Born without arms, Jessica Cox flies airplanes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands.
Jim Shorkey and I interviewed Jessica for Journey To Success Radio.
She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in ATA Martial Arts and the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s certificate. Convinced that the way we think has a greater impact on our lives than our physical constraints, Jessica chose to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of Arizona. Since then she has traveled to 20 countries and six continents sharing her inspirational message.
Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.
After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think with having a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.
Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, three flight instructors, and three years to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. In 2008 Jessica earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet in 2011.
In May 2012, Jessica married in the beautiful city of South Pasadena, CA. In the fall of that same year, Jessica became a Goodwill Ambassador for Handicap International, a Nobel Peace Prize winning NGO and has advocated for disability rights in Ethiopia, Philippines, and the US Senate.
Have you ever felt like you didn't belong? Like everything was chaos around you, you didn't have the support you wish you had, and your motivation to keep going was slipping through your fingers?
If this sounds familiar, then you know how it feels to be "disarmed." Jessica Cox was born without arms. yet she exceeded her limits to become the first woman to fly a plane with her feet, earn a Taekwondo State Champ title, travel the world as a motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities, and achieve her greatest triumph of all: unrepentant regard and self-acceptance for herself.
Disarm Your Limits delivers the tools you need to design your own "formula for flight" and shows you how to: Innovate to overcome obstacles Act with courage to push through doubt Shake off false roles and embrace your authentic self Persist through hard challenges to reach success Tap into faith to soar to new horizons You have the ability to turn obstacles you face around and use them to your advantage. All you need is the formula for flight. Are you ready to become the pilot in command for you?