Stephen Hopson is a remarkable individual. Born profoundly deaf, he overcame many adversities to become successful in many areas. He became a highly successful stockbroker for Merrill Lynch, a published author and an inspiring speaker.
I’ve gotten to know Stephen through his love of flying. Stephen became the first deaf person to earn his instrument rating, an amazing accomplishment (his rating does require that he fly with a co-pilot who can handle the radios for him).
Stephen tells a story that was a turning point in his life. He recounts having a larger-than-life teacher as a youngster with eyes that seemed to twinkle. She inspired him. One day she asked the class a question and Stephen raised his hand, hoping she wouldn’t call on him.
She did, and Stephen answered.
“That’s right, Stephen!” she enthusiastically exclaimed.
The simple but sincere approval of someone Stephen respected and admired so much made a powerful and lasting impact on Stephen. Years later he recounts the experience as life-changing.
Usually remarkable performance is ongoing, and no doubt Stephen’s teacher was an excellent educator who had won Stephen’s admiration over time. But she also proved that remarkable performance can happen in an instant. Her warm and encouraging approval had impact far beyond what she could have imagined.
To learn more about Stephen, go to www.sjhopson.com