Michael Zed Johnson

Michael shares his struggles, along with his successes, with students K - 12 across the U.S. He challenges students to strive for success through the concepts he credits for his own successful entrepreneurial journey.

michael and his family

Invite Michael to Speak

Invite Michael Zed to speak to your students, free of charge to your organization. Once we hear from you, will work on the schedule to bring his encouraging message and compassion to your students.

Bully on the Bus

I'm excited to say the book we wrote about my experience bullying two young ladies on the school bus is finally here! I'm not proud of the way I treated these young ladies, but I have grown and learned from it. 

I share the story as often as I can to encourage young people to not do as I did. 

Be your own person, be proud, be different and be kind. #bebetterthanme

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Books Donated To Students So Far:



  • Michael, What an inspiration you are. Your story and enthusiasm was exactly what our students needed to hear. Thank you for taking the time and genuinely sharing your story. I believe students know when a person is being genuine and that is why they were so attentive to you. Thanks again.

  • Hey! Thank you so much for sharing! You've made such a huge impact in my life! Thank you so much!

  • Michael, I have never met a person that provided such sound practical advice. In any situation that I have come to you for advice, you have always brought up two very valid points. 1) just be a good person 2) do what makes you happy. You have never steered me wrong. I am thankful to call you a friend and a mentor.

  • Michael, I don't even know where to begin with you. Your advice and encouragement over the years has been an integral part of the last handful of life choices I, and my family, have made. I feel foreer indebted to you! I am so fortunate for your dedication to my work, as well as the friendship. I appreciate you so much!



There’s No Such Thing As Luck

As a child and young person, I believed in luck. I would see someone with something and think to myself “they’re so lucky." I never considered the work that went into whatever I considered luck. As an adult, my experience has taught me you create your own luck, your own situation. Whatever that is good or bad, by the decisions you make. For me, asking questions is the best shovel for uncovering opportunities. I didn’t become a business owner because I was lucky. I put myself in a position to become a business owner. ...

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Mental Health and Why the Stigma Changed for Me

This week, while recording my podcast with Jessica Y Greene, Psychotherapist, I discussed what caused me to have a different outlook on mental health. As far back as I can remember, my mother has dealt with depression. She has been on different medications to address this illness, some worked and others maybe not so much. As a young adult in my 20’s and 30’s, I didn’t understand depression. I always looked at it as life is hard for all of us, suck it up and move one. I now know it’s not that simple, ...

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The Benefits and Consequences of Social Media

We all know of the dangers of posting on social media. Things like, you're going on vacation and your home will be vacant, as well as the predators we warn our children of. We also know the benefits of finding old friends you haven't seen in decades and the ability share photos with family and friends. I'm speaking about career benefits and consequences of social media. The benefits are tremendous and abundant. You can market your business to millions of potential clients for free. We have the ability to create a brand based around your passions or business. You can ...

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