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Visualizing Possibilities To Improve Productivity

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There are moments when work starts to feel overwhelming. Artist John Bramblitt faces this reality everyday. And though he may not see these challenges personally, overcoming his obstacles brings more than just reassurance: it creates success far beyond what the eyes can see.

Bramblitt lost his vision due to epilepsy. Yet, despite the difficulties accompanying his impairment, his passion for creative expression has gone unscathed. In a featured documentary, Bramblitt demonstrates how he uses his sense of touch to paint his masterpieces.

If you have a few minutes, check out the video and watch him in action. [direct link here]

The “About” section on his website also provides some interesting insight.


While art was always a major part of John’s life it was not until he lost his sight in 2001 that he began to paint, and it was then that he says, “Art reshaped my life.” John’s paintings are intensely personal, and are mostly taken from real people and events in his life. John’s workshops are unique in the art world in that they not only span the gap between beginning and professional artists, but also include adaptive techniques for people with disabilities. According to John, “Everyone has an artist somewhere in them; sometimes they just need a little help letting it out.”

That section of his website also talks about how he learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling textures. The raised lines on the canvas helped him to visualize the image. He was able to embrace a traditionally visual medium through touch, and his work is all the more special for that.

Bramblitt’s unique process proves that reaching success in unconventional ways is far from impossible. No matter the size of the obstacle or how vulnerable we may feel, there are always new ways to work. We can discover creative ways to achieve our dreams, even if we cannot see a way through.


© Flickr user Johan Larsson

When it comes to your business, this story should serve as inspiration that no obstacle is insurmountable. After all, if there’s one thing that should stand in the way of a visual artist, it’s the inability to see. You may find a problem with your organization that is very difficult, yes. But something that you can’t move past? Never.

Perhaps a new technology has rendered your good or service obsolete. Learn from the changes that Nokia made. Nokia started off as a pulp and paper company, then adapted into electronics, and ultimately became one of the leaders in cellular technology. That wouldn’t have happened if someone saw a decrease in the market position for paper and decided that would simply be the end of the company. The same can be said for DuPont. You know DuPont now as a chemicals powerhouse, but they were once such a powerful gunpowder company that they provided a majority of the gunpowder needed during the American Civil War. And there are countless other instances of companies finding ways to overcome barriers and adapt into something better.

Who knows if Bramblitt would’ve ever become an artist if he hadn’t lost his sight? What we do know is that he wouldn’t be as notable or as inspirational of an artist. So despite the tragic lifestyle change he went through, good came out of the situation, not only for Bramblitt, but for anyone who can learn from his resilience.

If difficulties at work are leaving you in doubt, or some obstacles seem insurmountable, don’t hesitate to contact our workplace productivity consultants today. We’ll help you work through tough projects and bring you more than just results—we’ll help you develop a vision.

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