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Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker, and author. When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in 36 degree water to help other passengers off the plane.
Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others that day and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. That experience profoundly changed his life. He wrote a book about it called Moments Matter and today, he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and live their lives.
Move the Chains
Dave thought he was doing the right thing for his family by working hard all the time in order to provide. However, he was gone a lot and consequently, he missed many important milestones that happened at home. Dave says, “If you work for someone in a corporate environment, they own your time.” Dave wanted to schedule his time around family events, which he couldn’t do in the corporate job he was working in before the crash. Today, he runs his own show and loves every minute of it because he gets to spend more time with his family than ever before.
Dave believes that success leaves clues. He says, “If you want to get something, find someone who has gotten the results you want and you’ll get it, too.”
When Dave was in his mid-twenties and just getting started as a professional, he worked for Marriott as a restaurant/hotel manager. One particular Christmas Eve, he was in the restaurant and things were getting crazy. He was short-staffed, and justifiably concerned about the situation. Wouldn’t you know, the CEO of Marriott walks in with his entourage. Before Dave knew what was happening, the CEO was rolling up his sleeves and offering his help. He even went in the back of the restaurant and helped with the fries. Seeing someone of the CEO’s caliber going the extra mile taught Dave you are never too big in a company to work at any level. And you can always ask for help!
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