Mark Ormrod – How to Turn Tragedy into a Life with No Limits

Jun 9, 2020 | Contribution, Visionary Men

In the early hours of Christmas Eve 2007, Royal Marines Commando Mark Ormrod was out on a routine foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan when he stepped on and triggered an Improvised Explosive Device. Thanks to the swift action of the men around him and the intervention of the Medical Emergency Response Team he was airlifted via helicopter to an emergency field hospital in a desperate attempt to try and save his life. An innovative and dangerous procedure carried out onboard a Chinook helicopter en route to the hospital did save his life. He woke up three days later in the UK in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham: Both legs amputated above the knee and his right arm amputated above the elbow. He was the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.

During his recovery the doctors told him that he’d never walk again and that he should prepare himself for the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

 Now it would have been understandable for Mark to bitterly withdraw in a state of anger and depression and to resign himself to live life on the sidelines. It would have been easy for him to cash in his disability pension and whittle away the days, forever regretting the decision to join the Marines and to deploy to Afghanistan, but he didn’t. To the contrary he used his set back as a springboard for growth and reinvention.

Today, Mark Ormrod is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, a peak performance coach, and the author of the award winning auto-biography Man Down. A docufilm of which is on Amazon Prime. He is a source of daily inspiration for the thousands of people who follow him on Social Media. He has three children, a beautiful wife and an insatiable lust for life. He is a relentless charitable fund-raiser and a daredevil who has performed stunts that many able bodied athletes would find daunting. He has not used a wheel chair since June 9th 2009 and he jokes about the fact that children call him Iron-Man because of his high-tech prosthetics legs. As well as a peak performance coach he is a mentor and a role model to other amputees and an ambassador for the Royal Marines Association. His sense of humour is only equalled by his sense of wonder, love for learning and love for life.

Mark Ormrod turned his personal tragedy into an ongoing story of personal success and he is now committed to helping others who may have suffered setbacks or feel they are not yet achieving their maximum potential to take charge of their lives, unleash their personal power and live a life with no limits.

“As soon as that alarms goes off at half past five, the first thing you do is sit upright, and then you go into your morning routine which is either training or meditation, or whatever it is i am doing on that day, and then instead of putting the news on i put cartoons on spiderman or the x men which are uplifting”.

– mark ormrod


mark and I discussed the following in this episode:

  • How Mark has always been someone who has been grateful in life even after the IED explosion that meant losing 3 limbs

  • Marks comparison with other people which help him to feel grateful for the situation he is in.

  • How lockdown has made him grateful to be spending more time with his kids.

  • Marks advice is focus in any situation that you’re in and find what you can be grateful for.

  • What kind of person do I want to be when I come out of the other end of this?

  • Mark decided he wanted to come out of lockdown much better than when he came in

  • The difference between guys that are using the lockdown time to better themselves vs those complaining they are bored, watching Netflix and drinking beer.

  • Employable App – 1 million pound of free courses during lockdown

  • How businesses will want people that are hitting the ground running in the Autumn and why bolstering your CV and developing skills are always going to be a good call in the long run

  • Mark suggests picking up on who you want to be and where you want to be and work towards that, acquiring the skills in order to do so.

  • The importance of Marks vision board in his home gym and how visualisation plays a massive part in his mental health and positive outlook, even down to curating his social media feeds to assist you going forward.

  • Where focus goes energy flows – Tony Robbins

  • The importance of your morning routines and what you put into your brain on a daily basis, how the first few hours are critical and why crafting your environment is key.

  • The power of meditation and how it slows down your thoughts in order to take in the world in a lot better way.

  • People who have defied what they have been told and gone out there anyway and been successful

  • The power of modelling what other successful people have done.

  • Needing to take action and how this sets apart those that are successful from those that aren’t.

  • How failure is part of the journey that you are going on.

  • The role of saboteurs on people’s journey and how they can be people close to you.

  • Marks fascination with Jiu-Jitsu, and how he finds it like a game of mental chess, and enables you to be growing continuously.

  • The parallels Jiu-Jitsu has with the real world in terms of it being a great leveller.

  • How being in the military has really helped Mark during lockdown as he has a perspective on things.

  • The importance of having people around you that are prepared to call you out on your stuff from time to time.


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