Brett Sheldon

A story of courage, hope and perseverance by Brett Sheldon

 

Brett Sheldon has never let physical challenges prevent him from reaching his goals. Born with a birth defect that gave him short arms and only three fingers on each hand, he later found fame on the playing fields of Indiana. After a stint as a star high school football kicker, he became a walk-on kicker for Indiana State University, which landed him national media attention and a guest spot on “The Dr. Phil Show.”

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Sheldon is currently training hard for the 2013 Paralympics and divides his remaining time between working as a substitute teacher and giving inspirational talks to students. His first book, “Kicking the Odds: A Story of Courage and Perseverance” (Founders House Publishing) is a story of courage, hope and knowing how to seize the day.

 

 

 


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Karen Jones: What would you like readers to learn from your book?
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Brett Sheldon: I want readers to realize that anything is possible if you put in the effort and work to achieve your goals. If I would have listened to the hundreds of people who said I couldn’t do something, I would have lived a very lonely life. You have to find your passion and follow your dreams so in the future you aren’t asking yourself, “what if?”
Through the years I’ve been laughed at but I know once people see what I’m capable of they do not laugh anymore. You need to stay focused on the goal and eventually everything will work its self out!

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KJ: What is your advice to those who may hesitate to follow their dreams?
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BS: Do not set yourself up for regret. Go after your passion knowing you have nothing to lose but everything to gain. So what if you fail? I would rather fail going after a goal than sit around doing nothing. Besides, failure has helped me learn many things. You can’t be successful without failing once in a while and when you will succeed you feel on top of the world!

Author Brett Sheldon and Bandit

Author Brett Sheldon and Bandit

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KJ: Do you have an achievement you are most proud of?
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BS: I was an All-State athlete, played college football and wrote a book, but the one thing I’m most proud of is when I speak to students and share my inspirational message. I show them the way I do certain tasks such as writing on a board, throwing a ball, and flicking stuff up with my feet. I and leave them knowing they are can achieve their goals and have a bright future.

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KJ: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
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BS: You have to act! Don’t just sit around waiting for it to happen. I know a lot of people who are “tomorrow” people. If I was one of those I would still be working on my outline instead of having a published book! Be a “right now” type of person. It is very rewarding!

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Click here for more information on Brett Sheldon and “Kicking the Odds: A Story of Courage and Perseverance” by Brett Sheldon and Shaun C. Kilgore.

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