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Resilience expert, double amputee.

People who ‘Stand Tall’ don’t ask Why Me? They ask What’s next?

Mike Rolls faced unthinkable adversity at the age of 18 and lived to tell the tale. Mike’s message “Amputate Dead Weight” is derived from his decision to remove his troublesome 2nd leg and become a double amputee, improving his life greatly and allowing him to reach greater heights!

Mike has used this experience as a springboard to personal and professional success. He challenges his clients to do the same by honestly addressing the things that prevent them from realizing their goals.

Instead of stressing about what is not in our life or business and trying desperately to ‘plug the gap’ as a quick fix, why not look at what is currently in our life that could be removed or simplified? Sometimes, we need to Amputate Dead Weight, prune back the dead wood in order to facilitate improvement, growth and success.

Current work

Mike has a passion for storytelling. He has undergone extensive performance related training to ensure he delivers captivating, humourous and authentic presentations that will connect with his audiences on a deeper level.

An inspiring keynote speaker, Mike is an extremely accomplished communicator, a qualified counsellor, a coach, mentor and a passionate volunteer for amputee charity Limbs4Life and Interplast Australia.

Previous experience

Accolades: In 2014, Mike represented Australia in Golf at the WDGC, and currently plays off a handicap of 5.

Mike recently achieved a commendation of service (10 years) to Limbs4Life, a national organization that exists to help amputees adjust to life after amputation both at the coal face of their experience and the years beyond.

Features: He has featured on The Project, Channel 9 (with Jo Hall), Golf Australia Magazine, The Sun UK, The Bayside Leader, numerous Radio segments (Triple M, 3AW, ABC)

Talking Points

Amputate Dead Weight

Mike’s personal account of facing death and the drive needed to overcome impossible odds. Clients will learn how to access superior control with steadfast decision making techniques.


Mike’s own change methodology. Clients will learn the 5 key stages to evolution and growth and safest ways to navigate these stages.

Challenge Toxic Beliefs

Identifying troublesome belief patterns and where they originate. This session delivers key strategies to changing internal dialogue and overcoming blockages.

Enter a Different Zone

This session highlights the importance seeking out discomfort. Placing ourselves in a situation of unease or anxiety will improve our ability to handle and thrive in the event of a crisis.
Mike has an ability to captivate his audience with his unique story of guts, sheer determination and courage. It’s a testament to his strength of character. Founder of Limbs 4 Life Australia

Mike presented to our distribution team on the back of a full day. He really engaged the team and took them out of their everyday lives to hear about his incredible story, but more importantly, learn from it. Mike was extremely engaging and funny but really made us all reflect on what matters, how to handle change and take on new challenges. I would definitely recommend mike to any business, company or group to take people out of the day to day role and reflect on life and what you can achieve if you put your mind and body into it.

Vanguard Investments Australia

CPM recently asked Mike to present to our team of national client service professionals. Mike’s presentation really hit the mark with each and every member of the team learning to practice resilience, be curious and accept the challenges life sometimes serves up

CPM Australia

“The students and staff at MCC where completely engaged in Mike's presentation. His ability to bring humour about the experiences he has been through, but also teach the students (and staff) some valuable lessons. I would 100% recommend Mike to other schools/organisations.”

Mernda P12 Secondary College

Our students were engaged with Mike’s presentation and were constantly focused as he relayed his story. The honest and open anecdotes of his life experiences contained clear messages of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. Our students took away with them amazing life lessons from an amazing, courageous person.

Emmaus College, Melbourne
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