• Are you afraid of taking on your dreams?
  • Are you having setbacks and feel like giving up?
  • Who is Kyle Maynard?
  • Kyle was born without hands and feet.  But this did not stop him from becoming a football player, wrestler, mixed martial artist, mountain climber, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and author.  He is popularly known as the first quadriplegic to climb or crawl to be more precise, Mt. Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics.
  • His Early Life
  • He was born on March 24, 1986 in Suwanee, Georgia.  He had a condition known as congenital amputation, wherein the tissues of his limbs did not develop fully, such that he was born without hands and feet.
  • The strength of his character was probably the result his parents’ love for him.  When his condition was diagnosed before he was born, it was suggested to them that Kyle should be aborted.  They strongly decided otherwise, and did not even once considered that as an option.  His condition required greater parental care and he must be spoon-fed during every meal.  When he was two years old, his father decided that Kyle should start eating on his own.  His father reasoned wisely that his interest and welfare would be better served if he can learn to take care of himself and live life on his own.
  • Know more about Kyle Maynard in his own words.  You may also tap him for talks and appearances through this site:
  • Struggles and Triumphs
  • Despite his handicaps, his family did their best to give him a normal childhood.  He was able to forge close friendships and social relationships among the people of his hometown who had gotten used to his condition.  It was a big blow to him when they relocated to a new place and he had to deal with new people who cannot help but notice, or feel curious or uneasy about his condition.
  • He is a proficient wrestler but only because he is more proficient in the practice of perseverance.  Who has the grit to persevere through thirty-five defeats before notching up a first victory?  His superhuman perseverance is his superpower.  He eventually finished 12th at the National High School Wrestling Championships in the 103-pound weight division.
  • Achievements and Awards
  • His autobiography, “No Excuses:  The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life,” became a New York Times Bestseller.
  • The US Jaycees named him one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans.
  • He was inducted into the Georgia State Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Oklahoma.
  • Other recognitions were conferred on him and he had guested at the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CBS The Early Show, etc.
  • Life Lessons
  • Life is replete with examples of people like Kyle who succeeded despite seemingly insurmountable odds.  The Dutch patriot, William of Orange, stood up and triumphed against the mighty Spanish empire despite the military inferiority and disunity of the Dutch.  He reminded us that “It is not necessary to hope in order to persevere.”  Same with Joan of Arc who led the French to victory against the British despite the fact that she was only a fifteen year-old girl who had no education, no royal title, no experience in leadership, nor military training.  Before Muhammad Yunus, banks cannot lend to the poor because the latter have no collateral and they are a great credit risk.  He showed us that we can, when he established the Grameen Bank and the system of microfinance which provide credit to the poor without collateral.  The world of sports used to believe that man is not physically capable of running one mile within four minutes.  Along came Roger Bannister who showed us that we can.  Lance Armstrong triumphed against a 2% odds to defeat testicular cancer and won seven consecutive Tours de France.
  • Kyle Maynard’s example teaches us that our mind is very powerful and can transcend the limitations of our body.  We are struggling with our life when we are shortchanging ourselves by not opting for, or giving up the goals that we really want to achieve when the people around us are telling us that our goals are impossible or unrealistic.  His example teaches us that we should not let our critics sabotage our happiness by listening to their notions of what is possible and what is not.  The great director, James Cameron, adds further that you should “Don’t put limitations on yourself.  Other people will do that for you.  Don’t do that to yourself.  Don’t bet against yourself.”
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I'm an entrepreneur, blogger, online marketer, and Youtube content creator. I love reading, visual arts, organic farming, mushroom cultivation, basketball, Netflix, among other things. Follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Reddit.

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