Ron 'Gus' Gustafson

Ron 'Gus' Gustafson

Turning a Setback into a Comeback
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Turning a Setback into a Comeback
For Gus, each setback 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.

Why Book Ron 'Gus' Gustafson?

  • Gus is a man who turned personal tragedy into triumph and shares a humorous, heart-touching message you'll find unforgettable and life-changing.

  • He'll show you how, with three simple steps you can process the clutter in your life, never give up, and have the courage to face challenges.

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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.

    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.

    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 know. 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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    "Ron "Gus" Gustafson could have not done anything more. He was very professional and personal."
    --Adams Central Public Schools

    "He absolutely hits it out of the park every time!"
    --Firstar Bank

    "He had a great message while being entertaining."
    --South Dakota Agri-Business Association

    "He was fabulous. His story is gut wrenching one but has so many great twists. I loved him showing what were once simple tasks are now simple but through practice."
    --Virginia Auto Dealers Association

    "Wonderful story of challenges and triumph. Funny, motivational, heartfelt. He has such a positive outlook on life and a terrific way of telling his life story."
    --Goodwill Industries of KS Kansas

    "Ron delivers a great message about overcoming adversity. He not only gave a great keynote address, but also was personable with our attendees during the day before he spoke. Gus was likewise kind and genuine with the staff of our organization as well as the staff at the event center. A very nice guy!"
    --Idaho Farm Bureau Federation