Knowing how our country really needs some strong inspiration right now, I wanted to share one of my favorite contributor’s story from my new book, When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How to Stick Their Necks Out
I dare you to read this story and not walk away believing anything is possible…
Nikki’s Intro to Gabe Adams’s Story
Several years ago, I saw a news piece about an eight-year-old boy and it blew me away. He had no arms and no legs, but he wasn’t letting this adversity stand in his way. I found the clip on the Internet and forwarded it on to everyone I knew, asking for help in tracking him down. I had to meet this little boy. I tried all my networks and even tried to reach the local news station that had broadcast the story. With my contacts leading me nowhere, I swept the Internet. I couldn’t find the child, but there was something impelling me to continue the search.
As a last-ditch effort, I took his last name and the town he was from and called Information myself. Maybe the old-fashioned route would work. On the second try, I reached and spoke to Gabe Adams’s mother. It had taken me months to track Gabe down. I had an easier time finding Fortune 500 CEOs and fashion icons. It seemed only appropriate that I had to jump through endless hoops to track down a boy who has had to jump through hoops since he was born.
Meeting him in person was much greater than I could have ever imagined. Gabe rolled or hopped wherever he needed to go. He wiggled his way up the stairs, and could flip a cup up with his mouth to get a drink. Regardless of the task, a smile never left his face.
Before I left, Gabe drew a picture of me with skis by holding a pencil between his shoulder and ear. I actually think it was a better depiction than I would have drawn as an eight-year-old. I still have the drawing on my fridge as inspiration to remember that absolutely anything is possible…