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Ron "Gus" Gustafson Nebraska
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Raised on a farm in Lyons, Nebraska, Ron "Gus" Gustafson was a standout basketball player in high school in spite of having lost his right arm and shoulder in a tragic childhood farm accident. After a knee injury ended his collegiate basketball career, he was devastated. But, once again, his faith and courage sustained him and he redirected his energies, building outstanding academic and business careers.

Gus is founder and president of Ron Gustafson - My Story, located in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Isaac, Josiah and Hannah.

You'll marvel at everything this "one-armed-guy" can do! For all his amazing accomplishments, however, Gus does not try to be a larger-than-life hero. Instead, he connects with people, recognizing that everyone struggles with challenges. In Gus's story, you'll find the inspiration to rise above your own limits - whether they're imposed by circumstances, other people or yourself.

Gus is the speaker everyone wants to own. Once people hear him speak, they can't wait to share him with others. From a single presentation in a corporate setting, he'll be invited to speak to every branch of that company throughout the country and abroad. Or, someone in an audience will arrange for him to speak at their child's school. Gus is equally at home sharing his keys to success at a board retreat, sales meeting or high school banquet.


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  • Turning a Setback Into a Comeback - When you face an obstacle in your life, think of Ron "Gus' Gustafson. Gus battled for his life at age 9 following a tractor accident that took his right arm and shoulder and crushed his right leg. In spite of his injury, he was determined to excel in athletics. He played varsity basketball (Honorable Mention, All-State) and earned the respect of the coach who once said he'd never make the team.

    For Gus, each set-back has presented an opportunity to grow. Today, Gus is a remarkable motivator. To experience his message is to lose all self-doubt and to find the strength to succeed. He'll show you how, with three simple keys:

    • Process the garbage in your life,
    • Never give up, and
    • Have the courage to face the next challenge.
Fully Armed
Fully Armed: Turning a Setback Into a Come-Back

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