158: Eleven Seconds Changed Everything for Travis Roy

Eleven seconds was all it took. Eleven seconds stopped cold a promising hockey career scarcely before it started – all on live television. Travis Roy was a promising 20-year-old hockey star, moments into his first collegiate game as a B.U. freshman, a freak accident cracked his fourth vertebra left him paralyzed from the neck down.

One misdirected check in the most important hockey game of his life sent Travis Roy crashing into the boards and ended his dreams of hockey greatness. Instead of fulfilling his lifelong dream, he now found himself paralyzed and a quadriplegic. Yet he sees his life’s glass not as half empty or half full but as overflowing!

How did Roy deal with such a dramatic shift in his life? What lessons can you take to overcome obstacles in your own? This optimist talks about his challenges and the strategies he has used to cope, including starting a foundation to help others in a similar predicament.

Lessons:

  1. Sometimes you choose challenges, sometimes they choose you. How you handle them defines you.



  2. Quality of life goals are as important as career goals.

  3. Don’t underestimate the joy in simple moments.


The Travis Roy Foundation
Travis’ Book “Eleven Seconds”
More About Travis

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CREDITS

  1. Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
  2. Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle
  3. Synopsis – Matt Baatz

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