“Why do you do what you do?”
“What gets you out of bed in the morning?”
Experience the Employment Connection in Pittsburgh on September 23rd began with these questions. Facilitator Kristal Murren knew this would require participants to think, and focus on their vocational motivation, but she could not have predicted the beauty of the responses she received.
One man raised his hand. He explained that he was born with significant hearing loss at 1 lb. 4 oz. Weeks before, his parents had been told that he would live a meaningless, unfulfilling life. They chose to reject these assertions and pushed him to reach his full potential. Now, he works every day to provide the same hope and motivation to his consumers.
Another participant raised her hand. She was born deaf, and had similar challenges navigating the system as Chloe. The pain she experienced in her past fuels her to pursue excellence for her consumers. Her driving motivation for doing what she does is to assure no one else has the experience that she and Chloe did.
These stories are power. They are what drive the participants at the Experience to provide meaningful employment to people with disabilities. We encourage you to reflect on your “why” today, and use it for motivation and encouragement.