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軲 Text Think Big: Overcoming Obstacles with Optimism download ꔷ ePUB Author Bill Klein 뎫 軲 Text Think Big: Overcoming Obstacles with Optimism download ꔷ ePUB Author Bill Klein 뎫 Think Big CHAPTER ONE TRY Just try to be the best you can be never cease trying to be the best you can be Thats in your power John Wooden PULL YOURSELF UP Jen The merry go round looked like a brightly lit castle with a parade of sparkling animals running around it We had been exploring the grounds of the 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, all day, but nothing captivated me like this particular ride I spotted a massive white horse, looking gallant with its golden bridle and glittering saddle, and just knew I had to ride it There was just one little catch the cast on my leg that weighed twenty pounds and went from my hip to my toes As an eight year old, I didnt see how I could even get up on any of the horses on the carousel, much less hold on to it as it went round and round But I desperately wanted to ride it I dont think Id ever wanted to climb on top of anything in my life than this fixed creature on the merry go round I never get to ride anything fun, I said in my best attempt at playing the sympathy card Dad simply smiled, refusing to listen to any of my complaining Why dont we just try it out he suggested Of course, its natural for parents to encourage their child by helping to push them along and give them confidence But both of us knew I wasnt an ordinary child Typical children dont have ten surgeries by the time they reach eight years old Many things looked different from my vantage point Especially since I had to look up at the rest of the world most of the time We never viewed my stature as a disability Sometimes, however, as in moments like this, I had to carry a little extra baggage I was coming off my tenth surgery When school had finished that May, I had been admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital and went through a procedure called an osteotomy Even though I was only eight, I knew the drill The surgery would attempt to correct the abnormal curvature of my left leg and normally took between four and six hours to perform An incision was made on the outer side of my leg, and soft tissue and muscle were moved to the side to expose the bone The surgeon would use a saw to cut the bone in half, remove a small angular piece of bone, and then rejoin the two halves Normally, a plate and screws or large stainless steel staples would fix the bone in place At the end of the procedure, my leg was wrapped in a plaster cast to immobilize the limb for a period of up to three months while it healed Since Id started visiting hospitals and having surgeries at the ripe old age of two, our family had the whole process down by this point My mom would pack our suitcase and make the fifteen hour trek to Balti After arriving at the hospital, we would try to find the doctors office This wasnt as easy as it sounds Hopkins was a huge place They had used color coding to help people find their way, but Im pretty sure it was just confusing We would meet the doctor, review the plan of action, and then try to relax until the surgery the following day I would be one of the fortunate souls to have Dr Steven Kopits as my surgeon He would go on to become my lifelong orthopedist and friend Of course, as a child, all I knew was that surgery always ended up putting my life on pause Thats why our visits to the hospital were always planned out well in advance Bones heal over time, not overnight And so my mom and dad often thought it best to have my surgeries in the summer whenever possible in order to avoid any negative impact to my scholastic progress At the time I wondered why I wasnt free to roam the beach, playing with friends and collecting seashells in the sand during the summers Of course, looking back now, I see my parents were definitely looking out for my best interests At the time, though, I still longed to simply be like any other kid To be able to sprint into the warm waters of the ocean or to spring up onto an elegantly decorated horse ready to begin its steady march on the merry go round And when I couldnt, it made me ask the question Why cant I just do what everyone else does This was the case at that Worlds Fair in 1982 I stood staring at the gleaming carousel in front of me, knowing I couldnt spring up onto anything I would have to watch the ride, just like I had been doing all day Come on, lets give it a try, my father said My parents always tried to encourage me to try different things, even when it seemed like the road ahead was impossible Their encouragement gave me the courage to try new things Sports, for instance I tried playing baseball and soccer, and I discovered I was terrible at both But I also began to play the piano and ended up loving it Without my parents encouragement, I know I would have missed out on a lot of things This was just one of the many times I needed to be pushed a bit My parents had known that visiting the Worlds Fair that summer would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, something this scholastic overachiever would appreciate, even if I was only eight As Mom pushed my brother, David, in a stroller, I sat on a rented wheelchair, since I had the cast and would have been too cumbersome to carry around for too long We had walked around the fairgrounds, taking in the attractions gathered around a man made lake One of them had been a giant gold sunsphere tower Some of the other highlights of the fair included new inventions, such as Cherry Coke and the touchscreen display Of course, the most popular items at the fair were the arcade games such as Pac Man and Donkey Kong, and the brand new Rubiks Cube We had an Atari at our house, but I was into schoolwork than video games, and I was interested in the amusement park rides Eventually we wound up in front of that glorious merry go round All I could see was how impossible it would be for me, yet my dad assured me I could do it How do you know if you cant do it unless you try he said, sizing up the ride We can do this We just need to do it a little creatively He wasnt going to force me to do anything Hearing his encouragement, however, was enough for me I would go ahead and try to ride it As we joined the line, my fears began to heighten, yet I knew my dad was at my side and wouldnt let anything happen I continued to look for the pretty white and gold horse as it circled by me Once it was our turn to go on the ride, my dad lifted me out of the wheelchair and carried me onto the merry go round We found my perfect horse and he sat me down in the saddle to assess the situation Youre going to need something to secure your leg, he told me I dont want to get off, I said Dad has always been a quick thinker, and this time he didnt disappoint He took off his belt and wrapped it around my leg, and then around the pole in front of the horses saddle With my leg suspended on the side of the horse, my dad stepped back and gave me a chance to go for a ride Of course, he wasnt too far away in case something went wrong The carousel began to move and so did my horse I held on to the pole and turned around to see my father standing there with a grin on his face Yes, it was just a simple ride at an amusement park But for me, it stood for something far greater than that It was another time my parents urged me to go ahead and give something a shot To give it a try even if it seemed too difficult and scary They could have understood my reluctance and held me back, or they could have stood there holding both of my arms Yet they said it was possible, and then they gave me the courage to go ahead and try it out I would eventually have to get off that ride and climb back in that wheelchair, yet the encouragement my parents gave me that day still stands out to me as one time they helped me understand that I could give anything a shot, no matter how daunting it appeared to be GET BACK UP AFTER YOU FALL DOWN Bill But its not enough to just try something out for the first time Sometimesmany times, in factyou have to be tenacious You have to decide that youre really going to do this thing and go for it, regardless of the outcome You have to tell yourself that no matter what happens today, there will be a tomorrow and you will try even harder This can apply to a forty year old in his career, or it can apply to a five year old learning how to ride a bike Let me tell you about that first bike of mine On my fifth Christmas, I got my first set of wheels She was metallic blue with spoke rims and white tires She was gorgeous, and it was truly love at first sight for me It was a unique little bicycle, to boot It had a very comfortable tan leather seat, a single hand brake for the front wheel, reflectors galore, and it even came with an air pump for the impromptu roadside repair And best of all, in the middle of the frame was a large white wing nut that, when removed, would allow the bicycle to fold completely in half for easy storage and transport The bike cost over 100, which was a lot of money to spend on a kids bicycle back then But it was worth every penny in my opinion She was custom made, just for me A one off that my grandfather on my moms side and my father had had made for me It was no small task, getting a bike for a kid that stood about twenty eight inches tall with an eight and a half inch inseam Toys R Us didnt stock them, nor did any of the bike shops close to my house, and anything anywhere close to my size was for babies anyway And for a kid who stood just less than three feet tall, I had the mouth of someone three times my size My parents knew a baby bike wouldnt do I needed something similar or better than what everyone else was riding It took them a long time to find one, but they would have one made in Italy and shipped to New York City the summer of 78 I would discover it months later sitting beside the Christmas tree That morning, I ran down the stairs as quickly as my little feet could carry me I peered around the corner at the tree My eyes grew huge as the package too big to fit under the tree came into view The wrapping paper was draped over it in such a way that I couldnt quite tell what it was Of course, back in the old days, we had rules about opening gifts before our parents woke up It was a big no no, so of course I immediately ran back upstairs and woke my parents They slowly stumbled down the stairs, wrangled my little two year old brother Tom, and sat on the good couch in the living room next to the tree Permission granted, I dove into the paper I clawed and tore like some sort of monster or large house cat, and the gift began to appear Santa had done it again I couldnt wait to ride my two wheeler down the block Thankfully, this two wheeler had training wheels so I could learn how to balance on this beast before cruising into the sunset Of course, winters in New York were rather unforgiving Snow and ice were piled up along the sidewalks I imagined zooming up and down the street, showing everyone on the block how fast I could go But as soon as I led my bike out to the garage to try it out, I saw that icy sidewalks and puddles of unforgiving slush meant that my days of practicing would have to wait until spring When springtime eventually came, Dad helped me to the edge of the driveway This would be my launch pad, and where I would often crash in a feeble, sometimes miraculous, and always breathtaking for Mom attempt to arrive home He held the bike steady while I climbed onto the crossbar and finally lowered my butt onto the seat Grasping the little white handlebar grips as tight as could be, Dad instructed me to take my feet off the crossbar Okay, now put your feet on the pedals, Dad said I tried, and realized I couldnt reach them When I had done this sitting in the living room, I could reach both pedals, since the crank had been parallel to the floor But in the real world, your foot needs to be on the pedal the whole time to make revolutions, and my legs fell a bit short As luck would have it, even this custom made bicycle was too big for me Day one on my bike was a failure A complete failure With a pouting face and a head hung low, I climbed down from my bicycle and went back into the house Sure, I could have given up, but come on I just had to ride that bike Nothing was going to stop me from doing it The following weekend, Dad rolled the bike out into the driveway This time around, there was a new addition to my new bicyclepedal extensions These were the first of what would be a lifelong companion for me in any vehicle I would drive These extensions werent much than a piece of wood strapped to each side of the pedal, held together by a rather large rubber band Lets try this again, Dad said as I climbed onto the bicycle seat again I placed my feet on each of the pedals, and Dad continued to firmly hold the bicycle in place I began to start pedaling and couldnt believe when the wheels began to turn My feet actually stayed on the pedals Id finally done it For a moment, I thought I had overcome the hardest part How nave a five year old can be For a few weeks wed repeat the same routine of Dad holding the bicycle upright while I pedaled along Sometimes Dad would get distracted, but the training wheels were there to back both of us up Wed go up and down the sidewalk and eventually head back up the driveway with my dad pushing me faster by gripping the handlebars But both of us eventually grew bored with this routine I wanted to be able to ride a two wheeler, and my dad wanted to go back inside It turns out that learning to ride a bike for the first time is quite a lot harder than it looks I was pedaling on my own, but I hadnt figured out how to balance the bicycle The training wheels were great at keeping me from landing on my face, but they werent instilling any confidence in my ability to ride without them So my father and I continued to practice with the training wheels on, seemingly with no end in sight There was no sign of when they would be replaced by balance and skill Summer arrived, and school was out Most of my friends were also still learning how to ride bicycles But the friend closest to me, geographically and socially, was my best friend and neighbor, Andria She was ten months older than I was and still is today That meant she was a grade above me, and better than me in nearly everything we did together But Andria was definitely one of my very best friends and still is to this day Andria lived two houses down from me and had an older brother, Chris She had long brown hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion She was a cutie for sure But because she was also the younger sibling, and most of her friends were boys, she tended to be of a tomboy than a girly girl That was all right by me We used to get into trouble together, raid each others fridges together In fact, if we were not at school it was than likely that we were together One of the things she and I had discussed at length was our dream of freedom That is, freedom to ride our bicycles around the neighborhood without our parents and away from our siblings But this dream would only be recognized on two wheels, and neither of us had mastered that skill as yet But we knew the summer was long, and we were both determined to learn how to ride One day in July, either due to the heat, humidity, or plain frustration, my dad did the unthinkable We walked to the curb as we had done every weekend for the past few months, but this time my dad had a ratchet in his hand It wasnt the size ratchet you needed for tightening brakes or adjusting the seat This was a bigger ratchet This was a ratchet used to take off training wheels Sometimes mother birds push their young out of the nest as encouragement to fly As they hurl toward the ground, many of them spread their wings and soar up into the clouds A few simply crash Lets just say I was one of the latter My parents were always very encouraging They knew it was important for me to try to do new things and to occasionally fail Their attitude on raising a child with a disability was that my disability would curtail my activity only to the degree they protected me from experiencing success and failure when trying to do something new So that meant sometimes they let me crash My dad removed the pedals, stood the bike up, and held it for me as I climbed on The sensation of sitting on a two wheeler was completely new and awkward I no longer had the stability and confidence of the training wheels to prevent me from falling Dad held the handlebar steady and allowed me some time to acclimate to this new reality I was so nervous that my first day without training wheels ended before it began After just a minute or two of sitting on the bike I loved so much, I climbed down, sulking, and returned to the house The toughest part about trying was learning to appreciate failure and understanding how to use it as encouragement to try again In the few weeks that followed, I showed little sign of improvement I would climb on the bicycle, Dad would firmly hold the bike in place, and I would slowly pedal down the sidewalk, constantly reminding him not to let go In August, we finally had a breakthrough, but I didnt know it I did the same as before I climbed on the bike, sat down, and began pedaling with Dad in tow Or so I thought By the midway point, my dad shouted to me from what sounded like a mile away Youre doing it, he called out At which point I promptly crashed into a bush There were no cuts, no bruisesit should have been a successful first two wheeled experience However, I didnt see it that way Because I hadnt given the directive that it was okay to let go, I got angry with Dad and stormed back into the house I left the bicycle on the lawn near the crash site and went up to my room The way I saw it that day, my dad letting go of the seat and letting me ride until I crashed was a betrayal of trust I could not believe he would let me go What I could not appreciate at the time was that the risk my father took in letting go of the seat was necessary Moreover, as a dad to two children just about to learn how to ride bicycles themselves, I am absolutely sure it was painful for him to let go than it was for me to crash into the bush The next weekend, I skipped our weekend ride For a five year old, I was pretty good at making a statement Dad took notice, but didnt push me Moreover, football season had begun once , and he wasnt about to miss a chance to see an entire game, so I dont think he was too heartbroken Several weeks passed without any attempts at riding that bike But then the day came when Andria knocked on my front door She bounced around at my stoop with incredible enthusiasm It was at that moment she announced that she had finally learned how to ride a bike without training wheels She was proud to show off her newly learned feat and seemingly ride off into the sunset Thats it Now I was on a mission I stumbled through the dark garage, unlocked the door from the inside, and opened it up just enough for me and my bicycle to escape underneath it I dragged Dad outside for one attempt Yet this time, I was the one who told him to let me go I pedaled as fast as I could down the sidewalk Dad let go of the seat and I continued on The first big bump was coming up My apprehension was tossed aside as I accelerated over the bump Pushing each pedal toward the ground took all my might I practically threw my body into each revolution Much to his surprise, I didnt stop at the end of the sidewalk Instead, I made a right turn at the neighbors driveway and accelerated into the street Now I had some momentum The wind against my face, my hands tightly grasping the handlebars, I glanced out of the corner of my eye, as if to give the nod to my dad to say thanks and I am doing it all at once I kept pedaling all the way down to Andrias house I rode up onto her driveway, ditched the bike on her lawn, and ran to the door I knocked furiously on the screen door, and when she opened the door, I simply stated, I can ride, too, and walked back to my bike Trying something can be scary, and it can also be hard work You can try and fail and try and fail again Failing in this case literally meant crashing but thankfully not burning Sure, you might walk away with some scrapes or a bruised ego But unless youre naturally gifted, youll have to practice over and over until you have the skills you need to do what you imagine The worst thing isnt going for something and making a fool of yourself Its sitting on the sidelines safe and sound while you have to watch others soar on by Its sitting and knowing that you didnt even take a chance that you stopped bothering to try BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS Jen There are many things Bill and I might have thought wed be willing to try in our lives, but starting a reality show was certainly not one of them In fact, even after being asked numerous times to do one, we turned down the opportunity Sometimes the timing just has to be right in order to go ahead and give something a shot This was exactly the case for The Little Couple In the fall of 2007, someone from Good Morning America called me to say they were interested in having me on an upcoming show they were going to do about Little People They wanted to show the juxtaposition between the stereotypes that were out there and examples of women who had successful careers despite their diminutive statures After contacting Little People of America, a support group for people who are short in stature, my name was mentioned, and suddenly I was given an invitation to be on television At the time, we were living in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, and I was working in the NICUthe neonatal intensive care unitat Stony Brook University Medical Center now called Stony Brook University Hospital I thought the interview would be a great opportunity to shed some light on skeletal dysplasia and educate some viewers about living a prosperous life as a Little Person So the first thing the crew from ABC did was to come to the hospital in Long Island and shoot some B roll of me working Next they asked to do the interview with Bill and me at our home Bill had just come from a business trip, taking a red eye flight home And even though he was exhausted from the long trip, he was nice enough to clean up the house before I arrived home with the camera crew He even bought some flowers for the room in which we would conduct the interview Our interview would take place around the kitchen table Since Bill and I both love our coffeewe normally have two cups in the morningwe naturally shared it with the reporter interviewing us Bill poured us all cups, and then we sat for the next hour talking about people with disabilities The segment would air on November 30, 2007 After all the filming and discussion, the segment would only be a couple minutes long The other woman being interviewed was in the entertainment industry so she shared her story, and then it focused on me talking about what it took to get through medical school and what it was like working in a hospital They showed thirty seconds of me at the table in our house talking The only glimpse of Bill that got shown was him serving us coffee That still makes us laugh to this day When the segment was finished and the hosts of Good Morning America began to talk, they mentioned that the man serving the coffee just so happened to be my fianc, and we were planning on getting married the following April This would be the single piece of information that would work its way to a production company and would plant a seed of an idea A month later, we received a call from LMNO Productions, Inc They were a leading producer of network and cable reality shows The executive producer had seen my interview and was interested in following the preparation and events leading up to and including our wedding Bill and I talked about the idea for maybe a few seconds before deciding to pass It wasnt out of fear, but because of where we were both at with our careers Sure, maybe wed end up getting some money that would help pay for some of our wedding costs, but we didnt necessarily want to show our lives on television We were concerned about how it might impact our jobs and our reputations There wasnt much to talk about before saying no So, after breaking the news to them that we had decided to say thanks but no thanks, they asked if we could stay in touch Moreover, if they came up with a better idea, would we be willing to hear them out We assumed that would be the last of it They were certainly interested, and for the next six months they would periodically call us Even after we got married and I ended up pursuing a new job, the offer to do a reality show kept being tossed at us We have a new idea, the producer told us Wed like to chronicle your lives, to show both your personal and professional lives Wed film you at your work and then at home Once again, Bill and I told them no We had already been in the Try mode, as I considered a new job opportunity in a very different setting Moving to Texas would already change our lives in many ways, so adding a reality television show on top of this seemed out of the question I had grown up seeing the power of physicians and hospitals and medical staff, and how they helped people on a daily basis This was why I went into medicineI knew what this field was like since Id grown up in it, and I wanted to build a career caring for others just like Id been taken care of What I didnt realize, though, was the power that existed to help people through the world of entertainment That changed when I was stopped at the supermarket by a young girl who walked right up to me as if she had known me her whole life Youre a Little Person, like Little People, Big World For a moment, I couldnt believe what she had just said It was the first time I had been in public and heard a stranger use the term Little Person She didnt use the M word She was referring to another reality television show on TLC that had been out for than a year called Little People, Big World It featured two short statured parents and their four children This girl didnt seem apprehensive, and she wasnt making fun of me Instead, she appeared delighted to see me, as if I was some type of celebrity The show had taught this girl not only the right terminology, but also that it was no big deal to be a Little Person This brief interaction suddenly opened up a world of possibilities She got it And if someone this young got it, what about someone older Could a reality show really help educate viewers about life as a Little Person After working so hard in school and with my medical training, I knew I couldnt do anything that would detract from my career or my reputation But I suddenly saw the idea of a reality show in a whole new light Maybe we could show a different angle to life as Little People Bill was on the same page immediately He understood my newfound respect for what a show like Little People, Big World was doing We took a look at the other reality shows out there, and most of them offered these unique stories in very specific environments, whether they were on a farm or in a family business Most of the people shown were in very contained environments, while Bill and I were in busy jobs, living in a regular apartment in an urban environment Our lives would truly represent two young professionals starting to build a life together The only difference would be our short stature and the perception others had of us When we spoke again to the producer, we agreed to try it Theyd film a pilot We knew the probability of the show being successful was very slim All we wanted was to make sure we didnt make complete fools of ourselves Sometimes in the world of trying, its not about mustering up the courage to go for it its about managing to find absolute certainty in the decision to move ahead Sometimes you have to say no a few times before you know its the right time to say yes The little girl showed me a reason to give it a shot So this Little Couple would try doing a reality show to see where it might take us And the rest is hist Well, on that below CHANGE CAN BE GOOD Bill Theres nothing exciting on reality television than watching someone working for a consulting firm Five conference calls and checking email and going through a contractnow that is absolutely riveting stuff I used to joke about this with our producers anytime they were looking for new angles and ideas of what to feature on our show I was all for any new sort of ideas, but I also made it clear I had a full time job I needed to attend to For the longest time, our reality show never really covered what I did for a living Im sure there were probably people who watched our show and wondered what my career was So whats this grifter doing with our sweet Dr Arnold Whens he going to get a job and get a life The truth was that I was running a successful consulting company with twenty employees I was proud of what my partner and I had done with our company, but I also knew nobody wanted to watch me in action I had always been one of the hardest workers around My lousy love life had probably helped this in immeasurable ways Like on New Years Eve before the world was supposed to end on January 1, 2000also known as the dreaded Y2K I was the only guy in the company who volunteered to stay and watch all the computers in our office as the clock struck midnight So there I was, very single and very hardworking, watching the computers do nothing Just me and my four pack of Guinness Draught cans, not the Extra Stout bottles , ready for the apocalypse I had started the consulting firm with my partner back in 2005, a year before I would officially meet and fall for Jen Moving had never been factored into the equation when we first spoke about our business Getting married and moving to Texas That was something I couldnt have imagined, but thats exactly what happened in 2008 Still, we decided that Id stick with my partner and see how things would work out long distance Things went fine for a while That first year I commuted back and forth every week, first staying at my old house in Long Island until I sold it, then living in hotel rooms or staying with my mother I would discover that with love, distance did make the heart grow fonder As far as work was concerned, though, the distance simply made life tedious Honestly, I really just wanted someplace to hang my hat locally For two and a half years I did my best to make it work, but I knew that I needed to make a change So in 2011 I sold the equity I had in the partnership and decided to try something completely new I knew I didnt want to replicate what Id been doing in New York Ive realized something about myself over the yearsIm of a creator than a manager I love to build something and then hand it over to someone to run with Thats why as I began to look for a new venture, I knew I didnt want to get into sales or operational management I also knew I didnt want to go back into the workforce and work for someone else I had had a taste of being an entrepreneur and didnt want that to end So what could I do down here in Houston An idea kept coming to me in different forms First off, I began to wonder what it would be like to go into retail To have an actual brick and mortar business To work with consumers one on one I hadnt ever been on this side of the fence in the business world, so the idea felt exciting and fresh It would be a new and different experience If there was ever a time to go ahead and try something out like this, it was now Jen supported the idea Ill support you as you build a new business, she told me Jen was working I had sold my house in New York and had money in the bank And we were also generating some income from our show I figured I might enjoy working retail Plus, I would be able to include it from time to time on the show We didnt have any illusions that our business would grow exponentially because of occasionally being featured on the show, but we figured, why not try the retail world out And a wild idea came to mind How about opening a pet business It wasnt such a crazy thought, to be honest I had grown up around cats and dogs Id probably owned around ten cats and dogs in my life The following is a likely incomplete list of the pets we had over the years LassieThis was a calico cat that ended up having eight kittens We gave them to all of our relatives and friends CoffeeAn adopted dog from a friend He was a mix that looked like a miniature golden retriever RascalA schnauzer that loved to have someone scratch his back He also was notorious for tunneling under our fence and running away Once he ran eight miles away to another town Thankfully, his tag was still on and he was reunited with us after just a few days of gallivanting around There was another dog my parents had when I was just one year old It was a big dog and quite nutty I guess after my parents brought me home, it put this dog over the edge because one day it literally jumped through an open window and ran away For the sake of this story, lets call him Dutch Midnight and Teddy BearMidnight was a Yorkie Maltese and the other a poodle Maltese They were related by their Maltese ancestor, so we referred to them as cousins They looked very differentone was a teddy bear and the other black and brown and funky looking We had them for a long time Midnight used to sleep on me when I was in a body cast Id never notice until I woke up the following morning Teddys white face would become red since she had an affinity for pizza and pasta BelleWe got Belle from a local rescue just before Jen and I got married We had put our name on the list at the local shelter in Port Jefferson, looking for a dog that would not grow to be a monster We received a call and I went to pick up Belle the evening before I left for Florida to catch up with Jen and her family What I didnt know was that Belle, while cute and playful, was destined to grow a lot So much so that when I went for surgery to have my hips replaced, Jen couldnt walk Belle, as she was just too darn strong So, as we migrated to Texas, Belle stayed behind with her short term dog sitter, soon to be long term owner, my mom Belle still resides at my moms house with her and Chuck Belle has an awesome home there I also had countless gerbils, newts, fish, and a turtle My brother Tom had a few birds Tweety I, II, and III Having pets wasnt just something I loved growing upit was still a very important part of my life Jen and I loved our two dogsRocky and Maggieand truly considered them our first two children We had been customers shopping for our pets for quite some time We knew that world well I realized something about a pet shop Nobody ever entered a pet store in a bad mood You could be having the worst day in the world, then go to pick up some dog food and be reminded of your loving animal waiting for you at home I liked the idea of building a business around consumers who were happy at the very thought of purchasing something in our store Why not surround myself with customers who were animal lovers like Jen and me Of course, I didnt go into this just on a whim I did a lot of research and even went to a couple of trade shows to take a look around I spoke to vendors and retailers I would discover that a pet shop is really quite recession resistant People were always going to own pets and they always had to feed them and take care of them So February 3, 2012, Rocky Maggies Pet Shop opened at 2535 Times in Rice Village, a shopping district in Houston Our shop would feature food, treats, beds, leashes, carriers, clothing, grooming services, and other dog and cat paraphernalia And almost four years later, the store has grown and were continuing to try out lots of fun and different things with it Some decisions in life can be simple and others can be life and death Then there are those that remain somewhere in the middle, moments and opportunities where a door might close and a window might open Many times we just stand and look out the window studying the scene outside But occasionally, you need to go ahead and be like Dutch, the first pet I ever knew You have to just take a leap and go for it, to try something new And, well, in that crazy dogs case, to start a whole new life, whatever it might be THERES NO HARM IN TRYING Jen Before even starting a family, Bill and I became aware of a girls sad situation through the Little People of America organization A very cute girl from Russia had been adopted by a family in the U.S., but the family hadnt known this girl was a Little Person After they realized it, they decided not to adopt her So there she was, the precious young girl now living in the States in need of a family to care for her LPA was trying to help her find a home Bill and I had followed the LPA message boards and continued to follow her story What could we do, and how could we help The whole situation felt so tragic, and we couldnt believe how awful she must have felt and how imperative it was that she found a family to love and care for her Thats when we first began to wonder What if we adopted It was just an idea One that really came out of nowhere There was never that one moment when I woke up with a grand epiphany that this was how we would start a family It was always something I thought about, and I wondered whether it would happen Bill and I talked a lot about the idea since we both wanted children There were obviously many questions that came to mind, though Everybody has questions about timing and finances and careers and all of that when factoring in becoming parents But as a Little Person, there were a lot questions I had to consider The questions brought quite a bit of uncertainty I wasnt doubtful that I could realistically get pregnant, but to carry a biological child could be risky Even as we dated, Bill and I discussed the idea of whether I could have a child There were different ways to have children, though What about adoption A part of me had always wanted to adopt a Little Person Even before I met Bill, while I wasnt sure about having a child myself, I had always told myself that one day Id adopt a Little Person So when those dark eyes and round cheeks were brought to our attention, we suddenly asked whether that dream could become a reality I knew someone at LPA involved with the adoption process, so I emailed her to ask some questions I asked Colleen if there was any way we could be considered for the girls parents Colleen told us that there was actually a waiting list, and if we were serious about adopting, we would need to fill out a lot of paperwork first There would be home studies and approvals needed before we could be considered a proper home Needless to say, we had little idea of what was involved, but we would soon learn If you guys are serious, I can put your names on the list, she told us So even before we married, Bill and I put our names on it Why not It seemed scary, almost overwhelming, but we figured, what harm could it do to simply give them our names We didnt really think about it for a long time There was nothing wrong with trying to pursue that path if it indeed opened up Neither of us had any idea what our path toward parenthood would look like Nobody does We were hopeful and simply exploring options and willing to give something a try We didnt end up adopting that little girl from Russia At that point we hadnt even started any of the necessary steps to become approved for adoption She deserved to find a loving home immediately, and thankfully, she found one with a family in the LPA community So we continued down our path and tried to have a baby using a surrogate But because we put our names on the list, it was only a matter of time before our names reached the top Looking back, if we hadnt tried to open our home for that girl, we may never have pursued adoption as the way we would create a family We may never have realized the joy we would get from a boy named Will from China and a girl named Zoey from India I cant imagine what our lives would have been like without them And we would never have gotten them if we hadnt been willing to try something that at the time seemed crazy Sometimes you start down one path and find yourself in a completely different place from where you started Usually, you learn that this was the path you were always intended to travel down But starting the journey, trying to take that very first step, is often the most important part SET YOURSELF FREE Bill and Jen Life is all about trying Its easy to wake up wanting something, wondering if it will happen But it takes a lot of courage to go ahead and actually try to make it happen Its safe to settle for less by sitting on the sideline But stepping up to achieve your goalthats worth any amount of risk in our opinions Yes, you might fall off your horse Literally You might even fall off the entire merry go round Sure, you will probably crash your bike while learning to ride on two wheels Maybe the chances are high youll end up looking silly sometimes if you say yes to a reality television show Theres always the possibility your new storeno matter how creative and clever a concept it happens to bewill fail And yes, you might end up hoping and planning and praying for a family, but it might not happen The worst might indeed happen But it probably wont Usually, it will be just the opposite More often than not, youll feel the thrill of a ride for the first time in your life, and feel safe knowing that someone has your back Youll end up racing for the first time in your life and discover that you love speeding Youll step onto that platform and share a little of your life in a unique way in order to help others lean in and learn Youll plunge into a new venture and discover new challenges and creations you never imagined You might just even discover the world is no longer just about you trying out new things You might discover that its about helping two other precious souls learn to try new things for themselves Is there something youve been thinking about, something you want to do or some job you want to pursue or some dream youve always thought you might chase someday Whats holding you back from trying today Trying anything new can be scary But when you stop listening to those worries, about the labels youve imposed on yourself, youll realize that YOU have the power to take that scary first step You might have to do it differently, but you can do it And just like on that first merry go round or that first bike ride, youll often discover that once you get going, nothing can stop you TRY THIS OUT 1.Make a little list of big dreams Think about things you had always wanted to achieve but maybe were afraid to Write them in an email to yourself or on a note in your phone or simply on a sheet of paper 2.Write one corresponding thing you can do to try to help make that dream happen 3.Set a crazy deadline for your dreams to happen Write down a very specific date to shoot for 4.Keep this list on hand so you can see it daily Keep it there to remind yourself to keep trying.Bestselling authors of Life Is Short No Pun Intended and stars of TLCs The Little Couple return with an inspirational book that encourages us to reach for our dreams, no matter what obstacles we may face.Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have faced some big challenges in their lives On the way to becoming a preeminent neonatologist and a successful entrepreneuras well as parents and television starsthese two have faced prejudice, medical scares, and the uncertainty and daily pressures of life with special needs children And even though they have dealt with fear, depression, hopelessness, and the urge to give up, they have found a way to persevere Now they share their wisdom and encouragement with everyone who is facing their own challenges Drawn from their most popular speaking presentation, Think Big is the inspirational guide for dreaming big, setting goals, and taking the steps to get there Each section includes heartwarming anecdotes full of grace, humor, and wit plus a never before seen look inside their personal and professional lives They have plenty of stories to tell and their unique approach to encountering lifes greatest difficulties will inspire a call to action in all of us. 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    • Think Big: Overcoming Obstacles with Optimism
    • 4.5
    • 865
    • Format Kindle
    • 256 pages
    • 1501139398
    • Bill Klein
    • Anglais
    • 01 August 2017

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