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Who made an indelible impression on you?

Posted: March 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

In third grade I discovered a book on the life of Helen Keller in my grade school library.

Helen was unable to hear, see or speak until her family brought in teacher Anne Sullivan to liberate Helen from her sightless, soundless world.

Her story made such an impression on me that I proceeded to check that same book out nine times over the course of a school year. My dad teased me about bringing it home so many times.

Most people are influenced by people in their lives that they look up to. And I was as well. But Helen - her story had the most profound impact on my life.

Helen’s ability to overcome her limitations, and go on to earn a college degree and become an author, political activist and lecturer forever changed my outlook on life.

I am naturally curious, and, based on my interests I have taught myself a number of skills in both my personal and work life. Discovering new interests, I successfully reinvented myself career-wise four times.

At a young age, the lesson I learned from Helen was that there was nothing I could not accomplish that I set out to try.

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Jana

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