Learning To Take A Risk: A Conversation with Motivational Speaker, Disability Advocate, and Mindset Coach Jeff Hobbs


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On this episode of 22 Motivational Minutes with Marlo, Jeff Hobbs reveals the power of risk taking and overcoming challenges in today’s world.

Marlo and Jeff discuss how Jeff overcame Cerebral palsy to become a marathon runner, and how he dealt with rejection, adversity, and discouragement from coaches and health professionals.

Born with cerebral palsy and a love of sports, Jeff Hobbs grew up dreaming of becoming an athlete. Due to countless rejections, including those from his own family and a “no cut” football team, Jeff spent much of his youth on the sidelines. Ever persistent, Jeff ultimately earned his chance to compete; since then he has been shattering stereotypes and breaking down barriers!

He is the first person with quadriplegia to compete in the Chicago Marathon, which was documented in "GUTS: The Jeff Hobbs Story," as filmed by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. As a motivational speaker. Jeff teaches us to embrace struggles, conquer obstacles, and grow our mentality.

Here are some of the key points of this interview:

  • Jeff’s journey to becoming a marathon runner

  • How the word “tenacity” has impacted Jeff’s life

  • How he reframes discouragement

  • Why losses are not a negative event

Show Notes:

Jeff Hobbs’ website: http://jeffhobbs.org/

Connect with Jeff on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffhobbsmotivationalspeaker/

Jeff’s TEDx Talk “Winning From Last Place”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKnueWskP14