Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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2014-0912 Linus Playing PianoI did not create the videos and I do not know who did. I would not have known about the videos unless Brother Strut and Tom Milnamow shared Video #1. I chose to share the videos in this post because they support an idea I mentioned in a post I released a few days ago — You never know what you can do until you try. The picture in this post is based on a character from the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz.


Video 1

Tsung Tsung was only 5 when he played piano in the following video.

Video 2

Emily Bear was only 6 when she played piano in the following video.


Click here to read another Beyond Injury post about the “I can’t” theme.

Thanks to Tom Milnamow and Brother Strut for sharing Video #1; Google for helping me find Video #2; Charles M. Schulz who created the Peanuts comic strip; Tsung Tsung and  Emily Bear for sharing their talents; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, videos, and text in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Amazing”

  • Fred Mindlin says:

    Hi Scott, Thanks for sharing. I truly believe there is magic in ambidextrous, bilateral, coordinated and systematic activity. Playing the piano is quite a challenge, but some string figures are very easy to make (many are of course quite complicated, but it’s good to start where you can get success right away) and provide many similar brain benefits.

    Warmly, Fred

    • Scott says:

      Fred, in an exchange, you mentioned your string exercises on YouTube. I think the string exercises you mentioned are an excellent bilateral cognitive exercise. What I like most about them is anyone, regardless of financial status, has access to the exercises.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.