By Janet Stoica
Veni, Vidi, Vici. He came, he saw, he conquered. Julius Caesar’s words aptly describe the many inspirational presentations given by Mr. Chad Hymas—not only to the Webster school teachers during their jump-start session at the beginning of the school year, but also to the students of Bartlett High, Webster Middle, and the fourth grade of the Park Avenue Elementary Schools.
Funded by a Title I Grant obtained for the Webster School System, Superintendent Ruth Ann Goguen was recently able to schedule Mr. Hymas to speak to all school teachers and most Webster school students.
Chad also gave his motivating address to the general public at the Gladys Kelly Library on Monday evening, October 21. That evening, Jill Chapdelaine, Director of Curriculum in Math and Science, introduced Mr. Hymas to a group of about 20 Websterites in attendance at the library, adding that his convocation to the August teachers gathering brought them to their feet in a standing ovation. He mentioned that the previous week he had been in Las Vegas speaking to a group of 2,800, on a stage away from the listeners/viewers with an IMAG camera and microphone in front of him—projecting his image and voice to a large screen image so that all audience members could see him. “Here in this library,” said Chad, “I have no mike, no IMAG camera, and no 2,800 people like in Vegas, and I really like it. This is what I really enjoy. Being close to people. It’s really up close and personal tonight.”
Nineteen years ago, Chad was involved in an accident on his Utah farm resulting in his condition of quadriplegia. As his farm tractor’s hydraulic front lift raised a 2,000 lb. bale of hay, the hydraulics failed, bringing the heavy bale down on top of him. With the guidance, love, and positive reinforcement of his father, wife, children, and other family members, he made the long recovery to a most meaningful life that has brought him to inspirational speaking engagements around the world.
Mr. Hymas shared that, “at the end of the day, people can listen and be inspired, but it’s up to us to follow through. People won’t always remember what you said to them, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Today, a young student came up to me at the school after my presentation, a kid who I thought wasn’t paying attention, but he came up to me and thanked me….This is an example of how it’s best not to prejudge people. Kids always inspire me. Just look at what your Webster school teachers do. They are amazing! They can’t do it alone though. The message starts at home. We must all be involved.”
He added, “You don’t have to think outside the box, just throw that box away…. Instead of counting our kids’ A, B, and C grades, we should be encouraging them to reach their full potential.”
Chad’s remarks further illustrated his idea of larger—and more caring—community: “Remember, you are a marker or a GPS system for those you influence. Just because you are a company president or a grandparent or a parent doesn’t make you worthy of that title. We have to ask ourselves if people are better/feel better when we’re around them. It’s dark when you’re alone. We should focus on others’ needs, fears, and victories. When we do this, we don’t focus on our own problems.”
Check out Chad Hymas’ website at www.chadhymas.com
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