Everyone faces challenges in life. Whether they be emotional, financial, geographic, mental, social, physical, or something else altogether, we all have obstacles to overcome. While we can't control what happens to us, we can control how we respond to it. In this commercial for the 2016 Paralympics, we are reminded of the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles, the strength of self belief, and amazing talent of our athletes. These competitors have mastered what many would consider to be disadvantages, and turned them into greatness, competing on the world stage. To quote Shakespeare, “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. Thy Fates open their hands. Let thy blood and spirit embrace them.”


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