I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams

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Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was also blessed with exceptional musical talent—able to play the piano as a toddler and now, at age 19, a nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy Center. Currently he’s a member of his college marching band, playing while his devoted father pushes him in his wheelchair. With determined optimism and courage, Hughes has made “I am ...
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Overview


Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was also blessed with exceptional musical talent—able to play the piano as a toddler and now, at age 19, a nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy Center. Currently he’s a member of his college marching band, playing while his devoted father pushes him in his wheelchair. With determined optimism and courage, Hughes has made “I am potential” his mantra and defied the impossible at every turn.

Now, for the first time, Hughes and his father share the full account of his extraordinary journey. In I Am Potential, Hughes recounts the eight critical lessons he has learned that are at the heart of his success, including “When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful” and “Do All You Can to Change What You Can.” Uplifting and revealing, I Am Potential is remarkably inspirational for anyone facing challenges in their own life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Born with a complex of birth defects which led to malformed limbs, no eyes and more than a half-dozen surgeries in his first few years alone, wheelchair-bound University of Louisville student Hughes details a life overcoming enormous obstacles with hard work, devoted parents and a lifelong passion for music (he's even a Marching Cardinal, with the help of his father). Much of Hughes's story is also his dad's, and the straightforward narrative switches off between them, giving some dimension to otherwise flat prose (not necessarily a bad thing, as the remarkable story needs little adornment). Hughes's countless setbacks give stark life to perhaps-familiar lessons on acceptance and perseverance (chapter one: "When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful"), but his spirit and triumphs also lead to lessons in pursuing your passion, giving love freely, and appreciating the people around your. For fans of television's Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the Grand Ole Opry, there's a behind-the-scenes chapter for each. A gentle evangelical streak comes out in occasional references to God, but the book is probably at its most parochial in the chapter, "Be the You Your Mother Would be Proud Of." Hughes's knowing but uplifting tone balances out the tragedies, making this an inspiring addition to the growing self-help-memoir shelf.
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Carol Besse, co-owner of Louisville’s Carmichael’s Bookstore, quoted in Publishers Weekly, “hot independent press and university press titles for the fall” feature
“It is likely to be the feel-good story of the year. Patrick Henry Hughes is someone who has become a celebrity for all the right reasons. He is an inspiration to everyone who knows him and will become an inspiration to everyone who reads his book.”

BookPage, November 2008
“[A] deeply moving story…A source of inspiration for anyone battling against the odds…I Am Potential emerges as more than an incredible triumph-over-adversity tale or a beautiful father/son relationship saga. It also evolves into the story of how helping one boy fight to achieve his dreams gave so many others the opportunity to expand their own abilities and capacities—to become their best selves.”

Kentuckiana Healthy Woman Magazine, 10/08
“A very inspiring book…about a remarkable family’s faith in God, courage and perseverance…This book will remind us that challenges can be overcome. Attitude is everything!”

Deseret News, 11/2/08
I Am Potential is a lesson in love…[It] is everything a reader would expect from a motivational book…The point-counterpoint format with father and son shifting between narratives adds flavor and variety. And an extensive list of resources at the end of the book is a welcome addition. Written in an almost conversational tone, I Am Potential is easy to read…It serves up a large dose of humility and perspective.”

Monday Morning Email, 11/3
“I could not put it down. It will capture your emotions from the opening page. This is a book of inspiration that should be bought and given as gifts to other young people who might need a shot in the arm, or to young adults who need an inspirational lift. And YOU will enjoy the book from start to finish…Outstanding…Get the book—today!”

PublishersWeekly.com, 11/17/08
“Hughes's knowing but uplifting tone balances out the tragedies, making this an inspiring addition to the growing self-help-memoir shelf.”

InfoDad.com, 11/20/08
“[Shows] the resiliency of the human spirit…One of those sure-fire tearjerkers about someone with extremely severe handicaps who not only overcomes them but also finds a way to thrive and to get great enjoyment out of life…Clearly, Patrick Henry Hughes is a remarkable individual, his story serving as proof that being disabled in some ways does not mean being disabled in all ways…It is impossible not to be moved by who this young man is and what he has overcome to accomplish so much.”

Southern Living, December 2008
“Everyone should read this…This book gives a new definition to the term ‘able-bodied.’”

Today’s Woman, November 2008
“Might give you the inspiration you’ve been needing all along.”

American Author’s Association website
“Inspirational…A wonderful true life tale…This is one of those feel good stories that would make a great feature movie by Disney…Uplifting…[A] must read…This is a book that all family members can read.”

Library Journal, 12/9/08
“[An] engaging memoir…Strongly recommended for all school and public libraries…A memoir that is a testament to the disabled and undaunted Patrick Henry’s courage and his guiding principles of living with faith and without fear, loving unconditionally and reaching for your dreams…The father-son portrait is unforgettable.”

Florence Morning News,1/9/09
“An inspired sharing…Inspirational.”

Catholic Digest, June 2009
“A powerful, inspiring story about rising above hardships and the value of every human life.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213651
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 821,686
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Patrick Henry Hughes, a musician and student at the University of Louisville, won Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award 2006. He and his father, Patrick John Hughes, are motivational speakers and have made appearances on the Oprah and Ellen shows, among others. They live in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    What A Story

    With multiple disabilities, this young man would have a right to self-pity, but he has none; instead of dwelling on what he can't do, he delights in life, enjoys what he CAN do, and celebrates all the gifts he's been given by God. He touches someone's hand, and, in being able to "see" what's beautiful about each person he meets, touches their heart, as well. There is incredible wisdom in this young man. You will never forget this book; but most importantly, you will never forget him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    I LOVE this BOOK

    This Book is Wonderful. It really got me thinking and gave me a new perspective on life. I will be giving to several of my loved ones as Christmas Gifts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I knew going into reading this book what it was going to be about since I had first watched Patrick on a re-run of Extreme Home Makeover but it was still truly inspiring. It is a must read for anyone and I intend to re-read it every time I need inspiration.

    Patrick Hughes and his family didn't except the fact that life dealt him lemons but instead took what was given and turned everything into sweet lemon aid. In a time when there was very little information, Patrick's mother researched, prodded, probed and never excepted anything at face value. She learned and did as much as she could to advance not only the knowledge to help her son and family but others as well. Patrick's father filled in the gaps very unselfishly to give his son the things he could not physically do. The brothers were always there for their Patrick if nothing else, just treating like a brother.

    The whole family is a testament to what a true family should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Family triumph through tragedy

    Touching story of how love and determination can make "all things possible".
    Family working together to make what seems unattainable goals become reality. An uplifting story to help those who read this book to realize their own potential.

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