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Success depends on how you think!

It is not what happens to you that determines your fate but what you do about it.  – author unkown


To get true insight, you must get out of your box.    To grow, to adapt, you must be able to think from different perspectives. 

– Rex Donald 

As a disabled person, maintaining motivation can sometimes be difficult.  This, at least in part, is because tasks which were easy are now difficult.  

To achieve the same level of success as a fully able bodied person you have more barriers to over come.  

Whether you like it or not, the rules of the game of life have changed.  It may be true that you are the same person, but unfortunately, the world will perceive you in a different way than before your disability.

Your goals may not change, but the manor in which you achieve those goals may have to be re-evaluated.

The ability to think from other points of view can have a profound impact on your behavior and your ability to achieve your goals.  

You can always find someone worse off than you, who has succeeded to a higher level. 

Focus on what is possible, but don’t sell yourself short. You can always do more than your doing now. 

It is sometimes difficult to focus on what you can do.  It is for this reason you need to think outside of your box, or, put another way, think from another point of view.  This allows you to think of new possibilities which you would not have thought of before.

Change the way you think and you change your reactions. 

Change your reaction and you change the end result.  If you are not getting the results you want, change the way you think. 

Heroes! After  becoming disabled, my heroes changed. 

Hero!Stephen Hawking: World famous physicist/mathematician has Lou Gehrigs Disease and is in a wheelchair. He needs a computer to speak.

imageHero!President Roosevelt: At age 39, his legs were paralyzed by polio. He became governor of New York state and was elected president of the United States four times.

Basketball hero “not” Michael Jordan but my hero is Larry Bird.

Why Larry Bird?  The odds were not in his favor. Larry was slow, poorly coordinated and could not jump, buy he succeeded to a much higher level than others far more talented. 

 Hero! Danny De Vito is a successful movie star.  Who would have guessed. (Taxi Movies: Screwed, Get Shorty, Twins, Matilda, The Rain Maker etc.)

What do these people have in common?

They focused on what they could do – not on what they could not..  

  Famous Quotes

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

-Albert Einstein

Einstein, did not speak until he was 3. As an adult, Einstein found that speaking was uncomfortable.  He found school work difficult,  especially math.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
-Thomas Edison

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
-Mark Twain


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