You think you have challenges?

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”

-Joseph Campbell

Even though I have never met her, to me, Jessica Cox is a hero.  She hasn’t lifted a wrecked car off anyone (that I know of).  She hasn’t stopped a speeding bullet, or kept a train from running off the tracks.  However, she has done something equally impressive–she has never given up on her dreams, even in the face of great challenges.

Today, Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, is a certified SCUBA diver, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a public speaker, a surfer, and a certificated sport pilot.

“So what?”, you might ask.  “Lots of folks have accomplished those things.”

The difference is that Jessica was born without arms.  She has accomplished all of these things using just her feet and legs.   Further, not only is she is the first pilot in aviation history to fly with her feet, but she took up flying to overcome her fear of it.  Imagine how much courage that must have taken.

So, when I am having a tough week, when things seem stacked against me, or it seems that nothing comes easy, I just think of the challenges Jessica must have faced to get where she is today.  I know how hard I worked to become a pilot.  It took time, discipline, and a lot of effort.  I can only imagine how committed she must have been to find someone willing to teach her to fly, or an aircraft that would work for her situation.  She must have heard “you can’t do that” hundreds of times.  She must have been discouraged and had terrible days.  Yet, she never gave up.

Her accomplishments are the perfect example of how powerful the support of friends and family and the strength of your own convictions can be.  She has proven that if you believe in yourself strongly enough, there is nothing that can stop you from fulfilling your dreams.  Jessica has truly found the deeper powers within herself.  And, on several occasions, her example has encouraged me to look for the deeper powers within myself.

So, if you are struggling with something give it at least one more try.  If you are about to give up on a dream, don’t.  Jessica wouldn’t.  And, hey, this might be the time you succeed!

Call to Action:

Go check out Jessica’s website at  You won’t be disappointed

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