Keeping things in perspective

I worked hard earning my black belt in karate when I was younger. It was tough, physically and mentally. But when I learned about a young guy named Kyle Maynard, I realized how “easy” I’d had it.

Maynard also trained in mixed martial arts, and is a former college award-winning wrestler. Not only that, but he’s modeled for clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.

What’s really amazing, though, is that he was born with congenital amputation of the forearms and lower legs. He has no arms or legs. And he’s still been able to accomplish more than many “whole bodied” people! He won the ESPN Espy Award for Best Athlete With A Disability in 2004 and has appeared on radio and television interviews, been featured on talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Larry King Live,” and is now a highly in-demand motivational speaker and the author of the memoir “No Excuses.”

Take a look at this video and see if it doesn’t inspire you to give up the phrase “I can’t …”

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