Growing up, Travis Roy had one goal: To play Division I college hockey like his father. In the fall of 1995, his dreams were realized as he enrolled at Boston University on a scholarship to play hockey for the Terriers.
Unfortunately, 11 seconds into the first shift of his collegiate career, Roy took an odd fall headlong into the boards, cracking his fourth and fifth cervical vertebra. This paralyzed him from the neck down. His college career and hockey dream were over.
However, he vowed that it would not end his life. Roy went on to graduate from Boston University in four years. He became an author. He became a sought-after motivational speaker. And he became a tireless advocate for people with spinal cord injuries.
Travis Roy’s story offers a lesson. Yes, life will hand you setbacks. It might even give you tragedies to deal with. Despite that, don’t stop forging ahead and making a great impact on the world.
is not an endless succession of forward progress. While you may enjoy success,
at some point or another you will also encounter frustrating challenges and
disappointing setbacks. It is during these moments of hardship that you have the
greatest opportunity to establish your personal brand and build your network.
You see, when you
stare down frustrating challenges and disappointing setbacks with an attitude
of determination, you establish yourself as courageous. This draws others
There is little
question that people love an underdog. And, they can’t help but rally around
one who is battling to overcome some sort of setback or hardship. So, by
demonstrating an attitude of courageous determination, others want to draw from
this strength, and they hope to take inspiration from it. In any event, they
cannot help but want to get to know you better and cannot help but want to get
to like you more.