SOURCE: Motivational Author Shawn Anderson

Motivational Author Shawn Anderson

October 15, 2014 17:18 ET

One Man's Passion Leads 500 Cities to "Go the Extra Mile"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2014) - On November 1st, over 500 cities from across the United States will proclaim Extra Mile Day…a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we "go the extra mile." Growing from 23 cities in its inaugural 2009 year, Extra Mile Day is the vision of motivational guru Shawn Anderson, a man passionate about making his life count and empowering others to do the same.

Whether it is in encouraging others to continue to pursue fading dreams or uplifting people to not to let life's tragedies derail hope, Anderson has dedicated his life to inspiring others to maximize their potential and contribution. His message is consistent and to the point: "Want a better life? Go the extra mile."

First spreading the "go the extra mile" message across the U.S. in 2009, Anderson used a symbolic 4,000-mile ocean-to-ocean solo bike ride. On the ride, the 47-year-old non-bicyclist created motivational events in 21 national cities. At these events, Anderson interviewed over 200 people who had been recognized as going the extra mile in overcoming personal setback or who had risked everything in order to accomplish something extraordinary. After the ninety-day tour, Anderson, a motivational speaker and author, personally gave away $10,000 to those people whose stories he found especially inspiring. He also captured many of these motivating stories in his fifth book, Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose.

Since 2009, Extra Mile Day has continued to build enthusiastic momentum with mayors across the U.S. With their declarations, mayors are recognizing the contribution of individuals and organizations in their local community who demonstrate an extra mile spirit in service and effort. "With millions of people hoping for someone else to make their lives better...a boss, a spouse, a government program...the Extra Mile Day movement reminds us that the positive change we seek in our own lives and in society begins with the person in the mirror," says Anderson. "When we sit around and wait for change, we're wasting our breath, time and lives."

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