As a motivational speaker I’m often blessed to share the stage with individuals who leave me speechless (and you know how challenging that is!) with their determination, discipline and drive. Diana Nyad is such a woman. A record-holding long-distance swimmer, journalist and author, she just became the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
In November 2012, I remember her standing on stage saying she was going to try for a fifth time to complete that crossing. How many of us, after four well-publicized and ultimately unsuccessful attempts toward our lifelong dream, would get back into the cold, jellyfish and shark-infested waters yet again? And at the age of 64, may I add. How incredible when she stepped out of the water and shared three truths: "One is we should never, ever give up. Two, you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three, it looks like a solitary sport, but it's a team."