Los Angeles, CA – November 20, 2023 – Motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson has dedicated his life to inspiring others to “go the extra mile” in chasing dreams and making a difference. And he knows what he’s talking about.
Whether it is in motivating others to not give up the pursuit of unachieved goals or in encouraging people to not let life’s defeats and tragedies derail their future hope, Anderson is passionate in his purpose to empower others to live the life they want to live. “The world is full of people, moments and experiences shouting at us all the things we can’t do or aren’t good enough to do,” Anderson shares. “I want to be the opposite voice – the one who whispers right back, ‘Don’t give up; you are great enough!’”
The author of seven books, including The Four Fibs, A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and SOAR to the Top!, Anderson is also the visionary behind Extra Mile Day. On November 1, 2023, 513 cities made a unique declaration to recognize the individuals and organizations who are “going the extra mile” in volunteerism and service in their local communities.
Anderson shares, “Every day, there are TWO miles we can walk. The first mile and the EXTRA mile. The first mile is the 5,280 feet that life requires us to walk – as parents, friends, spouses, partners, employees, bosses, bill payers and pet owners…and in checking off the items on our daily ‘To Do’ list. The first mile is what’s required to get by.”
Anderson continues, “The extra mile is finding the time, energy, and heart to keep walking, doing, and giving past our daily survival commitments. Despite feeling exhaustion, disappointment, and frustration, we still find the ‘push’ in us to walk, do and give extra for our health, goals, people and the causes that matter to us. The extra mile is what’s required if we want a better life.”
A lifetime entrepreneur, Anderson is not shy about pushing himself to go the extra mile physically either. He has pedaled a bike solo ocean-to-ocean across the United States twice and has walked across nine countries since 2014.
“Life can be brutally tough at times, and it is easy to quit on our dreams and ourselves. The ‘go the extra mile’ message, however, gives people a better choice than just throwing their arms in the air and saying ‘I give up.’” Anderson concludes, “Going the extra mile gives us a chance to make our lives better. When we ‘go the extra mile,’ desired outcomes always have a chance of shining.”