Sam is an authority in personal and corporate resilience, best selling author, professional speaking coach, philanthropist, and was named ‘Young Australian of the Year’ in 2009.

Sam’s is a thought leader in ‘peak performance and turnarounds’, and his research and message focuses on ‘bouncing forward’ through difficult times. Sam walks his talk, and it is through his experience that his authentic message is heard.

In October 2006 Sam’s life changed forever. Sam had fallen asleep at the wheel before crashing into a semi-trailer in a combined speed of 206km/h. He was pronounced clinically dead by paramedics for three minutes.

Sam was hospitalised for over 5 months and was told that his chance of survival was slim, and that, best case scenario, if he was to survive he would never walk again.

The doctors were amazed by Sam’s recovery.

They described it as a miracle. And that got me wondering about the difference in psychology between someone who survives a crisis like that and someone who does not”.

Sam says the difference, as it turns out, was an ability to tap into the positive, and rather than dwell in the crisis, embrace whatever happens to you as an opportunity for growth.

“It’s our decision, not our condition that determines our happiness and success in life,” he said.

A year later he defied all odds by taking his first steps into a new life, where his story would continue to inspire and change the lives of people all over the world. Sam began to think that he could apply these same lessons to life in the business world.

Bounce forward Sam CawthornThat may seem a surprising assertion from a man living with a prosthetic arm and chronic phantom pain – but then, that’s all part of his philosophy.

“Everyone has a crisis, it doesn’t matter what or how it occurs, but there is a formula for overcoming it… Before the accident I was a very motivated person, but I had no real direction. Now I see everything differently. I am more grateful for everything and I focus on going forward,” he said.

Sam’s story is simple, yet his message demonstrates the awesome power and strength found within the human spirit when faced with the choice to continue living as a victim of a tragic accident, or to make a choice to seize the opportunity of ‘life’.

Forever the opportunist, Sam chose life, and is now a hugely successful professional keynote speaker, reaching tens of thousands of people around the world each year.

Sam’s passion stretches as far as India where he has set up his own charity supporting people living with a disability in some of the poorest places on earth.

Inspiring stuff, huh!

With just two week’s to go, we are itching to get this EPIC event underway, and hear from our incredible lineup of speakers. We’re still taking applications for Awesomeness Fest Thailand, so if you’re looking to be inspired, meet incredible people, and connect with likeminded entrepreneurs, thought leaders and visionaries, click here.

Also, Awesomeness Fest Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is taking place on November 6-9. This event is going to be truly incredible, in a spectacular location, with magical parties, and inspiring speakers like Sean Stevenson and Dave Asprey.

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