010 – Believing What You Can’t See with Paralympian Tanner Gers
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“The biggest tragedy in my life wasn’t that I lost my sight. The biggest tragedy is that I didn’t live my life, before I lost my sight, like I do today. Today I see my blindness as a gift . . .” -Tanner Gers
This episode of Influence introduces the incredible story of Tanner Gers. At age 21, Tanner was in a horrible car accident that left him blind in both eyes. Instead of giving up, Tanner took flight, finishing his degree and eventually representing the United States as a Paralympic athlete. Today, Tanner is a power-house entrepreneur with a variety of businesses centered around coaching, diet, and health. Just listening to Tanner will inspire you to stand up, get over yourself, and do something fantastic with your life.
In this episode we are going to talk about:
- The accident that cost Tanner his vision and how he was able to overcome such adversity.
- How Tanner was able to “get back up”, finish his degree, and become paralympic gold medalist.
- The power of belief and how Tanner was able to save his own life.
- How to take control of your life and find greatness within you.
- How to view obstacles as “gifts” that can propel your life to new heights.
“Everyday is a lot easier when you know it could always be worse” -Tanner Gers
MEET TANNER GERS
Tanner Gers (pronounced Gears) is a published author, professional speaker, US Paralympian, founder of ABSolutely Lean, and host of The Athlete Summit. Tanner’s big mission in life is to help people across the world achieve their potential with his gift for cultivating confidence, determination, and the will to achieve greatness in life, regardless of circumstance. Oh yeah. He’s also totally blind.
In 2010, Tanner started training and coaching developmental athletes in various sports, including volleyball, baseball, football and cross country. After having the honor and the privilege to represent the United States at the 2012 Games in London, Tanner’s focus on optimal athletic performance began to shift toward optimal health.
While having tremendous success with his 1-on-1 clients, Tanner felt he could do more with his story and began his public speaking career. Quickly becoming an accomplished speaker, Tanner delivers keynotes for schools, colleges, non-profits, and corporate events across the country in addition to presentations on exercise, nutrition, and health.
Motivated to help individuals worldwide, Tanner launched www.ABSolutelyLean.com and published two books, “Becoming ABSolutely Lean: The First Steps to Optimal Health, Hormones and Achieving a Lean Body,” and “ABSolutely Lean Fast Food: The Fat Loss Guide in a Fast Food Life” and released his bodyweight fitness program, ABSolutely Lean System Fitness. Today, Tanner still consults, trains and designs customized programs for women, men and youth in health, body composition, fitness and athletic performance through www.ABSolutelyLean.com.
“I decided that I wanted to be the fastest blind dude” -Tanner Gers
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