Chet McDoniel

On January 5th, 1980, Chet McDoniel was born into this life with no arms and shortened legs. Though dealt a vicious blow in the delivery room, Chet’s parents decided to raise him as they would any other child. They instilled a positive attitude in Chet that carries with him through to this day.

Throughout Chet’s life, he has faced many struggles from acceptance to daily activities that many take for granted. Chet remains positive throughout these obstacles, and believes that he has the secret to enjoying life to its fullest. Chet delivers keynote speeches on choosing to be happy, the incredible value of life, and how to overcome insurmountable odds.

Chet graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Radio, Television and Film production. As well as leading worship and speaking, Chet owns his own travel agency, Off to Neverland Travel - Disney Vacations. Chet, his wife, Joni, and daughter, Hannah, live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area.

Chet McDoniel has motivated thousands through keynotes on happiness, the value of life, and how to overcome all odds and achieve your dreams. Chet is a one of a kind wheelchair keynote speaker, and he will excite and entertain attendees at your event by using his excellent story-telling ability to tell about his upbringing. Through many stories, you will get to know Chet and his ability to live life to its fullest. Then, after you get to know him, Chet will tell you his secret to being happy. Chet also sings during his events, and his voice and song choices inspire.

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Today’s Brilliance from Chet McDoniel

On January 5th, 1980, I was born with no arms and shortened legs. Doctors do not know what happened, and no explanation can be given. I spent many young years of my life wanting to know why. I found that search fruitless, and instead have dedicated my life to telling others how live life to the fullest, despite the situation that life has thrown their way. I’ve learned many steps to happiness in life, and here are three that I feel very strongly about! Change Your Perspective We’ve all heard the question, “is the glass half empty or half full?”… Read more.