In the following video, Eric Thompson (also known as E.T. the Hip Hop Preacher) is speaking to a group of students about the keys to success. My guess, based on the content of the video, is that the school defines success as learning how to write and receiving a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). However, I can easily imagine the Hop-Hop Preacher giving a similar speech to a group of brain injured people and their caregivers. If you define recovery as success, then you need to watch the video.
According to the speaker, to achieve success you must:
- Want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe.
- Be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what you are for what you will become.
- Recognize that pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, an hour, a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit, however, it will last forever.
As you watch the video, imagine that the speaker is talking to a group of survivors and caregivers. I think you will find that the following message is quite clear.
How do you define success? What is your plan to be successful? Are you monitoring your progress toward success? What else could you be doing to ensure success is more likely? What are you willing to do to be successful? What aren’t you willing to do to be successful? Is your pain physical or emotional? Is your pain the realization that your life is not what it was before the brain injury? What is your action plan? What may I do to help?