This Week’s Writing Prompt
While undergoing chemotherapy at age twelve for an optic nerve brain tumor, Jeff Hanson began painting watercolor notecards to pass the time. Jeff’s work transitioned to acrylics-on-canvas both for sale and charity live auctions. By age fifteen, the “accidental artist” founded a business built on a philanthropy-first model. Since then, Jeff generated one million dollars for charity by his twentieth birthday and is on track to meet his goal of raising ten million dollars for charity by his thirtieth birthday.
Jeff’s success and philanthropic work are impressive by any standard, but what’s especially inspiring is the fact that he has been legally blind since childhood. His impaired vision is the very thing that propelled his uniquely bold-colored and heavily-textured signature style into being. Jeff’s limitation became his greatest creative asset. Incredible!
Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations, and a better world for all…even one painting at a time. – Jeff Hanson
Write about someone who inspires you, someone who has reached far beyond a limitation of some sort. The person can be someone you know personally or someone you know of who inspires you.
- What limitation or difficulty has this person faced?
- How did he/she overcome it or turn the problem into an asset?
- What does this person do to inspire you?
- How does his/her example impact your life?
- What does it encourage in you?