Craig MacFarlane is a good friend of mine. I admire his strength, his courage and his enthusiasm. Nobody knows better than Craig what Pride in America is all about. For Craig it means having the desire, the energy and the perseverance to accomplish worthwhile goals which inspire and encourage all Americans. As you listen to Craig you will understand much better what the word PRIDE means.
I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to know this fella. He stands as an inspiration to everybody, to all the kids out there.
I stand here with my friend Craig MacFarlane, who through hard work, dedication, and a lot of spirit has proven that being blind has nothing to do with your accomplishments.
Just watching Craig’s desire to excel and do anything everyone else does – and better – is totally uplifting to me.
Since 1982, when Craig came to live with my wife and I, I have seen him take his extraordinary talents and parlay them into an awesome career. Today, Craig has become a tower of inspiration in the lives of so many people, including myself.
I marvel at a young man who has accomplished so much under such adverse conditions, but to see the fortitude and strength that this young man has exemplified, I think it should be a lesson not only to all of Canada or all the people here tonight, but to anyone who can touch the life of such a fine young man. He’s an inspiration and a credit to a sport that probably doesn’t receive the recognition, that say hockey or football or baseball does, but yet he continues to persevere because it’s a self-lit flame that drives him. To me he’s a true champion.
A lot of things that people do in their lives can make a difference for others. Craig’s story is an example of this.
I believe that if professional hockey players or professional baseball players, football players, whatever, if they ever went out and approached their games and played their games with the heart that this guy goes at his sports and everything he does, the way he goes at it, I don’t think there would ever be any empty seats in any building in any league. He’s a very, very strong, super guy.
As I’ve come to know Craig MacFarlane, I’m deeply impressed with his intensity. I know he, too, is a true champion.
It’s been my privilege to call Craig MacFarlane my best friend for nearly thirty years. We’ve watched our children grow, been there for each other during life’s highs and lows, travelled our native Canada and to 45 states in the USA as well as many parts of Europe. We have been on two oceans, wandered at the Majestic Rockies, stood atop the World Trade Center and had a private conversation with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome. In my career I’ve witnessed many, many speakers but none have made me laugh harder or brought me to tears or left me with a burning desire to become a better man, one who works everyday to employ Craig’s powerful yet simple message, “nothing and no one stands in the way of my success except me”! Craig’s “Inner Vision” is his true gift, which he has shared with audiences around the globe, with some of the most powerful and recognizable corporations at conventions and in boardrooms. Seek him out, listen and act on his inspiring message, it’s his gift to you!
Craig MacFarlane is the perfect combination of an extraordinary person who experienced adversity, celebrated abundance, and showed gratitude throughout the journey. His speeches are inspiring, his writings are thought-provoking, and his audiences are always appreciative.
Craig’s story is one of motivation and perseverance. He has an impressive ability to capture an audience in a way that touches lives on a personal level. It is an honor to see Craig inspire others to achieve their dreams beyond their limitations.
I’ve covered the sports beat for nearly 40 years of my life. Worked with the great ones at close hand - Jackie Roosevelt Robinson, Muhammad Ali, John Unitas, Johnny McEnroe, you name them. But I must tell you the most remarkable athlete I have EVER seen, ever known, is Craig MacFarlane.
Craig is astounding! Craig was the opening keynote at our national conference and everyone loved him. He was funny, engaging, and provided an uplifting message that was the perfect kickoff to our show. He was also fantastic to work with. I can’t recommend Craig highly enough – he’s just the speaker every conference needs to set the tone for a great event!
Craig MacFarlane’s life’s story is an extraordinary example of integrity, discipline, passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence. Craig’s message is a powerful one that inspires me and, no doubt, everyone who has the privilege to hear him. We are honored to be able to provide Craig a home as he spreads his inspirational message around the world.
Blind in sight, visionary in life, Craig is a passionate and engaging speaker who uses his personal triumphs – overcoming extraordinary challenges – to motivate and inspire audiences around the world.
Craig captures his audience with an uplifting message of courage and determination through his positive attitude and zest for life.
Craig MacFarlane is real life honest to goodness proof that there is no life challenge that cannot be overcome. Further, Craig is proof in life there are no problems, but only opportunities. I am so very honored and proud to call Craig my friend. Congratulations Craig on your latest achievement!
Craig’s story is one that we can all learn from. His approach to life has been to focus on what he can do, not what he can’t do, and to turn adversity into opportunity. In doing so, he has achieved extraordinary things. A simple but powerful formula for success.
I have watched the facial reactions of audiences to Craig’s speaking engagements, and I have seen the wonder and respect, combined with amazement at ones man’s story and journey through life. The wide eyes and the astonishment that accompanies the beginning of his talks, changes and gives way to a sense in the listeners of “what now can I do with my life?” and that for me is the genius of Craig and his willingness to share his story with others.
Craig MacFarlane and I have been great friends for over 20 years. I really enjoy his sense of humor which has led to so many laughs. Craig also has a delightfully developed power of persuasion. I’ve listened to Craig speak on so many occasions and I always walk away with a different perspective on life. You will too when you read his story.