W. Mitchell
W. Mitchell

W. Mitchell

Motivational Speaker and Author of It's Not What Happens To You - It's What You Do About It

Speaking Topics

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  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Empowerment
  • Leadership
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • It's Not What Happens To You - It's What You Do About It

Travels From

  • CA

Speaker's Fee Range

  • $10,000 - $20,000

W. Mitchell

W. Mitchell's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
W. Mitchell once guided passengers up the famous hills of San Francisco, as a strong and entertaining cable-car gripman. Amazingly, the same scenario holds true today! As an award-winning keynote speaker, he now guides audiences uphill and empowers them to take responsibility for life's inevitable challenges and to embrace the power of taking charge. As W. Mitchell so convincingly states, "It's not what happens to you. It's what you do about it."

Your presentation provided us a tremendous opportunity to stop, reflect upon our strengths, give thanks for our many blessings, and inspire us to more fully utilize the opportunity we are so fortunate to have before us.

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Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and then a paralyzing plane crash four years later, W. Mitchell learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was "his" uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, W. Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy -- that most limitations are self-imposed.

Step by step, W. Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain", a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. His accomplishments have received media recognition in North America on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and their counterparts around the world. W. Mitchell has been a radio and television host, a successful author, an award winning international keynote speaker and the subject of a recent television special.

More About W. Mitchell . . .
Today, as an international keynote speaker, W. Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as W. Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points. "Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left."

W. Mitchell shares his unforgettable story and proven strategies with corporations and associations throughout the world...in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. W. Mitchell has met with presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, managers, and workers with a message filled with warmth, good humor and wisdom. People leave inspired and encouraged to take action regardless of the obstacles! Imagine the impact of these same words on your organization as W. Mitchell eloquently and compassionately guides each person "uphill" through their challenges.
Suggested Keynote Programs
  • It's Not What Happens To You - It's What You Do About It
  • Leading With Courage
What People Are Saying

"W. Mitchell has refused to be overcome by two life-threatening and life-changing accidents–disastrous events, which, if given the power, could have ruled his life to its end. Instead, he decided to make the tragedies that befell him a starting point. When he says, 'It's not what happens to you in life, it's what you do about it,' you can be sure that he is a living, breathing example of that message to us."

— Anthony Robbins

"W. Mitchell's impact has been extraordinary. The following day we were all talking about his message and more importantly, NOW…over three months since his presentation, we are still responding. He helped remind us that attitude and great performance have a direct correlation, and his ability to relate is among the best of any I've ever seen."

— Randy Lunch, Vice President Marketing, US West

"Mitchell is one of the most inspirational speakers we have ever met."

- Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, authors of Chicken Soup For The Soul