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Friday, February 22, 2013

If I Believe

By Donna J. Jodhan

If I believe in me, then others will believe too and in turn, if I believe in others then soon the world will start believing.  This has been my motto for all of my life and it continues to work for me.

When I was a kid, I believed that if I worked hard enough I could achieve my objectives at school and it worked.  When I was a teen I believed that if I pushed myself hard enough I could accomplish my goals to obtain a master's degree in Business administration and you know what?  I was one of the first blind persons in Canada to graduate with a master's degree in business administration from McGill University.

When I graduated, I believed that if I tried hard enough, I could become a member of any blue chip Canadian company and you know what?  I did it in grand style.  I worked for companies like the Bank of Montreal, IBM Canada, and the Royal Bank of Canada. Through good times and bad times, I kept on believing in myself and when I was downsized in the 90s, I still kept on believing in me.

I have been in business for myself for the past 15 years and for the most part it has been a continuing struggle to keep believing in me but at the end of the day belief is what keeps me going.  As a professional student at heart, I have managed to use belief to become one of the first blind persons in the world to obtain certifications in Microsoft Systems Engineering and Novelle Network Administration and I will keep on using belief to enrich my academic as well as my professional life.  I am also going to use belief to convince others to believe in themselves.  As I see it, belief is the only way for us to keep on believing.  If I continue to believe in me, then my task to help the kids of the future believe in themselves will only become easier.

 I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and share my blogs with the rest of the world.  I invite you to contact me anytime at

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