A Calgary man is a shining example of what you can do if you put your mind to it. He has turned an insurmountable challenge into a successful career and is inspiring others.

In the late 1950's and early 1960s thousands of women took thalidomide to treat morning sickness.

Many of those women gave birth to babies with limb, ear, and internal organ deformities.

Thalidomide was pulled from the market in most countries by 1962.

Alvin Law is a thalidomide baby and was born without arms.

Alvin was adopted by a couple in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and realized very early that he wasn't like other kids.

"I would have days when I would come home from school of course I would be feeling sorry for myself, why do I have to have no arms, why did this have to happen to me," said Alvin.

Alvin soon learned that he could do a lot of the things that people with arms can do like playing the drums and the trombone.

In 1985 he was invited to speak at an event in Yorkton and that day changed his life forever.

Soon his calendar was full of speaking engagements across the country.

"I've obtained the ultimate goal of any life and that's when a fifteen year old can call you cool, you know you've done something right," laughs Alvin.

Alvin is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and his number one fan and cheerleader is his wife Darlene.

"I've been to hundreds and hundreds of his presentations and so I've seen that reaction with people and how he touches them," said Darlene.

Visit alvin's laws of life website for more information or to book him as a speaker.