How much do expectations shape what you can do?
This American Life episode, “Batman” investigates whether or not societal expectations prevent some blind people from actually being able to see.
“Batman” tells the story of Daniel Kish, a blind man who can see through sound (by clicking his tongue). Because he was raised by a mother who let him navigate the world like a seeing child, his expectations for himself were never limited. He never developed the fear of doing things that most blind people do not do, like climbing a tree or riding a bicycle. Daniel Kish believes because society has limited expectations of what blind people can do, the blind person absorbs these limited expectations as fear.
Are you placing self-limiting expectations on yourself that prevent you from accomplishing your goals? In other words, are you choosing to be blind when you can actually see?
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