The Austin Hatch Story
What we can all learn from Austin's miraculous journey
The Austin Hatch story forces us all to look within at what we can offer the world. It challenges us to re-define what's most important about living a life of purpose and meaning. I encourage you to devote yourself to watching the full 16-minute video below to learn about Austin's story.
I am a firm believer that we can all reach unknown levels of excellence, both personally and professionally, when we take the time and energy to truly reflect upon our life's purpose (and work). I have spoken about this several times at conferences and workshops, over the last few years, in an effort to help educators understand the powerful role that they play in lives of the students that they teach.
Seeking to better understand our purpose and calling is no easy task. It takes hard work at a profoundly deep level. I've had people say to me, in the past, that it's all a bit too heavy and serious. That life is meant to be fun and we just need to enjoy each day without getting caught up in taking ourselves so seriously.
I also know a few people who have a 'you just need to get on with it' type attitude which has worked to serve them well in their personal and professional life. I certainly don't judge these points of view as being wrong.
However, it is imperative to understand that the process of clarifying our purpose and better understanding our calling is a richly rewarding endeavour that can bring a mountain of joy, satisfaction, and sense of fulfillment in our lives. It's a noble pursuit that is not rooted in any final destination, but more so in our journeys.
When I learned of the Austin Hatch story, it helped me to put into better perspective the true power of the human spirit when overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds in our lives. When thinking about our own ability to work through problems, overcome adversity, and demonstrate grit and resilience, we can sometimes fall into a trap of thinking we are helpless. That no matter how hard we try, we cannot be what we set out to be or achieve the goals and dreams we hold close in our hearts.
Austin's story reminds us that we do indeed have the capacity to achieve excellence. I won't do justice explaining Austin's life and what he's gone through, so you will need to set aside 16 minutes to watch the video below.
As you watch, think of the hardships you've experienced, not in an effort to compare, but more so to understand your thought patterns when confronted with these obstacles. Reflect on the limitless power that you possess to work toward your goals and dreams whatever they may be. If we apply even 5% or 10% more of ourselves to working toward these dreams and goals, how much of a difference could that make?
Why am I sharing the Austin Hatch story with you? Because I feel lucky and blessed to have come across it (Thank you Travis Stephenson!!). I believe we are all meant to be here for a reason. We all have a calling that is worth pursuing. What's yours? Does it require staying in your current profession to achieve excellence or taking the leap to do something else? Either way, I hope Austin's story empowers you to answer this question and take greater action in your lives.
2/24/2016 08:58:42 am
Thanks so much for sharing Andy! We watched this as a class today and it was silent as the students were all completely engaged. Students remarked on the powerful message of working toward your goals, regardless of the hardships that we face. They couldn't believe how much Austin could bear and still accomplish his far reaching goals. What an unbelievable person!
2/25/2016 02:20:05 pm
2/25/2016 08:45:07 pm
to never dought your self and keep going even if things go wrong you will have to find a good way out of it
2/25/2016 08:45:29 pm
Bad things will always happen just keep on going in life and never give up.
2/25/2016 08:46:11 pm
I believe this is an extremely inspirational story about the will to go on. Austin was faced with so much metal and physical pain and yet he still fought his hardest to achieve what he wanted.
2/25/2016 08:46:26 pm
even if you have problem with your body you alway can achieve your dreams and make your body heathy
2/25/2016 08:46:31 pm
I think that this story was made to show people that you should always follow your dreams no matter what has happened to you in the past. Even though Austin went through so much with his family he still continued to do what he had always wanted to do. He never forget about a single person in his family, he just took all the special things they gave him and used them in remembrance of them.
2/25/2016 08:46:40 pm
This video is very sad, and I impress because I think it is hard to catch but he overcome it and he play basketball and goal the ball. I think when I practice and try hardly, I can do many things.
2/25/2016 08:46:52 pm
I think that the biggest lesson i learned is that whatever problems happen in life never give up, In life you will encounter many bad things, this video really inspired me and also showed my how hard life can get.
2/25/2016 08:47:06 pm
I think the lesson from this video is that never give up even when you are in the worst place and to not be depressed every time
2/25/2016 08:47:22 pm
I think that this lesson is good for me to know challenge my self and trying hard every time. I want other people to watch this video and find their own way to make themselves better.
2/25/2016 08:47:35 pm
I think he is doing a very hard working person, and doing a lot of effort for baseball.
2/25/2016 08:47:55 pm
baskball is give hope
2/25/2016 08:48:09 pm
If I wit be Austin I cued play basketball any more
2/25/2016 08:48:15 pm
This is a truly inspiring story. To go through two horrible tragedies leading to losing your family members is heart breaking. But Austin has pushed through those hard times, and kept going. He didn't stop after the first plane crash, OR the second. He kept going. He could have given up, but he didn't. I think that the message here is that there WILL be obstacles in life. And we just have to push past those obstacles.
2/29/2016 05:10:15 am
Remarkable story, uncommon fortitude. Thanks for sharing, my friend.
3/2/2016 05:58:44 pm
it made me feel really sorry because how that could happen twice and the first time was even bad enough losing his ancestors and his mother then they found a new family and then lost his new mum and his dad and to be in a coma for that long must of been terrible it made me fell a bit sad for him how he had to go through all that trouble to get to the top of his game that he was already at before the second crash.
3/2/2016 05:59:39 pm
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3/2/2016 06:00:09 pm
This video is a great video about believing in yourself and believing that you can get through your tough times.
3/2/2016 06:00:15 pm
This story is very inspirational, it makes me feel lucky to be here and very grateful. The determination Austin has is unbelievable.
3/2/2016 06:00:46 pm
This video is very inspiring and motivating. It proves to people that anything is possible.
3/2/2016 06:00:56 pm
An inspiring story of when there are 2 colossal stumbling blocks. Where one does not look behind but in front and up.
3/2/2016 06:01:25 pm
Andy I loved the video and I give praise to anyone that can watch it without crying.
3/2/2016 06:01:38 pm
sad story about what happened to Austin about his family. I loved how he'd get back up and doesn't let his emotions in the way. My family and my brother josh, he got selected for 2012 Olympics and at that time I lost my dad so me, josh and my sister Addy we all bounced back from my dad's death in 2012. it is inspiring story about how he got back up from being in a hole and getting back up
3/2/2016 06:02:00 pm
Austin's story made me remember that anything is possible and that you can become what ever you want to become as long as you stick to it and never ever give up even when life gets bad you just keep going. Thank you for leaving this story so that I could see this, I really enjoyed the story because it made me think to never give up!
3/2/2016 06:02:00 pm
This story is a great and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it with the world. I think we all can learn something from it.
3/2/2016 06:02:19 pm
I found this a really hard story to take. I also know a few people who have over come this as well but this is a really well presented.
3/2/2016 06:03:05 pm
Great story. Thank you for sharing. very inspiring
3/2/2016 06:03:22 pm
I think that this is one of the most amazing stories I have ever seen. the fact that he has lost so many family members an be able to bounce back from all of this. Austin is an amazing person who works hard and does not give up.
3/2/2016 06:04:09 pm
I felt overcome with awe at the courage and sheer will to continue playing basket ball after two tragic accidents if I was Austin I would never fly again but the never give up attitude Austin displayed is absolutely amazing Thanks for sharing Andy
3/2/2016 06:07:28 pm
this an incredible story.it makes me realize how lucky we are and how grateful we should be, to never give up and always keep going no matter how bad the situation is, be positive and always persist and live life to its fullest. this story has inspired me greatly and i'm really grateful to have had the privileged to have heard this story.
3/2/2016 06:07:33 pm
This is an Astounding story and is very inspiring. To experience two Horrifying events would be really hard to deal with. But Austin has done an amazing job coming back from loosing family members and have a terrible injury.
3/2/2016 06:13:04 pm
This was an amazing story about someone's dream and how they went through so much and still overcame it, even through so much trauma. This shows that we can accomplish anything, if they believe.
3/2/2016 06:16:02 pm
3/2/2016 06:16:15 pm
What an inspirational video this was! I am astonished at how someone can be so resilient and overcome so many challenges that he already faced! That was amazing
3/4/2016 04:23:20 am
Thanks for sharing, Andy. I knew of it, but didn't know the details. What a story of courage and the power of positive thought. Unreal.
3/6/2016 11:15:32 pm
Thanks for sharing this incredible story, Andy.
3/8/2016 05:53:03 pm
i like austin for his story
3/8/2016 05:54:31 pm
hi this is cool story
3/8/2016 05:57:10 pm
so heart warming it's so inspiring Andrew
3/8/2016 05:57:38 pm
I LoVe CoOl StOrIeS LiKe ThIs OnE
3/13/2016 04:06:01 pm
it was a good comeback and to get that three pointer on his first shot
4/14/2016 08:03:56 pm
Hi Andy, I attended EARCOS in Manila when you presented this video and had Carolyn as my partner during walk & talk...I couldn't say speak it very heavy stuff and powerful too...shared it with the teachers here in FIJI and everything else that I learnt from your Sessions!!!!
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