Dave Lukas Chats with Marcus Aurelius Anderson
124: How to Find Opportunity in Adversity with Marcus Aurelius Anderson
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Marcus Aurelius Anderson. Marcus is best-selling Author, TedX speaker, Entrepreneur, and coach who is best known for teaching people how to harness the gift of adversity.
I have had the chance to meet and spend time with Marcus and I was blown away at his insight about life, business, and how to maximize potential.
And the story of how Marcus came to be who he is and teach what he does is one of the most powerful that I have ever heard and I know that you will learn a tremendous amount from him.
Marcus started out going to chiropractor school, was married, and following the typical life path. All at once, he got a divorce and lost a strong male role model in his uncle who was a special forces veteran. This caused Marcus to re-evaluate his life and do something he had always wanted to do deep down, join the special forces.
The only problem the cutoff age was 35 and Marcus was older than that. But the recruiter spoke with him and saw his passion- and how good of shape he was in, so he signed a release to allow him to join.
After the first two weeks of training, he could see that he could do it physically and new his mentality would carry him through. He got placed with the 10th Mountain group.
He was having these symptoms that he was writing off to just the hard work he was doing, but in reality he had a C5 nerve root that was compressed in his spine and the disc exploded while he was sleeping leaving him waking up paralyzed from the neck down in his barrack bunk.
He was bedridden, divorced, and had nothing.
It was at this low point where everything started for him.
To come back from things, Marcus had to be operated on and he flatlined on the operating table twice during the operation. After the surgery, they didn’t expect him to walk unless he could in just a few days or he wouldn’t ever walk. Days turned into weeks, then week’s to months.
He was bedridden for 3 months and was full of anger.
How did you recover?
At the 11 min mark, Marcus talks about the realization and understanding of what would have happened had he been deployed with his team and his injury happened and how that gave him a very positive perspective and helped motivate him. In fact, he sees the whole experience as making him lucky.
It was once he saw his adversity as a gift and found joy in his realization, he began to get feeling back in his fingers and toes.
After a year of physical therapy, Marcus was able to walk again.
Besides learning how use your mind and bend adversity to your will, what is the most important thing you learned about yourself and the human spirit?
How does someone push themselves to grow to their next level?
Can you expand on how people can put habits in their lives to push them and stretch them over their adversities?
How does someone get “unstuck?”
What do you see that consistently holds people back from reaching their potential?
How do you teach people to train and program their mind to become who they are meant to be?
At the 31 min mark, Marcus explains what the “Inner Warrior” is and what it means…
What are some of topics from your book, the Gift of Adversity that you don’t usually talk about, but feel are important?
At the 44 min mark, Marcus gives his 3 steps to help someone in their entrepreneurial journey.
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