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 blessed with rare musical talent—able to play the piano as a baby. Today, at age twenty, he is a nationally known pianist, singer, trumpeter, and marching-band member. With determined optimism, Hughes made “I am potential” his mantra, defying his disabilities at every turn.

In I Am Potential, Hughes and his father share their extraordinary journey and ...

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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 blessed with rare musical talent—able to play the piano as a baby. Today, at age twenty, he is a nationally known pianist, singer, trumpeter, and marching-band member. With determined optimism, Hughes made “I am potential” his mantra, defying his disabilities at every turn.

In I Am Potential, Hughes and his father share their extraordinary journey and describe the eight critical lessons at the heart of their success. Simply and candidly written, I Am Potential is an inspiration for anyone facing their own challenges.

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Editorial Reviews

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Blogcritics.org, 8/27/09
“[A] heroic story.”

Blogcritics.org, 8/17/09
“This book is a must read for people with handicapping conditions from birth or from fate. Patrick’s courage and the support given by mother, father, and brothers as he grew older, cannot help but inspire even the most depressed individual to accept a disabling condition and move forward. I Am Potential is fascinating to read…I cannot recommend this book highly enough to the general public who often see people with a handicap as a handicapped person. Patrick has proven the two terms are not equal or even logical.”

Acadiana LifeStyle LA, October 2009
“This story of parental love and a persevering child should lift your spirits and encourage you to discover and pursue your own potential.”

Midwest Book Review, December 2009
“Both a memoir of achievement and an inspirational account perfect for any general library strong in positive 'can-do' guides.”

Alaska Journal of Commerce, 12/13/09
“Any businessperson who needs motivation needs I Am Potential…Not only is this a book that puts things into perspective, but it’s also a darn good story.”

Tucson Citizen, 2/26
“This is a story that shows how devastating situations can sometimes be turned into incredible triumphs.”

Metapsychology Online Reviews, 4/17/10
“A poignant, unique heartfelt memoir presented by an extraordinary young man…A well thought out and written memoir.”

Magill Book Reviews
“An engaging memoir…[in which] the Hughes Family’s experiences are richly explored…Patrick Henry shares what he’s learned with humor and wisdom. He urges readers to become people their mothers would be proud of, to do what they can to change what they can, and to pursue their passions as if their lives depended on it.”

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213651
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 979,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Henry Hughes, a student at the University of Louisville, won Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award. He and his father, Patrick John Hughes, 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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