“To me a rebel isn’t so much someone who breaks the law as someone who goes against the odds.” – William Petersen
I was so excited to read that Malcom Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath, is about how underdogs succeed by using their disadvantages to their advantage. By refusing to be passive in the face of adversity, many individuals with disabilities end up as successful entrepreneurs. He writes, “many of them said their success came not in spite of their disability but because of it. Because they couldn’t read, they forced themselves to learn other things to compensate. You make it through school if you can’t do the thing that schools require of you, by forming alliances with good students, negotiating with teachers, becoming a really good problem-solver, learning how to listen – all the things, in short, that will end up serving you very well in the real world. What all those people had in common, in other words, was a refusal to think of their disability as a disability. They viewed it as an opportunity to learn a new way of doing things.”
Now that’s a lesson the rest of us can learn from.