Almost exactly a year ago, I went to the Chamber of Commerce in the county I live in. They offer a program called SCORE, which helps individuals begin their own business. It’s not only a program for people with disabilities, it’s for anyone, and it’s free.
A small business idea I introduced to them proved to have a heavier list of cons than pros. After a few conversations with the mentors I was assigned to, openly discussing my strengths, weaknesses and most importantly, what I liked to do, we came up with a business plan with a timeline of where we wanted to be in a year.
A year? A whole year?! It seemed an eternity away. In a nutshell, my plan was this – I felt in my heart I could help people by sharing my life experiences living in a wheelchair, so I began writing regularly online.
As I (hopefully!) gained a following, a book would be next to help me gain even more of a following, and when we thought I was ready, I would promote and coach an existing online self improvement course.
WhatsYourWheelchair.com was what I named my website, with the idea of being everyone has their wheelchairs in life, mine is just easy to see. I posted articles I wrote bi-weekly, a book followed with the same name and last week, I had my first online webinar of the self improvement course I created, The Power Of Your Personal Development.
It’s based on lessons I’ve learned throughout my life’s experiences and research to answer this question…Why two individuals, with the same business idea, same geographical location, same amount of resources, work equally hard with good intentions, and one becomes a huge success while the other never even gets off the ground. There are reasons for this, it’s not by happenstance.
I began this journey in September 2013 and it is now October 2014… Not too far off my original timeline. And realize I made one huge change along the way. Instead of promoting and teaching an existing course, which I learned is what most people do, I created my very own. Go big or go home, I say. If we are going to bother working on manifesting our dreams, we might as well dream big!
Anyone willing to work hard can change their circumstances for the better. And it makes no difference if you are wishing to improve your health, finances, relationships, etc…You don’t need money, you just need desire, a belief you will do whatever it takes to make your dreams successful, and a touch stone or two for a boost when doubt creeps in.
If I can do this, anyone can. I have a physical disability that paralyzes me from the shoulders down, I had no money to start a business and I knew nothing about how to put my business dreams together so they would be successful.
This year has flown by, and I still feel as if I’m just getting started. I have so many exciting ways What’s Your Wheelchair, Inc. is going to grow, and no ceiling exists. And the best part? I am having a blast.