Jul 282015
 

LD 2One problem with the term “learning disabled” is that it can give the impression that you not only can’t learn but that you’ll never accomplish much.  Both LD people and those unaware of what being LD means can assume this.

To combat that, and to give hope to any LD people suffering the same low self-esteem issues I once faced, here’s a list of a few things I’ve achieved after being diagnosed as learning disabled and given (during middle school) effective coping strategies.

  • I graduated college with a music degree (an intellectually challenging field), with a GPA of 3.89
  • As a programmer
    • I run my own consulting company
    • I’m a professional, highly certified software engineer (a field where constant learning is mandatory)
    • I’ve worked for the U.S. State Department, IRS, Army, Navy, Marines, DHS, TSA, and other government agencies
  • As a musician
    • I run a music publishing company/record label, coordinating the recording, packaging, release, and promotion of albums
    • I own a recording studio and am the producer and recording engineer for all guitars (and other instruments) on my albums
    • I’ve released five CDs, writing and performing all guitar parts and sometimes all other instruments
    • Many consider me a virtuoso guitarist.  I also play drums, bass, piano, and percussion
    • I’ve earned endorsements from three major audio companies for my guitar playing
    • I’ve built three electric guitars
  • As an author
    • I run my own publishing company, coordinating the editing, packaging, release, and promotion of books
    • I’ve written six novels and a memoir
    • I’ve published three novels (under a pseudonym), two of them reaching the Top 20 of their category on Amazon

Click the mp3 player below to hear a song on which I wrote, played, and engineered every performance.

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