“I do what I do because I love to do it, and I don’t give up,” says 32 year old Jessica Cox.

Jessica earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate in 2008 and in 2011 the Guinness World Record for the “first armless person in the world ever to have obtained a pilot’s license.”

Jessica was born with a rare non-genetic birth defect that left her without arms. But that didn’t stop her – she was involved in girl scouts, modeling, tap dancing and Taekwondo growing up — she even earned a black belt at the age of fourteen.

“I can’t believe how much I did growing up. Every single day after school there was something going on. I don’t know how my parents did it,” Cox said in an interview with NBC.

“I was expected to learn to do things like everybody else in my own way, which worked out just fine.”

Jessica Cox believes anyone can excel, regardless of disability, with encouragement and support – and she’s right.

The Next Leap Forward

Jessica is a great role model for overcoming obstacles and embracing the adversity in life. My 5 tips to overcoming obstacles are below the video.

 

 

5 Tips to Overcoming Obstacles

1 – Never ever feel sorry for yourself – no matter what the circumstances are. Your mindset is key to beating adversity.

2 – Overcome your obstacles by embracing them. Move toward your challenge – not away from it. Face it head on.

3 – Positive attitudes always triumph. Look your FEAR directly in the eyes – and tell yourself – I am not afraid. I will prevail.

4 – Compete with yourself – challenge yourself to do better. Expect more of yourself than others expect of you.

5 – If the REWARD exceeds the risk involved, then don’t let anything stop you from exploring the unknown.