Mike Crockett, aka Big Bald Mike, has an amazing and inspiring story.
A young, gentle giant whose soul hungered for music and peace.
A childhood in Marlin, Texas, being fattened up like a calf for slaughter so he could dominate high school football games.
A carnivorous hunger that had him eating 2600 pounds of meat in a single year – and had him topping out at 571 pounds.
A long spiral into addiction, crime, violence, and self-loathing. A world in which numbing out the pain – physical and emotional – became a full-time job.
A dark night of the soul that culminated in a attempted-suicide overdose that would have killed five ordinary men.
And a path to redemption that includes professional wrestling, a caring lady, kale, and bunnies.
In our conversation, we cover:
- Mike's early years, and the cost of living up to other's expectations
- his ongoing struggles equating sheer size with self-worth
- the crucial difference between remorse and guilt
- how a video on animal cruelty broke the floodgates of self-protection and returned Mike to his compassionate heart
- how a whole food, plant-based diet cured his body
- Mike's life in professional wrestling, including a featured cameo in the Mickey Rourke movie The Wrestler
- The story and meaning – then and now – of his profane tattoos
- the differences and similarities between Mike Crockett the person and Big Bald Mike the brand
- junkie guilt and the phenomenon of drunk dialing
- the courage required for Mike to face himself and write his autobiography
- how his love of animals has provided his life with meaning and direction – and how that makes all the effort at self-improvement worthwhile
- his speaking career – and how little old ladies who used to cross the street at the sight of him now come up and give him hugs
- and much more…
Note: if you're a commuter, this is a two-ride interview. We spoke for over 100 minutes. (If your commute is longer than an hour and 45 minutes, I don't want to hear about it 😉
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