Ask yourself this: What if life as you knew it came to a halt today? Would you have what it takes to start over? Because, that’s exactly what happened to former Royal Marine commando, Ben McBean. His life changed in an instant when Ben stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2008. Much to the disbelief of those around him, he survived and started a remarkable life of defiance.
Resilience in the face of reality
Ben took to the Xerocon London 2018 stage to share his compelling journey of survival. He lost his left arm and right leg in the explosion and his first thoughts were that his limbs might grow back. The biggest game changer of his rehabilitation was his resilience in the face of reality.
To no surprise, recovery was hell. He was close to ending it all until one moment made Ben realise just how lucky he was to be alive.
“I was lying there and the London Marathon was on TV. I knew I wanted to do something and that could be it. I didn’t have to, but I wanted to.”
Having the will to succeed
“The will to succeed has to be as great – or greater – than your natural ability or talent,” Ben emphasised. From that day on, Ben found a determination to survive and live well.
Exuding warmth and humour, Ben’s talk made us rethink our priorities. It would have been easy for him to sit in his wheelchair and have someone do everything for him, he says: “But where would that have got me?”
Investing his compensation from the Ministry of Defense, Ben turned his initial investment of £300,000 into a £2m property portfolio in just four years. He attributed his success to his motivation to return to normality, a gentle reminder to never let anything get in the way of our goals.
Focus on ability, not a disability
Ben’s genuine tale of triumph through adversity received a standing ovation from everyone in the Xerocon audience. It was a raw and honest account of how life has been after his injuries. With a resoundingly positive outlook, Ben explained how focusing on ability – not disability, regardless of the challenge – is the key to success.