Inspiration From NASCAR Engineer Richie Parker

The video below tells the inspiring story of Richie Parker. Born without arms, Richie has spent his entire life figuring things out. He didn’t have a blueprint to follow. What he did have however was a steadfast refusal to accept the limitations of his condition.

Richie has defied the odds since day one. Whether it was learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car, he’s always had his share of doubters who didn’t think it could be done. Fortunately, Richie never listened. It was never a case of could it be done, but rather when would it be done.

Now 30 years old, Richie has worked as an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports for eight years. Not only is his work incredible, but how he goes about doing it is even more amazing.

The next time you are having a bad day, take a moment to think about what Richie has accomplished. If we all had to work as hard as Richie does to perform the basic tasks in life, we’d probably be much more appreciative of what we have.

It is safe to say that we could all learn and benefit from his example.


“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” – Horace

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