At a glance:Jim Abbott was born without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland.
Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.
Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.
Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker. He released his autobiography, “Imperfect: An Improbable Life,” in 2012 to glowing reviews.
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ADAPT: Overcoming AdversityTo continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using APAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.
A - Adjustability
D - Determination
A - Accountability
P - Perseverance
T - Trust
To achieve great things in this world you must be able to adjust to what is being asked. When you NEED something, you find a way.
Once you've found your way, you have to work it make it happen. Once you've found what you love, don't let anything stand in your way.
Accountability: the heart and soul of my ADAPT chain. Basically, accountability says that we are responsible for the abilities we've been given.
Sticking with it. Life is full of ups and downs and how we respond to adversity makes us who we are.
Trust is my favorite and it is appropriate that it comes last. After you've found your way, after you have put the work in, after you have made the most of the abilities you were given, and stuck with it, it comes down to trust. Believing in the incredible amount of work you've done and knowing you are prepared for anything. When push comes to shove you draw your line in the sand and say, "This is who I am."