Just wanted to share this inspiring story of an amazing man.
On 8 December 1995 at the age of 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke. When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless; he could only blink his left eyelid. Called locked-in syndrome, this is a condition wherein the mental faculties remain intact but most of the body is paralysed.
Despite his condition, he wrote the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by a person slowly reciting the alphabet over and over again using a system called partner-assisted scanning. Bauby composed and edited the book entirely in his head, and dictated it one letter at a time.
The book took about 200,000 blinks to write and an average word took approximately two minutes.
It received excellent reviews, sold the first 25,000 copies on the day of publication, reaching 150,000 in a week. It went on to become a number one bestseller across Europe.
Coaching is about change, about setting goals and getting out of your comfort zone in order to achieve those goals. If you think it’s virtually impossible to reach those goals, you might want to remember Jean-Dominique and how he overcame his challenges and reached his goals.