Why Being Told “No” May Be the Best Thing You’ll Hear in Life

Every day millions of people wake up and make excuses. Excuses for why they haven’t gotten ahead in their career. Excuses for why they haven’t lost that last 5 lbs. Or worse yet, excuses for why they are so unhappy with their lives.

Patrick Blake Leeper proves time and time again that the only disability in life is a bad attitude. Leeper was born a bilateral below- the-knee amputee in a small town in Tennessee. His father was quoted as saying in the local Kingsport News, “He’s heard a lot of no’s in his life. And there’s a lot of people out there who don’t want him to be the best.” From birth he was told he would never walk. He was told he wouldn’t be able to play competitive sports. And at every turn, Leeper shatters expectations.

I think Patrick’s journey has only just begun. And we, at Quest HQ, will be watching this all-star mix of grit, talent, and force of will as he competes to break records and expectations, change mindsets, and fulfill his childhood dreams of being the fastest man alive.