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066: From The Miracle On The Hudson To Making All Moments Matter with David Sanderson

You’ve heard of turning your mess into your message, right? Well what about turning you mess into a movie? And then that movie becomes a blockbuster hit staring Tom Hanks. That’s what happened to todays feature guest. Few people can say they survived a plane crash. Let alone a plain crash in the Hudson River. Our feature guest today has experienced more in life than most would ever expect. Now he is making every moment matter. In fact David Sanderson has written the book called Moments Matter. This was a very entertaining and valuable conversation.

Since the Miracle on the Hudson, considered to be the most successful ditching in aviation history, Dave Sanderson has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor and author.

In his presentations, he shares and teaches “The 12 Resources to create your own Personal Flight Plan TM,”precepts that enabled him to become a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world and ultimately enabled him to survive the plane crash. In addition to being a top sales producer, he was Director of Security for Internationally renowned speaker, Tony Robbins.

Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $8.56 million

for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization

as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from the first person he saw after he was

rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.

Moments-Matter-Cover-2In his new book, Moments Matter, Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how to take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to survive and “create your own flight plan. “ A firsthand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 appears in the book Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life by Dorothy Firman and Kevin Quirk. He has also participated in upcoming documentaries produced and directed by Rick Lopez, which is scheduled to be released in 2017 and for NHK in Tokyo to be aired January 2017. In the movie ‘Sully’ directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, viewers will see the “untold” story of what Sanderson and the other 154 people on US Airways 1549 experienced on that fateful day.

Sanderson was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio and Winchester, Virginia. He attended James Madison University and graduated with a BBA in International Business. He began his professional career in restaurant management, and went on to work as a National Sales Manager for ADP; Management Consultant for KPMG, Senior Vice-President of Sales for Genesis 10; Application Sales Manager for Oracle, and Security Director for Robbins Research International, Inc., An Anthony Robbins Company. He lives with Terri, his wife of 29 years and his four children – Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance – in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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[spp-timestamp time=”4:27″] David’s Attitude of Gratitude

  • All of my family is healthy
  • Having energy for today

[spp-timestamp time=”5:14″] The mindset of Tony Robbins

[spp-timestamp time=”6:54″] Let’s get Personal

[spp-timestamp time=”12:00″] What was really going on when the plane was going down?

[spp-timestamp time=”14:22″] How well did Tom Hanks as Captain Chelsey B. Sullenberger “Sully“?

[spp-timestamp time=”15:35″] How much did your past play into your reaction as the plane was going down?

[spp-timestamp time=”20:58″] David’s Biggest Kick in the Gut moment.

  • I got let go of my first sales job.

[spp-timestamp time=”15:43″] What was David’s Enough is enough moment. And what did he learn?

  • Tony Robbins was always there to help me bounce back.

[spp-timestamp time=”26:21″] Who is your book “Moments Matter” for?

Paying it Forward 

[spp-timestamp time=”31:32″] Action Steps you can take today.

  • Look for a place you can give gratitude to
  • Do something to help your body
  • If you see somebody in need, help them out

[spp-timestamp time=”33:49″] What daily habits make the biggest impact in your life?

  • Get my body going first thing in the morning with a workout
  • 15 minutes I focus on outcomes
  • Look at cash accounts to make sure I know where my money is going

[spp-timestamp time=”53:34″] What book would you recommend to our Abundant Leaders and why?

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[spp-timestamp time=”38:35″] Parting piece of guidance

  • Be conscious of the meanings you attach to things

[spp-timestamp time=”40:13″] What does Living A Life of Abundance mean to David Sanderson?

  • Have joy in my life. Not just happiness
  • When I’m impacting other people

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Thanks @CarleyBoyette for great interview airing on 3/23/17 and @PositivelyTampa for your support of @RedCrossCFL! #MomentsMatter

— Dave Sanderson (@DaveSanderson2) March 22, 2017

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