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Kyle  Maynard

Kyle Maynard

Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author & Award-Winning Extreme Athlete

Biography

Kyle Maynard is an entrepreneur, speaker, best selling author, award-winning extreme athlete, and the first man to bearcrawl to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet), and the summit of Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua (22,838 feet), the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. Read More >

Born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and is a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive Mixed Martial Arts fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

He is on a mission to make the world a better place and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. He travels across continents, speaking to thousands of executives and students, athletes and warriors, to share his "No Excuses" philosophy. He is a humanitarian who passionately supports numerous charities, and commits time and resources to work with wounded and recovering U.S. military veterans.

Kyle is the New York Times best selling author of his life story, No Excuses, and the focus of the moving ESPN documentary, A Fighting Chance. His story has been featured in countless television programs and editorials, which have been viewed by millions around the world. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

No Excuses

Kyle Maynard inspires audiences to challenge themselves and reminds them that there are no worthy excuses. No matter how challenging your difficulties may seem, we each possess the ability to overcome them; Kyle shows you how. Read More >

Born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on to live life independently, knowing that exceptions wouldn’t be made for him. He has lived his life striving to do more, learn more, push harder, go further – and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. His messages are centered on building a life driven by purpose and meaning, the importance of the undying pursuit of dreams, and the belief that no obstacle is too great and nothing can keep us from accomplishing our goals.

Kyle’s ideas and personal philosophies are extracted from his own life experiences, which he began to explore in the New York Times best selling book, No Excuses, which he penned at the age of 19. Since then, “No Excuses” has become Kyle’s mantra and his guiding principle. He travels across continents, speaking to thousands of executives and students, athletes and warriors, sharing and personalizing his journey for each group. Audiences are captivated as he takes the stage and become fully engaged as he shares his story, always connecting on a personal level with his relatable humor and universal hard truths.

His accomplishments as an athlete, and now mountaineer, speak for themselves. Kyle has learned many valuable lessons through training and sports, wins and defeats, scrambling and summiting. Each of us face a challenge or an obstacle, and Kyle shows others that they’re capable of persevering and achieving greatness in their lives as well, even if that means sometimes failing along the way.

In addition to his speaking audiences, millions around the world have heard or read his inspiring story and impressive accomplishments, and have found motivation to get out of their own way and move their own mountains.

"Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them." Read Less ^

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