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“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”- Milton Berle

Nothing happens if you’re sitting doing nothing. To achieve in life you must work; there are no shortcuts. Even if it seems futile, never give up. That one more pull of the lever might hit the jackpot. There is one person who could stop you, and that is yourself. Opportunity comes skipping by in silence and the only way to find to it is to actively search for it.

When I was in fourth grade I was diagnosed with having the learning disability Central Auditory Process Disorder (CAPD). I had just been graduated from the speech therapy class that I had to undergo for all my years at school. Being forced to take another class to ‘learn how to work with your disability’ was annoying and embarrassing because I had to leave my main class in a middle of a lesson. I hated it. I forced myself to overcome my disability so much that now most don’t even realize that I have a disability. Looking back I recognize an important opportunity that I took without much thought. I could have used my disability as a crutch and never opened my eyes to the possibility of success.

There are many things I learn from my determination of not being thought as disabled. Persistence was a major one. Do you remember taking spelling tests in school? A set of twenty words should be easy to learn if you can hear phonics. But since I can’t, it wasn’t. I had to learn every word letter by letter. Sometimes this would take hours. I hated the end of the school week because that meant on Thursday my play time would be cut short. I wanted to be a good student so I said goodbye to the backyard for the day.

Patience was another virtue that was self-taught. My writing was lousy. The story was fine; I was never short on imagination. It’s just that since there is a slight disconnect in my brain getting something from my mind to the paper never worked on the first time. I would switch words/letters and sometimes forget to write crucial words/letters. I had to read out loud with my finger under each word, slowly. That took time.

I still face many difficulties but I believe that my learning disability made me a better person. I can empathize with more people, I can inspire others and regardless if I become a famous writer I’ll never be arrogate because I learned how to be humble through my trials. Opportunity knocked when I was a child and I had to work hard to build a door to greet it.

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