Blind author applies life lessons in first book

Posted at 12:24 PM, Aug 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-21 22:25:35-04

ALLEGAN, Mich.-- He spent nearly 30 years teaching kids a thing or two on the basketball court, but little did they know, Roger Lambert was learning something from them too.

"Being a coach I saw a wide variety of attitudes and of talents," explained Lambert. "Some of the kids I coached had a great attitude and were very positive and believed they could accomplish great things, and other kids didn’t want to play certain teams because they didn’t have any confidence.”

Lambert decided to put those experiences into a book, called "Paying Victory’s Price."

"If you have a strong enough dream, you can accomplish almost anything you want to,” Lambert said.

It’s a lesson we could all apply to our lives, but even more applicable for Lambert, who became legally blind 40 years ago.

"It makes it very difficult to read.  It makes it difficult to pick out features of a person’s face.”

Lambert used extremely powerful magnification glasses and a special computer to edit his book.

"A misspelled word wasn’t so bad, but if you're talking about a comma or some other form of punctuation then it was somewhat hard to find.”

Three years later, Lambert self-published his book in June. He feels readers of all ages could take away some important lessons.

"Sometimes we look at people who are really successful and we think, 'Wow if it was just that easy for me.' But if you check into their history, you find out it wasn’t really that easy for them. They had to overcome the same struggles and obstacles we had to overcome.”

Lambert already has a few more book ideas and said he hopes to become a motivational speaker.