But there are people in this world who — although are affected by life’s stresses every now and then — manage to stay positive and find success, even if they have a disability.
Jon Morrow was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) when he was just a baby. SMA is a disease that slowly takes away a person’s strength over time, eventually causing pneumonia and an early death. Jon Morrow was given two years to live when he was originally diagnosed, and he is now 32 years old, making him one of the oldest people in the world with SMA.
Although Morrow has successfully made it to his early thirties, he can only move his face.
More than 1.5 million adults in the workforce need help with everyday physical activities. According to a Canadian Survey on Disability, hearing, mobility, seeing, flexibility, dexterity, memory, physiological, developmental, pain, and learning are the 10 most common types of disabilities.
Morrow has one of the most difficult diseases in the world, but he still manages to make a living — a nice living — doing something that he loves.
After college, he started a brokerage firm with million dollar home sales. Now, his main job is blogging. He is the founder and CEO of the popular blog, Boost Blog Traffic. He doesn’t let his disability to get in his way.
Don’t Make Excuses
“For years, I wrote a minimum of 2,000 words a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Morrow told Copyblogger. “I never, ever took a day off. Not Christmas. Not my birthday… I wanted to be the best.”
Set Yourself Up for Success
For Morrow, simple things, like getting at least eight hours of sleep every night, prepare him for the day and allow him to do great work.
“My sleeping time is sacred,” Morrow told Leanne Regalla on the Make Creativity Pay podcast, “nobody can mess with it.”
The equipment Morrow uses to make sure his disability doesn’t hold him back is a Dell laptop, a few power wheelchairs with high-quality seating, and a VXI TalkPro UC2 microphone and a lip-operated mouse along with Dragon NaturallySpeaking software.
Don’t let anything hold you back from doing what you love. Whether it’s financial issues, outside factors, disabilities or anything else. Don’t make excuses and set yourself up to achieve your goals.
There are around 3.3 million wheelchair users in the country and whether a person needs geriatric wheelchairs, or power wheelchairs for work, getting the necessary equipment for long term sitting comfort is important.
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