Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them.”

-Kyle Maynard

What if I told you that you could do anything, be anything you wanted?  

You could be a bestselling author, a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur.  Physically, you could climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, practice MMA and even open up a CrossFit gym.  Your accomplishments could actually be so staggering that Oprah Winfrey calls you “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.  Arnold Schwarzenegger calls you a “champion human.”

Can you imagine having that success?

Now, imagine being born as a quadruple amputee – arms that end at your elbows and legs that end at the knees.  You soon realize you’re not built like many of the other kids in school. Routine acts like putting on socks can take 45 minutes.  

Can you imagine that start?

What if I told you that these two people were the same, Kyle Maynard.  

Kyle is one of the most inspirational and impressive human beings that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.  He has conquered obstacles that very few of us can relate to and has racked up a list of accomplishments that are mind-boggling.  

Despite this, Kyle stays humble, admitting that he has a long way to go in his personal development journey.  In fact, he refers to his “disability” as the “best thing to ever happen to him.”

Can you imagine having that perspective?

One reason for Kyle’s success is his willingness to put himself out there – to continue to push the boundaries that he and others around him believe are possible.  As Teddy Roosevelt once noted in a famous speech, Kyle is very much the “man in the arena”.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I fundamentally believe that we all have greatness within us and that it’s part of our duty, our obligation to unlock it.  Despite a difficult obstacle in front of him, Kyle has succeeded in unlocking his greatness – and is continuing to push the limits.

Could you imagine getting to your next level?

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