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Episode 053 – Marcus Aurelius Anderson

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Episode 053:
Overcoming Paralysis and Pain to Find Purpose with Marcus Aurelius Anderson

“Adversity forces adaptation.” - Marcus Aurelius Anderson

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Life has many ways of challenging us. 

Most of the time we are faced with minor inconveniences, but there are times when we are faced with extreme amounts of adversity. 

Your success will depend on whether or not you can find the gift and lesson hidden within your pain. 

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 definition of success.

On this episode of the #IAmMovement podcast, Marcus and I discuss the event that drastically changed his life, how our emotions can blind us from the truth, and how Marcus went from being paralyzed and in pain, to find his purpose.

Topics Discussed

00:00 – Intro to Marcus

01:50 – Marcus’ background

05:27 – The event that dramatically shifted Marcus’ life

09:32 – Adversity will make you stronger

11:38 – The inner narrative

13:42 – Take ownership of your problems

16:09 – Flatlining 

17:37 – Heighten your gratitude

19:31 – Connect with Marcus 

21:25 – The Power of Your Identity

26:00 – Marcus’ everyday life

27:40 – What’s great about this?

29:35 – Support, Encourage, and Challenge

32:07 – Finding your blend

Key Takeaways:

“Great coaches and leaders have the heart of a student and the soul of a teacher.” – Marcus Aurelius Anderson

“The way that we talk to ourselves is the way that we will eventually talk to the people we love the most.” – Marcus Aurelius Anderson

“They say you don’t know what you got till it’s gone, but that’s not true. We know what we have, we just assume that we will always have it.”– Marcus Aurelius Anderson

“Life is – What we hope will happen, what we fear will happen, and what actually happens.” – Marcus Aurelius Anderson

“Emotions assassinate the truth and that is translated into the body.” – Marcus Aurelius Anderson

You’ll Learn

Why adversity can be one of our greatest gifts

The meaning of true gratitude

Why nothing will change until you take ownership of your problems.

And much more!

Resources:

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