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Bethany Hamilton: ‘You Have to Look for the Good in Things’

In 2003, rising surf star Bethany Hamilton survived a shark attack. She lost her left arm. But just one month later, she was back in the water. One year after that, she won her first national title.

“When I’m out in the ocean, I feel at home,” she says.

In this episode of Behind the Brand, Bryan Elliott talks with the pro-surfer about her survival story—how she overcame the unexpected obstacles in her life and how you can, too. She says we all have a choice to make: to respond with self-pity or self-determination, to do it alone or to lean your faith.

“So many of us have crazy circumstances and stuff that we are not expecting come and get thrown at us; you’ve got to choose how you want to deal with it. You can give up or you can look for the good in things,” she says. “It was like, What am I going to do with this situation? I’ve got to turn it into something good.

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