2015 Convention Spotlight - Inspirational Speakers & the Personal Growth Focus
To say the speakers at convention were amazing would be an understatement. It felt like they were talking directly to me and reading my mail. How did they know that? And that? And that?
I went with an open heart to convention. I really wanted to soak up all the goodness it had to offer and with that intention the speakers were incredibly motivating and inspiring. Some of them were the Executive Team like Travis Ogden and Jared Turner. Others were professionals in the industry that spoke about motivation and finding your WHY. But, by far my favorite were Gary and Mary, and of course Kyle Meynard, a 25 year old man that was born with no arms past the elbow and no legs past the thighs. His talk was simple. No presentation slides. No hoopla. Just him crawling on stage and climbing into a simple black chair to talk to us about "No Excuses." Boy did he cut right to the marrow of our WHY.
Kyle's parents never saw him as different. They raised him with the mindset that he was capable of anything he set his mind to. At 14 he was faced with the simple task of putting socks on his very curled and malformed feet at the end of his stumpy legs. It was that moment of sweat and tears that he successfully put on both socks with his elbows and a paperclip. It took him 45 minutes to put on those socks. In that struggle that seems so rudimentary to us he found his WHY. He wasn't going to be a victim. He was going to live and boy, does he. He successfully holds world records for weight lifting and for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, rising nearly 20,000 feet above sea level. He crawled up on his elbows and made it all the way to the top. He said it was so hard he would cry himself to sleep every night while his buddies were outside the tent having fun. He made a decision to complete it and he did. No excuses.
His story was so inspirational that I spent most of it sniveling in a tissue. No matter how many excuses I make for why I can't do this or that, it is nothing in comparison to that man who sat before us telling his story. I am able. I am smart. I can do whatever I set my mind to. What are you setting your mind to?
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