Week 17HJ – Overcoming Adversity

Recently we watched a video with Aimee Mullins. We were challenged to think about how she demonstrated the principles we are learning.

Aimee’s Story

Aimee Mullins was born missing fibula bones in her legs. She had both of her legs amputated below the knee won her first birthday.

Aimee never let this distract her from being remarkable.

Olympic Goal

When Aimee was in college at Georgetown, she made up her mind to be a competitive runner. She had always been very athletic but had never run.

She went to Boston to run her first race and she won. She then set a goal to compete in the Paralympics.

She was able to elicit the help of the George Town track and field coach by calling and asking for his help. She did not know that Frank Gagliano is one of the country’s most respected track and field coaches.

Frank had never coached an amputee and Aimee had not been coached. They created a mastermind. Frank coached Aimee every day during his lunch break.

Frank was impress and suggested that Aimee join the George Town women’s team.

She competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field. She was the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Aimee went on to set world records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump.

She was selected to represent the US in the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. She did not win a metal. In fact, she came in last.

Olympic Reflections

At first, she wondered why she went through all this effort to compete in the Paralympics to lose.  After contemplating, she realized the importance. In her words,

“The achievement was getting there.

  • The fact that I set my site just a year and three months before that on becoming an Olympic athlete…
  • The fact that I asked for help…. How many people gave of their time and expertise…

That was the collective glory that there were 50 people behind me

joined in this incredible experience of going to Atlanta.”

I apply this philosophy to everything I do… sitting back and realizing the progression how far you’ve come this day to this goal.

 It is important to focus on a goal… also recognize the progression on the way there and how you have grown as a person.

That is the achievement, I think, that is the real achievement.”

 Aimee has gone on to be a fashion model, actor, and speaker.

She consistently challenges existing paradigms of

disability, physical beauty,  and ability.

Master Key Applications

 Aimee set her definite purpose and developed a plan to get there.

She elicited help of others and created a mastermind.

She did not let anyone deter her.

 She exhibited the four habits;

  1. A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment
  2. A definite plan, expressed in continuous action
  3. A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances
  4. Friendly (mastermind), alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose

I learned allot listening to the following video. I hope you enjoy this too.

Each one of us is unique.  Each one of us is a reflection of the divine. We constantly improve, grow, and we can dance.  ;o)

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6 thoughts on “Week 17HJ – Overcoming Adversity

  1. Thank you for sharing your perspective! Sometimes we focus so much on our goal that we do not see how far we have come. We “Red Pencil’ ourselves for not reaching our goal instead of “Green Penciling” ourselves for how much we have grown during the journey. I’m blessed to be with you on your journey.