Tom Morris, is a “Real World” Motivator that works as the Senior Director of Athletic Performance at Indiana University, He specializes in strength and conditioning for Olympic and collegiate athletes.
He is not a “motivational speaker”. He is a motivator that takes time away from his full-time job to share his story to show people that anything is possible.
For a large part of Tom’s life, he took for granted what a healthy strong body and mind play into your everyday life. Growing up as an athlete and being surrounded by sports led Tom to live a physically active and competitive lifestyle. Tom has raced in numerous cycling races, 12/24/36/72-hour adventure races, and triathlons of all distances. After suffering a spinal cord injury in May of 2012, he went from being on top of the world both mentally and physically to being what he refers to as “Zeroed Out”. Tom went from racing some of the toughest races on earth to not being able to push a wheelchair more than 5 ft. This life-changing event made him realize how fortunate we are to wake up each and every day. To have the ability to live life without barriers. To have the option to achieve any goal that we want.
One of Tom’s biggest passions in life is to help others achieve their own goals. He uses his energy, passion for life and his own personal story with the hope that it can to show others that anything in life is attainable, if you just start, and never ever give up.
- Tom’s number one habit is keeping his head held high in public.
- He says that being aware and present and saying hi to people changes so much.
- Saying hi helps to build relationships and starts a conversation.
- Tom talks with Gary about a life-changing accident where he broke his neck.
- He felt like he had lost his independence.
- “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life.”
- He had little goals every day that helped create great change when he continually did them.
- Building relationships are the foundation of how you build a team.
- It’s important to break out of your comfort zone.
- Being pushed by tough challenges is uncomfortable.
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
- Our struggles and our challenges become opportunities.
- I can do this.
- Saying I can’t is the biggest no-no. It does not exist.
- Saying I can creates hope.
- You have to move forward.
Tom Morris’ Recharge Round
- Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? A CAN attitude promotes growth.
- What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? He meditates and keeps a gratitude journal.
- Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? His wife.
- What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? “A test of a true man’s character is done when no one is looking.”
- Recommend a book and share why you love it? The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
- Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world? Limitless. That anything is possible.
Check out Tom’s website at tommorrisperformance.com!
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