On Thursday April 12, Bullis had a special guest speaker. Michelle Poler, a social entrepreneur, a fear facer, and a motivational speaker came to speak to the entire upper school. Michelle grew up with many fears in life. As she got older she realized that the fears were holding her back. Tired of being fearful of everything, Michelle decided to take a stand.
Michelle decided to create a project called 100 days without fear. For one hundred days, Poler faced a different fear of hers every single day. Over these one hundred days, she faced fears such as, dancing in public, jumping off cliffs, and speaking to large crowds. Her project was a success and it went viral. Her project ended up being featured on networks like CNN, CBS, Fox News, and the Huffington Post. Out of the one hundred days without fear, the most important day for Michelle’s career, was the one hundredth day. On this day Michelle decided to face her fear of giving a motivational talk. She faced this fear by giving a Tedx talk. Michelle delivered a wonderful Ted talk. From that moment on, Michelle would give motivational talks all over the world, about what she learned by facing her fears.
Michelle has spoken in front of major corporations such as Youtube, Google, and ESPN. We were extremely lucky to be able to get her to speak at Bullis. Michelle shared her story and extremely important life lessons with us. For example, Michelle spoke about how to face fears, and what facing fears can do for you. She taught us on how to change our perspective.
“What’s the best thing that can happen?” Michelle preached on this statement. Instead of asking yourself, “what’s the worst thing that can happen?” She asked us to focus on the positives and the best things. This is one of the many messages Michelle shared with us. What other messages did the Bullis students take away from Michelle Polers talk?
“Michelle was extremely inspiring” Said Bullis senior Johnathan Hsu. Many Bullis students, if not all, were in agreement with Johnny. “I loved Michelle’s message, I thought it was very powerful.” Stated Bullis track star Masai Russell. Michelle changed the way many students viewed fear.
“Her message changed my viewpoint, just from her speech I felt less fearful.” Said Ciera Pyles. Michelle was an inspiration for us all. Battling fear can be a major problem for us all. If we apply Poler’s lessons to our daily lives, it may help us defeat our fears. We thank her for the time and very grateful for her attendance.