I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard an interview with a man named John Maclean. In his early twenties, he was a rugby player and triathlete. Then one day when he was 22 years old, a truck ran him over while he was training on his bike. He was left a paraplegic.
He was devastated and depressed. He mourned the life he would never live. Then one day in recovery he was moved into a room at the hospital that he shared with three people who were quadriplegics. He could get out of bed and into his wheelchair while they couldn’t move. This perspective lit a fire in him.
Although he worked tirelessly at physical therapy, he didn’t see the progress he wanted. When he started to lose hope, his father reminded him about how far he had already come and asked him, “How far can you go?”
In answer to that question, John went on to take part in the Paralympics and the Olympics, he was the first paraplegic to complete the Iron Man competition and he was the first paraplegic to swim the English Channel.
He never stopped working hard and he never gave up.
Then, 25 years after his accident, he walked again.
Not only did he walk, but he has since competed in a triathlon without his wheelchair.
John D. Rockefeller once said, “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”
So my question is if John can walk again, what excuse do any of us have for not making our dreams come true?
We all need to answer the question John’s father asked… how far can you go?