I was privileged to be able to start my week listening to a very inspirational man.  You may be familiar with Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc, but you may not be as familiar with the quality of leadership that runs that place.  One of them happens to be my step-dad and the culture that has been created is like no other car company around.  Often, for their morning sales meeting, they are thinking outside the box of what you would expect a car sales meeting to be and bringing in some really inspirational people.

This past Monday I had the opportunity to listen to a guy with an incredibly inspirational story.  Clay Dyer has no legs and no left arm.  On his right side he has a small portion of an arm that he uses for everything.  He was born this way.  When he was a young boy, he developed a passion for fishing and told the story of how he got his first high quality fishing pole.  He has a great sense of humor when he tells the story of how at 12 years old he was hounding his father to buy him a $250 fishing rod.  His dad thought it was an outrageous price for a fishing pole when Clay chimes in “Well Dad, imagine how much money you have saved over these past 12 years not having to buy me shoes!” …and a professional bass fisherman was born.

His physical limitations are numerous however while listening to him, you can tell he lives in a heart-centered space and trusts the world around him.  He lives by the motto “If I can, you can!” and loves to share that message with people all over.  At one point he discussed what his normal daily routine consists of.  By the end of the sales meeting, it was brought up that if you didn’t have the visual of what Clay looked like and you could only hear his voice, you would never have known he had any physical limitations…because in his mind, he has no limits.  Because he sees himself and his life and experiences as such a blessing, he is able to do just about anything he wants to…including 50 push-ups which he did for us while on stage!

I will sometimes catch myself putting unnecessary limits on myself and my life.  I think this is maybe a natural part of being human.  We are born limitless and then through the years, and for a number of different reasons, we start putting up a box around what we can and cannot do.  I think it is interesting, and a good example, that at one point a limit on how fast a human can run one mile.  It used to be thought “insurmountable” to run one mile in less than 4 minutes and for decades this limit was true…until someone did it and then a number of people were able to accomplish the same task shortly thereafter.

Since you couldn’t attend the meeting on Monday, I found this great YouTube clip about Clay Dyer so you can experience a little bit of his story.  Click HERE to watch…it is worth your 10 minutes, I promise.

“If I can, you can!” is Clay Dyer’s message and coming from him, it is a powerful.  When you are in a room listening to all that he has accomplished and what his goals and dreams are in life to still accomplish yet, it raises our own limits a little bit…it breaks us out of the box we have put ourselves in.  It gives us permission to live our lives a little bit louder!  Now, go and be AWESOME!!!


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