LOS ANGELES, California – August 30, 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 August 22nd, the 7-time author completed his latest extra-mile adventure by walking across his 6th country in sneakers – this time, Italy.
“I use these awesome physical adventures as ax sharpening tools,” Anderson shares. “Life has a way of dulling us unless we keep ourselves sharp. By walking 500 miles from Milan to Rome carrying only a backpack and with so many unknowns facing me every day, I sharpen my confidence and humility simultaneously.”
Creating extra-mile challenges is nothing new for the 55-year-old motivator. The author of a former #1 motivational book, A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over, SOAR to the Top!, and most recently The Four Fibs, Anderson has also walked across Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland and 750 miles around Shikoku, Japan. He has pedaled a bike solo ocean-to-ocean across the United States twice, run a 100-mile race, completed a 40-day around-the-world trip and has created adventures in 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 “go the extra mile” 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 fear means nothing unless I know what it means to walk the talk. And I do.”
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 cities made the “Extra Mile Day” declaration and recognized the contributions of the volunteer heroes and organizations in their cities.
“Life is short, and we get one shot at living it. Live yours with every extra-mile ounce of inspiration in you so you’ll have fewer regrets later,” Anderson concludes.