I was in Napa Valley with many New York Times bestselling authors and one person that I got to know a little bit was an amazing young guy named Kyle Maynard. I had heard of him before and seen some of his youtube videos and was so inspired by the way he lived his life. If we lived our lives like Kyle does, what couldn’t we do?
I had a couple interesting interactions with Kyle. The first one was in a big castle and we were walking and talking and he was wheeling himself around in the wheel chair and we get to a huge set of rock stairs. I immediately began to look for someone to help me carry him and his wheelchair down. As I was looking around for help, Kyle just jumps out of his chair and asks me to carry the chair down. Kyle starts hopping down the stairs and a very fast rate and beats me down to the bottom. Amazing!
Next interaction was at breakfast. I hadn’t seen the video you are about to watch and didn’t know how well he could use his upperbody. So I though I might have to help him eat. Heck no… He grabs his fork and begins to gracefully eat his eggs, balancing huge fork full of food and bringing it to his mouth with precision. I was a little concerned about him trying to drink his juice that the waiter had filled to the brim, but once again his control and stability was better than most people with arms and hands.
Besides his amazing adaptations, Kyle is one of the humblest and kindest men I have met, a guy you would just love to spend time with and hang out with. I hope to get to spend more time with Kyle in the future.
Kyle has more books in the works, but his next big project is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,000 plus feet this is an incredibly challenging task for anyone. But someone with no arms and no legs, most would say impossible. But I wouldn’t bet against Kyle reaching the top. In fact, I expect him to reach the top, because Kyle won’t quit.
How are you at giving 100% and not quitting? My challenge to myself and to you is to have a no quit attitude for your life and just see what you can achieve.