Michael Crossland, Speaker, Executive Coach, Humanitarian, Bestselling Author

Michael Crossland, Speaker, Executive Coach, Humanitarian, Bestselling Author

  • Michael Crossland is a speaker.
  • He is an executive coach.
  • He is a humanitarian.




Hardships are a part of life that everyone must deal with. These hardships can either enable you to succeed or cause you to fail. The outcome of these obstacles all depends on how these situations are handled.

[00:31] About Michael Crossland

  • Michael Crossland is a speaker.
  • He is an executive coach.
  • He is a humanitarian.
  • He is a best-selling author.

[01:12] About his journey

  • It has been a character-building journey.
  • I was diagnosed as an 11-month-old baby boy with incurable cancer of the central nervous system called Neuroblastoma Stage 4.
  • I started chemotherapy on my first birthday. My chemo cycle was nine days on three days off and not for weeks, not for months but for years.
  • I was on that same cycle until my fourth birthday.
  • It was wrapping around my heart that I needed to go into surgery.

[05:35] You spent nearly a quarter of your life in hospital, how did you keep yourself inspired and so positive?

  • That certainly comes back to my mum.
  • When we were finally allowed to go home, the doctors told her all this bad news.
  • He’s never going to do this, he’s never going to do that, and my mum would come through the curtains and I would say what did the doctor say, and she would always say the doctors told me that everything was going to be okay.
  • Regardless of the depth of our darkness, the one thing that gets us up when the world tells us to stay down is to have a dream, a goal,  a vision to strive for something greater than others believe is possible for us.

[09:11] Sharing a stage with Dalai Lama

  • When you get out of bed, and you have the desire not to earn, but rather to serve and impact others.
  • Many years ago where I was fortunate enough to be presenting, and I remember they clearly said to me that unfortunately, we can’t pay you for this event.
  • I was really trying to make the biggest impact I could and to be able to share the stage with someone in my opinion that doesn’t walk, he glides and floats through life.

[22:14] Three life lessons

  • It’s not the adversity in your life that defines you, it’s how you deal with your adversity that allows you to live a remarkable life.
  • I’m still in the game it’s about how I play those cards, be grateful that you still have cards.
  • It is through great darkness that is our discovery moment we do not discover how unfair our life is but rather we discover how powerful we have been created.


You can connect with Michael Crossland- LinkedIn

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In the last five years, he has presented to over 700,000 people from all walks of life around the world.  He has spoken to corporates from all backgrounds, troops in Iraq, elite athletes across the globe and, through his numerous charities, has given hope and strength to many people facing life-threatening illnesses.

Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, he has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport, features regularly across all forms of media and also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti.

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