Master Sergeant Cedric King can command a lot of real street cred when it comes to hardship and resilience.
Amidst enemy machine gun fire, the army veteran stepped on a Taliban improvised explosive device (IED) on July 25, 2012 while on a reconnaissance mission in an Afghan village. He woke up eight days later in the United States with a disfigured right hand and two legs that had to be amputated.
Twenty-one months later, he crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2014, focused on prosthetic blades, and proceeded to run in the marathon six times – only now he does it as an Ironman Triathlete .
A difficult road to recovery
How does the king emerge victorious after a two year humbling past and rebuilding a reengineered new life?
There are lessons here for anyone dealing with setbacks, whether overwhelming or routine, and on March 24, he rolled out his insights to an audience of business professionals at Automotive Remarketing Conference in Las Vegas. His speech, organized and hosted by the International Automotive Dealer Alliancesounded at the right time for an industry facing unprecedented economic, supply chain and geopolitical hurdles.
“I’m so blessed,” he said as he took the stage at Caesars Palace Conference Center. He repeated the term “blessed” throughout his speech.
King was an Army Airborne Ranger, putting him at the top one percentile of US Army service ranks. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. During a military career of 20 years, King has accumulated stellar credentials of the US Army Jumpmaster Course course the US Army Pathfinder, Air Assault course, and the US Army Ranger Course.
All of those merits and accolades paled in the wake of King’s injuries when he had to relearn how to walk and fail. “It was a difficult message to hear that my legs are gone. I had to ask, ‘Who am I now? My legs are gone. I was trained to defeat enemies. What am I without this ?”
The King drew on his life altering physical loss to share lessons on how to get through tough times. He dealt with failure in adapting to his new prostheses and equipment. He no longer knew how to navigate these actions and the activities he could no longer perform. He asked, what’s the use if you’re constantly getting up and then falling? What happens when efforts and plans don’t work? When it more and better?
“You have to be a fighter and stay in the game,” he advised. “Don’t be guided by what you feel. Don’t be intimidated by the duration of the storm.
Strengthening every storm
King refers to supply chains and stockouts as storms now face the vehicle consignment and auction sectors. “As hard as it is, it’s teaching you how to last through future storms,” he said. “Thank goodness it’s hard because it gives you the power to stay. I thank God everyday for her; not for the artificial legs, but for the strength it puts in me to use these and still smile about it.”
He asked, “Can you smile inside? In these times, please understand that you have a role to smile, bless others, and encourage others “. One way King gets a smile or even laugh with his humor is: He joked about how students ask him how to get a pair of these “robot legs”, adding that he replied: “Oh, you really do not want . »
Being able to give to others during the storms kept King in place and eased the arduous road to rehabilitation. “The storms will test the parts of you that wonder if you can make it. Your job is to give your best. In the face of adversity, can you be joyful and help others? Can you bless other people? Can you put your arms around someone else who is hurting? »
When hit by a storm that brings about lasting change, the instinct is to do things as you did before, King said, referring to his inability to swim after losing his legs. “I was struggling, struggling against the water went down and walked up the middle of the pool. Are you so fierce and persistent about what you want that you are willing to look bad to be good at it?”
The final tests are going in a way that requires even more endurance, he said. A season of hardship never indicates or tells you when it will end. “You have to navigate this story with no idea when it will be over. Only by giving to others when you have nothing left in the tank can you do your job and be positive throughout the day.
King developed as a fighter through his experiences in training and combat duty. He remembers his first day of combat: “Tomorrow morning, you will be attacked. They see us getting in that helicopter and you getting off. Do they know you’re a fighter? Show what kind of fight you have inside of you and respond with everything you have, he said.
He references the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a catastrophic event that demonstrates such power. “Ukraine is showing us what it’s like to be a fighter and come down with everything you’ve got. They give us incredible inspiration.”
Although you don’t get the conditions you want in life, you can choose how you respond to and manage them, King said. “Can you celebrate what life is giving you right now? In this season, you may not be in perfect circumstances, but if you have the strength to celebrate life in the moment, you will summon the circumstances you wish.
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