A couple months ago when I was out in Maine, I had the opportunity to sit down with an absolutely incredible man who went from lying nearly dead on the battlefield of Afghanistan to losing portions of both his arms and legs to now running an organization dedicated to serving and developing injured members of our military.
His name is Travis Mills and today, he talks with us about choosing your attitude and approach towards life, maintaining composure in chaos, learning how to ask for and accept help, and how to rise above the victim mentality.
“A big reason I can have the attitude I have is because I don’t see myself as handicapped or someone with a disability.” Tweet That— Travis Mills
My guest today is an absolutely incredible and inspiring man.
His name is Travis Mills and he is a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Divison. He’s also one of only 5 quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
But more than simply survive, Travis is thriving in life with his beautiful family, multiple successful businesses, and the Travis Mills Foundation in Maine.
He is a New York Times Bestselling author, a motivational speaker, an actor, and an advocate for both amputees and veterans.
Today, he’s here to talk with us about his life-changing injuries and how he’s overcome extreme adversity to serve himself, his family, and those who have gone through similar experiences as him.
“When I got blown up, I felt like ‘No way would I ever let my guys see fear come from me.'” Tweet That— Travis Mills
- Choosing not to be a victim of your circumstances
- Choosing your attitude
- How to effectively lead from the front
- How to maintain composure in chaos
- How to keep from dwelling on the past
- Using your challenges to help others with theirs
- Learning to ask for and accept help
- Recognizing opportunities and big-picture thinking
- How to keep yourself and your ego in check
- Being able to adapt when life throws you a curveball
- Striking the balance between being satisfied and wanting to grow
- How to focus on the things you can control
“At the end of the day, I can’t change what happened to me. I can’t change the fact that I got blown up. I can’t change the fact that I have no arms and legs. So, through those trials and tribulations, I’ve found a lot of life lessons.” Tweet That— Travis Mills
If you’ve been listening for any amount of time, you know that I believe it’s no surprise that our boys are facing an uphill battle. In fact, if you look at the statistics, you can clearly see that boys are falling behind on some very serious and alarming metrics from academics, to depression and suicide, drug abuse, violence, criminal activity, college rates, and income to name a few.
If you’re a father of a boy between the ages of 8-15, we want to equip you with the tools you’ll need to usher your son into manhood. And, that’s exactly what we’re doing at our second Legacy Experience on April 11th-14th, 2019.
All you have to do is get to Las Vegas with your son and we’ll take care of the rest from food and transportation to an array of physical, mental, and emotional challenges all designed to push and test both of you, forge deeper connections, and help your son go from boy to man.
If you want to learn more and lock in your seat, head to www.orderofman.com/legacy.
“We all have our own problems. We all have something we’re going through. So, if my story has helped you, that’s great, but don’t think that I hold myself on some pedestal because I really don’t.” Tweet That— Travis Mills
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“I can’t control my situation but I can control my attitude.” Tweet That— Travis Mills