night for a reason…
It wasn’t until I clicked on MindSetGo and read the words above that I began to realize that my story just might have more to say than “don’t drink and drive.” I’m not minimizing that particular message…but I truly believe my story can help anyone facing any type of adversity in their daily lives.
Through tragedy, God has made me realize just how blessed life is. This mistake has motivated me to do things I never would have imagined.
I have always had a fear of public speaking…but now I stand in front of packed auditoriums and tell strangers my story. Here I am typing this message which will be on the internet for anyone to see…I look for and find the positive and push out the negative. This is exactly the opposite of my viewpoint before the crash.
I recently sent an e-mail/blog out to friends and family describing the change inside my heart and soul since that night. I asked the question if anyone would have believed the person I was BEFORE that night would have gone through the transformation that happened AFTER…
Well my daughter sent me a response in which she confessed that at the time of the accident she was terrified because she did not know for certain if I could handle the entire ordeal.
My entire world has been transformed…
I HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED. My heart, my soul even my physical being has been transformed.
I finally managed to win the battle I waged with my body and mind…unfortunately that is a war that is not yet over but it’s one I will never cease to fight.
I learned to forgive myself for that night and for many other mistakes I made. That in turn has allowed me to forgive others who had done me harm over the years.
I’m now able to tell the people I love exactly how I feel…no more tip toeing around the words…I can look them in the eye and say “I LOVE YOU”.
THINK POSITIVE! LIVE POSITIVE!
I am slowly becoming one of those aggravating people who always see the good in the world. And I look forward to each day with an appreciation I never had for most of my life.
No matter how bad you think you’ve got it…I can guarantee you there is someone else who is worse off.
In the weeks/months after the crash, I found myself asking,
“Why me? Why did I have to crash and kill someone?”
But it became obvious very quickly just how blessed I was. I survived and I was going to do everything I could to stay positive.
I don’t know why I was spared that night but I know in my soul that I am alive today for a reason…I’m not sure what the specifics are but I know I need to share my story with others. Hopefully my story can influence others to not make the same choice –
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
But I think the lesson to be learned from my mistake goes beyond the drunk driving issue.
That’s definitely part of it but another lesson learned is that no matter what obstacle gets thrown at us…if it’s ALS, cancer, depression…IT CAN BE OVERCOME.
No matter how bleak your life appears to be….it’s not over.
Huge Thanks and Shout Out to Big Mick for sharing not only his story, but most importantly, what he as learned from facing his own form of adversity. I have had the pleasure to sit down with Big Mick and hear his story first hand.
He is passionate about spreading his message, and looks forward to any opportunity to share his story in hopes that it will affect another person in the most positive of ways.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this. Have a great rest of the week. Please feel free to share this around, as it may hit home with you or someone you may know.