Overcoming Adversity – an Interview with Dick Hoyt #274


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“Don't tell me I can't do it. Tell me what I have to do so I can do it.” – Dick Hoyt

It’s possible to achieve incredible things in life simply by making up your mind. In this special episode from the Buffini & Company vaults, Brian interviews trailblazing athlete Dick Hoyt, who recently passed away. Dick shares how his son, Rick, born a quadriplegic and unable to speak or control his limbs, told him he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. From that first race, when Dick pushed Rick in his wheelchair and his son confided how he didn’t feel disabled when they ran together, they went on to complete over 1,000 races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Topics discussed include: How their running journey evolved, how they broke new ground and barriers together and how they overcame the criticism and negativity they encountered.


  • How Dick always maintained a positive mindset.
  • How Dick managed and prioritized his time.
  • Why short and long-term goals were vital to the success of Team Hoyt.


Dick & Rick Hoyt

Team Hoyt

MasterMind Summit

Boston Marathon

Ironman Interview


“I made up my mind that we're not going to be discouraged. And we're not going to take no for an answer. And we're going to go out there and do the things we want to do.” – Dick Hoyt

“We've come a long way and we've been able to break down a lot of barriers along the way and that’s because we never gave up and we never take no for an answer.” – Dick Hoyt

“If don't have your mind made up and set, you're not going to be able to accomplish the things that you want to accomplish.” – Dick Hoyt

“You can’t get discouraged. You’ve got to be very, very brave.” – Dick Hoyt

“I look forward to every day and the challenges that may come ahead.” – Dick Hoyt



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Theme Music: “The Cliffs of Moher” by Brogue Wave

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