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No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life Paperback – August 1, 2006
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Praise for NO EXCUSES
No Excuses will really pump you up. Kyle is the real deal . . . and is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.”
When I interviewed Kyle Maynard, he touched the hearts of more viewers than perhaps any other interview I’ve done. No Excuses is the book that Kyle Maynard fans, like me, have been waiting for. And let me tell you, it’s terrific.”
Significant achievement occurs for those who have the courage to overcome disappointment and setbacks to pursue their dreams. This is an inspirational book about the perseverance of the human spirit. Let Kyle inspire you!”
From the Inside Flap
He was born a congenital amputee, his arms ending at his elbows and his legs at his knees. But that didnt stop Kyle Maynard from becoming a champion, on the wrestling mat and in his life.
NO EXCUSES is the inspiring story of Kyles battle against the odds. Youll learn about the family who supported him, the coach who trained him, and the faith that strengthened him to face the toughest fights.
In addition to Kyle Maynards amazing story, revealed in its entirety for the first time, youll learn about:
· How Kyles parents dealt with the shock of his birth
· Why they allowed him "no excuses"and how that benefited Kyle as he learned to eat, type, write, and live without hands
· How Kyle earned his way onto the football teamas a hardnosed defensive lineman
· How Kyle triumphed as a top state wrestler in Georgia
· The core values that Kyle gained from his coach, his family, and the demands of competition
· How Kyles own incredible success met a new barrier: from the federal government, which blocked him from a future NCAA wrestling career.
· How Kyle has changed peoples minds and opinions on the value of life
· The principles that have made Kyle a champion.
· Kyles very own diet and exercise regimen, which helped him compete at the highest levels
· Thirteen ways to live a No Excuses life
NO EXCUSES is a book about a courageous young man who faced the seemingly impossible challenge to live a normal lifeand won a phenomenal victory. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This autobiography is compulsively readable. I first saw Kyle Maynard on a TV sports documentary and I'm glad to say that his determination and strength of character comes across as well on the page as it did on the screen. It also told me a lot I didn't know about the guy, including his success in other sports such as powerlifting and football. There is also good use of color and black and white photos to illustrate his story.
I almost cried several times whilst reading this book. Not because it's sad but rather because it states a few simple truths that we all need reminding of. I particularly enjoyed the way in which Kyle makes his story a tribute not only to his own tenacity but also to that of his family, friends and coaches. Even simple things like memories of his grandmother taking him to the local park are remarkably touching.
The only time I felt sorry for the author was when he was wrestling in the state finals with a badly broken nose and his opponent starts (illegally) kicking him in the face, out of view of the referee. It's a testament to him (or perhaps wrestlers generally) that he doesn't complain but just carries on trying to win the match. I have always felt that wrestling is an all-encompassing activity - a thing in itself - but it really took this book to prove it to me. You feel like cheering when his much-loved coach rushes out at the end of the contest and raises Kyle onto his shoulders.
I'm the sort of person who skips big chunks of books if I get bored. But I loved "No Excuses". I read every word.
The pages just keep on turning in anticipation of following Kyle's next move, and admiring his willpower in positivism, determined to beat life's fateful obstacles. The importance of a support team that pivots on the family, and caring by others inclusive of cultural values ring loudly.
The book has a positive message for anyone at any level of life. It is a good read, and one can't help but wish Kyle success feeling his pain, which has been incredibly guarded, without the hint of looking for sympathy.
The state of mind emerges as the most important asset an individual possesses, deeply delving into the human element, which also reminds us of our responsibilities for others.
You would think that a congenital amputee couldn't do much, but Kyle puts an end to that kind of thinking. When he was little, he depended on the people around him to help him do everyday things. Then his dad realized that he was becoming too dependent on others and made Kyle do most things on his own. So Kyle learned, slowly but surely, how to do everything that people with all of their limbs can do.
One thing that I found to be incredible was Kyle's work ethic. He has the best work ethic I have ever heard of or seen. He maintained a high GPA all through high school and a lot of his classes were advanced. But where he really shined was in athletics. Like a lot of kids, he loved athletics. He played football as a child but focused on wrestling in high school. He worked ten times harder than all others and it showed. He stayed hours and hours after practice in order to be the best. His senior year he made it to the Georgia State tournament. Kyle is the real deal and his book tells all about his struggles and triumphs.
"No Excuses" is flat out amazing. This book has inspired me to become the person I want to be. Kyle Maynard isn't just a courageous human being, he is also a hero.
I loved reading about his close relationships between his parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and coaches. Family and friends are important and I thought it was admirable that Kyle's family and friends never made him feel any different from anyone else.
He never makes you feel sorry for him while reading his story. If anything, he leaves you motivated to face the challenges we have in our every day lives and to take them on with no excuses!
Maynard describes the sport of wrestling as a sport that requires physical and mental toughness. He explains the rules and moves of wrestling so well. He makes wrestling sound so exciting. I could actually visualize him taking his opponent down on the wrestling mat trying to pin him. There are great photos in this book of Kyle wrestling and lifting extremely heavy weights. I am simply amazed that a physically disabled person like Kyle can do all these things. I am not surprised that someone with Kyle's postive attitude is now a successful motivational speaker and athlete. No Excuses is one of the best autobiographies I've ever read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have enormous respect for Kyle. But note there are parts of this book that clearly were not written by a 20 year old. Still, a great read.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Unbelievable courage. Will make you wonder why you ever say "I can't".Published 3 months ago by S. Croslin
A wonderful, empowering story that young people should read. Kyle is a true role model for our young peoplePublished 4 months ago by Kris Wyatt
After recently interviewing Kyle Maynard for our Inspire Nation Show I can say he is truly one of the most inspiring people I have ever met! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Sandler Inspire Nation Host
I have not read it, but this is the type of story that shames the normal person into being productive.Published 6 months ago by Jose M. Carias
Awesome story and sterling example of the positive, powerful human spirit. If you think you can't, then read this for inspiration and motivation.Published 7 months ago by Elisa
It was too sunshiny. I understand wanting to tell your story, but don't leave out the rough stuff. That is what helps a person see how wonderful the good really isPublished 10 months ago by Faith Ham