When you see people excel in life, it is often difficult to relate their success to yourself. You imagine the other person had some stuff you didn’t have, and that’s what allowed them to excel at something you’d only wish you could do. And you’d be right. The thing they had that you didn’t is the drive and the persistence to stick it through.
Seeing Joe Frazier become boxing’s heavy weight champion, its easy to assume he has some special prowess you don’t. But go back in time to his childhood and you find him injured and left with a crippled left arm. He couldn’t straighten it out ever again. If as a youngster he told you he aspired to be an athlete, you would probably try to dissuade him. How about a boxer? “Look kid, if you really want to be an athlete, fine, but at least don’t go out for something that uses your crippled arm.” Yet he used that infirmity to his advantage.
Recently a viral video shows this even more so. It’s embarrassing to watch this guy accomplish what he has. Richie Parker from South Carolina was born without arms due to a birth defect. His parents, after they got over the initial shock, decided they were going to give him as normal childhood as possible. Instead of doing things for him, they found ways to help him dress himself, cook for himself, etc. When he grew old enough his friends were riding bikes, they managed to adjust a bicycle for him by welding on handlebars that he use his shoulder to steer. What Richie needs to do, he does with other body parts like mouth, shoulder, and feet – including using a keyboard and mouse.
As Richie puts it, “I don't listen too much to people when they tell me I can't do something.”
Eventually he got a college degree in automotive engineering and has a job with Hendrick Motosports, one of stock car racing’s top organizations. And believe it or not, Richie drives a car himself also (a modified Chevy Impala SS). His parents helped instill in him a drive to do what he wants, despite the challenges involved.
The Almighty put inside each person a soul with incredible potential. Richie Parker just knows this a little better than you and I. Take a lesson from others who have accomplished, who have less ability than you.
You have so much potential waiting to be tapped into. Go for it.