Jamie speaks about his personal ambitions, goals and aspirations and what he wanted to achieve professionally, and personally prior to the accident. He provides an emotional account of what he wanted to have; the values he wanted to impart upon his children, and the legacy he wanted to leave behind. After the accident all of those goals were turned upside down. The deck of cards were reshuffled; leaving him to face an entirely new reality. His account of how he decided to play this new hand in life is captivating. He leaves audiences with a relatable account of how unexpected learnings require recalibration of goals, hitting the refresh button and starting over.
Goals, aspirations and perseverance are the guiding principles in life. Jamie takes the audience on an emotional journey explaining how these three tenets were the foundation of his recovery. He explains how having an unwavering belief system, personal resolve, and determination to never give up, no matter the obstacle, is when change happens. Never quit, never fold your hand, never throw in your cards. If one approach doesn’t work, try another. And another, until you do it.
Life isn’t always fair. Learning to adjust to loss; professional, relational, physical, recreational, will test anyone’s resolve. Throughout life, most will experience some level of loss that will require the creation of a New Normal. Jamie shares his believe in the power of visualization, and how he was able to tap into the universal energy source, the brain’s plasticity, and experience moments where he felt like “me”, the old “me”, impaired, but creating a New Normal. A New Normal that gave him a feeling hope and a renewed purpose in life. He began to feel valuable again. Define your terms. Take a stand. Choose to win.
Jamie Osborne is a businessman, former IT executive, fitness enthusiast and avid traveler. He is also an incomplete C7 quadriplegic. Jamie’s dynamic and engaging personality has made him a sought after motivational speaker; captivating audiences with his personal account of how his belief system, brain’s plasticity and healing abilities, are changing his physical reality.
Jamie was born in Boston Massachusetts January 1, 1957; the second youngest of five siblings. He attended Ithaca College in Ithaca New York where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration
In June of 1981, Jamie moved to Seattle Washington and has made the Pacific Northwest his home ever since. Jamie’s professional expertise as an IT executive spans over 30 years, with multi-industry experience across health care, property management and retail. His primary areas of expertise within IT include oversight of service management, technical services, software engineering, project management, budget and business planning, and technology architecture.
Jamie’s passion for exercise, fitness and healthy living have been an integral part of his personal life. The camaraderie, physical and mental challenge, community and friendly competition led Jamie to be a student of athletics. Over the years, he brought his physical talents to many different sports; soccer, baseball, tennis, ice hockey, golf, squash, racquetball, pickle ball, rowing, marathons, 10k’s, and skiing (racing and heli-skiing) where due to some incredibly good fortune, he was able to survive being caught and buried in an avalanche in 1983. It was his love of road cycling that ultimately changed his life forever.
In 2007, Jamie ventured out on an afternoon lunch ride with his colleagues. Their ride ended abruptly when the main triangle frame on Jamie’s bike fractured underneath him, driving him head first onto the pavement; the result of defective bike tubing. This catastrophic injury left him an incomplete C7 quadriplegic with central cord damage and a severed right vertebral artery. So began Jamie’s journey to build a new life, a new normal. His recovery process has been arduous, repetitive, and intense. Seen as an anomaly by his practitioners, Jamie continues to set new standards in the typical recovery sequence. Over eight years have passed since Jamie was injured. The bulk of recovery usually happens in the first two years; Jamie has experienced considerable improvement throughout the past six years. He attributes his advanced recovery to a bit of luck (cord damage variances) and the daily effort and belief he has in the brain’s plasticity and healing abilities when using all faculties available.
Despite the immense daily challenges, Jamie’s resolve remains undaunted. He’s fought with every ounce of his being to be independent again. Through visualization, determination and his unwavering belief that his life still had meaning; he has worked to recover from the motionless man that lay in ICU to the man that works out three hours a day in the gym; unaided.
Jamie lives by these words: Define Your Terms. Take a Stand. Choose to Win.