How Bob Harper’s Heart Attack Led to an “Improved Version” of Himself


This month, Bob used his photography skills to capture heart attack survivors for a program called Second Chance Portraits. The images help challenge the traditional perceptions of heart attack survivors while also proving the power of second chances.

“I learned to listen a lot more and I relinquished control, which is a really hard thing for me. I like to control,” Bob shared. “I was in a situation where I was out of control. I decided to lean into that and learn and decide you can’t be the person that you’ve been your whole life. You’ve got to know how to pivot, and that was a big thing to be able to pivot and go, you know what? I can’t do the physical activity that I used to do in my 20s, 30s or even 40s.”

“Don’t compare yourself to where you were when you were younger. It’s about pivoting,” he continued. “It’s about redefining who you are, and for me, life is an evolution. Life is about trying new things. I’ve had to change so much of the way I live. I’ve had to change the way that I eat, the way that I exercise. In the beginning, I thought that it was going to be really hard and it was really hard, but I redefined who I was into this newer, more improved version of Bob Harper.”

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