LOS ANGELES, California – July 25, 2018 – Motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson doesn’t only motivate people with the words in his books and speeches; he inspires people with his actions. On July 24th, the 7-time author will begin his latest extra-mile and bold adventure by crossing his 6th country on foot.
“I use these awesome physical adventures as ax sharpening tools,” Anderson shares. “By walking 500 miles in a foreign country with so many unknowns facing me every day, I sharpen my confidence and the belief that I can do whatever I set my mind to do.”
Creating adventures to sharpen himself is nothing new for the 55-year-old motivator. Anderson has biked 4,000 miles solo across the United States twice, and in the last four years, he has walked 550 miles across Spain in 27 days, hiked 440 miles up the coast of Portugal, walked across England and Ireland, and trekked 750 miles around Shikoku, Japan. Additionally, Anderson has run a 100-mile race, completed a 40-day around-the-world trip and has created adventures in over 45 countries. In 2015, Anderson pushed himself out of his comfort zone in a different way and created a month-long speaking tour in the Philippines where he shared his inspirational message with over 10,000 Filipinos.
“If I’m going to be successful in motivating others to live the best version of themselves, I better have total confidence in being able to successfully motivate myself,” Anderson shares. “Talking about ‘going the extra mile’ in life and overcoming challenges and hardships mean nothing unless I know what it means to walk the talk.”
Anderson, the author of a former #1 book, A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over, and most recently The Four Fibs, concludes, “The excellence and adventure of each of our lives will always be determined by our own vision and a willingness to take action on that vision. If we think we can…we can. If we think we can’t…we can’t. I don’t want to be a person who lets excuses stop my dreams.”
In addition to being a successful lifetime entrepreneur, Anderson is also the Founder of Extra Mile America and the creator of Extra Mile Day – a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change when we go the extra mile. On November 1, 2017, 527 mayors and cities made the unique declaration and recognized those in their local communities who were going the extra mile in volunteerism and service.