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Patric Young: Rebounding with Faith and Perseverance (ep. 684)

Patric Young

John O’Leary welcomes Patric Young on the Live Inspired Podcast to share how he’s choosing to overcome life’s adversity with faith and perseverance.

Patric Young, a former basketball star and two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year, faced an unimaginable challenge in 2022 when a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Once a towering force on the court, Patric now embarks on a journey of resilience, faith, and rediscovery, confronting the depths of his identity and strength.

Today, Patric shares his journey as he faces adversity and embraces his renewed purpose in life. This story is a guiding light, reminding us to focus on what we can control and to find joy in life’s simplest moments.

My friends, if you’ve ever wondered how to remain steadfast in the midst of a storm, this conversation is for you.

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  • Growing up, and continuing through today, Patric’s parents taught him how to provide, be supportive spouse and how to carry himself.
  • While playing basketball for the Florida Gators, Patric never missed a game, helped earn three SEC regular season titles, was named Defensive Player of the Year, yet the accomplishment he was most proud of was being named Academic SEC Player of the Year three years in a row – something never done before.
  • Expectations versus standards: Becoming distracted by the expectations others had for him, and not having a standard set from within, Patric became so frustrated that renowned Coach Billy Donovan had to sit him down.
  • Dealing with injuries and the Covid lockdowns in Europe, 2020 was the last year Patric pursued playing basketball. He reconnected with his wife, moved to Nebraska and began working for an irrigation company.
  • June 29, 2022: When his truck flipped over, Patric braced himself for impact. Immediately, the force and pressure caused him to lose feeling in his legs.
  • Choosing to redefine what joy is, Patric has found it by focusing on the simple things: spending time with his parents, his old dog and showing up for others.
  • When he’s not “happy”, Patric allows himself to grieve, feel the emotions and speak with a therapist.
  • “I’m going to choose joy regardless of my situations and circumstances. I want to be a good example for anyone. Everyone that’s going to face hardships, and that is everyone.”
  • “Regardless of my circumstances, I still love God. I know God still loves me that he allowed this to happen to help me depend on him more and to realize that I don’t have as much control, but he can use me.”
  • Maximizing the moment: In a season of life where he’s living at home with his parents being his primary caretakers, Patric chooses to intentionally maximize his time with them by partaking in activities they enjoy.
  • Get a copy of Patric Young’s book Sit to Rise here.

Did you enjoy today’s episode?

You’ll love my conversation Chris Norton. After becoming paralyzed while playing NCAA football, Chris was determined to walk across the graduation stage and then down the wedding aisle. This story of determination will remind you that life’s lowest moments can be the source of our greatest blessings. Listen to Chris Norton on ep. 43 and  ep. 165.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Childlike innocence.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. Photo albums.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. From Inky Johnson: You don't know who you're affecting while on your journey.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. You are enough and you don't need to try to fit in.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. Squeeze every ounce out of this life.