Ideas in the Wild: How Logan Sneed is Using His Cancer Battle to Inspire Others to Push for Their Dreams

Zach Obront
Dec 11, 2019 · 4 min read

What if the worst thing that’s ever happened to you was actually the greatest blessing you’ve ever received? When Logan Sneed was diagnosed with stage-4 brain cancer, he used a diagnosis that’s usually a death sentence as a springboard for the life of his dreams. No obstacle — not even cancer — would stop him from creating the life he wanted.

In his new book, Thank You, Cancer: 30 Days to Realize Nothing Is Impossible, Logan shares every thrilling victory and gutting setback from his remarkable journey to help you see the truth: you can overcome the obstacles you’re facing and become the best version of yourself. No setback, be it illness, self-doubt, failure, or depression, is more powerful than your resolve to push forward. Logan reveals the diet, habits, routines, beliefs, and vision that have taken him from college dropout to six-figure entrepreneur. In the book, Logan invites you to join him and begin shaping the worst thing that’s ever happened to you into something amazing.

I recently caught up with Logan to find out more about his book-writing journey.

What happened that made you decide to write the book? What was the exact moment when you realized these ideas needed to get out there?

I have always wanted to become an author and motivational speaker. I remember very clearly the day it became obvious that I should write a book about my experience fighting cancer.

I was visiting my nutritionist and giving him an update on how I feel and everything. He was so happy and shocked to hear how well everything was going.

He said to me, “Logan, you should really write a book about all this!”

It was a lightbulb moment for me. The next day, I made it a goal to write one page a day for however long it took until the book was ready to go. I will never forget sitting on my couch at about 10 pm one night with my brand new journal. I took a picture and put in the caption, “Day 1 on writing a book. This may take a year or five years. I am not sure, but it will happen.”

And now, it has happened, but it all started with that one comment from my nutritionist.

What’s your favorite specific, actionable idea in the book?

It’s this idea that urgency is motivational rocket fuel.

I don’t know where I would be right now if I hadn’t been diagnosed with cancer. I don’t know what would have motivated me to grow up so much, so quickly — and I still have a long way to go. But I do know that the urgency that came with that diagnosis changed everything.

That urgency put everything into perspective. There was no rescue coming. To this day, the odds are not in my favor. If I don’t push forward, every single day, I could lose time. I could die.

While I wouldn’t wish my journey on anyone else, I do hope you can find some of the same urgency I use to fuel my daily life. Cancer is a continual gun to my head, and the trigger could be pulled at any moment. What if you knew you had thirty days to make that habit? Six months to get your business off the ground? What if you had to change your eating habits or you’d die?

We don’t have time to be passive. We don’t have time to wait for everything to be perfect. Figure out what odds you’re beating and put that lens of urgency on your own life. What do you need to do to beat those odds? What will it take to achieve your dreams?

The moment you open your eyes to what’s possible, even though there are obstacles in front of you, is the moment your journey begins. That’s when the true beauty of life begins to unfold: when you know just how short it is and just how much you can accomplish in that time.

What’s a story of how you’ve applied this lesson in your own life? What has this lesson done for you?

Along with a sense of urgency, I learned nothing is IMPOSSIBLE.

It’s I’M POSSIBLE.

I applied this to every area of my life physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. I held myself accountable in transitioning my diet to a much more healthy diet that will help me beat brain cancer. That was the keto diet. I started my online business and went full throttle everyday to get it to a six-figure business while in college. I pushed myself to new heights on creating the best version of myself in every way possible. By shifting my mindset it has taught me to take action, know internally what truly is possible, and work for it everyday!

For more advice on pushing for your dreams in spite of the obstacles you face, you can find Thank You, Cancer: 30 Days to Realize Nothing Is Impossible on Amazon.

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

Zach Obront

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Co-Founder of Scribe, Bestselling Author of The Scribe Method

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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