Aug 26, 2019
Marcus Aurelius Anderson is an author, TEDx speaker, Keynote
Speaker and executive Mindset Coach.
While preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army, Marcus suffered a
severe spinal injury that left him paralyzed.
After dying on the operating table twice, the surgeons saved his
life, but told him he'd never walk again.
Having no other option, Marcus started doing some brutally
honest soul searching, looking for the lesson to be learned from
his injury. Once he started seeing his Adversity as a gift instead
of a curse, something miraculous began to happen...
Marcus now speaks, writes, inspires and teaches others to
overcome their own Adversity and actualize their personal
definition of success.
His TEDx talk "The Gift of Adversity" tells of how we can use
our Adversity to make us into better leaders, citizens and human
His book "The Gift of Adversity: Overcoming Paralysis and Pain
to Find Purpose" is available on Amazon and Kindle.
In this episode we dive into:
- Marcus’ incredible story of overcoming a spinal cord
- How to intentionally introduce adversity into our life as a
stimulus for growth.
- Why we should be living our lives as a series of short sprints
rather than a marathon.
- What it takes to be a good leader and the art of actually
applying those principles.
- The importance of removing our emotional attachment to an event
so that we can process things objectively, and how this oftentimes
leads to us discovering that the things we thought were problems
aren’t actually problems at all.
- How Marcus freed his mind of the “victim” mentality that had
crept in after his surgery.
- Unconditional gratitude, and using adversity as a compass in
which we should actually gravitate towards rather than avoid.
- How martial arts led Marcus into coaching and teaching and the
other skills he learned over his years of training.
- Why we all need something or somebody to be pushing us and how
this accountability can be our missing link for growth.
- How we can systematically change hardship into
- How we can use “microadversities” daily to build a stronger
mind and body.
- Learning to live every day with a sense of urgency.