Every once in a while, you meet someone so special you know you need to connect more with that person. Today, I have the opportunity to share my conversation with one of those people, Sidney Smith.
I met him briefly at a 5k then spent a couple hours hiking down a mountainside while shooting our bows at the Total Archery Challenge. That doesn’t sound that special until you learn that Sid is a double amputee. and does his walking and running on prosthetic blades. We talk about overcoming fear, focusing on the positives of life, learning to appreciate what we have, getting used to pain, and turning tragedy into triumph.
“Amputation may have saved my life because it brought me down a path that gave me a second chance to do the things I loved.” Tweet That— Sidney Smith
A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Total Archery Challenge in Northern Utah with my friends at MTN OPS.
I met a lot of great people but I had the incredible opportunity to run the course with my guest today, Mr. Sidney Smith. I had only bumped into him one other time but as I spent 3 or so hours walking down a mountain with Sid, a double amputee, I was amazed and humbled at how this man shows up in his life.
He’s an avid bow hunter, a triathlete, and, as I mentioned before, he’s a double amputee. But he doesn’t let that keep him from living his life in a big way and inspiring others along the way to do the same.
“I have certain goals I want to achieve that started from day one in the hospital.” Tweet That— Sidney Smith
- How to develop a growth mindset in the toughest circumstances
- The difference between being “disabled” and being “challenged”
- How to learn about who you really are
- Understanding that the greatest disability you could have is in your mind
- Overcoming the fear of uncertainty
- How to make extremely difficult decisions
- Learning to focus on the positives of life
- How not to take things in your life for granted
- The challenges that come with being a double amputee
- Overcoming how people treat those with disabilities
- The power of thinking big and giving yourself purpose
- Pushing past physical and mental pain
- Learning to cope with physical and mental limitations
“Bowhunting is just like any other challenge in life, the harder it is, the more the reward is in the end.” Tweet That— Sidney Smith
The Iron Council
I just want to pause for a minute and tell you about our exclusive brotherhood, the Iron Council. This is a band of brothers who are working together to improve their lives as fathers, husbands, business owners, and community leaders.
It’s very rare to find someone who doesn’t have goals and aspirations for the future. It’s significantly easier to find men who don’t do anything about it. That’s not what you’re going to find inside the Iron Council. The 400+ men inside have all committed to and are working towards making more money, connecting more deeply with the people they care about, getting strong and healthy, and just about every other worthy goal and objective.
And, we’re providing the tools, guidance, and direction to help them do just that. If you’re interested in learning more about what takes place inside the Iron Council, head to www.orderofman.com/ironcouncil.
“The deer and elk [I hunt] don’t go easy on me so I need to be ready on the terrain as much as anyone else.” Tweet That— Sidney Smith
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“The disability wasn’t really in my legs. That wasn’t what was holding me back.” Tweet That— Sidney Smith