Franklin Roosevelt was stricken with polio when he was in his late 30’s.
He lost the use of his legs overnight, never to regain it.
Many people would have resigned themselves to a life of disability. Roosevelt would not. He spent the following years working to strengthen his upper body and figuring out how to adapt to the world. Within seven years, he was elected governor of New York, and within 11 years, he was President of the United States, facing some of our nation’s greatest challenges.
Historians have analyzed those years of illness and rehabilitation. Some say the things he learned then contributed to his effectiveness as a leader.
Here are some of the lessons:
You never know how your experiences, challenges, illnesses, or successes prepare you for what may lie ahead. It turns out that what Roosevelt learned from polio helped save a nation.