Key Takeaways – JR Martinez at the NADA Inspirational Program

By: Tim Hickle

JR Martinez NADA ConventionI was extremely lucky to catch the Sunday morning inspirational service with JR Martinez at the 2014 NADA Convention. His story is truly remarkable.  After high school, Martinez enlisted in the army and was deployed to Iraq where his Humvee hit a roadside bomb and exploded.

He and the three soldiers with him all survived, but were badly burned and sustained extreme internal damage. He spent 34 months in recovery and went through several surgeries. Today he’s an actor and a highly sought after motivational speaker. He shared his story with us and challenged us all to keep our heads up and keep growing, adapting, and embracing change.


“When you’re away from the three F’s; Friends, family, and fun, humor starts to kick in. You start to laugh at things you wouldn’t normally laugh at.”

“It’s not the words, it’s how he’s delivering them. I could sense fear and uncertainty in his voice.”

“I’m 19 years old and I’m going to have to live with this for the rest of my life, I might as well learn how to live with whatever this is right now.”

“Be willing to adapt. Be willing to go with change. Trust yourself. Trust the people around you.”
“We never stop growing in life.”

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