Figure It Out

As a kid, Mark Speckman’s mother would create challenges for him. She tested him to see what he could do. She forced him to think. She didn’t want to coddle the youngster. She wanted him to figure it out. There is always a way.

And while this bit of parenting may not seem too unique, Mark Speckman certainly is. Born without hands, Speckman has always found a way. He has been figuring it out for over 50 years now. Take a look at the video below to watch his amazing story.

I find this story particularly inspiring. Earlier in my life, I went through my own poor me moment. I had hand problems from boxing and was forced to walk away from the sport. At the time, it seemed like I would live in a cast forever. I had fracture after fracture. Each time I returned to action, I broke the hand again. Being forced to walk away from the sport I loved, it seemed like the end of the world.

Fortunately, I snapped out of it and went on with my life, but it would have been nice to see Mark Speckman’s story. Talk about putting things in perspective! This is man born without hands. He doesn’t even have hands to break, but that never slowed him down. He’s become a success, both on and off the field.

Speckman’s story has me raring to go this morning!



  1. Hey Ross it’s your boy Chuck!

    I don’t even know the man, Gotta admit love his smile already, his love for the sport & his wonderful sense of humor. You can just see the joy he puts into his players they all look very pleased with his presence. I can see how he got you going this morning Ross! Thanks again Ross for another Truly inspiring story.

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