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Lex Gillette in Team USA gear

No Need For Sight When You Have A Vision:What blindness can teach us about risk and leadership

Lex has shown the world that vision – the kind that provides direction and inspires innovative thinking – unlocks the achiever and the leader within. In “No Need For Sight When You Have A Vision” Lex reveals the steps he’s taken to see beyond reality, face challenges, and surpass expectations, including his own.

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From the C-Suite to the classroom, you will learn how to embrace your individual journey, eliminate negative thinking, and strategize for the present and future with goals only you can truly see. The path forward is filled with opportunities for growth.  This book is your chance to develop a new perspective, maximize potential, and turn the impossible into temporary barriers that you can, and will, overcome.


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What readers are saying about Lex's new book

Sunil Narang, President and CEO of WDHB Americas
“With his humility and simplicity Lex has beautifully articulated the strength we all have. In this book he has brought all his life learnings and struggles together and has given us many lessons on how to unleash our own inner potentials and achieve the most difficult goals in life by having a clear and focused vision.”
Max Yao, CEO of Otis Elevators
“Leaders are called to create, articulate, share and drive the implementation of a common vision. This book is a must read for anyone wondering where to start and an opportunity to be inspired by Lex’s unique and powerful story.”

[Image of the Olympic Training Center]

Lex: “I want you to close your eyes and imagine your highest potential. Right foot back I lean forward slightly.”

[Video the back of Lex running down the track towards the sound of Wesley William’s clapping hands]

Lex: “Right there. Now begin to run in his direction. 1234 – Jump!

[Images of Lex jumping in various competitions]

Lex: Determination, it applies to all of us and when you tap into that, you're able to fly as far as you can go.

[Video of Lex walking with a cane at the Olympic training center]

Lex: Determination, it applies to all of us and when you tap into that, you're able to fly as far as you can go.

[Video of Lex walking with a cane at the Olympic training center]

Lex: As an 8-year-old kid I I came home from school one day started noticing that something was different.

[Images of Lex as a young boy]

Lex: I asked myself - what's happening? Everything was just so ok earlier this afternoon. When I wake up, will I be blind?

[Video of Lex giving a presentation to Ace Hardware associates]

[Words: “At 8 years old Lex Gillette lost his sight. By 19, he was a silver medalist Paralympic athlete.”]

[Video of Lex receiving a silver medal]

Lex: Had I accepted at eight years old that blindness would be the end of my story, I would have never achieved four Paralympic medals or a world record.

[Video of Lex receiving a silver medal]

[Video of people running in a boardroom where Lex is giving a presentation]

Lex: I know that you can do amazing things.

[Video of Lex giving a presentation and wearing a blindfold]

Lex: Whenever I wear these people say I look like Frozone from the Incredibles. And if that's so, “Honey, where's my super suit?”

[Words: “Today, companies face challenges they’ve never seen before. Lex helps companies face that challenge and see further than they ever thought possible.”]

[Video the back of Lex running down the track towards the sound of Wesley William’s clapping hands. Lex jumps in the sandpit]

Lex: As a long jumper, I run five days a week straight ahead as fast as I can and I jump and I land in the sandpit. You have to know where to land. Where is your desired finish line?

[Images of corporate logos including “Nike, Hilton, P&G, BP, Clinton Global Initiative, The Hartford, USAA, Gjc]

[Video of Lex giving a presentation to Ace Hardware associates]

Lex: For your team, for your organization what do you envision? What is your highest goal? What do you need to do to stretch yourself seemingly beyond capacity?

[Various videos of Lex training at the Olympic Training Center]

Lex: Determination is really huge. It's like fuel for your car. You need it in order to run, in order to keep pushing forward and succeeding. Get up and go for it. You have the plan, put it into action. Get that contract or contact that client. Pursue those prospects. Take action.

[Videos of various attendees at Lex’s presentation]

Person 1: “So inspiring and sent us back with so much energy and passion.”

Person 2: “Having that vision to fly and soar and that really hit me.

Person 3: “Because if you believe it, it will become the reality.”

[Video the Lex jumping in a sandpit]

I want people to see as much as I can. Losing my sight at 8 years old - that was the biggest blessing because now I wasn't imprisoned by what is. I gained a vision of what could be.

[Various images of Lex]

[Quote: “We are still talking about him” - SunTrust]

[Quote: “A truly remarkable speech” – Ashford University]

Lex sings:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night.

Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

All this time, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird fly, into the light of the dark black night.

[Image of Lex Gillette logo]

Lex Gillette in front of San Diego Convention Center

A Recognized Champion

Lex is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of the U.S. Paralympic movement. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a five-time Paralympic medalist, a four-time long jump world champion, and an 18-time national champion.

He is the only totally blind athlete to ever eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump. If you think that any of this came easy, you should think again.

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Lex has presented with clients such as

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  • visa logo
  • Walmart logo
  • Calm logo
  • google logo
  • facebook logo
  • lowe's logo
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