A Disability, Perhaps an Opportunity in Disguise

Jul 20, 2011
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When you were a child, didn’t you grow up wishing you could “be somebody?” Somebody that people would recognize, look up to, admire, almost idolize. Ever since I was a small child I desperately wanted to be something great, probably as most children do. Maybe go to the moon, run for president, play professional sports, become an award winning singer or actor, anything!! Every child’s dream is to be: GREAT.

Unfortunately, most people never grow up ever achieving this dream of fame and fortune. However, the handful of people that do become famous do so in a number of different ways. Some become famous through pure luck, networking, perfect bodies, and some through old fashioned hard work and determination, but no matter how they do it; they get there and some think their life will be perfect. The whole world can look at their picture and rattle off their name and say why that person is famous. The general population may become envious of their accomplishments and the life that these individuals are living.

However, what if you were the person that spent your whole life working up to that envied position of fame and then something happens that compromises your ability to do that ONE thing that got you to where you ended up originally??? Or what if you were born with some type of disability that compromised your ability to do the only thing you ever wanted to do in your life?

Throughout the next few weeks I am going to share stores of famous individuals that has had this very type of obstacle occur in their life.

Names such as: Michael J Fox, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Christopher Reeves, Clay Walker, Montel Williams, and Richard Pryor are just a few examples of individuals that have had their dreams ruined or severely altered through some sort of a tragic occurrence or misfortune in their life. However, all of these men have one thing in common…they didn’t let their disability prevent them from becoming great. Their life may have not played out the way they had originally anticipated, but they didn’t let their misfortune compromise them as a person. In some cases, it may have stolen from them what they loved to do most, but that didn’t stop them from being the best they could be. They all went through the similar process: learned they had a disability, grieved, discovered what their abilities were, the advantages that they had, and then decided to focus all of their efforts into what was now possible rather than impossible. In some cases, their efforts were placed on something completely different from what gave them their fortune. Some became advocates for the very thing that stole their own life away from them.

Check back Thursday July 21, 2011  to read about Montel Williams’ opportunity in disguise.

Author: Jess