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The video below was recently posted to my Facebook page. Prior to watching it this morning, I had not heard of the woman seen within (Jenny LaBaw). It took but a few moments however to realize that she deserved a spot within the inspirational section of this blog.
Jenny LaBaw was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 50 million people around the world. It is a serious disorder. We aren’t talking about a minor bump, bruise, or sprain. Those affected by epilepsy will deal with it for the rest of their lives. There isn’t a cure. The hope instead is to control it.
Fortunately, Jenny LaBaw has accomplished that objective. While the disorder may still affect her, she is in control. Jenny refused to listen when doctors told her what she could or couldn’t achieve. She decided to find out for herself, rather than submitting to the opinion of others.
Jenny is prime example that no one knows what you can or can’t do. No one lives inside your body. What they believe you can do is nothing but an opinion. There will always be critics, naysayers, and those who continually share their pessimistic beliefs. And while everyone is entitled to an opinion, we are also entitled to ignore them. You don’t need to listen.
Imagine how many goals have been crushed by pessimists who said it couldn’t be done. Rather than submitting to such opinions, put on your blinders and continue to march forward. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Maybe you won’t reach all of your goals, but I’m sure you’ll accomplish much more by trying.
To become successful in life, you can’t waste time listening to what others believe can be done. Even acknowledging their doubt is wasted energy. Time is limited, so don’t waste it constantly arguing with someone who doesn’t think you can make it. As Jenny LaBaw has demonstrated, we can all accomplish much more than what most people believe can be done.
Ignore those who believe otherwise and take control of your life. The future has yet to be written. It is your right to write it yourself. Jenny LaBaw has overcome the odds and serves as an inspiration to many. If she is able to train at such a high level despite the disorder, what’s your excuse?
I’ll answer that for you… There is no excuse.
The doubters said,
“Man can not fly,”
The doers said,
“Maybe, but we’ll try,”
And finally soared
In the morning glow
Watched from below.”
- Bruce Lee