UP Getting Up is the Key to Life Down but Not Out - Slowed but Not Stopped - Bent but Not Broken Up is the creation of the author in which he shares his personal paradigm for mental, emotional, and spiritual recovery and facing the challenges of life as quadriplegic. It is the author's hope to inspire those with similar injuries and give hope to their medical caregivers, family, and loved ones. Interior photographs are from the author.Brian’s neck was broken while playing football with his friends on the sunny, chilly day after Christmas, 1979, at the age of seventeen. As he found the courage and strength to recover, graduate from high school, earn his college degree, and earn his Juris Doctor degree as a quadriplegic, he also found his purpose: to achieve more than expected, and to aspire to the best he can be. Now the father of three and a husband of over 24 years, Brian has developed his strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude. With his engaging style and practical wisdom, Brian will leave you invigorated to face your own struggles with hope, faith, and purpose!
“When you read Brian Swift’s story you will never again wallow in self-pity when facing adversity. This book will inspire you to reach the potential for success and happiness we all possess.”
Lou Holtz Head football coach University of Notre Dame 1986-1996
"His story is one that is touching, heart warming, inspirational and quite simply amazing. His over-coming-all-odds story is one movies are made of. His Christian faith and Catholic upbringing are what gives him drive and hope. Brian is by far, one of the most inspirational people I have ever known. Quite simply, I would describe Brian as a brilliant man with a heart of gold and a wicked sense of humor."
Kevin Brown Focus on the Family
There are a few qualities that I've noticed all real leaders share: they put their people first, they are authentically enthusiastic, and they are skilled at adapting to unexpected and undesirable events. For me, this book was intensely revealing yet insightfully inspiring. It is a powerful reminder of how we must be willing to let hope in, even in the face of painful times.
"Getting up" is the most undervalued state of mind in this constantly changing world. With his uncompromising beliefs, the author provides a gift for managers at all levels. Brian Swift is a remarkable leader who writes with grit and genuineness that makes you feel like a friend is talking to you; his writing is real and straightforward. He reminds us throughout the book that our hope is based on a God who can and will do the impossible.
I found this book authentically written--perfect medicine for my soul.