Spot-on reporting. Top shelf journalism.(“Beyond Inspiration: A New Narrative,” August 2019). As a lifelong writer and former daily journalist, this (sadly) IS the attitude of most mainstream editors and reporters. This article needed to be published — and I am sharing it on every platform I have.
The “I” Word
Ahhhhh, yes. The “I” word. Some people appreciate it because, through it, they get SOME form of positive attention. I’ve been involved with adaptive sports since I broke my back 18 years ago. One could argue that the adaptive sports scene is largely fueled by inspiration. There are countless grants and opportunities for people with limited abilities to participate in adaptive sports, but resources for those same individuals to start a small business or work to reach a higher standard of living are few and far between. I would MUCH rather be regarded as an equal, as opposed to being someone’s short-lived “inspiration.”
Mountain Out of a Molehill
I’m not exactly sure if I’ve ever seen anything overanalyzed quite to this extent. I mean, I’ve been in a chair 30 years and called a lot worse than inspirational. I’ve been told that from time to time or just had people say they wonder how I can do it every day. I just tell them that I don’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter, and that’s pretty much the end of the conversation. I really think they just say it because they honestly don’t know what else to say to you and are scared of saying something stupid.
Behind the Curtain
What an insightful read about a side of the speaking industry I knew nothing about (“Confessions of a Motivational Speaker,” August 2019). Turning away from the simple tricks so tha