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).


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


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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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