Having a bad day?

Having a bad day?

By Rajesh Setty on Tue 06 Jun 2006, 11:17 PM – 3 Comments

Is there anyone who has no problems? I don’t think so. I’m sure there are many of you who think you have the biggest problem in the world. This is logical too. In case you have a headache and your neighbor has a broken bone, your headache is of higher priority than the broken bone because it is YOUR headache. Any problem that is personal seems very big. When you have a bad day, it feels like you are the CHOSEN ONE (in a negative way.) You are the victim. Life (and sometimes GOD) is treating you in an unfair fashion. You got the wrong end of the stick. If you were having a bad day, here are three people that you want to meet (virtually)

Josh Blue

I was watching the NBC show “Last Comic Standing” tonight. It was fascinating to watch a genius by name Josh Blue dazzle the audience. Rightly, he won the best comic standing award. What was so different about Josh Blue? As you will read in his bio on his website (Josh Blue) he suffers from a terrible disease – Cerebral Palsy.  Josh had trouble clasping his hands together. I believe he took a full page to write each number in his phone number and stapled all the pages together. With all that adversity, he dazzled the audience with the brilliance of his humor. There are so many people out there with a condition that is no where as bad as what Josh is going through but want all the sympathy that’s available to them. Josh didn’t want sympathy – not even close. Josh wanted to make people laugh. That he did VERY successfully and won the heart of whoever were watching. Josh Blue was an inspiration for me and I am sure he is a role model for many many people. I just hope he gets the credit he truly deserves.

At the end of his act, one of the judges (talent scouts, they are called) asked Josh why he chose to be a comic and Josh’s response was instant – “It’s not like I had a lot of choice. I don’t think I could be a traffic policeman.”

Link: Josh Blue

Stephen Hopson

I took this description from Stephen’s Squidoo lens.

Born profoundly deaf, Stephen has overcome tremendous odds to succeed in the world of Wall Street as a stockbroker.  One day he had a spiritual revelation where he knew that his destiny was to become an inspirational speaker and author.  He quit his lucrative job at a major brokerage house to build his speaking career.  Along the way he found out there were other deaf pilots flying and his childhood dream came roaring back to life.  He went on to earn a private, commercial and for the first time in aviation history, an instrument rating.

Stephen is an amazing person. When many of us drop need just one reason (headache, back ache, boredom etc.) to give up what we are doing, he has done phenomenal things without the gift of hearing.

If that is not inspirational, I don’t know what is.

Link: Stephen Hopson

Naveen Lakkur

I have the privilege of knowing Naveen for the last seventeen years or so. We both worked together back in Malaysia about 14 years ago. He has never ceased to amaze me. Few years ago, he lost his eyesight (almost 97% of it for a few months) and several (other) people had written him off.  I will let you read the story on his website but I have a brief summary for those in a hurry.

After about eight eye surgeries and more than a year of fighting back, Naveen came back to his passion – programming. Of course, the vision had not come back fully so he had to read the documents on the screen with a magnifying glass. Whatever he lacked (vision) Naveen made it up with his hard work – working a few hours after everyone had long gone home.

Fast forward a few more years. He is a successful entrepreneur, leader, inspirational speaker and most of all a friend with a golden heart.

Link: Naveen Lakkur

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Anonymous  on June 8th, 2006

Excellent post, Rajesh. One more person to add to the list would be Erik Weihenmayer – he has touched the top 7 highest peaks of the world, scaled the 3300ft el capitan face of Yosemite, climbed the tallest ice shelf on earth in south america…much more. And he is an excellent speaker. lest i forget, did i mention he is blind and lost his eyesight at 13yrs?


– SK


Anonymous  on June 9th, 2006

Thanks SK. I went through Erik’s website and it is fascinating. Thanks for sharing the link.



Anonymous  on June 28th, 2006

Hey, did you know there is a fan site dedicated to Josh Blue, the comedian with cerebral palsy on “Last Comic Standing”? Check it out at http://joshblue.typepad.com. It has video clips, photos, a way to send fan mail, and the latest on Josh and the show!

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