Those who inspire
As a teacher, I am always in search of stories that will inspire me as well as the students. Life is tough and there is no doubt that we face some of the greatest challenges of our lives ( not just due to the pandemic). We rise with the level of challenges that we face. The bigger the challenges, the more we will raise our games to over come them.
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Imagine the life of a deaf, blind person who is unable to speak due to an illness as a baby. We automatically expect a life of misery and self loathing. What type of life will that person live? How will they cope with education and what can they make of their lives?. One would expect a life of dependency. Now imagine this being the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There were no Disability Acts and everyone was too busy trying to make a living. This person may as well start to think of living off the charitable donations of others, but not Helen Keller. You may want to check out my previous article on Keller https://www.enterprisedoctors.com/helen-keller-and-the-miracle-worker/
This lady, despite the challenges became an advocate for disabled people and wrote 12 books in the process. This was at a time when women were seen, but not acknowledged for their contributions. What an lady.
The 21st century version
Fast forward to the 21st century and there are even more incredible women. The first blind and deaf person to attend Harvard Law School. Whao! What a champion.
Haben Girma was not bitter about her circumstances, she just wanted to make changes to a world that may not recognise the rights of disabled people. Globally, 1.3 billion people have one form of disability. We cannot ignore 1 in every 6 of us.
In many cases, people with disabilities have fewer platforms to express their concerns. This can only mean that their views are under represented. We must make the world accessible to everyone. We are better when everyone maximises their strengths.
I am not saying that people should not complain or challenge things they don’t like, but we must not over indulge in such acts at the expense of those who have more to complain about. People like Helen Keller and Haben Girma help to motivate the rest of us. The same way that the special Olympians challenge our beliefs. Non able bodied people tell us that whatever our circumstances are, they are thriving despite the additional challenges they face.
David Blunkett, former U.K. Home Secretary held one of the most senior roles in government. Now Lord Blunkett, he did not allow his lack of sight to stand in the way of his ambitions. He was considered by many as one of the smartest politicians of his era.
What do these people have to do with entrepreneurship? First, their dogged determination, their desire to go above the norm and their readiness to face obstacles. These incredible people do not take note of the obstacles in their ways. If they do come across challenges, they power through the barriers and move on. That is determination for you.
No limbs, no problem
No hands and no legs, no problem, this is the story of young Toyosi Satrio. With no limbs at all, Toyosi will not be stopped from playing computer games or going to school.
These people inspire us to make the best of the circumstances that we find ourselves.
Oprah inspires people by her acts and generosity. This speech confirms her legacy as such.
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