Look For Your Abilities Not Your Disabilities

OK I am going to say something really *bold* here. Everyone has special abilities and strengths that if applied will lead to great personal successes.

How can I make such a bold statement you ask? Simple. When I was in the early part of elementary school I was diagnosed as having a learning disability (in the area of math). So why in the world am I using this forum to spill the beans about something so personal your wondering? Because I know that in retrospect it had absolutely NO bearing on what I have been fortunate enough to achieve in my life.

I won’t say that growing up with it was necessarily easy, at times it wasn’t at all. If I hadn’t had such a strong support group in place I can see how easy it might have been for me to have “fallen through the cracks” so to speak. Luckily this wasn’t the case.

My mother was an enormous help. Not just with my studies, but by always taking the time to point out other people that also had learning disabilities and had not let them get in the way of their personal success. I truly believe this is vital in a young persons development. We all have a need to belong to a peer group. In this case it helps one to know that they’re not alone. I was also lucky to have some fantastic teachers along the way. So here’s the point I want to make.

Just because you or someone know has a learning disability it doesn’t have to be something that stands in their way. Having a learning disability does not mean one can’t learn! It does mean that they might need to learn differently. If I could offer one bit of advice it would be to always offer encouragement and show the person that others just like themselves were able to overcome the disability and still do big things in their lives. In summary, I want to share a few things that illustrate what I said above. While my disability lies in math I do quite well with it now. I learned to use a calculator 🙂

I’ve been interested in business since I was about 15 years old and have studied various aspects of it for just about as long. I’ve had the good fortune to be both involved and run several businesses of my own. It doesn’t mean that it was always easy. I will say that I truly believe it wasn’t any harder for me with my learning disability than it would be for anyone else.

The bottom line is you can do what you want to in life! You may have to work a little harder in some areas, but you can still do it. With enough persistence I truly believe we can all accomplish amazing things.

It’s your life, LIVE BIG!
Josh Hinds

* Author of Why Perfect Timing is a Myth: Tips for Staying Inspired and Motivated Day in and Day out!, It’s Your Life, Live BIG, and Motivational Quotes for Living BIG.