Marcus Aurelius Anderson, mindset coach, speaker, and author of the book The Gift of Adversity, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Marcus shares with us his incredible story of overcoming a severe spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down and the profound lessons he learned from this experience. I say “experience” because Marcus was somehow able to reverse the paralysis and recover nearly 100% physically, and emotionally, became a better man from it. Marcus shares with us how he did it all and how he was able to transform the greatest adversity he ever faced into his greatest gift in life. If you’re wondering how to overcome mentally, emotionally, or even physically crippling adversities that come your way in life and transform them into your greatest assets, check this episode out now!
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In our episode we go over:
- How Marcus Aurelius Anderson became endowed with such a noble name
- What Marcus has learned about trying to live up to this name his entire life and the most important lesson he learned from the original Marcus Aurelius
- Why Marcus joined the military at the ripe old age of 38
- The spinal injury that nearly took his life
- The severity of his spinal injury and why it left him paralyzed from the neck down
- How he got this spinal injury in the first place and the lesson he learned about listening to your body
- The fact that Marcus literally died twice on the hospital’s operating table
- His initial optimism about walking and being active again
- His pessimism and depression three months later while still in the hospital and unable to walk and what was going through his mind
- Why Marcus Aurelius felt like he’d wasted his life up until that point in time
- How he started shifting his perspective on what happened to him and how he started getting the negative thoughts out of his consciousness
- Finding the hidden gift from his major physical life adversity
- Where Marcus would be right now if he could never walk again
- Being paralyzed emotionally and why so many people fall into this category in life, and don’t even realize it
- Breaking past the victim mindset and why you have to fight this immediately
- Why adversity has shaped my life and made me a better man
- Why we’re only as strong as the adversity we overcome
- Understanding and learning from the Adversity Scale
- The strength you gain both emotionally and mentally from having overcome adversity in life
- The compassion, empathy, and love that you gain from facing adversity
- The profound secret his great-uncle gave him when he was a child about facing adversity and why your purpose trumps all
- The power of having positive energy when facing adversity
- Realizing that adversity is an opportunity to grow
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