I had the delightful opportunity to interview Jessica Cox, an amazing young lady. Jessica was born with no arms but has made it her life’s mission to show us that NOTHING should limit us and NOTHING should get in the way of accomplishing what we say is important. Jessica is the world’s first armless licensed pilot, she has a black belt in Taekwondo, she drives a car, types on a keyboard, plays piano, pumps her own gas, puts in and removes her contact lenses, is a certified scuba diver and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jessica has delivered her inspirational message in 20 countries, and has made various humanitarian trips, including to Ethiopia and the Philippines. Her cars and airplanes are not modified.
Jessica can do anything an able bodied person can do (if she wants to), only some of it, SHE HASN’T FIGURED OUT, YET. She says she hasn’t figured out YET, how to put her hair in a ponytail. I’m confident that she will figure it out if she wants to badly enough.
Directly after interviewing Jessica, we interviewed Allison Crotzer Kimmel, literature teacher, turned writer and published author. Allison has the claim to fame of writing two books in two months for a work-to-hire book contract. She managed to complete her assignment while raising two small children. As an author, I can tell you, that is no mean feat!
Allison’s mentor told her, if you get an assignment that sounds unreasonable, you just answer very pleasantly and delightfully: “Yes, of course I can do that for you.” while smiling broadly. And then you go and work out how!
I think of myself as a person with a can-do attitude but compared to these ladies I have some work to do. I have some things to figure out, and yes, of course I can do that. Great mantras for action – it’s going to be a good week!
In my book: Winner: Beating the Odds in Business with the help of a Champion I have a chapter called “A Little Bit of Mad.” That chapter came about after conversations with a group of businesspeople that suggested that sometimes a little bit of mad isn’t a bad thing.