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Inspiration from Craig Dietz

Update - This entry from 2010 has been revised with a new video. The original video was removed from Youtube. If you aren’t familiar with this story, I highly recommend taking the time to watch it…


Craig Dietz is a busy man.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, bowling and swimming. He’s also an accomplished lawyer for the City of Pittsburgh.

Based on my limited intro, you might assume that Craig is a typical hard working member of society.  This assumption couldn’t be less true however.  Craig Dietz is everything but ordinary.  In fact, his ability to operate in this challenging world is beyond extraordinary.

What makes Craig so special?  I won’t waste your time with an explanation.  Take a look at the video below and find out for yourself (thanks to Eric for passing it along).

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We acquire the strength we have overcome. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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25 Comments so far

  1. WalkingthePath July 6th, 2010 3:12 am

    Excellent post. Another example of the human spirit at its finest. He has been overcoming challenges that some people with all of their limbs will not even try.

  2. Dennis M July 6th, 2010 5:24 am


  3. kongchti July 6th, 2010 7:08 am

    After watching this video, the only thing that comes to my mind is “how the hell can you still complain about your life ?”

  4. michael July 6th, 2010 11:06 am

    Speechless…..Holy Shit. And I was debating about working out because it is a little hot and my back aches a little. WOW, great video Ross.

  5. Alberto July 6th, 2010 12:30 pm

    oh shit, im nothin compared to this guy!
    and im always complainin i dont have enough time to work out more than i do. workout everyday for about 45 minutes, and thaught i was makin a lot of sacrifice cause have work, wife and daughter and dont want to neglect them. so i work out early in the morning or late at nite.
    wtf!!! thanks for makin me see that i can do so much more.

  6. Jen July 6th, 2010 1:29 pm

    very inspiring!

    I will be thinking about this, as I push my self through my work out today.

    Love you web site.

  7. John Sifferman July 6th, 2010 2:07 pm

    He’s got the heart of a lion. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning, and we’ll be hearing more about Craig Dietz in the future.

  8. DrJeffKing July 6th, 2010 5:57 pm

    Ross, you have inspired me yet again. Yours is the only blog I check all the time. The inspirational videos forced me to go beyond my own limitations and preconceptions. Keep up the good work :)

  9. mark litherland July 6th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Wow,what an inspiration.

  10. Manveet July 6th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Ah, got my daily dose of inspiration.

    Time to go crush some weights.

  11. William July 7th, 2010 6:51 am

    Way to go Craig,, Thanks Ross for posting..

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  13. Pierrot July 8th, 2010 11:06 pm

    I guess we can sometimes lose faith in humanity… but this guy hopefully reminds us of what being human is all about. Inspiring story, inspiring man, to say the least.

  14. Michael July 9th, 2010 6:11 pm

    Very impressive. The human condition has less boundaries then we realize.

  15. Dave July 11th, 2010 10:29 pm

    I’m about to cry here. Great post.

  16. Jakub July 12th, 2010 8:30 pm

    Very strong moment for me was while he said: “I know I probably won’t climb the mount of Kilimanjaro..” My first thought was like- “well, most of the people with both hands and legs won’t probably accomplish what he have done”.

    It seems like all our weaknesses have been given to us to overcome them, and grow even bigger.. Strong story, thank you very much for posting, Ross!

  17. Thomas July 19th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Thanks Ross for posting this, i hope to live a better day because of it.

  18. Yonas July 22nd, 2010 12:25 am


  19. Dan July 23rd, 2010 4:48 pm

    Craig’s spirit and sense of humour is amazing. Hats off to him.

  20. mac June 12th, 2012 7:23 am

    This morning I was ‘bitchin’ cos my right knee is a bit sore. Good God Almighty.

  21. Bill June 12th, 2012 7:31 pm

    Thanks again Ross for the posting. Great. But especially thankyou Craig I’m proud of you and I don’t even know you. I wish I did. From Chicago.

  22. Greg Plitt Workout June 13th, 2012 5:01 am

    Very inspirational post and I am glad that I visit this site. Thanks for sharing you post.

  23. Brad June 19th, 2012 10:26 pm

    Simply awesome!

  24. chris June 30th, 2012 3:18 pm

    Amazing man and a lovely group of people around him. It is so inspiring.

  25. Sam Deloite July 7th, 2013 9:31 am

    Extremely High end and motivational Blog Post. Highly recommended to all. Video still kicking my ass.

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