Thought leadership by Jason Romero, the 1st and only blind person to run across America (VISIONRUNUSA). Jason is a highly sought after inspirational speaker whose talks focus on a challenge to change, mental toughness, teamwork, risk taking and overcoming adversity. More information can be found at www.relentlessromero.com.
THE SUCCESS CYCLE: The reason why All Things are Possible!
When confronted with Adversity we must Adapt, and sometimes fail, to Achieve success
- Jason Romero
The following is an excerpt from a Keynote Address that I recently gave to an organization. After careful analyzation of my life, successes & failures, my blindness & my run across America, I have developed a theory of how we can succeed, in all things we set out to do. This concept is incorporated into my talks, will be the subject of a chapter in a book I am authoring, and I believe is a universal truth. Please share it freely, and I hope it can help you to succeed in life. (click the image to view the video blog in YouTube).
Jason Romero is a highly sought after inspirational speaker and the 1st and only blind person to run across America. Jason is a member of the US Paralympic Team, holds 11 world records in ultra-running, a former attorney and business executive, and a single father of 3 children. More information can be found on Jason at www.relentlessromero.com.
LIVING A LIE, UNTIL YOU CAN FAKE
IT NO MORE. I have always heard about the term "coming out
of the closet" as it relates to sexual orientation. I recently
realized that I also lived this tortured existence as it related to my visual
condition. I have a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis
Pigmentosa (RP). It is a disease that slowly causes your retina to
deteriorate; hence, you are slowly robbed of eyesight and eventually end up
blind. I was diagnosed with RP at age 14 and had 20/70 eyesight, some
blind spots, full peripheral vision and night blindness. The doctor who
diagnosed me hypothesized that I would be blind by the time I was 30, and that
being a doctor or lawyer was out of the question. I am now 45 with
20/200-400 eyesight, some more blind spots, a 20 degree field of vision and
severe night blindness. It has been quite a journey to get to where I am
today, and I am writing this to help those going through sight loss to cope
with the journey, and for loved on…
So my first piece of advice would be, “get outdoors and enjoy the
fresh air…..you will definitely feel better than running indoors.”That being said, the fact is that weather can
interfere with outdoor running and make it very uncomfortable, if the runner
does not have the proper apparel.Also,
it can be difficult for a visually impaired runner to be outdoors….for the VI
runner who requires a guide to run outdoors, there can be conflicts with the
guides schedule.Guides cannot just drop
what they are doing and support a VI runner’s guiding needs when the VI runner
wants to run….this can be a barrier for outdoor running.Finally, there are hazards out there for the
VI runner.Imagine going outside,
closing your eyes and running.Hazards
become pretty apparent – curbs, street sighs, fire hydrants, dog leashes,
benches, snow piles, etc.Pretty much
anything can be a hazard, and depending on how much sight the VI runner has the
degree of hazard can vary.Not to be left out are poor drivers.I come…
When I first told people that I was going to run across America, I received an onslaught of people using the 4-letter word that I dislike the most . . . yes, you guessed it - - - they used the "C" word.
I absolutely abhor that word. It should be eradicated from the English language . . . and' I'm not even sure it is a word. I discussed the word in the movie Running Vision . . . there, I explained that when people say "can't", "they have given up before they have even tried."
Well, I believe I CAN, and YOU CAN too.
Regarding VISIONRUNUSA, I want to give an example of some of the "can't" statements I heard:
- You can't just stop life for 2 months
- You can't leave your kids, you'll lose your parenting time
- You can't afford the run
- You can't run 50 miles a day
- You can't run on highways
- You can't do it
- You can't do this without a major sponsor
- You can't do this without gett…