Did you know that some of the messages that trap us can actually be truth? Such truth is intended to liberate a person. Your perception decides if truth is going to be your captor or your liberator. The truth is I am disabled. Yes, I am black. The truth is some of you may have a challenge educationally. But the trap is believing that you are confined to it; believing that you cannot alter the facts to work in your favor.
Part of my disability is that my voice is very difficult to understand. You must pay close attention in order to really know what I am trying to say. Are you ready for this? As a professional keynote speaker, my voice is what makes me so effective. The fact that you have to pay close attention to me makes me an even more gifted communicator. I have taken the fact and altered it to play in my favor. Accepting the facts and believing in your ability to change the outcome are two different things.
We have to come to the point in our lives where we live life under no circumstances. Now you say, “That’s ridiculous. You will always have circumstances. Things will always happen. Things will always come up. How can I live my life under no circumstances?” Now let me tell you, you just stuck your foot right in the middle of the trap I’m talking about. You see, I didn’t say, “Live your life without circumstances.” I said, “Live it under no circumstances.” I’m saying, whatever the circumstance in your life, don’t let it suppress you. Don’t let it keep you down and confined to it.”
I spent the first half of my life dealing with my disability—trying to make myself better, trying to improve who I was. It came to a point where my improvement had reached its limit. I recognized that my disability would not get any better. So for the other half of my life—and probably for the rest of my life—I am finding ways of doing things that my disability will not allow me to do.
Let me repeat that: “in this half of my life, I am finding ways of doing things that my disability will not allow me to do.” Now when I say, “Live your life under no circumstances,” I’m saying, “Find ways of doing things that you know you cannot do under your circumstances. Find that loophole. Find that way around the circumstances.”