I CAN’T . . .

Guess what? (For those of you who know me none of this will come as a big surprise but . . . ) I can’t jump very well. I can’t run an 11 second 100 yard dash and I can’t hit a golf ball 300 yards.  I certainly can’t wear the same jeans I wore in college and I can’t stay up all night like I used to. I can’t do calculus and I can’t speak Chinese. I can’t type as fast as my mother or write as well as my wife. I can’t hit a curve ball and I can’t dunk a basketball. As a matter of fact, the list of things that I can’t do, or at least can’t do well, is as long as my arm and none of those things has anything at all to do with what I can do.

Another thing it seems that I can’t do is keep track of what “National this and National that” month it is. Did you know that October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month? Neither did I. I wish I would have known. Maybe then I would have known that while the national unemployment rate is running at about 10%, about 16.2% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Unfortunately, for people with disabilities, employers are often more interested in what they can’t do instead of what they can.

When I was hired for my last couple of jobs, no one asked me what I couldn’t do. I don’t think they really cared.  They asked me what I could do. And what I can do is what makes me good at what I do for a living. Last time you interviewed someone, did you ask the same?

So, the next time you hire someone, look past what they can’t do and find out what they can.

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