Its time to touch on that most touchy of touchy subjects. Blind people and the fact that most of them seem happy to do nothing and live on governments.
Please note. This post is likely to offend some people. Its likely to give a bit of a confidence boost to others. If you don’t like it, do not start flaming over on twitter or in my comments section. Thanks.
That said, lets get stuck in.
So believe it or not, I can actually understand why people are happy living on benefits. It kind of makes sense. You get comfortable. You’ve got enough money to scrape by, and that’s enough for you. Am I right? Granted, I know not every person is like this, much less every blind person. I know plenty of blind people that go to work, bring in money, and live happy and comfortable lives. The fact is, most of them don’t. And personally, I think its all down to lack of self confidence, confidence in the system, or both.
Changing the belief:
So lets take a look at this for a moment. If people are going to stop being so happy living on government money, lets look at what happens to it when you get a job.
Nothing happens to that money, at least in England. You keep receiving help because you’re disabled and yes, you have a right to it. I think that’s what people are scared of, personally. I know I was until I started my own experiences — more on that later. Employment is a scary prospect, yes. But its not something you should be scared of, necessarily.
What we should and shouldn’t be scared of:
We should be scared of a lot of things. The government cutting benefits. Donald trump. The internet. But more specifically, we should be scared of job related things. Its a scary world, after all. We should be scared of becoming redundant, or being fired because we’re not seen as being an asset to the company. We should not, however, be scared of interviews. But we are. And there is very good reason for this.
We are judged as soon as we walk into the room.
As a blind person, I walk into a room with a cane, tapping and bumping my way along the walls. This, unfortunately, does not make me look very confident. At my last interview, I walked in using a sighted guide. This probably looked terrible. But I persisted. And you know what? I smashed that interview.
Confidence is key:
Confidence is the absolute key. With everything. When I started writing, I lacked the confidence to publish anything. Then I started publishing, and people liked me and started following my work. I’m still not very confident, but I’m here, nonetheless . Its the same with job interviews. You have to be confident. You just have to be yourself, actually. If you don’t feel confident in your own skin, that’s alright. Have confidence that you’re going to get the job you’re going for. Have confidence in your skills, and just explain that yes, you’re blind. But you can still use a computer, a word processor, or anything else that might be required. After all, if you’re going for the job, you know how to do it. You don’t walk into a programming position with no idea of programming.
Blind people feel comfortable on the benefits system, and that’s okay, for a short term. But its absolutely necessary to get a job, some how. The only way you can do this is to show everybody you can. Keep trying, and you’ll absolutely get a job this way. It might take a year and hundreds of interviews to do so, but you have value, and you need to show a potential employer that.
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