What can a person achieve in his life? What limitations could block someone as she attempts to succeed? Is “standing out” and becoming distinctive reserved for those who have been blessed with a special something that the rest of us don’t possess?
If you want to be inspired by human potential — and personal resilience — look no further than my friend, Roger Crawford.
Roger is undoubtedly successful — he’s a member of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, a bestselling author, and his programs are in high demand for meetings everywhere. And, he’s about to be honored at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Legends Banquet held during the U.S. Open next month.
Roger is receiving the 2013 ITA Achievement Award, presented by The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Rolex Watch USA, and tennis legend Stan Smith will make the presentation.
- But, here’s what you might not know: Roger has a physical challenge — a birth defect — that has impacted all four of his limbs.
He could have used that as his excuse to keep his life mired in self pity. Instead, he became a Hall of Fame athlete.
And, here’s an important distinction: He’s NOT recognized as a disabled athlete…he’s an award-winning, Hall of Fame, NCAA Division One athlete who competed in standard collegiate tennis, who just happens to have physical challenges. Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world.”
You think you have to deal with change? Every two years or so, Roger has a body part — a prosthetic leg — replaced. How would you deal with a new limb every couple of years?
Roger’s life is, to me, the perfect example of distinction. You can accept what you have been presented…and live a life — or run your business — to those expectations.
Or, you can make the choice to create distinction. To stand out and move up, regardless of the situation or circumstance.
For, you see, ANY person or organization can do it…and it begins, like Roger, by focusing upon the potential, and not the problem.