Whether it’s personal or professional, what drives you to overcome challenges and achieve your desired goals? What motivates you to forge ahead, ignore pain, naysayers or competitors?
My friend, Pat Brogan, spoke at the Currie Hair Skin and Nails’ company meeting this past Tuesday. This was his first official, motivational speaking gig. He talked about his passion for basketball, his drive to be a great athlete and the happiness created from living a life with purpose.
Pat was very emotional when describing the hit and run accident in 2001. 18 months after the accident, Pat was diagnosed with dystonia. This is an involuntary muscle movement disorder. Pat was featured in a PBS Documentary, Twisted, that tracked his life for two years. This included deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in 2004. I strongly suggest you watch the trailer to understand what life was like before DBS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M_nyIfgFss
Pat gave a few examples of his very long, arduous journey, but continued to tie in his mantra of living a fulfilling, happy and healthy life.
One of his goals is to compete in triathlons; he was training for his first when struck by the car. His motivation to do this has changed, however. Pat attended a dystonia conference years ago where he met a lot of children with the disease. Pat strives to set an example for them. He wants all of them to achieve their dreams and overcome the adversity created by dystonia.
My neighbor, Brad Verrico, led the creation of a video of Pat competing at his 4th triathlon last September. Watch here: http://youtu.be/S_UsJk1DeJE Brad’s oldest son, Cole, was asked to write about his hero at school. The first person he thought of was Pat. Although he never Pat in person, the making of the video and stories shared about Pat’s life were inspiring to Cole, heroic in fact.
Cole stood up after Pat was finished speaking and read his essay. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. From there, we went to Greenwood Elementary where Pat spoke to the 5th grade class. Shawn Weigel, reporter from the Kennett Paper/Daily Local, wrote the following article about the visit: http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130307/NEWS01/130309630/man-inspires-class-by-overcoming-obstacles#full_story
While people’s passions vary, how we choose to spend our free time is probably the most honest gauge of what we find intrinsically rewarding. In business, understanding these deep motivations could help you put together a team with similar aims, character and cultural fit. Let me know if you would like Pat to speak at your next company meeting. After all, dealing with game changers are the foundation to success.