Welcome to Be Audacious, I’m Michael Leach. I’m an author, speaker, activist and dad traveling the country, spreading an audacious and game-changing message. Be Audacious is for those yearning to break out of the box in order to pursue their passion, live a life that matters and change the world. Nothing makes me feel more alive than connecting with a room or auditorium full of people thirsting to uncover purpose, connection and meaning enroute to a path and journey uniquely their own. If you’re looking for an fresh, dynamic and inspiring speaker who will motivate your audience to overcome adversity, embrace vulnerability and unleash the power of purposeful passion, look no further—you’ve found your guy! Whether it be colleges, high schools, nonprofit fundraisers or corporate events, I will not only entertain and inspire, I will start your audience along the BA Way.”
About the BA Blog
The Be Audacious blog is basecamp for adventurous people striving to live extraordinary lives. Do you want more out of life? Do you believe there’s something bigger out there that can fuel your sense of purpose? If so, you’ve found your place. I developed this blog as a platform to inspire people to embrace the BA Way: pursue your passion, live a life that matters and change the world by nurturing creative and meaningful endeavors. For over a decade I’ve shattered the box of the 9-5 lifestyle in pursuit of a life of meaning and purpose. The mission of the BA blog is to help others break down the barriers of conventional beliefs, leading to a more meaningful way to live, work and make a difference. Focusing on four core topics/themes: LIFE, WORK, ENVIRONMENT and TURKEY HASH (a random medley), my mission will be to quench your hunger to live a life that matters. The BA blog is for everyone ready to live audaciously, authentically, and from the heart.
The BA Way
“Be Audacious” is more than a message, it is a way of living that can define who we are as individuals and ultimately, as a species. It is part of our nature to be audacious, which helps fuel our curiosity to explore, discover, and grow. Audacious individuals drive developments in science, technology, medicine, engineering, agriculture, and environmental conservation—just for starters! There is an audacious individual in each of us, whether we realize it our not. It is an ember burning within which, once awakened, can inspire endless possibilities for living a bold and daring life of nonconformity. My goal is to uncover the passion within each of us to improve our personal lives, enhance our communities and nurture our environment. By “Being Audacious,” we transform ourselves and the world around us, enabling us to live adventurous, sustainable and meaningful lives.
Michael “Rev” Leach
Hi, I’m Michael Leach. I’m an author, speaker and wilderness advocate traveling the country to share a bold and inspiring message. My handful (nearest and dearest) tell me that Be Audacious began when I was a little guy. Since I can remember, I’ve been unwilling to be boxed in by cultural norms and expectations, choosing instead to walk to the beat of my own drum. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where my love for wild places and a counter-culture approach to life were fostered at an early age. I discovered my first burning passion while living in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. With an ALL IN approach to hoops, I became a standout basketball player—and trend setting knee-high sock wearer—traveling the country on AAU teams and competing with some of the best players in the Seattle area. After a car accident when I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with a rheumatic disease that ultimately ended my days on the hardwood and forced me to remake myself.
After negotiating my way through a major and daunting personal transformation, I ventured to Missoula, Montana, where I graduated from the University of Montana. Upon graduation, I journeyed east to my beloved Yellowstone National Park, where I threw off the shackles of a 9-5 lifestyle, working seasonally as a ranger naturalist and bear education ranger, sharing my knowledge of—and passion for—bears and Yellowstone with visitors from all over the globe.
They Call Me Coach
After seven years ranger-ing in Yellowstone, my thirst to do–and be-more drove me to the nonprofit sector. Unwilling to conform to the predominant kumbaya standards of the local nonprofit world, I founded an edgy grassroots nonprofit organization, Yellowstone Country Guardians. During my time as the Executive Director, YCG became known for our nonconventional and fresh approach to environmental programming that resonated with teens of the 21st century. During this period, I also worked as the head boys basketball coach at a high school in rural Montana, spreading the Be Audacious message—a bold move in a small town—with resounding results. It was then that I really knew I had a game-changing message that would become the central focus of my life’s work. The BA vision was born–and my life has never been the same!
Since embarking upon this Be Audacious endeavor, I’ve authored two books: Be Audacious: Inspiring Your Legacy and Living a Life That Matters and a memoir, Grizzlies On My Mind: Essays of Love, Heartache and Adventure, that hit #1 on the local best seller list here in Montana one month after it’s release. In addition to my books, I’ve spent the last ten years working as a freelance nature writer. My diverse portfolio of essays, op-ed’s and natural history pieces have appeared in numerous regional publications.
For the last decade, I’ve traveled the country sharing my wilderness advocacy sermons and motivational presentations. From the shores of the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast, I’ve spoken in front of packed crowds in theatres, auditoriums, bookstores and some of our nation’s most prestigious museums, such as the California Academy of Sciences and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (both multiple times, I might add–which is a good sign!) Nothing makes me feel more alive than firing up an auditorium full of people to do something that matters with their lives. Be Audacious is more than a message, it’s a way of life. And I’m on a mission to spread the BA Way to the masses, as I have no doubt that if enough of us choose to Be Audacious, our world will never be the same.
As a nineteen-year-old athlete with widely recognized talent and a future to match, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis—a systemic rheumatoid arthritis that affects the entire body. I have spent much of the last decade learning to live with the aches, pains and injuries that come with this disease; yet the adversity and physical challenges have not deterred me from making life-long adventures a reality. My love and passion for wilderness, mountains, rivers and the ocean have provided the motivation for me to overcome adversity in order to pursue adventure as a wildlife and fly fishing guide and outdoor enthusiast. My hope is that my adventures will serve as inspiration for those who may believe that certain options are not possible, or certain dreams not within reach. My never-ending voyages and pursuits serve as my personal testament to the power of the human spirit. With the right mindset—the determined, audacious mindset—the possibilities are unlimited! Check out Stand Up for Yellowstone.
Nothing in this world means more to me than my family. When I’m not on the road speaking I’m sharing adventures with my little ohana, I live, work and dream with my wife, Amanda, and audacious daughter, Kamiah, in Bozeman, Montana.