#4 Jessica Cox
“It’s only human to have low moments in life because if you don’t, then you won’t feel the high, exciting times.” – Jessica Cox
Born without arms, Jessica Cox is a Guinness World Record holder as the first licensed armless pilot in the world. She is also the first armless Taekwondo black-belt certified by the American Taekwondo Association and a motivational speaker.
The armless warrior
From an early age Jessica learned to use her feet skillfully that allowed her to do things we do with our hands. Although she used prosthetic arms in high school but soon she decided otherwise as she never felt comfortable with them.
“Prosthetics just felt very foreign to me: You wear them on your shoulders, strap them to your chest, and they’re heavy and uncomfortable. If someone gave you a hug, you’d miss that touch. They were more like a cage for me.” – Jessica Cox
By now she was able enough to use her feet and she didn’t need arms to get things done. After completing school, she graduated in psychology from the University of Arizona.
From a warrior to a champion
Jessica learned how to drive an unmodified car and earned her unrestricted driver’s license. She also became the first armless person in the United States to earn a black belt in Taekwondo. Jessica also became a certified scuba diver. But she was not going to stop there. With her heart, determination and inner strength she learned to fly. Although she was reluctant & hesitant to fly initially, with the help of former fighter pilot Robin Stoddard, she turned her fear in to one of the greatest achievements in aviation history. Eventually she earned her license as a certified pilot in an ERCO Ercoupe 415C.
She is also a professional motivational speaker who inspires thousands of people to pursue their dreams by overcoming challenges. She teaches us that we don’t need any wings (or arms for that matter) to fly high.
“At the end of the day, the priority is to perform, and the priority is to know that even if women aren’t in the spotlight or in the limelight the whole time, we’re still bringing in results, and we’re still doing what we do best. For me, I’m doing what I love: I love training, I love kayaking and racing, and I’m getting results. Life is good.” – Jessica Cox
Who inspires you?
These most inspiring people alive have faced the greatest of obstacles and triumphed over them through their resilience and mental strength. Life gets us all. It can break you physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. But that’s how life teaches us what we need to learn and shows us how strong we truly are. The success stories of these warriors are surely motivating. But true inspiration is already within you. All you need to do is dig deep and reach for the strength that you are blessed with.
Who do you find the most inspiring? Share you inspiring success stories below and let us know how awesome you are.
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