5 minute lesson
If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, you won’t be very impressed.
That’s what was happening to the majority of the employees at Rising Tide carwash; the world wasn’t able to recognize the strengths that make them unique. When John D’Eri saw this happening to his son who has autism, he started a business that would allow people on the autism spectrum to excel by tapping into their potential rather than focusing on their limitations.
Take a look at this great video from NationSwell!
We all have gifts and talents, but sometimes we are assessed on parts of ourselves that are not as well-developed. On the one hand, it’s difficult to feel as though your strengths are being overlooked, and sometimes you can even forget that you have your most important capabilities simply because they aren’t recognized. Don’t forget to look for and draw attention to the atypical strengths of other people. Most importantly, don’t forget to notice the good things that make you who you are!
NationSwell is a new digital media company focused on high-quality stories about American renewal — about the new innovators, pioneers, and builders who are doing the most creative and impactful things to move America forward. We’re focused on identifying them, telling gripping stories about them, and mobilizing support behind them.
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“Hiring People with Autism: How One Car Wash Turned It into a Winning Formula.” YouTube, CBC News: The National, 18 Oct. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=QixutorIyb8. Accessed 13 Sept. 2018.