Need to Borrow Some Strength Today? Watch This.



People often ask me, “Who inspires you? Who do you look up to?” One immediate answer is Kyle Maynard.

I’ve been blessed to spend time with Kyle, who encourages you — in the most powerful, unspoken of ways — to do more, be more, and help more.

How do you compete in wrestling or MMA without arms or legs? How on earth do you climb Kilimanjaro on, not your hands and knees, your elbows and knees? How do you face the challenges no one thinks you can?

Life can be overwhelming. Hope can be lost. Whether you’re facing a little self-doubt, an extended depression, or the darkest of thoughts, I suggest you watch the above video.

Thank you to BJJ Caveman for reminding me to put this up. Damn, it’s powerful stuff.

Good luck, everyone, with whatever battles you’re fighting inside or outside of you.

You are not alone.

Posted on: June 3, 2014.

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72 comments on “Need to Borrow Some Strength Today? Watch This.

  1. Very inspiring and at the same time humbling !I believe that people who lose a part of their body are able to channelize their overall energy much better than those who haven’t because the latter take everything for granted and hence are always worried about small things, thus not being able to focus. It’s all about the chi!


  2. Thanks so much for posting this, Tim.

    The video was beyond moving, and the humility in Kyle is stunning. What a gift.

    “The most frustrated I got the whole day would be when I looked up and saw how far I had to go, instead of looking back and seeing how far I have come. I think I do that a lot in life in general. Just one step at a time.” ~ Kyle Maynard

    All good things,


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  3. Make me wanna know who are the 5 people he spends most time with.
    How were his parents from 1 to 7…
    6th grade wrestling… always wrestling for frequent reversible failures ;-)
    TV shows emphasize how extraordinary some people are.
    Would be great to dig also the ecosystem around these exceptional men.
    Many elements are replicable, and Medias should dig into “making of” these personnalities, not just vibrate and admire them, and then go back procrastinate because “Kyle Maynard is exceptionnal, not me!”.
    Short term adrenaline watching video isn’t enough, wanna know their rituals, education, ecosystem…
    But anyway… One thing is sure, after this video I feel shameful to complaint about my little problems.
    Thanks Tim ;-)

    P.S. Still hoping Elon Musk as guest of your podcast ;-)


  4. Wow. This makes the tasks we can sometimes see as insurmountable seem like a cakewalk in comparison… The human mind and body are capable of amazing things when we realize that the only limitations there really are, outside of natural laws, are those that we impose upon ourselves.
    Hats off, Kyle.


  5. This video is simply fantastic, awe inspiring, worth sharing. Being bombarded with media these days it is really wonderful to watch a video such as this one. Tim you’ve been a huge inspiration to me as well, I have 3 copies of your book and gave each of my kids one! Awesome.


  6. If you are not moved by Kyle’s will and determination, his vulnerability yet perseverance then you aren’t paying attention. Walk a mile his way and tell me he is not extraordinary.


  7. Wow! What a story. Goes to show you the power of the human spirit and the limitless potential one can have when they decide what they want to accomplish. Total inspiration… my 6 year old daughter watched the video with me. Very powerful.