Although the world is slowly understanding just what disabled people can offer in the world of business, there are still those who don’t believe that someone with a disability can become a success in the competitive world of business. However, quite the opposite is true, with the disability being the main influence in some of the best business ideas.
iCan Experiences – Ran by Paul Nichol
Paul Nicol is testament to what can be achieved when employing the right kind of mindset. Paul first began losing his sight during his early teens, and by the age of 21, had to stop driving as his sight had become so bad. By the time Paul had reached his 28th birthday, he had lost his sight completely. Determined not to let his disability stand in his way, it wasn’t long before Paul was taking part in a number of different activities, such as running and sky-diving. It was when he felt the adrenaline rush of what he was able to achieve that he found he had a viable business model. The final push that Paul needed presented itself in the form of redundancy, and with so many failing to realise Paul’s vision, he decided to go it alone.
Paul’s vision soon came to fruition in the guise of iCan Experiences, a company that offers a number of activities for those with a disability. Rather than let his disability stand in his way, Paul played on his strengths, and found many alternative routes to help secure a useful and successful business.
Soundsphere – Ran by Dom Smith
Dom Smith is no shrinking violet in the world of media. As well as heading the successful music magazine, Soundsphere, Dom also works for the Disabled Entrepreneurs and Creative Condition networks. Despite suffering from cerebral palsy, Dom has become a key player in the world of business, social media and magazines, as well using his expereinces to help other disabled people realise their full potential.
www.daniellebrown.uk – Ran by Danielle Brown
When it comes to disable people defying the odds, Danielle Brown is a prime example. Danielle loved sporting activities as a child, with her dreams focused on someday becoming a successful athlete. However, after being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in her teenage years, Danielle knew that her options were limited. However, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a chance for her to shine. Brown soon found a fondness for archery, with her being top of her game in several events.
However, Danielle had so much more to offer, and soon became and ambassador for people just like her, those who just need a little encouragement in unveiling their true potential. As such, Danielle offers a plethora of different services, including sport psychology and inspirational speaking, truly proving that a disability doesn’t have to be a bar to a great career.
Of course, everyone will have their own goals, so they way in how they’re reached can be different for everyone. However, what the above has shown is that no-one with a disability should be cast aside, as like everyone else, they have so much to bring to the table. Many have found success by standing firm in how good their idea is, and sidestepping any negative connotations, setting a precedent moving forward.