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"Untapped 60" is not just a story, it's real life. It's an immersive journey through the extraordinary bond of two best friends whose intertwined stories unravel tales of trauma, love, resilience, and triumph.  It is a deeply personal narrative about resilience, triumph, and the power of human potential.

Stress and Overwhelm

Many people today are dealing with stress and are overwhelmed due to the fast-paced and demanding nature of modern life. 

Isolation and Loneliness

The digital age has brought about increased connectivity, but paradoxically, many people feel isolated and lonely.  Encouraging genuine human connections through small acts of kindness, fostering community, and building strong relationships can combat feelings of loneliness.

Lack of Purpose

Some individuals struggle with finding meaning and purpose in their daily lives, leading to dissatisfaction.


Life can be tough, especially with the unpredictable rollercoaster of the past few years. Listen, life is not too short; it's extremely valuable.


And that's exactly what we're diving into at UNTAPPED 60!

Here is the thing, we're not just talking about it; we're bringing in the amazing Mike Laughlin, a 3-time trauma survivor, to share a story that will shift your perspective in ways you never imagined.

This keynote is a testament to the human spirit's incredible capacity to endure, overcome, and find purpose even in the darkest moments.  It is a powerful reminder that our potential is far beyond what we perceive.

For your audience

We believe "Untapped 60" will captivate your audience and leave them pondering the essence of life, providing an unforgettable experience that sparks introspection and sets the tone for purpose-driven leadership. 


"Untapped 60" is a presentation that has the power to inspire and uplift individuals from all walks of life.


Above knee amputee full time firefighter, 3-time trauma survivor, founder

Michael D.N. Laughlin embodies the spirit of resilience in the face of unimaginable adversity. As Canada's only above-knee amputee, full-time firefighter, his journey is one marked by astounding feats of courage and determination, punctuated by three harrowing brushes with mortality.

At the tender age of 26, Michael confronted the fragility of life firsthand when he endured a catastrophic accident, leaving his left leg and arm grievously injured. Through sheer willpower and the marvels of modern medicine, he defied the odds and returned to his cherished role as a firefighter, adorned with permanent reminders of his ordeal—metal plates, pins, and graft scars mapping his journey of survival.

In the aftermath of his 30th birthday celebration, Michael's world was shattered when he returned home to find his girlfriend had taken her own life, plunging him into a sea of grief and PTSD. Each moment became a painful reminder of her absence, testing his resolve like never before. With unwavering determination and the support of loved ones, he forged ahead, embracing the transformative power of love to navigate the darkest of days.

But that wasn’t the end.  Life, relentless in its tests, struck once more. In a twist of cruel fate, a collision with a deer sent Michael hurtling into a realm of agonizing pain and irreversible change. The aftermath of this calamity saw him emerge as an above-knee amputee, his body broken and spirit tested beyond measure. Yet, in the depths of despair, his resolve remained unshaken. With unwavering determination, he declared, 'I will be a firefighter again,' exhibiting a resilience that defied comprehension.

As he grappled with the physical and emotional aftermath of his ordeal, Michael found solace in his unwavering belief that adversity was merely a stepping stone to greatness. Amidst the echoes of loss and grief, he found the strength to rise, confronting his demons with a courage that knew no bounds. Battling through the shadows of addiction, he emerged victorious, his unwavering spirit a beacon of hope for all who encountered his story.

Through the trials of his journey, Michael discovered love in the most unexpected of places—a beacon of light amidst the darkness. His union with Angela, a testament to the indomitable power of the human spirit, brought newfound joy and purpose into his life. Embracing the role of fatherhood with open arms, he found fulfillment in the embrace of his newfound family.

Driven by a profound desire to pay forward the blessings he has received, Michael has embarked on a mission to empower others facing adversity. From his Limb Loss Fitness Program to his captivating public speaking engagements, he serves as a beacon of hope for all who dare to dream in the face of adversity.

In the wake of unimaginable tragedy, Michael D.N. Laughlin stands tall as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit—an indomitable force capable of transcending the darkest of days and emerging stronger on the other side. His story serves as a powerful reminder that within every setback lies the seed of opportunity, waiting to blossom in the light of unwavering determination.

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Jarrett CFP® CHS

Financial Planner, Author, Visionary, Founder

At first glance, you might see a polished speaker, a financial expert, and a successful author. But peel back the layers, and you'll find a story of relentless resilience, unwavering determination, and an indomitable spirit that has triumphed against all odds.

Jarrett’s journey began with a dream that seemed destined to shatter. Accepted into Brown University on a Division 1 hockey scholarship, he soared with anticipation. However, by 2003, the harsh reality hit hard— he was forced to take a year off due to academic struggles, a devastating blow that shook the very foundation of his aspirations.

But where others might have faltered, Jarrett found the strength to rise. Returning to Brown in 2004, he seized his second chance with a ferocity born from adversity. Graduating in 2006 with a degree in Human Development marked not just an academic achievement but a testament to resilience—a monumental comeback from the brink of defeat.

Yet, his journey was far from over. For three years, he lived the grueling life of a semi-pro hockey player, battling debt and uncertainty. But with each setback, he refused to yield.  Life, however, seldom adheres to a linear trajectory. At 29, stranded at a Pennsylvania gas station with no means to continue the journey, the specter of adversity loomed large. Yet, it is in the crucible of such moments that resilience finds its voice.

Transitioning into the fitness industry in 2010, he forged a new path as a male physique competitor, defying odds and clinching victories in a realm where discipline and dedication reign supreme. Sponsored by leading supplement companies, and featured in prestigious fitness publications, perhaps this was a turning point, but life had more challenges in store.

Simultaneously in 2010, Jarrett entered the financial services industry, facing the daunting task of building a practice from scratch despite a lack of financial expertise and a history of poor decisions. Yet, he embraced the challenge head-on, driven by a desire to help others secure their financial well-being.

Jarrett faced the abyss and emerged stronger each time. Navigating the tumultuous currents of personal struggles— confronting familial trauma and alcoholism to grappling with the shadow of mental and emotional damage—instilled within him, an unwavering resolve to confront life's challenges head-on.

Yet, amid the chaos of life, and over 25 relocations his narrative is one of relentless pursuit, anchored in the belief that adversity is not an impediment but a catalyst for growth.

In 2016, he ascended to executive leadership within one of Canada's premier financial institutions, leveraging his experiences to shape a narrative of empathy, perseverance, and authentic leadership. The accolades that followed—earning the prestigious CFP® designation, becoming an Executive Circle member of the Financial Psychology Institute, a Psychology of Financial Planning Specialist, and being ordained as an officiant—serve as milestones in a journey marked by tenacity and fortitude.

In 2021, on the cusp of his 40th birthday, Jarrett penned his inaugural book, "Make It A Great Day," a testament to the transformative power of optimism in the face of adversity. But perhaps the pinnacle of his journey and subsequent collaborations came in 2024, with luminaries such as FBI Negotiator Chris Voss and esteemed colleague Michael Laughlin culminated in the publication of "Empathetic Leadership" and "Untapped 60," amplifying the message of resilience and perseverance to a global audience.  These collaborations encapsulate the essence of his journey—forging connections, overcoming obstacles, and finding strength in vulnerability.

Through every twist and turn, he has embraced life's challenges with a smile, determined to find solutions and appreciate the journey. His story is not just one of success but of resilience, perseverance, and the unwavering belief that no dream is too big to conquer. As a speaker, Jarrett brings not just expertise but a lived experience that inspires others to embrace their journey and make every day a great one.

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My favorite speaker was Mike by far. Not only did he have an incredibly inspiring story, full of ups and downs, but he always managed to come out on top of all the situations he was in, seemingly only stronger than he had been before. At some point I remember laughing along at his dumb jokes and then the next point i was tearing up. His story truly was an emotional rollercoaster

– C. McFadgen, Goodfellow – Granite Ridge Education Center

©2024 by Untapped 60

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