What a privilege to spend an intimate afternoon with one of the great speakers of the last 25 years! W Mitchell spoke to a small group of the 'O' family in a nearby pub in Balmain.
We hung on every word of his talk as he told the adults and children in the room - that it's not what happens to you in life, it's what you do about it.
It was particularly great to see Mitchell talk and engage with the children in the room , as he recalled in the most amazing manner and style, some of the huge personal challenges he has faced in his life and how he changed the way he looks at people and 'problems' to help him overcome his challenges. An unbelievably impactful and inspiring afternoon.
Speaking from a wheelchair with the evidence of debilitating burns written on his skin, you'd be forgiven for thinking that his tale was one of amazing personal courage in the face of adversity. It is that, of course, but W. Mitchell is so much more.
Long before his motorcycle or plane accidents, the will and determination to challenge the status quo and stretch the limits of what's possible were already an indelible part of his nature. His pre-accident achievements are every bit as awe-inspiring as the energy and passion he continues to bring to every facet of his life is incredible.
Mitchell thanks for your generosity of spirit and the time you took to connect with everyone in the room. That was amazing.