Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to have you around my table. I have been doing some research on celebrities living with brain injuries and other kinds of “disabilities. During the course of my research I read about the lives of other famous people who – while living with various disabilities – achieved great success in their chosen field and passion.
“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success, because the don’t know when to quit. Most men (and women) succeed because they are determined to.” George Allen (and women) my addition.
Each of these individuals – who are considered famous – all had various hurdles to overcome to reach the heights that made them famous. Each individual achieved what made them famous — in their chosen field – because they made the decision to get started. These individuals did not allow their disability to keep them from using their gifts, talents and abilities in ways that worked for them.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain
Each of these individuals did not allow their disabilities to define who they were or are as individuals. As I reflected upon what each of these individuals had achieved with their lives – while living with their disability – I found myself empowered by their example. As I read, I was reminded that I too could accomplish great things with my life – while living with my disability – by getting started.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Helen Keller
In life, we may be living with a disability, but our disability does not have to limit our ability in life. Instead, we can be inspired by the lives of people who have come before us, who have achieved great things while living with a disability. We can accomplish greatness – at our own pace. We can give of who we are by using our gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for us.
“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” Jim Rohn
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back wards.” “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” Abraham Lincoln
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