Extraordinary blind long jumper Lex Gillette tells a story about when he was jumping for his high school at an event at the University of North Carolina about 8 years after he became blind.

Coach Brian Whitmer was his long jump caller, which meant that he was responsible for clapping and yelling so that Lex would know where to run and jump from.

They had a horrible start.  The coach’s claps were drowned out by the cheering fans, who were amplified by the indoor stadium and his voice just echoed through the stadium.

There were barriers that separated the long jump runway and track and he kept running into them.  It just wasn’t working out.

Not too far away was a gentleman who said something along the lines of, “What is going on?  This kid shouldn’t be doing this. He’s going to hurt himself.”

Undaunted, Lex and the coach were able to make the appropriate adjustments and they finished the competition without further drama.

When telling this story, Lex says, You’re going to have others who say, “you can’t,” but your actions should always say, “I can.”

If you want to achieve anything remarkable, there will be people who doubt you, criticise you, are afraid for you.

They may think that they are being helpful, or they may be trying to sabotage you, but their words will discourage you from taking the next step.

Don’t listen to them.

Don’t doubt your capacity to do great things.

But let your actions say, “I can.”