Austin Hatch is a true survivor. Not only did he survive not one but two plane crashes, but he has also turned tragedy into motivation to help others overcome adversity.
In 2003, Hatch and his family were returning home from a vacation when their single-engine plane crashed, killing his mother, sister, and brother. Hatch and his father survived, but sadly, lightning struck twice when the father and son were in another plane crash in 2011, which killed Hatch’s father and stepmother.
Despite the unimaginable loss and physical injuries Hatch sustained, he remained determined to live a full life. He even continued playing basketball, which was something that he and his father enjoyed together. Hatch’s perseverance and resilience caught the attention of Michigan’s basketball team, and they offered him a scholarship. Hatch played two seasons for the University of Michigan and even received an honorary diploma from his high school.
Hatch has since become an inspirational speaker, sharing his story of perseverance and determination with audiences across the country. His goal is to help others who may be experiencing challenges in their own lives, whether it’s related to personal struggles or overcoming a difficult situation. He has worked with clients such as Ford, Nestlé, and Morgan Stanley and has even given a TEDx talk on the importance of resilience.
Hatch’s story serves as a reminder that when life throws us unexpected challenges, we have a choice to either give up or keep fighting. It’s easy to feel defeated and overwhelmed, but Hatch’s journey shows us that we can overcome even the toughest obstacles with hard work and determination.
In his own words, Hatch says, “Life is full of adversity, but it’s also full of beauty, and we can choose how we handle it.” His story is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience, and he continues to inspire others to overcome their own challenges, whatever they may be.