Mike is continually dreaming up ways to help people. But, it hasn't always been that way. He first had to give up his drug addictions by giving himself to God. Since then, he has experienced tremendous success and is now in the position to give back.
- Mike recently donated 1,000 MyPillows to the Salvation Army. He also donated pillows to each of the 108 KOOL Bell Ringers of the day.
- Mike hasn't always been able to give generous gifts. He had a crack cocaine habit for 25 years. So, he prayed and asked God to take away his desires, and God answered his prayers. Within one day, his desires were gone and he felt peaceful, and has been sober ever since.
- Once Mike gave his life to God, he has had one success after another, to the point where the MyPillow company now has 400 employees making 25,000 pillows a day (in December, 2015).
- And, Mike is now making good on his promise to God with the Lindell Foundation, an organization that helps people with addictions, as well as others in need.
"After beating his 25-year drug addiction and starting a multi-million dollar pillow company from nothing, Lindell has just one thing to say: “With God, all things are possible.”"Read more
Jane Wells talks to Mike Lindell for her CNBC Strange Success Podcast series which is about people who have come up with crazy ideas and managed to go from failure and rejection to success. And who better to talk to than Mike Lindell, who has literally gone from the crack house to the White House, with the tremendous success of MyPillow in between.
- Mike Lindell's amazing story goes from owning a carpet cleaning business and hogs to the phenomenal success of MyPillow, all while overcoming addictions, failures, and adversity.
- The MyPillow business started as a dream, took years to develop, faced failures in sales and marketing, and finally found early success with fairs and events. During this time, Mike had to go through an epic battle for the control of MyPillow. He also faced his own adversity: addictions to alcohol, cocaine, and crack cocaine, which he amazingly kicked overnight through prayer on January 6, 2009. He has been sober ever since and vows to give his life to God in all his endeavors in return for being freed from his addictions..
- MyPillow’s exponential success came from the famous MyPillow infomercial, an idea which also came to Mike in a dream. Mike went against the grain by not using professional actors. Instead, Mike was featured in the infomercial and ad-libbed his way throughout it. Due to the infomercial, MyPillow went from 10 employees to 500 employees in just a few months. And now, MyPillow has over 1,500 employees and has sold over 30 million pillows.
- President Trump was so impressed with Mke's American-made story that he invited Mike to New York City to talk about his story and the benefits of American-made products. Mike was then invited to the White House's Made in America Roundtable, where he sat right next to President Trump.
- Mike continues to grow and give back: MyPillow has given tens of thousands of pillows to charity, Mike has created the Lindell Foundation to help his employees and those in need, he is writing his autobiography, and Mike is creating a movie of his life through a partnership with Stephen Baldwin.
It has been an incredible life. Mike gives all of the credit for his success to God: “Looking back now, the only way that we were able to do all of this was through Devine intervention from God. It is a miracle, an absolute miracle.”
And - a message from Mike to all, “It can be done, people."
You can read more in this referenced article, How this entrepreneur went from a crack addict to a self-made multimillionaire.Read more
This is a great Mike Lindell/Mike Gallagher radio interview, where Mike Lindell talks about attending the "unifying" State of the Union address, and about how everyone WILL love Trump in the end.
A Devine Appointment
Mike Lindell was able to snag a ticket to the State of the Union address last Tuesday from Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California. However, he almost didn't get the invitation in time.
For, Mike was leaving Minneapolis in a winter storm to come to the National Prayer Breakfast in DC. But, Mike's private plane went off the runway so Mike's flight was delayed for 2 hours.
During this delay, Kevin McCarthy called to invite Mike to the State of the Union address at the last minute. So, Mike calls his attendance to the State of the Union a "Divine appointment" because if the plane had not caused the delay by sliding off the runway, he would not have received the invitation in time.
State of the Union address was "unifying"
Mike's biggest surprise about the State of the Union address was that he saw "more unity than you could ever imagine." Even the Democratic women who were dressed in white applauded 70% of the time. In fact, "everyone in the room was unified". So, Mike felt that the address was "one of the best speeches ever given."
"Everybody loves Trump, they just don't know it yet."
Mike says that thousands of people come up to him to tell him how much they love Trump. What people saw at the State of the Union address is what Mike has been seeing all along.
Mike says that Trump is a "unifier" and that he has "common sense" and is "pragmatic". In fact, Mike says that when President Trump is done, he will "go down as the best president in history.'
And, as proof of that unification, Trump signed the bipartisan opioid legislation and the criminal justice reform, showing that he is willing to work across the aisle.
Plus, jobs are up to historical levels, including jobs for blacks and Hispanics, which Mike said is "so rewarding".
So, as Mike says: "God picked Trump to be our president." And, "Everybody loves Trump, they just don't know what yet."Read more
Michael Lindell was at the State of the Union address last Tuesday! As Mike told VB in the Middle, "it was an amazing night." He was invited by Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California.
For Mike, his jet sliding off the runway is a good thing!
Mike was already going to DC, as he is speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast. Amazingly, Mike might not have received the last-minute invitation in time. But, his private jet slid off the runway, so Mike's trip was delayed, And it was during this delay that Mike received the invitation to the State of the Union address. Who knew that having your jet slide off the runway was a good thing?
This was the start of 26 days of speaking engagements
And, the DC trip was the start of spending 26 days speaking in 12 different states at a variety of events, including speaking to 15,000 students at Liberty University. So, although he did have to scramble a bit, he did have the necessary clothing, etc., needed to go to a State of the Union address.
Mike: the State of the Union address was "epic"
Mike called the State of the Union address "epic," "one of the greatest speeches I've ever heard". Mike said that he went to the event with the expectation of "a great divide". But, he said that he saw "total unification," instead. For he saw that 70% of the time, the Democrats were clapping along with the Republicans.
Mike also saw Speaker Pelosi and Vice President Pence talking together, which Mike felt demonstrated an "amazing time of unity." And that is "what the president is good at," he is an "uniter". Plus, Mike says that Trump is "willing to compromise" and that he's a "common sense" president who is "very pragmatic".
As Mike says, "It was a night where politics was taken out of the speech". Michael was praying that President Trump would talk about all the good things he's done and where he's going, with no negatives. And Mike feels that President Trump did a great job.
Although Mike did not get a chance to be with President Trump, Mike was able to be with Trump's family and was actually with Donald Trump, Junior until 2 AM after the State of the Union address.
Mike's continuing rags to riches story
Mike said that he felt "very blessed" to be at this event and that it was "everything he prayed it would be." Mike still finds it "surreal," though, that he would be able to attend a function like this, and that it is even more surreal that "people actually came up and wanted a picture with him."
But, as Mike says, "God's continues to work miracles in my life".Read more
You know Mike’s inspiring rags-to-riches story. But, do you know he is currently involved in a variety of projects, from movie production to foundations to helping the inner cities, to creating a platform for entrepreneurs: all with the goal of “helping people”. Listen to all the details in this inspiring interview on the Hollywood in Toto podcast
Mike has an amazing story to tell about himself: he was a former crack addict who, ten years ago, found freedom from drugs and alcohol through God, and now is the inventor and CEO of the MyPillow company that everyone knows about.
Now, Mike feels that MyPillow is just a platform for God. So Mike’s big calling is evangelism and spreading the word of Jesus.
And, towards that, Mike enjoys speaking out about Jesus and his life. In fact, he talked to 50,000 millennials at the US Bank Stadium, plus talked to 20-30 thousand more millennials at the Texas Speedway.
Plus, Mike is due to tell his story of hope at Liberty University and other college campuses.
Mike in the movie business
Mike knew that when his book came out that he was going to want to make it into a movie so he could present his “amazing message” to others to inspire them to take action to change their life, such as quitting addictions themselves.
So he asked his friend Stephen Baldwin if he could watch him make movies. Stephen replied, “let's make a movie together - you could learn a lot more that way.” So, they made the movie called “Church People” which is coming out this year.
Mike was very nervous about his role in the movie - almost as nervous as he was in his first infomercial. Mike has fought feelings of unworthiness throughout most of his life, so it took 9 takes just to do the first line in the infomercial! It wasn’t until they put a familiar table in front of Mike and took away the teleprompter that Mike finally could finish the infomercial.
But, through making the movie, Mike has learned a lot about moviemaking, including becoming comfortable with acting. In fact, Mike alluded to the fact that he might even think about playing himself in his movie, which would be good: who else could be Mike Lindell BUT Mike Lindell?
And now, Mike is also thinking about doing his own show that would be “an hour of hope” where he could present “all the good things that are going on in our country that are working, so everybody could duplicate them”.
Unplanned, the movie
Unplanned takes a critical look at Planned Parenthood. Coming out March 29, it is based on the story of Abby Johnson, who worked as a director for Planned Parenthood, then turned around to be a strong voice for the anti-abortion movement.
Mike was approached last summer about helping to finance this movie and have a cameo in the movie. Mike liked the movie’s message, so, after prayer and due diligence to ensure it would be a quality movie, Mike said “yes” and invested $1 million in the movie.
Mike believes that the movie will have a big impact because it's a true story. As Mike says, “I think it will really resonate with people and expose Planned Parenthood and abortion for what they are.”
The Lindell Recovery Network and the Lindell Foundation
Mike works hand-in-hand with the inner cities with his Lindell Foundation, and will soon launch his Lindell Recovery Network to help drug addicts.
With the foundation, 100% of your money goes directly to those who have needs. With the Lindell Recovery Network, addicts will be able to view “stories of hope” from people just like them, then will be stepped through a Christian recovery process, complete with paid mentors to help them after recovery.
And all the money that Mike makes from his ventures will be going into these foundations.
Mike and President Trump
Mike met Trump in a private meeting during Trump’s candidacy on August 15, 2016, which Mike calls a “Devine appointment." In the meeting, they talked about jobs and products “made in America”. Mike walked out of that meeting saying that Trump is “going to be the best president in history.” Then Mike talked to Trump’s employees and was even more impressed. So as Mike says, “I went all in”.
And now, Mike sees that Trump is a “common sense” president who is “doing what's right for this country and the people in it.”
Mike had never been in politics before, so he had to learn the difference between liberal and conservative politics quickly. And to his political leaning, he adds his Christian values.
For example, in the last election, there were a couple Republicans that wanted Mike to endorse them. But, they were pro-choice, so Mike said: “absolutely not”.
And when he does back conservatives, such as putting his ads on conservative radio and TV, Mike doesn’t back down. He’s proud to present his products - in spite of all the attacks and threats to boycott.
But on the flip side, there are those that say, “don't boycott MyPillow: he'll just double down, and we see him enough already.” So, there is that.
And, just when you think that Mike can’t do anything else - he’s come out with MyStore.com.
Inventors are always coming to Mike with their inventions and their stories. But, Mike knows, through experience, that it’s tough to get into the big box stores, and when you put your products on Amazon or do shows, your products can be copied and shipped in from overseas.
To address this, Mike is creating MyStore.com, where vetted entrepreneurs can promote their products on a “safe platform”.
Any money Mike receives from this platform will go to his foundations. For, as Mike says, it’s “one big circle”.
Mike's next steps
Who knows what next steps will spring from the pillow platform that God has given him? We do know that it will involve using the platform for good.
For as Mike says, “I just love what I'm doing. I keep going because I love helping people and I love giving back.”
Mike talks about his incredible 10-year sobriety anniversary and how his Lindell Recovery Network will give addicts across the country the hope they need on the "What's On Your Mind Radio Show".
Mike: clean and sober for 10 years
As Mike says, “It was quite a journey.” For 10 years ago, on January 16, 2009, Mike quit crack cocaine and all his other addictions overnight. God freed him of all those addictions and all the desires because Mike knew all along the “MyPillow platform was a much bigger purpose”.
For Mike was a 20-year cocaine addict who then switched to crack cocaine in the early 2000s. And, he will tell you that crack cocaine is a “horrific drug”.
After being freed of his addictions through prayer, Mike did go to a faith-based treatment center to find out why he was addicted in the first place. For, Mike believes that quitting addictions takes 2 steps: 1) quit the drugs and, 2) address why you were addicted in the first place, and replace that with God.
Mike believes that the seeds of his addictions were planted in his childhood. His parents got a divorce when he was seven years old and he got moved into a new school. Through all these changes, Mike developed a fear of rejection.
Due to these feeling of rejection, Mike later started using drugs just to fit in and talk to people. But, it just got worse and worse until he finally quit through prayer.
Faith-based treatment centers
Mike believes that the faith-based treatment centers, such as Teen Challenge, Union Gospel, and the Salvation Army are the best. These centers are not shame-based, for shame-based centers do not work: you feel worse than when you went in, and “now you don't have your drugs to mask the pain”.
Addicts stay 6-8 months at these faith-based centers and, during that time, addicts are not only learning to give up their addictions, they are also “learning life again”. Plus, they get hope - and the power of prayer.
And, what Mike found is that addiction is a lot of work - it is the hardest work there is. Life gets so much easier when you are freed from your addictions because when you are addicted, you're making promises that you can't keep and that makes you feel even feel worse inside, so you want to do drugs.
Addicts need hope
And, most importantly, you must give addicts hope. People don’t come up to Mike and talk about the MyPillow, they come up and say, “Wow, you beat your addictions,” and talk about Mike’s redemption, salvation, and transformation and how that gives them hope.
And, towards that hope, Mike will soon launch the Lindell Recovery Network to give hope to addicts. For, the network will have “stories of hope” by people of the same age and addictions as the addicts seeking help, much the same way that Mike received “stories of hope” from a friend who was his same age and same addictions who had quit.
MyPillow: a platform for bigger things
Mike relates that he says, “Thanks, God. It's been surreal. I always knew that the pillow was just a platform for much bigger things.” And, we are certainly seeing bigger things from Mike.
Who knows what his next step will be?Read more
Ten years ago, Mike was addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. But then, through God, he got clean and sober on January 16, 2009. Listen to the details in Mike Lindell's enlightening interview on The Sean Hannity Show.
Mike was able to get clean and sober. But, there are many more out there who need treatment from their addictions. Towards that, President Trump signed an 800-page bi-partisan opiate bill which will help stop the drugs from coming into the United States and will help people who are addicted.
For, many have died from opiates. In fact, people very close to Mike have died from drugs within the last year. Towards that, Mike’s has spoken to 50,000 millennials in Texas and 30,000 millennials in Minneapolis about finding God and leading a clean life away from drugs.
Mike quit with the help of God, so he knows that addicts need to get help in faith-based treatment centers. Addicts also need hope. Towards that, Mike’s story can bring hope.
Plus, Mike is starting the Lindell Recovery Network where people can get inspired by seeing recovery success stories from around the country from people their age, using the drugs they are using. The visitors are then presented with Christian treatment centers that Mike has vetted. Then, once out of recovery, there will be paid mentors to help them from start to finish.
Drugs can take over your soul, your mind, and your heart. But, as Mike's story shows, it is possible to quit your addictions, and you can do it before you (or your kids) lose their lives. Everyone is worth having hope and opportunity given to them.
Do you need help with your addictions?
If you are an addict, go to The Salvation Amry or Teen Challenge. You will get the help you need: they are the best centers in the world and, since they are donor based, you don't need money or Rule 25 funding.
Do it now, before it takes over you. Just know that, as Mike says, "With God, all things are possible."Read more
Listen to how Mike's many dreams from God have shaped Mike's life in this inspiring report from Kinship Christian Radio.
MyPillow comes to Mike in a dream
In 2005, while living as a crack cocaine addict, Mike says that God gave him one of the many dreams he would have in his life. That dream was the name “MyPillow”. Mike wrote that name all over the house. When his daughter came up and saw the MyPillow writing, she asked Mike what he was doing, to which Mike said: “I’m going to make this pillow and it is going to change the world.” His daughter simply replied, “That’s really random, Dad.” But Mike did invent that pillow after working almost 2 years, trying many things before he finally found the perfect foam, which Mike later patented.
Mike’s enthusiasm wasn’t met by the suppliers in stores, though, and Mike had a rough beginning. But then, a customer who ran the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show said that MyPillow was “a miracle that helped him sleep,” and offered Mike a booth, which proved to be a launching point for MyPillow.
Mike has a dream about an infomercial
God gave Mike another dream about an infomercial, which is the reason “why most people know Mike and MyPillow”. Due to the infomercial, MyPillow went from 5 employees to 500 in 40 days. As Mike says, "It was phenomenal, it was a miracle.”
Mike has a dream about $8 million in the bank
By the summer of 2014, MyPillow was within 2 days of going under. Mike then had a dream where he saw MyPillow having $8 million in the bank by the end of the year. Mike knew that this dream was from God also, so instead of shutting down, he built a new factory.
Mike surrenders to Jesus
Mike also met a woman during 2014 who had a relationship with Jesus that Mike wanted to have. So finally, on February 18, 2017, Mike did a full surrender to Jesus.
This has to be God
Mike had to meet President Trump and see all the miracles before Mike finally said, “Wow, here I am, friends with the President of the United States, this has to be God. This crack addict from Minnesota could not be put into this national position of helping the country, the President, and the inner cities without help from God.”
And Mike is now using the platform that God gave him to establish an addiction recovery network and to help fund a new pro-life film.
So, Mike is truly living his belief that, "With God, all things are possible".Read more
Mike Lindell is having his 10-year sobriety anniversary, and as Mike says, "I have seen so many things that have changed in the last 10 years," and now, “I am able to bring people hope through my story and can give back through the Lindell Recovery Network.” Listen to the details in this inspiring interview on the KQRS Morning Show with Tom Barnard.
Lindell Recovery Network
Mikes says that the Lindell Recovery Network is coming to fruition. With the network, Mike explains, “I'm going to have all these stories of hope from people in their age group. You put in your name and then what you are addicted to and all these stories of hope from people just like you will come down.”
Mike will then be the “tour guide of the website” and present recovery centers that Mike has vetted. Then, when the addicts get out of recovery, there will be “paid mentors that are going to help the addict."
Mike and his recovery
A lot of things have changed since that night when Mike asked God to be released from his addictions. As Mike says, if you would have “told me 10 years ago about what I am doing today, I would have said ‘what?’”
For, Mike had an intervention after he had been up for 14 days: by his drug dealers, Mike “couldn't buy crack anywhere, it was a complete shutdown.”
And, when Mike got back to his room, One of the dealers “took a picture and he said, 'Give me your phone. You've been telling us for years that this pillow is just a platform for God and that you're going to come back someday and help us all. We're not going to let you die on us.'” And now, two of these drug dealers work for Mike and are clean, sober, have found God, and have turned their lives around.
And, Mike has seen his friends look at his life and see where his path has taken him and they're saying, “you know what, I am quitting everything.” For, they say, “There is no way that Mike Lindell was there and now he's here. This has to be a miracle.” And all of them have quit crack.
Mike’s addictions stemmed from the fact that his parents were divorced when he was a young age, which gave him a “terrible feeling of unworthiness,” so he would fear rejection. So he would either show off or be shy.
His addictions gave him the false courage to get over this fear of rejection. And, when Mike was doing alcohol and cocaine, he could be a functioning addict. However, he found that crack took over his life.
Mike found that “addictions are a lot of work.” “People say to me, why are you so busy at work all the time.” And, Mike's response is that he loves what he does, and it was more work when he was doing addictions.
For, “You're breaking your promises all the time, and you start to feel worse about yourself. So you want more drugs to hide the pain - it is just a vicious circle."
So, Mike prayed to be released January 16, 2009, because he knew that in one more day, someone else would be chosen for the platform that was given to Mike. And, when Mike woke the next morning, all his desires were gone.
Things get “better and better”
And then, things just got “better and better”. As a caller to the Tom Barnard show says, “His story is inspiring, to say the least. I'm a recovering addict as well and just listening to his story and the fact that there is hope is fantastic. But also his company just does so many phenomenal things. He's impacting so many lives, it is just phenomenal.”Read more
In Mike Lindell's own words, "This article is very good! I have never seen a more complete article on me."
So, read this inspiring article, then take that inspiration and go out and change your own life. For, as Mike says, "With God, all things are possible."Read more