Seeing the self beyond limitations

I have a disability – cerebral palsy – which affects the muscles in my legs - my balance and my mobility.  Because of my disability, I experienced a lot of bullying at school. I now see that as a positive thing for I learned self-determination, to stand on my own two feet, and not to expect other people to do things for me all the time.

“The only person who sets the limits to what you can do is yourself”

Whether you have a disability or not, everyone has ability within them.  It is a question of finding what you want to use as the vehicle for that ability. The only person who sets the limits to what you can do is yourself. If you can dream it, you can do it.*

Stuart was in the first yacht crew, made up of people with a disability or who had overcome a life-threatening illness, to race around the world (in the BT Global Challenge 1996-97). In 2003/2004 Stuart crossed the Atlantic solo in 109 days, unaided and unassisted - the first physically disabled person in the world to row an ocean.

Stuart Boreham
* Speaking at Global Retreat Centre, Oxfordshire, June 2007.


Carnie DeBice
# Carnie DeBice 2018-10-19 13:33
Never give in, never give up!!!!
Ashish Papadkar
# Ashish Papadkar 2017-01-18 08:00
Thank you so much for sharing the powerful thoughts....
Samuel Chambi
# Samuel Chambi 2016-11-15 00:32
very good
Samuel Chambi
# Samuel Chambi 2016-11-15 00:31
# abinash 2016-11-06 12:13
Anila Nair
# Anila Nair 2015-02-18 05:14
Very nice thought.
veena chugh
# veena chugh 2014-09-06 18:10
thank you so much Stuart for sharing. You are truly inspiring. God bless you .
Sushil Basnet
# Sushil Basnet 2014-07-25 12:13
Great to learn about your feat. Keep going, and inspiring everyone.
# Charles 2014-06-26 16:28
Lovely and encouraging
# Umi 2014-01-18 21:48
Thank u for. Sharing good idieas
# ayajiv 2013-11-27 11:36
never lose heart. live yr life as if its a book. you wnt know what will happn if u dnt turn to the nxt page.
# Chhaya 2013-07-23 05:59
Life is so much beautiful...we have to just enjoy every moment of Life and be strong with inner
Dipankar Barman
# Dipankar Barman 2013-06-10 09:36
Disability is neither hindrance nor a curse for our life, but it is pillar of success and bless of god. Our duty is to turn the disable into able through our thinking power. Being a visually challenged person, I can become assistant professor of a college with bless of god.
Maria vicência de lima bonolo
# Maria vicência de lima bonolo 2013-04-25 19:19
love love.
# MADMILLA 2013-04-04 10:41

Create your New personality like a drawing & fill it in according to your own ideas, apart from the ideas & expectation of others.

# iris 2013-01-06 10:31
What ever comes to us in life, our attitude towards it can make or break us. But, we must never forget that for some people, the weight of illness or disability becomes too much at times. Let us all have more deep seated, God filled compassion for those who are struggling with health problems. One never knows when it will be our time to suffer or struggle with our bodies. Yes, practice detachment, but never lose sight of compassion and love.
# gunja 2012-12-31 03:27

Very the saying goes everything happens for a reason. probably god made us disabled cos he wants to make us stronger and wants us to discover our true self. OM SHANTI

# munish 2012-12-30 17:27
hayyyyyyyy, thanks for this great thought....