You can’t help but hear Amy Clover’s story and think to yourself, “Wow. This woman is absolutely going to change the world.” Her passion is contagious and her mission is life-changing. After hearing a brief snippet of Amy’s story while attending the 2013 World Domination Summit, I knew I had to interview Amy for Compete Every Day.
Her platform, “Strong Inside Out,” and her recently-finished tour, The 30×30 Project, fits in line with the Compete Every Day message, and she understands the power of believing that life is worth competing for. Amy struggled her whole youth with a “woe is me, my life is so hard” attitude. She was diagnosed with both clinical depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder while in high school, and leaned on both as why her life “sucked.” She was scared of judgment, and would spend her time lashing out at others while keeping her true emotions bottled up inside.
Mike Nowak is on a mission to save one life at a time by running one mile at a time.
Mike struggled with depression a majority of his life. Mike grew up with an alcoholic father who left his mother and him when Mike was eight. The struggle of wondering why his father chose alcohol over his son heavily weighed on Mike as he grew older. After his father’s death, Mike began battling depression as his emotions and blame for things turned inward. He was great at showing a smile to everyone while feeling broken and hurting inside. Mike felt the entire weight on his shoulders and that weight followed him from high school to college and put him on a path toward alcoholism himself.
It was to the point that on two different occasions Mike tried to drink himself to death. But despite his best efforts to end his life, a bigger plan was in play. After a fraternity brother committed suicide, Mike made the choice to compete for his life. Suicide was no longer and option and he would defeat his depression.