Josh Montenegro-Sanchez

Beethoven

Fun fact! The pinky finger contributes over 50% of the hand’s strength. Let that sink in for a second - that little guy contributes over 50% of the hand's strength. A few years ago, I experienced firsthand what it was like to live with an injured pinky, and learned how useful it is. Throughout the course of seven days I couldn’t make a fist, I couldn’t grasp a mug or door handle, typing sucked, and writing was a pain in the behind. In other words, life became 100 times more difficult because of that little guy.

 

Sometimes what may seem like the weakest part of you, can sometimes turn out to be the thing that makes you the strongest. Beethoven is a great example. By the time he was 45 years old, Beethoven was already completely deaf. Instead of giving up on what he loved to do, he adapted to the situation and embraced it. Beethoven had to rely on different methods and “his inner ear” to compose music. He gave himself more freedom when it came to composing, and came up with his own “style” of music. Many of his most popular pieces, like the Ninth Symphony, were composed while he was completely deaf. Don’t overlook your weaknesses -- embrace them, you might end up surprising yourself at what you can end up accomplishing.  

 

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