The basic gist, for those of you that won’t click on that link to read it yourself, is that he quit his job that he hated, started a blog and social media consulting business and moved to a condo on the beach in Mexico, where he now works, quite successfully. Oh yeah, and he was born with a fatal disease and is paralyzed from the neck down. That’s right! You have to read his story. It’s truly an inspiration to anyone who feels that they can’t possibly live their dreams. If he can do it, the rest of us have NO excuse not to do it.
After you read that post, you must read this one about the disease that he has and his mother’s refusal to let him die.
There’s no question where Jon got his tenacity and drive from. His mother never looked at him like he had one foot in the grave even though his doctor did. She didn’t have lower expectations for him. She never gave up in fighting for his life and demanding greatness from him; therefore, he could never give up on himself either.
“How could I possibly look my mother and father and all of the others who have sacrificed so much for me in the eye and tell them, ‘I can’t’? I couldn’t bear it. The shame of dishonoring their sacrifice by giving up would poison my soul.
If my mother could ignore a doctor who would condemn me to death, then I can ignore my inner demons who tell me I’ll never make it as a writer.
Not to imply that I’m unique, because I’m not. Yes, I’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity, but so does every creative person who wants their ideas to see the light of day.”
The fact that he doesn’t see himself as different than anyone else with a dream amazes me. I have no reason to complain…ever. There is no reason for not going after what you want, no matter how big or small it is.
I am privileged to know a few people personally that are examples of this same tenacity and persistence. My good buddy ArtSea, who I have mentioned numerous times here, is living her dream with her hubby. Her personal blog is always entertaining and insightful and her charter business is taking off (side note – if you are looking for a Caribbean vacation, this is the absolute BEST way to see the Virgin Islands). She is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for me.
I also have the privilege of knowing 2 of the greatest photographers in NH. Birch Blaze Photography is a husband and wife team who have, in a very short time, established themselves true artists in their craft (check out some of their work on their blog). They’ve been featured in bridal magazines and I’m certain they are on their way to being the top requested wedding photographers in New England (they will travel as well so that may extend past New England!). Their style is amazing, and that’s not just my opinion. Enough other folks feel the same way that they are now able to live their dream. They no longer need other jobs to support their photography. Their photography supports them just fine. I was fortunate to know them before they knew each other and not only are they 2 of the most caring, sincerely kind people I know but they are 2 more examples of people that inspire me by working hard at what they love and making their business a success.
The list could keep going but this post is long enough. Those are my inspirational shout-outs for today. I hope you enjoy and are as inspired as I am.