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Aldo Nahed
Stop making excuses for failing to achieve your dreams

August 15, 2012

Many of us want to compare ourselves to someone who is wealthier, healthier or better looking than we are ourselves.

That's not what Kyle Maynard wants. He wants you to know that it's not about them.

It's about you.

You're making excuses. And it's time you stop.

Maynard, of Suwanee, recently addressed North Forsyth High School students and prepped them for their school year. He left thousands of attentive listeners inspired.

He has shown that being born with disadvantages does not put you at a disadvantage.

Maynard was born with hands that end at his elbows and legs that end before his knees. Did I mention that Maynard recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro?

He tells anyone who will listen, and thousands do, that there's no excuse for you to not achieve your dreams. So what are you waiting for? He did it, so why not you?

Why don't you? What are you measuring yourself up to?

Kyle wanted to be a wrestler, and he became one of the best.

He wanted to fight in mixed martial arts, and he did.

He text messages on his iPhone. He types 50 words per minute on a computer.

At 26 years old, he has accomplished more than most have or ever will.

His message is he's not held back by his body. Kyle won't let anyone hold him back from achieving his dreams.

When he's knocked over, he climbs back up. When he's down, he's not out.

He's competitive. He's awesome. When I met him this week, I saw a really genuine man.

Kyle's smile is sincere. His wheelchair disappears.

When I watched Oscar Pistorius, of South Africa, run during the Olympics, it was history in the making. And from my couch, I was moved.

Oscar, 25, a double amputee, is the fastest runner with no legs — he has artificial limbs.

Pistorius had a hard road, but he never gave up. He was born without calf bones, and both legs were amputated below the knee when he was an infant. He has fought to compete with able-bodied athletes in the Olympics since before the 2008 Games in Beijing. Although he qualified, the track's officials excluded him from running, citing his blades, known as Cheetahs, as a competitive advantage.

To be considered an Olympic athlete is a huge accomplishment, but to do it with the odds stacked against you is a huge victory.