An inspiring story of beating the odds and learning to overcome--no matter what life hands you.
After starting a family and flourishing in his career, Tim Hague was struck by misfortune. The irritating tremor in his foot turned out to be early onset Parkinson's disease. He was only 46 years old. But what seemed to be an end became a new beginning. Just three years later, Hague won the inaugural The Amazing Race Canada (with his son, Tim Jr., as his teammate). His remarkable life story shows that perseverance is not just a matter of willpower: it is a skill that can be learned and honed.
And perseverance is the theme of his life. From the day he was born, Hague has gone from one struggle to another. Yet, remarkably, he doesn't have a trace of self-pity. In fact, he feels blessed. From his tough start in life as an unwanted mixed-race baby born in Texas in 1964, to his eventual move to the unforgiving climate of Winnipeg, Canada, to start a family under difficult circumstances, and his continuing battle with Parkinson's--Hague's life is a roadmap of perseverance.
Parkinson's has forced him to retire early from the work he loves as a registered nurse. But as a healthcare professional, and now suffering from a challenging disease himself, Hague discusses living with Parkinson's like no one else could. He now works with charities to help promote Parkinson's awareness and his "Live Your Best" message. Drawing on his experience winning The Amazing Race, and referencing cutting-edge research and studies, Hague weaves a moving story of failure and success, outlining the elements of his philosophy that anyone can apply to their own lives, including:
* The nature of luck: Luck comes to those who keep trying until the end--never stop until the race is over.
* Find community: As a nurse, a husband and father, and a man living with Parkinson's, Hague knows better than most that we all need to ask for help sometimes, and that's a good thing.
* Accept limits: By focusing on what we can do, we accomplish more than we ever thought possible.
* Cease striving: We think of striving as a positive attribute, but all we end up doing is banging our heads against the wall. Have goals, but have fun. Do not create anxiety out of nothing and maintain perspective.
* Live Your Best: No such thing as giving 110%--can only do your best.
Inspirational and entertaining, Hague's message is both simple and profound: perseverance isn't just something a person has, or a trait we admire in others. Hague's book, like his life, is a guide to how we can all learn to persevere in the face of daily struggles--or even life-changing illness.
Penguin Canada; May 2018
- ISBN 9780735233676
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Perseverance
- Author: Tim Hague
In The Press
“What a great read for anyone curious about the stories behind The Amazing Race—and what an insightful look into what it means to persevere. Tim Hague Sr. has proven what’s possible when you refuse to be sidelined by your limitations.” —Jon Montgomery, host of The Amazing Race Canada
“Engaging and inspiring, Tim’s well told journey touches on a full range of human emotion and experiences and you cannot help but be motivated by his infectious attitude and optimism.”
—Davis Phinney, former professional road bicycle racer and founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation
“Tim writes earnestly about compassion and resilience and rightly elevates vulnerability as an avenue to self-discovery and healing. His approachable and hopeful book helps us to embrace whatever challenge. We at Parkinson Canada applaud Tim’s courage and are here to help all Canadians on their journey.”
—Judi Richardson, Chair Parkinson Canada
“Tim Hague has a truly amazing story to tell. Audiences will be inspired by a life well lived.”
—John Brunton, Chairman & CEO Insight Production Company Ltd., Executive Producer of The Amazing Race Canada
About The Author
TIM HAGUE is a public speaker, educator, and advocate for people suffering from Parkinson's disease. At just forty-six years old, Hague was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease, which soon ended his career as a registered nurse and health care professional. Three years later he went on to win the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada, making him an instant celebrity. Hague has since become a sought-after speaker across North America and has dedicated his life to educating and helping others through his charitable work.