We all talk about wanting change…happiness…more opportunity
Marina Del Rey, CA (Vocus) October 27, 2010
Across the United States, 108 cities and 6 states have declared November 1, 2010, Extra Mile Day by, a day to honor and recognize individuals and organizations that are demonstrating an extra mile spirit in service and effort. In association with the Extra Mile America Foundation, mayors and governors across the country on both sides of the political aisle have come together to remind people that the greatest success and change in life comes from individual and organizational effort in “going the extra mile.”
To support the November 1 day, Executive Director of the Extra Mile America Foundation, Shawn Anderson, is crossing the country on a speaking tour to share a passionate message that real change in life does not come from a government program, a boss, or a spouse. It comes from “going the extra mile” and putting forth greater effort in all that we do individually. Set to speak over 100 times between August and November 1 in cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Anderson has shared his motivational message with service clubs, high schools, churches, colleges, non-profit organizations, homeless shelters, and has keynoted fundraising events.
“We all talk about wanting change…happiness…more opportunity,” says Anderson. “However, relying on others to make that happen is only wishing for life to get better. Taking personal responsibility…and going the extra mile individually…is where true success is found.”
Shawn’s extra mile motivational message has had a positive impact on audiences across the country. “Shawn is dynamic in both his message and presentation. He is all heart and soul; a real person with whom we can all relate,” says Gail Marshall, an Anaheim California Rotarian. Jerry Billington with Faith City Ministries in Amarillo, Texas, said, “To say the least, Shawn was extremely inspirational to our homeless guests as well as our students. They are still referring to ‘going the extra mile.’”
First spreading the “go the extra mile” message across the U.S. in 2009, Anderson used a symbolic 4,000-mile ocean-to-ocean bike ride. On the ride, the 47-year-old, non-bicyclist created motivational events in 21 national cities. At these events, Anderson interviewed over 200 people who had been recognized as going the extra mile in overcoming personal setback or who had risked everything in order to accomplish something extraordinary. After the ninety-day tour, Anderson personally gave away $10,000 to those people whose stories he found especially inspiring. Many of these motivating stories are captured in Anderson’s fifth book, Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose.
“I spent time with people who overcame tragedy…and created something great. I spent time with others who built extraordinary organizations based on their passion alone.” Anderson continues, “All of these people had succeeded in walking life’s hot coals…and they all succeeded in coming across to the other side determined to make a real life difference.”
“Times are tough for many people…no doubt. But the ‘go the extra mile’ message gives people an alternative to just throwing their arms in the air and saying ‘I give up,’” Anderson says. “We all have the choice when times get tough to dig deep…do more…try harder…and affect practically every area of our life in a positive way.”
Anderson is available for motivational speaking, corporate training, success coaching, and group fundraising.