Inspiring people is an art form and more often than not it requires a willingness to share painful past events and a desire to help others achieve meaning and contentment in life. W Mitchell has near perfected the art and has been spreading his word and impacting people’s lives for quite some time now.
He has been hailed as “the man who won’t be defeated” and one who “…rose like a phoenix from his own ashes” to overcome the harsh reality that life left him with. Having held talks all around the world, conducted meetings with Presidents and Prime Ministers as well as top level management for a raft of international companies, demand for him is high, and it is therefore an honour that Malaysia will now have the opportunity to hear this award-winning keynote speaker share his unforgettable story and proven strategies that have helped him reach the position he has today.
A survivor of two major accidents, a motorcycle crash that left him with third-degree burns over 65% of his body, and a mere five years later, a plane crash that left him paralysed from the waist down, Mitchell had the gruelling task of rebuilding his life almost from scratch. The vast majority of people would have thrown in the towel and given up. However, his philosophy asserts that life is what you make of it and that absolutely nothing in it is absolute. He proclaims that the universe starts in your head and spreads from there to the rest of the world, not vice versa.
His achievements since his injuries are a testament to his philosophy and assertiveness towards life and are an example of what all people should aspire to. Besides the fact that he is a self-made millionaire, was elected Mayor of Crested Butte, Colorado, a member of numerous boards of directors, media personality, radio commentator, respected environmentalist and commercial pilot, he is also highly physical and is an avid river-rafter and sky diver. Clearly, his accomplishments are an example that life’s limitations are merely self-imposed.
A core-belief in his ideology is the ability to take charge and empower oneself as well as understanding that setbacks can be used as fresh starting points in one’s life. He gives new meaning to the idea of finding the silver lining and gaining perspective on seemingly impossible situations. Listening to his talks, people come away with new insights and tools to not only help themselves, but to help others as well. His integrity and resolve are undeniable as he so clearly lives his own message.
Listen to Mitchell himself, as he recounts his story and shares the important points he’s picked up along the way, both before and after his accidents. In his own words, “If they have kept me happy, imagine what they can do for you.” One thing is certain, no one will go away unaffected from this talk. If you want to delve deeper then you can always pick up his book It’s Not What Happens To You, It’s What You Do About It, in which he elaborates on setbacks and finish lines during his life, and will provide further perspective on challenge, change and courage.
W Mitchell Inspires Asia
Where: KLCC Convention Centre
When: 16 May