This week from The Forklift: Embracing the Struggle

Who would have thought that one of the best baseball pitchers in the world would have just one arm? Well, I would!

Jim Abbott is one of the most remarkable stories in baseball history. Because he was born without a right hand, his parents encouraged him to play soccer as a kid. But he loved baseball. He ignored the pundits and played anyways.

As a senior at Central High School in Flint, MI, he won 10 games on the mound and played first base and outfield on the days he wasn’t pitching — hitting .427 with seven home runs. That led to the opportunity to continue his career at the University of Michigan.

There, Abbott received the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the country in 1987, beating out Ken Griffey Jr. and Robin Ventura. After compiling a 26-8 record at Michigan, Abbott was selected in the first round of the 1988 MLB Draft by the California Angels.

Abbott tossed a no-hitter as a member of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 4, 1993, shutting down an awesome Cleveland team.

Abbott once described his incredible journey by saying: “I truly believe that difficult times and disappointments can push us to find abilities and strengths that we wouldn’t know existed without the experience of struggles.”

Adversity truly is opportunity… with the right attitude.  Whatever it is you’re struggling with today, whatever your insecurity is, just remember you’re not alone. We all have our own mountains to climb and conquer.  Your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength, and your worst day can become your best…with the right attitude.

And that right attitude starts with some grateful grit. Dust yourself off and get back up.

– Matt

Matt Miller
Author: Matt Miller

Matt Miller has done many things in his young addition to just surviving. In 2002, Matt left behind person he once was as his life was suddenly changed forever by a horrendous mountain climbing accident. Diving for his falling father, Matt fell over 4,000 feet before miraculously stopping just short of the ragid cliffs. Through a night of survival and pain, Matt persevered but lost most of his fingers and toes as a result from frostbite. Matt does everything from public speaking, one-on-one consulting, firm strategy, as well as company retreat facilitation. With a seasoned investment background and passion for educating the investment world, Matt also can't resist sharing his comments from time to time on markets. Matt is also an avid runner, successfully completing over 10 marathons without his toes! He is 38 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


  1. Doug Howes on October 26, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Love this!

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