Kyle Maynard had a dream to be a professional athlete. Born with a condition called congenital amputation that left him without arms or legs, he never stopped pursuing his dream. He became a champion wrestler at State level, an MMA fighter, opened his CrossFit gym, and climbed some of the world's tallest mountains including Killamanjaro, becoming the first quadruple amputee to do it without assistance. This is a fantastic show about an inspirational guy who is challenging the excuses we tell ourselves. SHOW NOTES When people ask Kyle what he does, how does he like to reply? His Dad was a military man; did this background have an impact on Kyle's character growing up? What does Kyle know about the day he was born when his parents discovered his condition? Did Kyle ever fall into the comparison trap growing up? What was his Mum's dialogue when he started to feel sorry for himself or started to compare? From a very early age, Kyle said no to prosthetics - why was that? Kyle's Grandmother said, "God doesn't make mistakes." How has that influenced his beliefs? From the book "God Made You Like This For A Reason." Has Kyle worked out the reason? Kyle lost his first 35 wrestling matches in a row before he won. How did that first win change his identity? What was the greatest fear he had to face with Mt Kilimanjaro? How Kyle carried the ashes of Corey Johnson to the top of Kilimanjaro at the request of his mother. "Your dreams could be a gateway to another dream; you could not have foreseen." Is that his journey? The 3 feet philosophy "not dead can't quit." If Kyle could meet with the great Marcus Aurelius and ask him a question, what would he ask? Kyle admires people who challenge assumptions. What is the last assumption he challenged? One of the few real treasures Kyle keeps is a bible from his grandparents. What's the real significance of that bible? What's the dialogue in his mind when he starts making excuses today? Does he ever think, "wait what I am doing, I'm the no excuses guy, and I'm making excuses?" Kyle became depressed when he started to do keynote speaking. How dark did it get? Bruce Lee - it's not the daily increase but the daily decrease, hack away the nonessentials. What is it about the Comanche people and even his Mum's ancestors the Cherokee people that fascinate him? Kyle would horse ride at his Uncle Matt's in Michigan. How has he adapted to communicate with the horse? His family taught him to never quit in the middle of a task once he starts. Did that play on his mind on Kilimanjaro? Excuses give us a reason to explain to other people why we are too weak to deal with a particular problem, regardless of the size or importance of the matter. LINKS Kyle Maynard website http://kyle-maynard.com The Mojo Radio Show Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/themojoradioshowpodcast Top 10 Cowbell songs of all time https://ultimateclassicrock.com/cowbell-songs/ The Mojo Radio Show website themojoradioshow.com The Mojo Radio Show on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoRadioShowPodcast/ The Mojo Radio Show on Twitter https://twitter.com/tmrspod The Mojo Radio Show copyright Gary Bertwistle & Darren Robertson Products or companies we discuss are not paid endorsements. They are not sponsored by, nor do we have any professional or affiliate relationship of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show.... sadly! It’s just stuff we like, think is cool and maybe of interest to you our listeners. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”. Hunter S Thompson.