Who is Jason Becker you might ask? Before I tell you I want to let you know that the reason for this post is because I am tired of hearing people tell me that they cannot do something or that things are impossible. I hear it from sales professionals at dealerships. I hear it from people that I meet in social environments that tell me they are looking for a job after I mention the possibility of car sales. I even hear it from people in my family who sometimes make excuses instead of working to find a solution. Enough already!
As some of you may know I have a huge hobby involving music and guitars. In fact you might have seen my videos on YouTube. Recently, I changed my company (Dealer eTraining) logo to involve a guitar with the proper theme involving automotive dealerships. Yes, I am that infatuated with music.
Since I am heavily into music and playing guitar I am a huge fan of some of the greatest guitar players to ever live (Hendrix, Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Vai, Satriani, etc…). As a student of guitar and a person that likes to be inspired I discovered Jason Becker a little bit later (3 years ago) because it is unfortunate that he no longer plays guitar. I discovered Jason Becker by hearing other musicians perform his music in tribute, listening to a David Lee Roth album, and seeing videos on YouTube. I learned that Jason has suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis after being diagnosed at age 20. The man was a child prodigy and can play anything. I mean a real wizard. He found fame as a young up and coming guitar player at 16 and around 20 was recording an album as the guitar player for the David Lee Roth band. He had to cancel plans to tour because of his disease and within a few short years would lose feeling in his whole body.
He eventually would become paralyzed completely and could not talk. However, his mind worked and with the use of creating computerized devices he was able to compose brilliant masterpiece compositions that he would utilize other musicians to record in order for him to release an album. His parents created a way to read his eye signals to spell out the words that he needs to communicate. This is how he functions yet still creates his own success without having a second thought to complain about anything.
Why am I writing about this? I believe that you can do anything that you want if you put your mind to it. Stop crying about how bad it is. If you are alive and well, healthy and in control of the situation then step up your game and maximize your opportunity. If a man who cannot function one bit can do it then I am sure that a fully capable human can do it. My advise is to study your profession and become great at it. The automotive industry is a lucrative profession and can be a positive experience. I know that it taught me a lot about life and being able to go out and get what I want.
The video you just watched is a news clip. For more inspiration regarding Jason I suggest that everyone watch the movie “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” (http://www.jasonbeckermovie.com). Grab a box of tissues and prepare to get inspired. The bottom line is that you can do anything that you set your mind on and this is living proof. If Jason is not dead yet then you should not be either.