The porter had been with me nine days, watching me climb, rappel, and handle bridges and chose to follow me. Soon, I came across a farmer, walking hay bale with spindly, thin legs protruding out the bottom, not unlike SpongeBob SquarePants. The flabbergasted, timeworn farmer turned to my new porter friend and questioned, “If this one looks like that…” He paused and pointed at me, at my arms and my missing legs. “What do the rest of them look like?” The Porter answered with a smile, “One of them doesn’t have a head!”
Positive attitude, perseverance, and resourcefulness… These are attributes aspiring Paralympian Tracy Schmitt brings to achieving her goals. Based on the way she so gracefully walks into a room, you would never know she was born a four-way amputee. Both her legs end above the knee, one arm above the elbow, and on her right hand, she has only one finger, yet she has never let that stop her, and her prosthetic legs serve her well.
In her forty-plus years of life, she has experienced more than most people manage in a lifetime. As an amputee, Tracy has climbed mountains in Nepal without her prosthetic legs, captained 110-foot ships in the eastern Atlantic, and won a bronze medal in alpine (downhill) skiing and gold in a Martin 16 at the Lake Ontario Racing Council Regatta.
Today, Tracy is an author, facilitator, athlete, artist, and speaker. She holds multiple college degrees in recreational and leisure studies and integrated arts, as well as an MBA. Her work experience includes teaching in the educational and corporate sectors as a learning and development consultant. In 2006 and 2007, she was nominated for the Premier of Ontario for her work in underdeveloped countries. These days, when she is not sailing around the world, she serves as a dedicated speaker, focussing on motivational techniques that empower and engage every audience. She brings a unique perspective into her talks, desiring to share information that is not only topical but also helpful, inspiring, and insightful for her listeners. Tracy’s aim in all things is to challenge the misconceptions about disability and motivate improvement, courage, and achievement in all people.
No matter where you are in life, sometimes you just need to be inspired. You are a great leader, and great leaders push to drive transformation. That’s never easy. And sometimes you will feel like you can’t do it anymore, any better, or any other way. Well, in Unstoppable You, Tracy Schmitt helps you see that you can! Through shared strategies, stories, and perspectives, you can conquer your impossible, whatever it is. Tracy, a 4-way amputee, has climbed mountains in Nepal, captained 110-foot ships in the eastern Atlantic, and won a bronze medal as a para-alpine skier—all in her first 20 years of life! With much humour and motivation, Tracy helps you sift through your challenges and come out on top. Learn to laugh even when you haven’t got a leg to stand on and turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary landmark on your life’s journey.
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Break through the barriers life throws up in front of you! Unstoppable You teaches you how to persevere and succeedin spite of nay-sayers, self-doubt, procrastination, and business pressures. No matter what you face, you are never alone.
Respected leaders push the boundaries of the impossible to make things possible. What is standing in your way, and what can you do to overcome it? Whatever that obstacle is, Unstoppable You gives you tools and tips to do just that.
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