An inspirational example of human achievement


Here’s a story that will make you realise that nothing can defeat the human spirit when it decides it wants to achieve something.

Daniel Kish had is eyes removed at the age of 13 months due to retinal cancer and so has never know the gift of sight. However, you are very likely to see him cycling unaided through his local park or hiking in the mountains in charge of a group of blind teenagers.

Photo: Volker Correll

Daniel has developed the art of echolocation to fantastic heights. By continually making clicking sounds and then listening for the echos coming from the objects around him he can build a mental picture of where he is and what obstacles are in his way.

Here he is hiking right next to a sheer drop – awesome!

He now spends his time teaching other blind people to do the same effectively giving them a whole new sense and thus providing them with a freedom that they have not experienced since they had full sight or forever if they were born blind.

A remarkable story and very inspiring but what difference does that make to you, you may well ask. Well I think it makes loads of difference. Most of us have a tendency to give up on things if they hard to master (imagine how hard it is to become a human bat) preferring instead to defer back to the old and comfortable ways. I don’t think Daniel opted for this approach.

If you want something badly enough and are prepared to sacrifice whatever it takes to get it then nothing can stop you. Change almost always comes down to perseverance and a willingness to fail – in Daniels case I imagine that this involved real pain.

Inspiration comes from within, change comes from sacrifice and fear crowns the status quo as king!

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