Challenged Conquistador, Inc.

by Shaun Best
(Smackover, AR, USA)

Dear Director:

My inspirational story is quiet unique. I was blessed with many cognitive challenges/disabilities after a significant coma in 1977 at age 12. I tend to see the glass half full (optimistic) vs. seeing the glass half empty (pessimistic).

History will judge us. I was on my way to the Olympics and the US Air Force. However, God had other plans. I was hit by an automobile in the right side of the head. I lived and died, daily. The resulting coma was three months. The doctors told me that I would never be the same.

True, I'm not the same, but refined by the Hand of God to secure greater aspirations/teach. To make a short list of the difficulties I've encountered on my way to a teaching career, I tried repeatedly to become a teacher, whether by college, non-traditional provisional licensure, school sponsored, etc.

This was not to be, however after I had tried every thoughtful way to become a teacher, the route that I'm on right now is where I found success in teaching.

Trust me after working for 15 plus years without any success, then to have your career come to you, that is amazing.

I hope others can take from me that it takes courage to secure ones dreams, but they do come true in different manners.

Now with the wars overseas, our soldiers need to know that they can succeed with cognitive challenges, I want to offer my assistance with this task, if I may. I've a website for additional information:

I hope my (our) work is acceptable? When I say our, I would not be here or achieving teaching success without the Heavenly Father's guidance.

Shaun Best, Protector of the Natural State
Challenged Conquistadors, Inc.
1110 Pine Circle
Smackover, AR 71762

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How Inspiring
by: Sheelagh

Hi Shaun, how impressed I was with your story,and am sure you will give many others the courage to go on to do great things. My mother caught Polio when we were 3 kids under 10, and although its not as ambitious as your story, it was the same determination after disablement, that you possess,that made her achieve what she did.every success in the future

by: sapphireangel53

I just found out yesterday that Jeff died a couple months ago, he was found in his apartment, not sure of the cause of death. Linda found out at work. I can't remember how to get into my yahoo acct., I am at the library here in Camden. This the the only way I can be sure you get my message. Please get your phone fixed so that I can talk to you sometime. Saw The heart dr.yesterday, I have a valve that is shutting down And will need to be seen on a regular basis from now on.No surgery for now. It has gotten significantly worse in the last 5 yrs. Please write or call, writing is more sure way to reach me, about the brain problems. Take care, as allways Angel.

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Staying positive in adversity
by: Kay

Hello Shaun

Thank you very much for sharing your inspiring story with Positive Personal Growth.

Your message personifies what this website is about. Not giving up, and knowing inside that there is a greater force working within us, that once we learn to trust, can enable us to soar and reach peaks that were not imaginable.

When we learn to set the mind free, we will find the answers.

You are right, it is surprising that our dream may come to fruition, not in the way we had thought, but often in a more satisfying way.

When we go through life's challenges it is sometimes not until we look back that we see just how far we have come, and what we have learned, and this holds us in good stead for the future.

I wish you good luck.


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