Finish Strong: Fear is in the Eye of the Beholder

February 9, 2017
Finish Strong: Fear is in the Eye of the Beholder

It's impossible to read Finish Strong and not be inspired. This book is filled with stories about people overcoming adversity to achieve their goals, realize their dreams, and finish strong. Using their experiences as a guide, you can do the same. Read on to learn about a young woman who, after a horrific incident, overcame mental and physical challenges to pursue her passion.

"Fear is in the Eye of the Beholder"
from Finish Strong
by Dan Green

It was a perfect day for surfing off the coast of Kauai. A 13 year old surfing protégé had just finished riding a twenty foot wave and was lying face down on her surf board. Preparing to paddle out to catch another wave, her thoughts of becoming a professional surfer shifted in an instant. Without warning, she felt a tug on her left arm and in a split second she realized that she'd been attacked by a shark.

As she struggled to gain her composure she realized something even more horrifying—the fourteen foot tiger shark had bitten clean through her board, taking her left arm in a single bite. At that moment in time, survival and not surfing became a priority.

Bethany Hamilton learned to surf at the age of 4. When she was 8, she entered her first contest and won both of the events that she competed in. At the age of 10 she placed 1st in the "11-under girls", 1st in the "15-under girls," and 2nd in the "12-under boys" division at the Volcom Puffer Fish contest. she was determined to become a professional surfer and was certainly on track to make it happen. Then, in one violently swift moment on that fall day in 2003, it seemed her dreams would be shattered.

However, Bethany was born with the heart of a lion and the competitive spirit of a thoroughbred. she was determined to return to the water to surf. Leaning on support from her friends, family and her faith in god, Bethany recovered rapidly and within ten weeks from the attack was surfing again. convinced she could overcome her physical challenge, she worked hard to learn to surf around her disability. But she also had to overcome the psychological fear of another attack. Bethany would face her fears by singing and praying when she was out on the water.

Incredible as it seems, less than a year from her attack, Bethany returned to competition taking fifth place at the National Surfing Championships and first place at the first event for the Hawaii National Scholastic Surfing Association. She was recognized by ESPN in 2004 and received an ESPY award for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year. Bethany's ability to overcome her physical and mental challenges puts her in an elite class of achievers. She chose to...Finish Strong.

This is just one of the many amazing stories you'll find in Finish Strong. This book can impact your life in a positive way, so ask yourself: are you ready to commit to a Finish Strong attitude?

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