It�s Only A Mountain The Story of Rick and Dick Hoyt by vmarcelo

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									 It’s Only A Mountain
The Story of Rick and Dick Hoyt
        Richard Hoshino
     Shad Valley Presentation
         July 22nd, 2004
    Outline for Tonight’s Talk
• Starting the Race
  – Constantly Raising the Bar on Yourself
  – “Dare to Risk”
• Running the Race
  – Persevering Despite Obstacles
  – “Attitude more than Aptitude determines Altitude”
• Finishing the Race
  – Using Your Gifts to Serve and Inspire Others
  – “Pay It Forward”
         Two Pithy Quotes
Be the Change you want to see in the World
                       – Mahatma Gandhi

Most people see things as they are, and ask
But I dream things that never were, and ask
 “Why Not?”
                     - George Bernard Shaw
Jimmy Akana and Ryan Hreljac
             Dare to Risk
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your ideas, your dreams, before a
crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To believe is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest
hazard in life is to risk nothing.
    Dare to Risk (continued)
The people who risk nothing, do nothing, have
nothing, are nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they
cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves; they
have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.
1816 - His family was forced out of their home.
1818 - His mother died.
1831 - Failed in business.
1832 - Ran for state legislature: lost
1832 - Lost his job. He wanted to go to law school
  but couldn’t get in.
1833 - Borrowed some money from a friend to
  begin a business and by the end of the year he
  was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his
  life paying off this debt.
       Biography (continued)
1834 - Ran for state legislature again: won.
1835 - Was engaged to be married, sweetheart
  died and his heart was broken.
1836 - Had a nervous breakdown and was in bed
  for six months.
1838 - Sought to become speaker of the state
  legislature: defeated
1840 - Sought to become elector: defeated
1843 - Ran for Congress: lost
        Biography (continued)
1846 - Ran for Congress again: won
1848 - Ran for re-election to Congress: lost
1849 - Sought the job of land officer in his home
  state: rejected
1854 - Ran for Senate of the United States: lost
1856 - Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at
  his party’s national convention: got less than 100
1858 - Ran for U.S. Senate again: again he lost
       Biography (continued)
1860 - Elected President of the United

The path was worn and slippery. My foot
 slipped from under me, knocking the other
 out of the way, but I recovered and said to
 myself, "It’s a slip and not a fall."
                           - Abraham Lincoln
            Pay it Forward
The human contribution is the essential
 ingredient. It is only in the giving of
 oneself to others that we truly live.
                                 - Ethel Andrus

We make a living by what we get, but we
 make a life by what we give.
                        - Winston Churchill
               Rick Hoyt
• Born in 1962 as a Spastic Quadriplegic.
• Communicates using a Special Computer.
• Graduated in 1993 from Boston University,
  becoming one of the only non-vocal
  quadriplegics to graduate from university.
• Currently employed as a developer and
  consultant at Boston College for “Eagle
  Eyes”, a system to help disabled people
  operate a wheelchair with their eyes.
The First Race
The Boston Marathon
              Team Hoyt
• 940 Races Completed, including 22
  consecutive Boston Marathons.
• Personal Best of 2:40 in the marathon.
• Biked and Ran across the USA in 1992
  (3735 miles in 45 consecutive days)
• Created the “Hoyt Fund” to integrate the
  physically challenged into everyday life
       The Ironman Triathlon
The Ironman takes place in Kona, Hawaii
 every year. It consists of three events:

    3.8 km     SWIM
    180 km     BIKE
    42.2 km    RUN

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