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Marcus Anderson

  • Achievement

  • Coaching

  • Inspiration

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Resilence

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About Marcus Anderson

While serving in the United States Army, I was seriously injured as I prepared to deploy with 10th Mountain Light Infantry Division. This injury left me paralyzed and turned my world upside down. During the subsequent surgery I died on the operating table, twice. While the surgery saved my life, I was still unable to walk.

Unsure of my future, I fell into a deep depression. During this time, I had no choice but to ask myself some difficult questions and do a tremendous amount of soul searching. Finally after many months of darkness, I had an epiphany.

This caused a huge personal paradigm shift allowing me to see my injury as a wakeup call. This gift of adversity served as the catalyst I needed to change my mindset and therefore, my life. The lessons learned from my endeavor revealed my purpose and drives me to spread my message today.

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Peak Performance and Optimal Performance

Peak performance is not sustainable, how do you create optimal level of performance?  Whatever your optimal level is in any given day will all create.

Optimal performance is sustainable and scalable and peak performance is only something you can do with long term preparation and a long time to recover. Prioritizing, being completely present in whatever you are doing

  • Peak Performance is not sustainable, Optimal performance is

  • What is Optimal Performance?

  • Self-Auditing, every decision gets us closer to our goals or it doesn’t

Innovative Leadership

The most innovative and effective principles of leadership are often underutilized and overlooked. This presentation teaches effective leadership skills that deliver big results with less effort.  Leading by example.

  • Adversity equals opportunity

  • Pragmatic Empathy – Cultivating an environment of adapting, freedom to fail and effort to improve

  • Leading by Example – If we are not leading by example we are leading we are just setting a bad example

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The Gift of Adversity

After being paralyzed and dying on the operating table I now see my injury as the wake-up call I needed to live my life with purpose. I use the lessons learned from my Gift of Adversity now to teach others actionable steps to live their lives to the fullest.

  • Accomplish your dreams

  • Tips to overcome any adversity 

  • Be inspired to achieve your greatness

  • 360 Gratitude

What People Are Saying…

Assistant Principal

"Thank you for sharing your truth with the world. The way you connected every story to a life learned lesson was supremely valuable."

Dr. Bob Choat

"Marcus is highly skilled as a speaker, coach and mentor. His dedication to his craft as well as coming back from overwhelming odds is truly inspirational."

Chris Cebollero

"You find inspiration with Marcus Aurelius Anderson with his Gift of Adversity. If you're looking for a speaker, motivator and teacher, this is your guy."

"Adversity is a gift - embrace it"

- Marcus Anderson


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"The Gift of Adversity"

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...

"The Gift of Adversity" tells the inspiring story and lessons learned from overcoming pain and paralysis to find purpose. Based on Marcus Aurelius Anderson's life and TEDx talk, "The Gift of Adversity" gives functional and inspiring wisdom that can be applied in personal development, motivation, and achievement.


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