A positive mental attitude in life, can sometimes be the difference between carrying on and giving up altogether. Roger Cruickshank is a man who found that mental attitude through his meeting and friendship with Don MacNaughton, despite having to come to terms with injury, setbacks and the grief of losing his beloved mother to suicide.
Speed of Sound, Sound of Mind, follows Roger as he pursues his twin aspirations of becoming a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and top rated skier, and Don, a personal development coach. It provides an insight into their very different life courses, as Roger strives to perform for Great Britain in the 2006 Olympics, until their paths meet through fate and circumstance.
Following a dramatic crash, while competing in Germany, and a complete rebuild of his left leg, Roger’s dream is almost crushed forever when he is told that his injury is so severe that his qualification to the 2006 Games is now void, and throwing into question his ability to even walk properly again.
But despite the physical effects and mental barriers, Roger battles on, desperate to requalify and to fulfil his ambition. And with the assistance of Don, he finds a source of inspiration which will provide the spark he needs in order to find the inner strength required.
This isn’t just a regular autobiography of two men and their desire to beat the odds. It also provides useful exercises for the reader to use, to help with their own personal issues and the challenges they might face.
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