It’s blatantly obvious that a motivational speaker’s disability, or anyone’s disability for that matter, is not something to be envious about. Despite it all, there have been individuals with these “disabilities” that have made the most of what they had and have risen to the challenge and have climbed mountains through it all. In many cases, these individuals have made their names as motivational speakers. Inspiring and empowering youth, companies, and nations all over the world to look that themselves and think about how a positive outlook in life will be for the better and achieving that mindset isn’t impossible.
Oftentimes, these motivational speakers compare the audience’s general perspective with their own, given their disability. Nick Vijicic, Josh Sundquist, and Lizzie Velasquez are some of these motivational speakers, just to name a few.
These people have learned to accept their situation in life and have decided to turn society’s misconceptions of them into something they used to propel their sense of importance in the community they live in. And that is exactly the reason why they command attention; that the thousands that they speak to strain their ears, hold their tears, and applaud every time they are on stage. It is because they are comfortable with who they are as human beings and realize that by accepting who they are, they believe that they can make a change in the societies they want to touch.
It is admirable to see such people get so comfortable up on stage with the knowledge that a thousand eyes are staring at that missing leg or disfigured eye. Even a small, irrelevant pimple on a teenage girl’s cheek is something to fuss about but when you’re missing your limbs and can still project and air of confidence on a stage; that takes
guts. Guts that not a lot of people have.
That is possibly why people, usually adolescents, look up to these individuals so much –
The desire to belong and the desire to “fit in” is always strongly felt by teenagers and seeing a person with many visible differences get so comfortable in their own skin while publicly speaking is like drawing moths to a flame. The natural charisma in every motivational speaker, plus the realness those with visual disabilities provide adds the effect of perspective, making the audience look into their own lives and acknowledge what they have making the speaker’s words just that more impactful.
It is also an admirable fact that most of these motivational speakers try to live as healthy a life as they can given their situation. They try to make up for what they’ve lost through using the resources they already have. Seeing that process, usually through their YouTube channels, generates such a realness that generates a reasonable amount of following and loyalty from their viewers. It is that growth and process that gives these speakers an edge and charm above all others.
Being visually aware of their progress as one of their viewers continually urges them to do better than what they strive to do as these speakers have instilled the value of self-awareness in them; the perception of gratefulness of what they have and thus giving them the “If I can do it, you can do it” mentality.
Despite being a motivational speaker, a job in all its essence and form, these speakers with disabilities continue to inspire their following with the necessity of their own continuous growth. The inevitable requires every motivational speaker to be always aware of their condition, and their daily struggle to surpass all expectations and make the most of their life builds and authentic relationship with their following, creating a bond of trust and loyalty to both their brand and their individual personas propelling their influence especially amongst the younger generation.