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5 Life Lessons from The Most Inspiring Man I’ve Ever Seen

Passion. Grit. Perseverance. Sacrifice. Compassion. Faith. Love. None of these is products of rationality, but they’re essential for living an incredible life.


Neeramitra Reddy

4 months ago | 3 min read


Sean didn’t let his debilitating disability hold him back from an incredible life

Sean Stephenson was born with a rare genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta — because of ultra-brittle bones, the resulting incessant fractures stunt growth.

Having lived through incredible pain and discomfort, this 2 feet 8 inches man with his uber-contagious smile stands infinitely tall.

While Sean is sadly no more, he’s inspired millions through his booksblog posts, and speeches; and has helped heal hundreds in his career as a therapist.

Physically disabled he was, but he made a much larger dent in the universe than most “perfectly able” men do.

Never Believe These Kinds of Predictions

When Sean was born, the doctors gave him 24 hours to live. 35 years later, those doctors were dead, but Sean was alive and thriving.

The popular saying, “What the mind believes, the body achieves” is a double-edged sword — while positive enabling beliefs can propel you to the skies, limiting ones can pull you to the depths of Tartarus.

This isn’t just wishful b.s, this is a proven psychological concept called a self-fulfilling prophecy:

The stronger you believe something, the higher the chance of it actually coming true.

As a painfully wimpy teenager, one teacher that was also a psychologist diagnosed my terrible stutter as permanent.

My mother didn’t reveal this to me until years later — by when I had lost my stutter and could speed-talk like a machine.

Had I known of the diagnosis, I probably wouldn’t have overcome my stutter.

Never believe anything that doesn’t empower you. Entertain only enabling beliefs and positive predictions — forget the limiting and negative ones.

Don’t (Ever) Pity Yourself

Sean has had metal rods pulled out of him, debilitating jaw infections, and constant fractures. Not to mention waking up every day and needing another human being to care for him.

But he doesn’t pity himself.

The moment you wallow in self-pity, the world loses all respect for you.

Not letting his conditions define him, with a radiant smile on his face, Sean sets out to conquer the day every single morning — and you can’t help but love and respect him.

For every person who has a “better” life than you, there are hundreds that would kill to be you.

Sean chose to live a life of strength, and he lived a damn good one. How about you?

Every Single Human Being Has a Purpose

You don’t exist by chance.

From two strangers meeting, falling in love, and deciding to have a kid to that one sperm competing against its million competitors, a ton has gone into creating you.

If you dial it back to the chance of your parents to be born, then their parents, and so on — you get an infinitely long chain of events since the beginning of time.

Had even a single minor event happened differently, you wouldn’t be here.

So your life has astronomical significance and purpose — one that will change the universe in ways small or big.

Having rid himself of his insecurities, Sean found his purpose in cleansing the world of the same — having touched millions of lives, he’s fulfilled his mission damn well.

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

Let meaning be your life’s guiding light and even if you stumble along, you’ll reach the zenith of your purpose.

What We All Crave Deep Within

Roaring supercars. Making it to Maxim’s cover. Luxury penthouses. Racking up a million followers. Climbing to the top of the corporate ladder.

Almost everything we do is a way to fill an unexplainable void deep within us. But only love can fill that vacuum — not from family, romantic partners, or friends.

But love from yourself.

While self-improvement can help, it isn’t the ultimate solution — accepting your unchangeable (perfectly human) imperfections is.

“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”

— Rupi Kaur

As Sean says, don’t bully yourself, rather encourage — do and say things from a place of love, not compulsion.

Improve yourself because you want to, not because you “have” to — when compulsion is removed from the equation, true freedom ensues.

The True Prison Most Are Trapped In

We think, over-think. Stressed out, we demean ourselves. Wallow in self-pity. Magnify our faults. Minimize our achievements. Then we think and overthink again.

All our lives, we live trapped in the prison of the mind. Unable to control it, we let it control us — becoming burnt-out mindless robots.

Logic. Reason. Rationality. As useful as they are, they’re limited.

As Sean says, “Drop from the mind into your heart”. Not only does the heart pump blood throughout the body, but it sends infinite emotional possibilities that we squash as part of “reasoning”.

Passion. Grit. Perseverance. Sacrifice. Compassion. Faith. Love. None of these are products of rationality, but they’re essential for living an incredible life.

Don’t let the walls of your mind limit your reality. Open your heart up and infinite possibilities will present themselves.

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