Kyle Maynard: The No Excuse Approach to Success


Despite being born with no arms or legs, our next guest on The School of Greatness podcast has led a life of staggering accomplishments.

Kyle Maynard has lived his life without excuses, even though he has every right to make them.

Not only is he a remarkable athlete who challenges himself in ways that are almost unimaginable, but he represents the quintessential role model for overcoming challenges and becoming the greatness you seek.

I’m honored to bring you episode #18 with the four foot giant, Kyle Maynard.

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Kyle Maynard on the School of Greatness podcast with Lewis Howes

“A loss is not a failure until you make an excuse.” – Michael Jordan

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • All about Kyle’s congenital amputation condition
  • How Kyle used his unique body in high school football and wrestling
  • How Kyle crushed his limiting beliefs and ended up placing top 12 in the nation
  • What inspired Kyle to go into a MMA and enter a fully sanctioned fight
  • All about his 12.5 day trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • How self focus is an essential part of success
  • The one thing that is keeping me and Kyle from achieving greatness
  • Exploring excuses for poorly managing energy
  • How Kyle helps people to identify and stay motivated to make positive change
  • What Kyle identifies as the biggest thing that holds people back
  • Why Kyle is so motivated to seek his own greatness
  • About who inspires Kyle in business, sports and life
  • About the inspirational Sargent Travis Mills
  • That our perspective is our choice
  • “We are most impacted by the 5 people we spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
  • How Kyle went from hating the word, “mentor” to believing in it 100%
  • The importance of commitment in achieving your greatness
  • Plus much more…

Continue Seeking Greatness:

Did you enjoy the podcast?

Based on Kyle’s questions from the episode, write your answers in the comments section below.

What is it that you want (in business or life)?  What is the number one thing keeping you from achieving it?  What step can you take right now to achieving it?

Don’t forget to send Kyle a message on Twitter or Facebook and tell him what you’re working on.

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Wow Kyle is a brilliant man. Some of the things he said were true epiphanies to how one should correctly react to those unexpected events in life.


Wow, I feel inspired!  Thanks to both of you!


Amazing story and it touches on so many things that I am pretty sure all of us who come here experience: examining our excuses and making the sacrifice. 

I guess I have felt the way Kyle did in the past about mentorship but lately I am opening up to really connecting with those people who can provide that guidance.

Do you have any posts in the pipeline that deals with how to go about making these connections and establishing a rapport with the people you most admire? 

As always, thanks for the great content.


I have so say that this episode was easily my favorite thus far. I've been working a crappy night job cleaning office buildings for a few months while convincing myself that I'm not ready to move across the country to a new city to make myself happy. I actually broke down and cried while at work tonight listening to this because so many aspects of the podcast hit so close to home. Through those few tears I shed, I realized that I feel more motivated and enlightened than ever knowing what I need to do to make myself actually happy. Thanks to both you and Kyle!


Lewis, this was such an inspiring podcast - thank you! Kyle, you are my new hero! Listening in while I'm designing the Buddha Doodles gratitude journal. My WHY - having overcome tremendous adversity, I'm living my dream TODAY. Sharing my art & how I got here is integral in my own happiness, sense of purpose, and growth. Thanks for the opportunity to share - molly

Devan Nielsen
Devan Nielsen

Awesome Podcast today. So much to take away from it.


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