W Mitchell

A Powerful Messenger, a Profound Message, an Unforgettable Experience!

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


As an international keynote speaker, 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 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.

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 he eloquently and compassionately guides each person “uphill” through their challenges. If Mitchell can soar to the top, so can you and your organization.

  • It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It
  • Leading With Courage

“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

“The response to your message was extremely positive! To this day, advisors who heard you speak still thank me for inviting you here.”
David S. Kreager, CFP, Group Vice President, American Express Financial Advisors, Inc.

“I’ve been having these meetings three times a year for the last few years, and none of our previous meetings have received the kind of positive reaction this one did.”
W. Donald Sullivan, State Farm Insurance

“Two Thumbs Up.” “A Five-Star Presentation.” “Heartwarming, compassionate, enlightening.” “The wake up call we all needed.” These are among the comments received following your presentation in San Francisco this past Friday. From each and all of us at TV Fanfare, thank you for sharing your life with us. You have saved us years of self-education in the school of hard knocks.”
Keith Sonne, Sr. Vice President, TV Fanfare 

“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

A partial list of Mitchell’s financial services clients

  • Allstate
  • American Express
  • Bank One
  • Cigna
  • Equitable Life
  • Fireman’s Fund
  • ITT Hartford
  • Lincoln Mutual
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Million Dollar Round Table
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • New York Life
  • Pioneer Life
  • Prudential Life Insurance
Travels From:  California
$10,001 to $15,000


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 Mitchell so convincingly states, It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do about it.

Why Mitchell?  Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, he 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, 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, 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. He has been a radio and television host, a successful author, an award winning international keynote speaker and the subject of a recent television special. 



With warmth and wisdom, W Mitchell recaps the precise moments that instantly erased and rewrote the course of his life. From a fiery motorcycle accident that left him burned over 65% of his body, to the airplane crash that took away his ability to walk, Mitchell steadily rebuilt his life. He learned to work through the painful challenges and the devastating losses. He found new ways of facing everyday challenges with courage, determination, and good humor. This seemingly hopeless story evolved into an amazing life of achievement that has inspired audiences throughout the world.

Mitchell reveals the core beliefs and proven strategies that lead to his personal and professional successes. He proves to audiences that setbacks can be transformed into new starting points and that we all must take responsibility for the changes in our life. Not only will he demonstrate what it takes, but he will provide the necessary tools that can be used to improve the quality of your unique situation.

  • Put yourself and others back in charge.
  • Be empowered to take action based on Mitchell’s compelling examples.
  • Understand that most limitations are self-imposed and it’s time to move past them.
  • Learn to take responsibility for change and master adversity.
  • Learn to think and act creatively.
  • Gain a new perspective on seemingly impossible situations.
  • Feel the joy of living at your best regardless of the challenges.
  • Experience a renewal of both mind and spirit and be inspired to achieve greatness.

The willingness to take responsibility is the mark of a leader. The person who recognizes that how we respond and how we choose to respond to a situation, serves as a powerful example for the organization. Showing courage is what W Mitchell’s life is all about. By being someone who has not let life’s detours determine his course, Mitchell is highly regarded as a leader in business, government and in non-profits. He demonstrates by his life and through his conversations with audiences, the power of choosing your responses. People come away with new insights and tools to help lead others.

Areas of expertise

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Dealing with Change
  • Accountability
  • Empowerment
  • Communication


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