TED Talk: How I Fail At Being Disabled
Susan Robinson is a business leader, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur. Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Robinson is legally blind. She gives an inspirational talk on TED about how she struggles to overcome the hidden predispositions of disability.
Robinson hates the word ‘disabled’ when it’s used to describe people. It ignites a mindset of less and it utterly disregards capacity, ability, and potential. It also prioritizes brokenness and lack. But Robinson has achieved a lot in her career and life in general despite her disability. She gives five tips on how to fail at being disabled.
First, one should understand his/her superpowers. Relying on your own best strengths as an individual can enable one to achieve tremendous outcomes. Since Robinson has been blind from birth, she quickly adapts to different situations by accurately processing huge volumes of cues, and determining the multiple processes or potentials for any incidence in her life.
Second, be extremely skilled at getting it wrong. It’s essential to be confident in your superpowers as an individual even when making wrong moves such as walking to the gents’ room accidentally and you have to apologize to the public.
Third, know that everyone is disabled in one way or the other. Sometimes one may have a cold that makes them not to recognize the smell or the taste of food. Making mistakes in life is inevitable and it’s good to sometimes be logical and pay attention by staying calm to let things cool down.
Four, point out the disability in others. This is very significant and more reserved for people close to us since strangers may not appreciate being criticized. Lastly, pursue audacious goals. Flip your expectations upside down and shove any limitations off the cliff to overcome its demise.
Susan Robinson believes that having a disability cannot render one the inability to accomplish tasks in life. For instance, there is a teacher who lucratively transfers knowledge and inspires numerous students yet they live with Down syndrome condition. Robinson, despite being blind, is planning to cycle from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Darjeeling, India on her backseat bicycle meant for two.