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  ALWAYS A BELIEVER
 
By: Jessica Dorgan, Iowa Park FFA
July 11, 2012

 
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On April 3, 2001, Chad Hymas’ life was changed permanently and without warning. At the age of 27, a tractor accident led him to become a quadriplegic. Although his body was paralyzed that fateful day, his dreams were not.

The accident pulled him from a simple routine of building and operating his own ranch, and sent him on a life-long journey of conquering opposition, overcoming obstacles, and above all, inspiring all who hear his story.

Since his accident, Hymas has found great success. He is currently serving as president of his own communications business and internet marketing company. He has been recognized by the state of Utah as Superior Civilian of the Year, and was named one of the top 10 most inspirational people by The Wall Street Journal.

Hymas has also accomplished his life-long dream of being a rancher. He enjoys his family life with his high-school sweetheart, Shondell, two sons and daughter.

Being a member of the National Speakers Association, he spends his time traveling the world sharing his story with companies, businesses and schools. When asked about his occupation, Hymas states, “I don’t feel that I have truly had a real ‘job.’” He encourages youth to chase their dreams, explaining that, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”

Hymas expresses the importance of the term ‘key-note speaker’, stressing that there is no such thing as a ‘motivational speaker’. Supporting this idea, he states, “At the end of the day, you have to motivate yourself.”

Hymas’ determination, desperation and dedication have led him to become a living example of what is possible when you use your personal power and inner strength. In 2003, he set a world record for running a personal marathon of over 500 miles in memory of a close friend. FFA members were truly inspired by Hymas’ story and insight, and engaged by his humor and originality.

“It was especially easy for me to relate to him, knowing that he was also a member of the FFA all four years in high school,” says Kimber Hardie of Bland FFA. The main message conveyed in Hymas’ speech was to “never give up on your dream, push through the middle of your hardships and never rely on bailouts from other people to achieve your goals.” Hymas is a perfect example of the fact that if you do these things, you will achieve beyond what you ever imagined. He states that true leaders are not afraid to demonstrate their love, and “get their hands dirty in service to others.”

He also challenges FFA members to focus on what we have, and never dwell on the unchangeable. In closing, Hymas leaves FFA members with one simple request- no matter how hard things get, “Always be a believer.”
 






 
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