When Your Greatest Weakness, Becomes Your Strength-Oscar Pistorius (Video)

August 8, 2012 by  
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We are all faced with weakness. There are those of us who run from those weaknesses and those who face them head on. Weakness can define us either positively or negatively, it’s all determined by our attitude and willingness to work hard.

Oscar Pistorius was faced with adversity early in life. There were those who told him he would never be anything great, then there were those who believed in him- namely himself. Today he competes in the Olympic Games. He’s not American, but he embodies everything we believe. Opportunities abound, but it is up to each of us to grab ahold.

Leading up to the Olympics I have heard or read countless comments, from how Oscar didn’t deserve to be in the olympics until today where some claim he has an advantage. Interesting how the tables of have turned… for Oscar Pistorius his greatest weakness, has certainly become his greatest strength.

Work hard-Dream Big.

Scared of Success?

August 8, 2012 by  
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Life according to Nike – “Greatness can be a scarey thing, until it isn’t.” What will you do today that scares you just a little?

Nike “Find your greatness”

August 8, 2012 by  
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For any of us who ever felt less that great, Nike has a new series of commercials focused on average every day people. These are olympic athletes, these are people with one goal, to be better tomorrow than they are today.

What will you do today, to make your self better for tomorrow?

Let It Be- Cover for Noah

August 8, 2012 by  
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With seven million views on his youtube channel and 22,000 friends on facebook, most would think musician, Mike Masse of West Jordan, Utah was on top of the world…but on July 4th Mike and his wife received unsettling news. Like every parent, the Masse’s were concerned when one year old Noah became sick. What they originally thought was just an upset stomach, later turned out to be a much bigger medical concern.

On July 5, 2012 Mike Masse’s son Noah was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In an effort to raise money for the best possible care and bring  awareness to this terrible disease, Mike is singing the Beatles cover “Let it Be”. For more information about the fund raising effor visit…  http://covercows.com/let-it-be-a-fundraiser/

Sight Impaired Golfer Jake Olson Speaks On PGA.com

July 14, 2012 by  
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Jake Olson attended  the PGA Champion’s Tour Nature Valley Open, where he spoke about his love and passion for the game of golf.

Travis Mathew Golf- Jake Olson Sight Impaired High School Golfer to Team (Video)

July 14, 2012 by  
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After losing his eyesight to cancer, Jake refused to give up his passion for golf. Today, he is a part of team Travis Matthew (clothing designer) and playing high school golf.

Check out more posts about Jake here… http://www.americansbelieve.com/?p=338


Overcoming Adversity- Jake Olson Story (Video)

July 14, 2012 by  
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Jake Olson is an inspiring young man, who has battled cancern from the age of one. Though he successfully beat it eight times, he has now lost his eye sight. That Doesn’t stop him from following his dreams. Today he insires thousands through his charity “Out of Sight Faith”

You can check out his website here… http://outofsightfaith.ning.com/

Other links Jake Olson & Travis Mathew Golf

15 Year Old Golfer Makes Highschool Team Without Eyesight

July 14, 2012 by  
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As an avid golfer, I have experienced all of the frustration that comes along with the game. One of the more frustrating experiences came two years ago as I played in a night lighted golf scramble. With only a glowing ball to guide the way, the challenge of hitting the ball in the dark only multiplied the difficulty of golf.

For that reason alone, the story I am about to share is all the more amazing.

Meet Jake Olson. At 15 years old, this kid is something special. Now entering his sophomore year of high school, he plays on his schools golf team with plans to one day play on the tour. Before you shrug this off and say it, “sounds like any other kid in love with the game”… you need the back story.

At the age of one, Jake was diagnosed with retinoblastoma or cancer of the eye. At that early age he lost his left eye, for the next eleven years he would undergo surgery after surgery on his right eye, each time beating the cancer. That all changed at the age of twelve, when cancer appeared to win and he lost his other eye.

Rather than be defeated, Jake drew from within a determination so great that he refused to be beaten. Instead he persevered, remaining committed to his faith and his love for the game of golf. How do you play golf when you can’t see the target, let alone the hazards that lay in waiting?

Like most talented golfers, Jake relies on his caddie for advice.

Not unlike any other good father, Bruce Olson wants to see his son succeed. That’s part of the reason why he spends most every summer night at the golf course with his son. Together they keep Jake’s game tuned up, at the tournaments Bruce is there to assist with alignment, distance and obstacles. Trusting completely in his father, Jake plays the shot just as instructed. It would seem the two have a pretty good thing going. According to foxnewswest.com, Jake scored in 13 of 15 matches that he competed in last year. That is no small feat, vision impaired or not.

Check out this video about Jake…

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Imagine what we could do if your greatest weakness became your greatest strength.

My Motivators: Matt Stutzman

June 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Believe, Inspire, Olympic Spirit, Videos

An US Olympic Archer without arms… thats all American!!

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