Reon Schutte

International Keynote Speaker, Author

Reon has presented his story to more than 1 million people the world over, from business executives to students, prisoners to cancer survivors, war veterans to government leaders. He consistently garners scores of 9.5-10 out of a scale of 10 from organizations such as Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurʼs Organization (EO).

An elite South African Special Forces soldier, Reon was captured in 1990 and spent nearly 13 years as a prisoner of war in Zimbabweʼs infamously brutal Chikurubi prison. There he came to understand universal truths that allowed him to be free, even while imprisoned.

While incarcerated, Reon subsisted on a half cup of rice and cabbage leaves a day, endured inhumane conditions and daily beatings ...and learned forgiveness, tolerance, acceptance of circumstances and the ability to reprogram his mind for ultimate freedom. The key, Reon discovered, is choice, a powerful tool to which every human has access at every moment and that is our ticket to freedom, regardless of the situation.

Reonʼs journey demonstrates the ability of the human will to overcome adversity and of the human soul to use trying circumstances for transformation. Reon stands as an example of the potential in all human beings, while his extreme experience puts into perspective our own daily struggles.

As he tells his story, Reon shares the truths he came to understand, inviting his audience members to apply them to their own lives. He awakens the inner wisdom in all of us, demonstrating that, although we may feel imprisoned or that “there is no choice,” in some area of our life, in fact, we are never without options and there is nothing we cannot overcome, if we adopt the right perspective.

Reonʼs presentation offers instantaneous take-home value, as he demonstrates that The Power of Choice can be put into practice those who choose to do so.

Reon released his first book, Set Yourself Free: Reon Schutteʼs 10 Principles to Break Out of Your Personal Prison through The Power of Choice (MavenMark Books) on January 26, 2012.

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