Get Off Your “BUT”

Sean Stephenson and Jon Dana Benson

Sean flexes his might guns! I didn't have the courage to flex mine next to the Little Big Man!

This week I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever had the good fortune to run across.

His name is Sean Stephenson. Sean has suffered more pain, more hardships, and more reasons to quit everything, including life itself, than most of us can imagine.

He suffers from a disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a rare brittle-bone condition. This left Sean confined to a wheelchair for life, having broken hundreds of bones as a result of the condition. Coughing once broke his ribs. Can you imagine?

And you think you have it tough. (Same goes for me.)

But that’s far from the end of the story.

No, Sean has built himself an empire. Sean worked under President Clinton. Sean is finishing his second Ph.D. (because one was just not good enough) from the University of Honolulu. Sean wrote the bestseller,
Get Off Your “But”
, about how so many of use succumb to The “Buts” of Life. All over the world, Sean hears the excuses… “I’d get in shape, but I have three kids and work a lot and…” Or, “I’d pursue my dreams, but I have…” You name it, Sean has heard it.

He just never bought into that crap. Neither should we.

Oh… and (get this) Sean is a bodybuilder.

Re-read that last sentence. Then watch the video below. It gives me goosebumps to think of how much effort this man has to put forth just to muster up the courage to train—but through training, and an alkaline-heavy diet, he’s transformed his body and his condition.

He is amazingly strong now. His bones no longer shatter due to his increased strength and bone density through weight training. He even threw out the first pitch at a Major League baseball game, from the lying down and rolling position, and it popped the catcher’s glove!

Listen: Fitness and resistance training adds so much to my quality of life. It’s the best thing I’ve ever discovered to radically change just about every aspect of my well-being. But Sean is at an entirely different level, demonstrating powerfully how challenging resistance training kicks some serious ass.

Have a look, then visit Sean’s site if you want more inspiration at

Afterwards, hit the gym!

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5 Responses to “Get Off Your “BUT””

  1. I remember watching an inspiring documentary on Sean many years ago. It’s great to see him still going strong.

    I’m so impressed with his attitude to training. He’s working hard to build functional strength for his situation. He doesn’t waste time feeling sorry for himself or making excuses. He just accepts reality and works to adapt and overcome.

    A great lesson for us all. Thanks for posting the video Jon.


  2. john says:

    amazing, inspirational and motivational human being…

  3. Joe says:

    WOW! I really need to change my mindset! I have made strides, however, after watching this video, I realize I am still not where I want or need to be! Inspirational is a very appropriate description.

  4. Anastasia says:

    Truly inspirational video! Thank you so much Jon for sharing this! And I really felt that life is too hard on me sometimes, but after watching this…oh dear!…I praise the Lord for everything I have!

  5. Arlie says:

    That was just the kick in the”but” I needed as I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself lately. Sean is my new hero.

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