“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” – Chuck Swindoll
My pal Finn Mooney is a neat kid. I got to know him very well last year when he was in my fourth grade class. His smile is infectious. When you see him, he smiles (always), and you have no choice but to smile back. The kid just spews positive energy.
Finn has faced many challenges in his life, having gone through thirteen surgeries on his heart. Each time, my resilient friend bounces back and keeps moving forward, forcing smiles out of everyone as he goes.
So I was happy to see his giant smile grow even wider last year when he told me that he was going to get the opportunity to design his own shoe at Nike. Finn had been chosen as one of the six designers for Doernbecher Freestyle, a program that partners with Nike to create shoes that are sold to benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Finn’s shoe was recently unveiled and went on sale. It was a huge success for a huge little man. Please take the time to learn about Finn’s design process and more importantly, take the time to learn from Finn’s positive attitude.
About Doernbecher Freestyle: Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle Shoes
About Finn: Meet Finn
About Finn’s design process: Designer Focus: Finn