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Martin was born on a warm summers afternoon in the Mother city Cape Town, South Africa. His interests after high school led him firstly into the mechanical engineering and thereafter, into emergency medical field. He achieved National Colours in Acrobatics and was a member of the Acrobatic Federation of South Africa as well as being a Provincial Athlete and a Professional Ballroom and Latin Dancer, yet in his second year of medical studies, Martin was injured in a freak diving accident which changed his life path forever.

Thereafter, relying fully on his engineering background, combined with his medical experience, Martin forcefully took charge of circumstances and began to climb the entrepreneurial ladder to become the successful, multi award-winning businessman he is today. Yet Martin believes that his business success is not only his own doing, but also his employees – without whom he can do nothing. He has managed to nurture and inspire the most important asset in his company, his employees.

Martin Brown has developed an amazing global business designing and manufacturing custom-built all-terrain powered wheelchairs with great success over the past 15 years. Martin’s business was born out of necessity. In December 1997 (Medical School Break) Martin broke his neck and became paralysed to the C4 level, a quadriplegic, only being able to move his head. With a stick in his mouth and a crew that understood the company’s vision, THEY, as a result, have won several entrepreneurial awards along the way.

By continuously reinventing the way he approached his life and his company approaches the current market has seen Martin become a leader in his industry. He believes that the reason he is where he is, is because of pushing boundaries of himself and his team to think beyond limits and innovatively. Every year they introduce a new product to the market, keeping the company fresh and innovative.

Martin holds a NTC 5 Mechanical Engineering, NTC Information Technology, Advanced Life Support Paramedic and is currently studying for a B.Com Entrepreneurship. Martin invokes Intrapreneurship in his company, employees thinking and acting as entrepreneurs, but within a company’s constraints. An intrapreneur acts independently, is proactive, brings new ideas, which means that they bring innovations to the company.

Building a globally recognised company with only a stick in his mouth he has now become a sought after motivation and inspirational speaker. His life lessons combined with business lessons makes him unique in the industry, more authentic, and a spellbinding speaker you will struggle to match.




At some point or another, life punches everyone in the face. The punch may be hard, or it may be soft, but it’s definitely coming, and our success or failure is largely determined by the answer to a simple question: How well can you take the punch?

The degree of success we achieve in life is directly proportional to the amount of adversity we can tolerate. If we ever want to accomplish big things like building a successful business, becoming the best in our field, or changing your life in some way, we need to start training yourself to endure the pain all those things require. It’ll also prepare us for the next time life punches you right in the face for that is inevitable!

I am a living example! I broke his neck and became paralysed to the C4 level, a quadriplegic, only being able to move my head. I lost everything! With a stick in my mouth and a computer, I started to create a global company that designs and manufactures all-terrain wheelchairs for disabled people all across the world. I have faced some of the greatest adversities one could possibly imagine, and life has surely gone a few rounds with me in the ring but still I will never ever give up.

No matter how bad the situation, no matter how hopeless it seems, there is always an opportunity to turn adversity to your advantage. You just have to discipline yourself to spot the opening, and then find the courage to use it. There is a saying: If one door shuts another will open, but most of the time we whimper and complain about the door that just closed. Turn around, you will then see the other opportunities that surrounds you. Learn from the past don’t fixate on it.

5 Steps how to use Adversity to your Advantage – It is time to take control of your life again.

Martin Brown


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