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Life Outside the Hustle with Brent Tieri

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 beings.

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:

  1. Marcus’ incredible story of overcoming a spinal cord injury
  2. How to intentionally introduce adversity into our life as a stimulus for growth.
  3. Why we should be living our lives as a series of short sprints rather than a marathon.
  4. What it takes to be a good leader and the art of actually applying those principles.
  5. 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.
  6. How Marcus freed his mind of the “victim” mentality that had crept in after his surgery.
  7. Unconditional gratitude, and using adversity as a compass in which we should actually gravitate towards rather than avoid.
  8. How martial arts led Marcus into coaching and teaching and the other skills he learned over his years of training.
  9. Why we all need something or somebody to be pushing us and how this accountability can be our missing link for growth.
  10. How we can systematically change hardship into opportunity.
  11. How we can use “microadversities” daily to build a stronger mind and body.
  12. Learning to live every day with a sense of urgency.