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Inspiration From Paul Williams

Former world champion boxer Paul Williams was involved in a near tragic motorcycle accident in May that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Below is a recent interview of Paul where he discusses the accident and his uncertain future.

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As you will see within, Paul remains extremely positive and optimistic. Such positivity is amazing considering the circumstances. In a split second, Paul Williams went from preparing to fight Canelo Alvarez in September to wondering if he will ever walk again.

Listening to Paul speak is a powerful reminder that nothing in life is guaranteed. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Live life to the fullest and don’t sweat the small stuff. We all go through up and downs but most of our problems pale in comparison to those such as Paul Williams. If he’s able to remain positive despite his circumstances, we should all be able to do the same.

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I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.

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  1. Eric October 3rd, 2012 1:10 pm

    Boxing, like professional wrestling takes place in the squared circle and both professions have their share of tragedies it seems more so than most other sports. I know pro wrestling is “entertainment but lets just pretend it’s real. Just within the last couple of months former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes died at a relatively young age of 54 and former heavyweight contender Corrie Sanders was shot to death during a robbery. Like professional wrestlers, boxers don’t seem to have a long shelf life after leaving the ring. There are the Jack Dempseys, the Joe Louises, Gene Tunneys etc., who all lived long enough to become “old men” but a lot of boxers have had early departures from this earth. Some like Oscar Bonavena, Stanley Ketchel, Battling Siki and the aforementioned Sanders were murdered, while others took their own lifes like Freddie Mills, Randolph Turpin, Eddie Machen, etc. Others died under weird circumstances like Harry Greb. Joe Frazier and Ron Lyle both recently passed away within the last year or so and while they were both in their sixties which isn’t young, nowadays sixty ain’t ancient either.

  2. Yves October 4th, 2012 3:47 am

    Wow! He’s feeling sorry for his fans and he’s in a wheelchair.

    I feel so bad about myself right now. I thought I had “huge” problems to deal with!

    Really inspiring.

    Thanks again Ross! Thanks for taking the time to make your blog a truly amazing source of inspiration in life!

    All the best
    Yves

  3. Troy-TBFitUK October 4th, 2012 8:31 am

    WOw…….that actually made me well up!! He is a true inspiration and Champ that everyne should be striving to be like. I know he will come through this mental strength is what all champs have!

    Paul i wish you well soon!!

    Ross thanks for bring this to us!

    God Bless

  4. JOHN October 4th, 2012 10:32 am

    good post Ross, I needed that.

  5. Kelly October 8th, 2012 5:17 pm

    Ross,

    I almost never write reviews or make comments on any website!!!
    But after watching this powerful display of positive outlook and attitude, I couldn’t help but to write something.

    This is such a serious reminder that we should be thankful and grateful, no matter what condition we’re in. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:5 “…be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

    Today, that scripture has new meaning for me… for real. It’s amazing how a man can have such a bright outlook in spite of his present condition. It goes to show that we can “choose” to think and be however we want to. And he chose to be happy and hopeful regardless of circumstance.

    This has certainly humbled me and made me rethink some things for sure.
    Thanks for posting this video, it’s a jewel of find for its ability to change a life in just 5 minutes.

    Maranatha,
    Kelly

  6. Tim October 12th, 2012 7:51 am

    Wow! I was physically jolted when he said “If I was mad and depressed I’d have two problems.” Holy sh*t, what a wake-up call for me today. Thank you, Paul. And thank you, Ross, for posting this video.

  7. Eva Altvater October 13th, 2012 6:27 pm

    Ross,

    Recovering from an injury like that will require a holistic approach that Paul clearly possesses. He has a jumpstart on the healing process just by having the right mindset and attitude.

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational video!

    Eva

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