What happens when you treat adversity into a gift?
Most people would find it hard to even cope with the everyday problems in their life or career.
But what if you lost your limb?
Won’t your life be much more difficult to live then?
According to UNICEF, there are an estimate of 445006 disable people in Malaysia alone in 2012.
So how is life for all of these people? Miserable? Sad? No hope?
They can’t even do the normal things that a normal person does.
Most of them rely on government support in order to live by and sadly, most of these disabled people are left with broken dreams and broken faith.
But not this man.
Meet Hugh Herr, while in his early years some 30 year ago, he had a climbing accident, suffers frostbite to both his legs, and doctors were left with no choice but to amputate his leg to save his life.
Now, most people would have been left devastated by this news.
But not Hugh.
He didn’t accept his situation as the end of his life, instead it marks a new beginning in his life.
He sees his disability as a gift.
An unfair advantage in which he sees the missing part of his leg as a blank slate, for which he could do literally any sort of design and modification to the prosthetic leg he created in order to create an enhanced experience, enhanced mobility and even outperform the regular human.
And that is what he did.
He was constantly modifying his prosthetic leg and he got so good at the sports of climbing mountains that some people even wished they had their leg amputated and have his legs instead!
That is the power of a determined man who sees something more just being a disable person.
And fast forward today, he heads the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, who’s mission is to build the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetic inspired by nature’s own designs, one that gives perfect natural mobility to a normal person.
If you’re feeling like you are dealing with a lot of problems right now that you find overwhelming, just spend 20 minute watched his speech, and hopefully that will new perspective into your life.