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    • The New York Times published an amazing story about the NFL player who made it to the pros with only one hand. If coaches ever told me I could never compete at football because I was missing a hand, I would believe them and do something else. I dunno how other people shrug someting like that off and try anyway.

      What about you? Is it best to listen or not? Where does one find the confidence to ignore experts?

    • I was told my English wasn't good enough for a niche adventure motorcycle magazine; fast forward two years, I now write for the BBC and am about to publish a book.

      I'm not sure it's confidence. I don't have much of it :D It's more of a combination of intuition and an inner feeling that your calling is yours, whether you fit the picture or not.

    • Fuck the nay-sayers!

      I’m a psychotherapist and for the past 30 years I have worked with people with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Many of these people are told throughout their lives (and treated by society like) they “will never....”, and this often does great damage to their self esteem. This can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      My work has shown me that one should NEVER predict anyone has limited potential! We all have abilities and disabilities; know yourself and play to your strengths; embrace your weaknesses and compensate for them if/where you can. Above all else love all of who you are.

      There are many examples of people with severe “disabilities” accomplishing amazing things. Temple Grandin, a person with Autism and a Ph.D and college professor, is but one example. The YouTube videos of Zach Anner are hilarious and inspirational; I recommend watching them if you’re feeling unable to overcome some perceived obstacle.

      I truly believe humans have unlimited potential and no one should ever suggest otherwise.