About Me

Robert Mudge

Hi, my name is Robert Mudge, a 30 year old from Ormond Beach, Florida. And the night of August 19, 2001 would change my life forever. On this night I was involved in a car accident that took one of my best friends from this world and left me as a quadriplegic. So, since then my main focus has been my physical recovery, and the recovery process from a spinal cord injury is no quick matter. With this said, I’ve needed to devote as much of my time to my recovery as I possibly can. But that creates a problem because most of us devote about 60% of our day or time to work or a job so that we can support ourselves financially. Think about that for a second, how do most of us make money?…We trade in our time for it. The problem this creates for me is that if I give up my time in order to work a 9-5 job, I then give up my time to work on my physical recovery and that’s not happening, ha.

This TIME problem lead began my pursuit of finding a way to leverage my time in the most efficient manner and to create a residual income. Finding a way to do this would allow me to continue on my road to physical recovery, while also generating an income in the background. I began with Amway and I felt like a greyhound chasing an un-catchable rabbit around the track. Then I had some close friends entice me into joining an unfruitful MLM called FHTM. My most recent MLM I joined is Visalus and it has been a much better experience because I love the product and friends and family alike have both improved their health by using the product. The problem was the hustle and bustle needed to succeed. Just recently I decided to turn my attention to the internet and try to make some money here through affiliate and internet marketing. I’m excited about the future and the possibility of financially supporting myself without sacrificing my most precious commodity TIME.

ABOUT ME ON A LIGHTER NOTE

Before my accident I played football, baseball, surfed, BMX’d, worked out a lot and stayed as active as possible. Since my accident I’ve played quad rugby, hand-cycled, water skied, skydived, surfed, and still workout and still try to stay as active as possible with the help of others. I’m always looking for new music and have it playing any chance I get. I’m a big film buff and I’ll will watch any movie whether it’s popular or not.

Help Robert Never Give Up

       The Full Story
About My Injury and Progress: HelpRobertNeverGiveUp.org

Here’s a short video of my progress since my injury:

 

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Comments
  1. gpcox says:

    I wish you all the best. You seem very determined – keep it up.

  2. tas.o.s. says:

    Very inspiring blog.! Good luck on your journey. I am sure that one day i ll be able to take some photos of you as a walkair.. 🙂

  3. belowrance says:

    Great blog and love your message!

  4. Mr Oh says:

    Never give up: You’re on a par with Churchill with thst message. I salute your Bravery, Determination and decisions to take Action. Big respect. Thanks got stopping by Mr Oh.

  5. bondingtool says:

    Hi Robert, never underestimate what you have accomplished so far! I am very humbled by your determination and courage. NEVER GIVE UP Robert! I hope you’ll find inspirational in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448. I wish you all the best in your journey. Sam 🙂

  6. Chanel Hason says:

    Rock on ! You’re living proof that determination and never giving up can lead to amazing accomplishments. Keep being awesome and inspiring the world.

  7. You are a lesson of life, an example for all, be strong and good luck. I can understand it is not easy…I wish you the best !!!

  8. You’re cute Robert. At the risk of taking you by surprise, I’ll say that I like what I see ;)!

  9. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  10. don’t yell quietly, i like your voice.

  11. Rahburt says:

    haha…nice. made me blush and lightly laugh. it seems to be one of my more popular assets.

  12. belowrance says:

    Hey! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Go to this link…
    http://belowrance.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/the-liebster-blog-award/

  13. Megan메간 says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Yay! Should you choose to accept, please follow this link: http://meganhasocd.com/2013/03/08/the-versatile-blogger-award/
    Best,
    Megan

  14. Hey Rob, my name is Lucas. I found your blog through Megan’s blog. I can really feel for you. I too have spinal injury. I was also rendered unable to move, but have since then learnt to walk. I wish you the best in your recovery. If there’s anything we both need it support, and you have mine 🙂 I’m 100% with you. I still have pain, but everyday’s a better day. Wishing you get better, better, better and better.

    Your friend,
    Lucas

    • Rahburt says:

      Thanks a lot buddy. Can never have too much support. I’m glad you were able to recover so well and continue to. I’m not sure where you are located, but check out http://www.projectwalk.org/ This place changed my life after I first visited in 2006.

      • Hey Rob, thank you very much for the website. I’ve looked into Project Walk before and wanted to go there but I’m not healthy enough to travel. I’m in Hong Kong right now and am still too weak. Vibrations hurt me and so I can’t travel so far. If I get too much pain I’ll get a back ache, if that increases too much I get a head ache, and after the head ache worsens I go into a seizure and forget how to walk for a period of time. I’m still on the mend though and feel that if one day I can travel so far, I’ll be healed enough 🙂 May I ask you something please Rob… how do you type? And how much have you recovered since?

        Your friend pulling for you,
        Lucas

      • Heya, thank you for supporting me again. I really love your posts (they’re so funny) and feel that we have a connection. I’ll be following you, keep up the great job ☺ Lucas

  15. Rahburt says:

    Ah I see. Well I’m glad you have looked at if before. Sorry to hear about your issues with traveling. There are other Project Walk centers closer to you also. In fact I believe there is one in Japan. I’ve recovered asymmetrically, meaning my right side is probably about 80% functional whereas my left side is closer to 20/30%. So I type with my middle finger on my right hand, I peck the key board 🙂 The YouTube video above shows kind of what I can do. Glad to hear you like my posts buddy. Thank you and good luck to you also.

    • Thanks for looking into it for me 🙂 I still won’t be able to make that one yet, because it’s over 4 hours by flight 😦 but I’m going to keep working at getting better. You’re doing so great yourself, go you! Keep working on recovery every single day, no slacking 🙂 I wish you the best in your recovery. I’m rewatching you’re video now, thanks for pecking back to me. Much love and respect!

      • Omg Rob, watching this video again flushed me with massive amounts of mixed emotion. My heart goes out to you. I was so saddened when I saw you trying to balance with the chair between your legs… I can remember doing that with bar on my side… but I was so happy when I saw you jumping on the machine with two people to assist your feet. I can’t do that yet, but hope to do it one day 🙂 I’m here to support you bro, and we’re on this journey together. Remember to also train your mind, because your mind is going to be the thing that gets us out of this!

      • Rahburt says:

        Awesome. Glad you took the time to watch it. Yeah, my balance is still crap and I could only be left for the few seconds it took to take that video portion. I’m still unable to sit to stand without help. I’m sure you’ll be able to do the jumps one day! Thanks for that last reminder you gave. This is not just a physical battle. A great portion tests our mental fortitude.

      • Rahburt says:

        No problem, you’re welcome. I’m doing pretty good but everyday I’m aiming even higher :). I’m never happy with my recovery, ha. I guess that’s good and bad. Good luck to you as well buddy.

      • That’s the spirit. Remember to always try do something different so your body will always be challenged and heal. Keep on keeping on. How is your recovery coming now by the way? What do you do?

        Your friend,
        Lucas

      • Rahburt says:

        recovery is going really well at the moment. i’ve been out here at project walk in california for the past month and go home tomorrow. how about you and yours?

      • I just train myself at home, because my insurance ran out 🙂

  16. Jessica says:

    WOW, Robert. I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to watching this video. That you would have nominated ME for an award… YOU deserve a million awards far greater than blog awards. I am so impressed. And to think… If in my accident I’d landed only slightly differently, I would be in exactly your same shoes—or dead. I am in awe of your courage and determination. There is so much that we take for granted. Bless you. And thank you for being you. I am inspired. (This video made me cry.)

    • Rahburt says:

      Ha, no need to apologize. Sometimes I like when people don’t know because they sometimes change how they treat me, good or bad. Well you deserved the award and I enjoyed your blog, so it was my pleasure to nominate you. And thank you for what you said. I’m happy to know it made an impact on you and you crying lets me know you are a caring person 🙂

  17. Rahburt says:

    I spell it Robert. I was just trying to be clever and spell it that way. It’s something me and my sister came up with. I think Rahburt is more phonetically correct anyways :).

  18. Dear Robert, I really was quite moved and inspired as I read through your biography. I love your strong spirit which is extremely admirable. You remind me of my future brother in law who suffers from paraplegia as a result of a motorcycle accident. He also happens to be one of the most motivated and beautiful people that I know, a shining light for me and I’m sure many others. I’m sure in my heart that you are also one such shining light for all to see. All the best in life brother.
    God bless you in every way.

    • Rahburt says:

      Well thank you. And it’s comments like yours that help me recharge and continue doing these things. We are all interconnected. Glad to hear about your future brother in law and his impact on you. I hope I can live up to what your heart believes about me. Thanks for taking the time to share this buddy. Much appreciated. God bless.

  19. Steve Lakey says:

    Good luck with your recovery, Robert. You’re an inspiration. 🙂

  20. Wow. Incredible story and has given me a good wake up call I suppose. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Now, you deserve the inspirational award, not me. I didn’t know and now that I do, your incredible story gives me more depth than just words. And I was just passing through to tell you that I failed miserably in attempting to complete the award requirements. I just don’t believe I’m the type that works for awards (sigh)…but, I thank you for nominating me 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Deb says:

    I hope only the best for you. 🙂
    I’m sorry about the loss of your friend.

  23. Deb says:

    What ever happen is down here now for me to check off, which I did…thank you.

    That follow blog thing at the top of blogs has never once sent me any notification when some posted a new post. But I’ll get notification now since I check the box at the bottom of the comments.

    Hey, if we don’t ask, the answer is no. 😉 🙂

    You have a good night.

    • Rahburt says:

      Maybe I knocked some sense into it 🙂

      You’re right, it doesn’t do that. All it does is put my posts in your reader feed.

      Crazy, you chose that saying. I just saw something like that yesterday and it hit me. I was like you know what, that’s true. Ha

      Have a good 1 also.

  24. RanuJanu says:

    Are you still in the process of recovering?

    • Rahburt says:

      Yup, sure am. Not sure when I won’t be. I think it will just be a part of my life until a cure is available and even then therapy and exercise will still be needed.

  25. Jaclyn Anne says:

    Robert, you are truly an inspiration ~ you give life your absolute all and are so committed to your recovery. I am certain that you will continue to make improvement after improvement and become more and more independent. Keep it up buddy!! hugsxxx

    • Rahburt says:

      Thank you Jaclyn Anne! It inspires me to hear that. It’s no fun playing this sometimes rough game of life without cheerleaders like yourself to help motivate me more. I hope I can make your prediction become a reality. Thank you my dear! 🙂

  26. Cheeni says:

    This is so inspiring. I hope you recover soon!
    lots of love and prayers x

  27. PrayLoveBlog says:

    so inspiring! you’re awesome!

  28. arjun bagga says:

    Your touching life is a great inspiration. Cheers mate, be good, keep smiling and count me in!

  29. I did award your blog with the Liebster Award. If you go to my blog and see my latest posting about the Liebster award, or click on the link to the awards it will tell you all you need to know. Congrats on an awesome blog! And Thanks for always being so supportive of my writing! 🙂

    • Rahburt says:

      i did not know this :). thank you!! and you’re welcome. thanks for always being so kind. since i’ve already been awarded the liebster can i add your name to my thank you page and answer the questions you asked in the comments on the post itself?

  30. Thank you, and your ‘about’ is so touchy for me.

  31. Cheri L. says:

    I wish you success, joy and peace as you recover. I pray that you will be able to find the right balance of time between finances and health. Meanwhile, thanks for liking The Brass Rag. Come back and see us again soon.

    • Rahburt says:

      Thank you. I hope to be granted those things too. Very kind of you to wish such great things for me :). And you’re welcome and I will.

  32. A truly inspiring story …

  33. Tutti says:

    Dear Robert,you are nominated for the ‘Wonderful Team Member Readership Award’ your blog is so adorable 🙂 For some more informations http://tuttisworld.wordpress.com/awesome-awards/ HAPPY BLOGGING TO YOU Tutti

    • Rahburt says:

      Dear Tutti, Thank you!! I’m sorry if I don’t do the requirements, life has got me going in many directions at the moment. Would it be ok with you if I carry out steps 1, 2 and 4? or is that cheating?

      • Tutti says:

        If live doesn’t fit – make it fitting 🙂
        I understand you very well, that was a lot of work! Hey Robert, good to read that your life is in move – all my good wishes for you!

      • Rahburt says:

        haha, i like how you’re telling me what to do. thanks for understanding :). thanks again Tutti!

  34. anna says:

    you sound like an absolutely awesome guy :D, come to Australia!

  35. Congratulations!
    Furrylittlegnome has nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award (even though you have received it by someone else)!
    http://furrylittlegnome.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/furrylittlegnome-is-a-versatile-blogger/

  36. Rambling Eve says:

    Keep inspiring others, hoping for your fast recovery 🙂

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