Perhaps one of the most inspiring experiences of my life was simply walking down the hallway of my hotel in Atlanta, GA in 2012. That’s when I saw Kyle Maynard come out of the room just a few doors down from mine.
I had seen Kyle before on television. He’s been featured on ESPN, Oprah, Larry King, and interviewed by dozens of others.
He’s quite recognizable too. He is a congenital quadruple amputee, meaning he was born with no arms beyond the elbow, and no legs beyond the knee, and a smile that won’t leave his face.
You might guess that without arms and legs he doesn’t do a whole lot. You’d be wrong. He is the first person ever to crawl, without hands or feet, to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. He is a blue-belt martial artist, an MMA fighter, and has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, having won 36 matches against state-ranked wrestlers.