Last night I was channel surfing and came across the NFL Combine. The NFL Combine is a place where invited college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers and scouts.
Shaquem Griffin was one of the invited college linebackers. He played college ball for UCF. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4:38. Holy crap! The fastest linebacker at The Combine since 2003. He benched 20 reps of 220 pounds. Wow!
What’s so impressive about this player is that he doesn’t have a hand. It was amputated when he was 4. He benched 20 reps with a special prosthetic attached to his left arm.
He played football in college and won awards and now he wants to play in the NFL. His twin, Shaquill, plays for the Seattle Seahawks.
What I love about him is that he doesn’t let his handicap determine what he can and can’t do. He decides. He pushes through. He preservers. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.
Watching Shaquem last night motivated me. If he plays football with one hand then there is no reason I can’t achieve my dreams. I need to push through. I need to preserver. No matter what obstacles are in my way. I need to be fearless when it comes to my dream of getting my writing published.
I’m going to find a picture of him bench pressing and hang it in my office for the days I’m feeling down and don’t have the confidence I need to achieve my dreams.
Check out his story. I bet you’ll be motivated, too.