when life sucks


Honestly I owe so much to Josh Sundquist because life sucks sometimes and he taught me not to fall.

And that sounds so cheesy but it’s true because sometimes you just need someone to remind you that you need to stay standing.

Thank you Josh. I hope you check your tag because you’ve made such a difference to me (and so many others).

I’m honored to have played a role in helping you stay standing.

I want to say, though, that we are all in this life thing together. We ALL need people to catch us when we fall.


I don’t have it all figured out. Sometimes my life sucks, too, and in those times I’m lucky enough to have people I can lean on—my girlfriend, my family, my friends, and people who write me kind notes like yours.

My point is: we can only remain standing if we all lean on each other.


Now that might sound cheesy, but you can take it to the bank: Ain’t no other way to make it through the suck but to find some super human friends or family who have your back.

A pretty accurate diagram of my channel [sent to me via SnapChat]


Hank and John Green

You are a great speaker and I look up to you and what you have to say :) what do you think the next generation has in store? Many people look down on teens nowadays and I was wondering if you see any potential in us. I feel like as a teen, we could either correct the mistakes of the past or just end up screwing over the world because of pure ignorance. What do you think? Have a nice day~

Read this quote:

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority…they contradict their parents…gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Guess who said that? Seriously, guess….

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Are you a motivational speaker or a speaker that's motivational

An insightful question. More the latter. 

People often think of motivational speaking as a personality trait, when in reality it is simply a profession.

I like to think of myself as a professional storyteller. And the stories I tell on stage just happen to be motivational.

Favorite books/movies/music/media at the moment?

Reading: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Watching: Veronica Mars (season 1)
Listening: The Glitch Mob

How do you stay motivated during hard times ?

I try to take things day by day, or moment by moment.

Check out my video Hope to Carry On

How are you today, Josh?


Super excited to attend the wedding of my good friends Brian and Kelsey tomorrow (you’ll recall Kelsey as the one who thought I cheated my way into the Paralympics).

And my brother Matt is in town for the weekend, so that’s fun.

My friend Kyle Scheele made this very nice and very funny video about me. And he’s right about my hair: HUGE tax savings.

Subscribe to his channel if you want to see more of his beard and wit.

This one time a girl thought I faked my disability to compete in the Paralympics. Hilarity ensued.