- Posted by Dan Moore
- On June 19, 2019
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- author, forgiveness, growth, leadership
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and author.
Among his New York Times bestsellers are the classic novels, The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer. Leaders from the world’s top organizations—including four U.S. presidents—regularly seek him out as a trusted resource for unlocking extraordinary results.
Andy lived a relatively normal life until the age of 19 when both his parents died just months apart—his mother from cancer, his father in an automobile accident. “I took a bad situation and made it much worse,” he says, reflecting on the series of poor financial decisions he made during this tragic period of his life. Within a few years, he found himself literally homeless, sleeping occasionally under a pier on the Gulf Coast.
It was then that Andy asked the question that sparked a search for what would ultimately affect millions of people:
Is life just a lottery ticket, or are there choices one can make to direct his future?
To find the answer, he went to the library. Over time, he read more than 200 biographies of great men and women—from George Washington Carver to Anne Frank—and discovered one common thread that existed between all of them: They had each made a handful of decisions at critical junctures in their lives that ultimately determined their success. Life was not a lottery ticket—they had chosen their fate.
The “Seven Decisions” (as he calls them) became the engines Andy used to carry his life in a dramatically different direction. Eventually, they became the outline for The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success, which was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America as a book-of-the-month selection and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than four months. This stunning story of one man’s time-traveling search for meaning and fulfillment has since been translated into over 40 languages.
His subsequent releases—including the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer and How Do You Kill 11 Million People?—have continued to earn Andy praise for his ability to weave subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue.
But Andrews is more than just a successful author. He is in such demand for personal appearances that he occasionally speaks to multiple audiences in the same city—on the same day! And still, his personal schedule requires that he decline more engagements than he accepts.
Corporations, associations, civic groups—even entire cities—have invited Andy Andrews to address their executive teams, employees, clients, or members. According to those who have witnessed what he accomplishes on stage, there are three things that differentiate him from any other consultant or speaker they have seen.
Did you know the past nine college football national championship teams—Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State, Auburn, and Florida—have all used Andy’s books and/or personal strategies to maximize their performance?
As SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey puts it, “Andy Andrews has a knack for detecting the little things that are the difference between winning and losing. Frankly, it’s why Andy has become recognizable to ‘football people.’ Our officials have studied his material, the coaches listen carefully to what he says, and direct their players to read his books.”
As you read earlier, Andy is consistently getting these kinds of results with businesses, teams, nonprofit organizations, cities, and leaders…and he’s doing it again and again!
Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at using the power of storytelling to reveal life’s most powerful principles.
- A lot of people live their lives and never figure out that you can’t always believe everything you think. That really stuck with me. —Andy Andrews
- We need momentum in our personal lives. It allows you to perform better than you really are. —Andy Andrews
- The only thing you can be certain of regarding the worst time of your life, is that everyone has one. One thing that I do when I get in tough situations is—something. —Andy Andrews
- The quality of your answers will be determined by the quality of your questions. —Andy Andrews
- When you’re in a tough time, ask questions to get answers to move you forward.
- In tough times, there is a proof of hope. That proof is that you’re breathing, which means you’re still here. That means you haven’t accomplished what you’ve been put here to accomplish and the most rewarding and important part of your life is still ahead of you. —Andy Andrews
- Usually the things that complicate our lives are ourselves. —Andy Andrews
- I feel that I’ve been led to experience a lot of different things so that I can relate to a lot of different people. —Andy Andrews
- It’s not answers people need so much as perspective. —Andy Andrews
- Forgiveness is about doing away with the past so we don’t drag it with us. Trust is about the future. —Andy Andrews
- Whether you’re holding a grudge against yourself or another person, it will affect your life in a dramatic way. —Andy Andrews
Andy’s final thoughts: Of all the people who have offended me in my life, no one has disappointed me as much as I have disappointed me. You can lay down the sticks you’ve been beating yourself with, and forgive yourself and move on.
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