• Mark Alan Williams

How Can I Overcome Physical Challenges And Thrive?

Updated: Mar 29, 2019

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On this podcast I answer the question: How can I overcome physical challenges and thrive? I asked my friend Darin Sargent who is well qualified to answer this question since he was born with only one hand. Yet he has overcome this physical challenge and thrived.

Darin Sargent


Darin is a pastor, author and speaker to over 1 million students so far. Darin’s story of he learned to overcome physical challenges is quite inspiring and his sense of humor is awesome.


See a longer biography below.


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Who is Darin? He writes:


I am the author of The HandBook: Five Forces To Form Your Future (Insignia Books), a brand new book on 5 key principles that will transform your destiny and help you make the impact you were placed on this planet to make.  I also wrote Thank You Mr. Jenkins(Adsum Press) which is the true heart-warming story of a teacher who decided to make a difference in the life of one child that was born differently.  It will inspire you to embrace your uniqueness and understand that it is a blessing and not a curse.


I have been born with a unique gift of having only one hand and it has helped me see life from a different perspective than most.  I believe what you read on my blog and in my books, will reveal that to you and in some way help you with the challenges that life seems to often bring our way.


In 2008 I started a Motivational Business called “Let Me Give You A Hand” and I have been fortunate enough to speak to thousands of young people and adults across the nation.  My message of overcoming and embracing who we are while facing the many challenges that come against us, has resonated with audiences worldwide.  Being born the way I have allows me to relate to those struggling with their identity, helping them create an attitude of success in their life.  I am all about helping young people and adults overcome!


I also pastor a great church in the San Diego, California area and am blessed to be leading a pretty incredible group of people.  In 1993 I married the love of my life and we have 3 amazing kids that still think having a dad with one arm is kind of cool!


I am just a guy on this journey called life trying to make an impact and be the best I can be at what I do. I have written a couple books and have some more coming out soon.


I have been blessed with being born with one hand and I tend to look at life from a unique perspective.

I am in love with God, my wife, my 3 kids and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


You can learn more and contact Darin at dsargentblog.us. He’d love to be able to speak for your group.

I’ve had the joy of knowing Darin for about 2 years and I can testify that he is a high achieving yet compassionate caring Christian husband, father and leader.


What does God’s word say about how we can overcome physical challenges?:

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)


Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)


Scripture says a lot about how we can overcome physical challenges. Study Scripture and you’ll find much more.


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