W Mitchell, CSP, CPAE

It's Not What Happens to you, it's What You Do About It

W Mitchell understands challenge and change first hand. Two accidents within four years left him first burned, then paralyzed. But Mitchell's indomitable spirit and amazing courage were not bound by physical limits. His story is one of moving on, taking action, embracing change and accepting responsibility. His life now clearly illustrates his philosophy-that all limits are self-imposed.

Tens of thousands have benefited from W Mitchell's keynotes as well as his spellbinding book, It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It. The Today Show, Good Morning America, Time and Parade have told millions more what took him from a burn unit and a wheelchair, literally to the top of the mountain. Rave reviews nationally and internationally!

As he delivers his message about Taking Responsibility for Change, you realize he has reached a unique understanding, through personal experience, of how to deal with change; both the unexpected and the elusive. Having overcome near-fatal burns and later paralysis from an airplane accident, two life threatening and life changing experiences-he now talks to groups about the possibilities of the human mind and spirit.

Mitchell has served in the Marines and worked as a gripman on the San Francisco cable cars; as the former "Mayor who Saved a Mountain" in Crested Butte, Colorado; as congressional nominee and radio and public television personality…and has been described as a renaissance man. In 1975, Mitchell co-founded and chaired Vermont Castings, Inc., which put thousands of people to work.

Mitchell was awarded the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)-the pinnacle of recognition in platform speaking. He once told a patient at Craig Hospital in Denver: "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 lost, or focus on the 9,000 I have left."

With warmth, wisdom and wit, Mitchell keynotes, opens and closes meetings for organizations all over North America and around the world.

His keynote topics include:

  • It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You do About It
  • Leading with Courage [Leadership]
  • When Life Sends you Challenges Travels From: California or Hawaii

Travels From: California or Hawaii