This was a well-paced and wonderful read. The emotional elements running through this man's journey were touching, yet never falling into that area of self pity, his strength, determination, and sheer will were beyond stimulating. Whatever tiny setbacks I had going on in my life at the time were immediately extinguished. I wish I had even one tenth of this man's stamina.
It seems we often cross paths with just the person who inspires us at just the right time. Not long ago, John Maclean was that person for me. Over a cup of coffee, he shared his story with me. What an incredible man! His is truly a hero's journey. I've now read his book and have recommended it to others. I've shared his experiences with students I teach and together we've marveled at his courage and willingness to take on the challenges life sends. There is much to learn from this individual. Thank you, John, for giving us the opportunity.
This book was an easy read and very inspirational. If you are looking for additional motivation, I highly recommend this book. The advice given helped change my perspective and reshape my ways of approaching and dealing with difficult situations.
Last year, I received this book as a Father’s Day gift. I rarely read a paper book; usually only in medical waiting rooms or on a train when taking my computer for doing my work is not convenient. So, I’ve only just finished it now.
John MacLean was an up-and-coming champion athlete in several sports. Somehow, he excelled at whatever sport he tried. Then, at 22 years of age, he was riding his brand new racing bike when an 8 ton truck hit him. He survived against expectations but was paralysed from the waist down, with minimal function in his legs. An MRI much later showed that, of the 3 million nerves passing through the spinal cord, he had a few thousand left.
He became a wheelchair-bound champion. He swam the English Channel, competed in triathlons and ironman contests, including the toughest in the world, by using his wheelchair instead of running, and working a hand-operated bike on the cycling leg. He won a silver medal at the Paralympics in Beijing.
But all this was second best. What he dreamed of was walking again.
25 years after his accident, he did, thanks to a revolutionary therapy by Ken Ware.
OK, this is the skeleton the story is built on. The real message is the attitude that made all this possible. John wasn’t “lucky” in achieving all this, but rather “lucky” in believing that he could burst through any barrier if he tried hard enough. And this attitude is something all of us can copy.
He was often in agony, but he kept going. When he couldn’t keep going, he returned and had another go, and went through the pain and kept going anyway.