In a world where the narrative around disability often leans towards limitations, some platforms shine a light on the incredible potential and success stories in the differently-abled community. I had the privilege of being a guest on one such platform, the “Successful, Self-Employed, and Disabled” podcast, hosted by the insightful Chris Mitchell. Our conversation revolved around a topic that is not just close to my heart but also defines my journey – being self-employed with a disability.
Transitioning from Employment to Entrepreneurship
My journey into entrepreneurship was not just a career shift; it was a redefinition of my identity and capabilities. Working as an employed individual, I often found the conventional work environment challenging, not just physically but also in terms of meeting my unique needs and potential. The decision to step into the realm of self-employment came from a desire to create a space where my disability was not a hindrance but a part of my unique business perspective.
Becoming an Author and Certified Personal Trainer
The path was not straightforward. As I discussed with Chris, becoming an author and a certified personal trainer involved not just learning new skills but also unlearning some of the preconceived notions about disability. Writing was always my passion, and turning this into a professional avenue meant I could share my experiences and insights in a way that resonates with others. Meanwhile, becoming a personal trainer was driven by my belief in physical wellness and its adaptability, regardless of physical abilities.
Challenges and Triumphs
Throughout the podcast, Chris and I spoke about the various challenges that come with being self-employed and disabled. From accessibility issues to societal stereotypes, the hurdles are real but not insurmountable. One of the key takeaways from our discussion was the importance of perseverance, adaptability, and finding a niche that not only suits your skills but also your unique perspective as a differently-abled individual.
Why This Conversation Matters
This episode of “Successful, Self-Employed, and Disabled” is more than just a personal story. It’s a testament to the fact that with the right mindset and support, people with disabilities can not only be successful entrepreneurs but also trailblazers in their chosen fields. Chris Mitchell, through his podcast, is doing a phenomenal job of bringing these stories to the forefront, challenging stereotypes, and inspiring many.
Great Series to Subscribe To
My conversation with Chris Mitchell was not just enlightening but also incredibly empowering. For anyone out there who is disabled and contemplating self-employment, I highly recommend listening to this episode, and the entire series, of “Successful, Self-Employed, and Disabled.” It’s filled with practical advice, inspiring stories, and a clear message: your disability does not define your professional potential.
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