Summary of W Mitchell
Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, W Mitchell learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was "his" uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy -- that most limitations are self-imposed. Step by step, Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain," a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change, and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.Download Full Bio
W Mitchell is the triumphant victor of two devastating accidents. Today, as an award winning keynote speaker, he inspires others to take responsibility for the unexpected challenges that occur at work and throughout life. Learn how to embrace the power behind CHOICES, RESPONSIBILITY, PERSPECTIVE andFOCUS from a man who went on to achieve national and international successes.
As a young man, Mitchell's was in a blazing motorcycle accident that burned 65% of his body. Then, four years later, he was sentenced to life in a wheelchair following an airplane crash. Throughout the recovery process, he firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the countless changes and prosper. Through hard-earned wisdom and determination, he allowed “change” to become a positive force towards facing the impossible. “It's not what happens to you. It's what you do about it.” His seemingly hopeless story evolved into an amazing life of achievement that has inspired audiences throughout the world.
Following his accidents, Mitchell became an internationally acclaimed mayor “who saved a mountain”, a successful businessman who put 1000's of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and countless magazines. He is a successful author and was the subject of a recent television special, Super Humans. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy that “most limitations are self-imposed”.
Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action "“ not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.
Mitchell tells audiences, “Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.” Former President Bill Clinton recently told a group of people in Toronto that he thinks about W Mitchell's message every week.
Mitchell shares his unforgettable story and proven strategies with corporations and associations throughout the world, including multiple visits to the White House, Canada, South Africa, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Dubai, Australia and Europe. He currently serves as president of the International Federation of Professional Speakers, traveling extensively throughout the world. He truly is unstoppable!
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