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Tanner Gers (@TannerGers) is an author, entrepreneur, and paralympic athlete. Blinded in a car crash at age 21, Tanner has learned entirely new methods of communication and working.

In this conversation, Tanner discusses some of the technology — both lo- and hi-tech — he uses to experience the world in the absesnce of sight. We also share all-purpose productivity tips and examine his morning routines.

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  • Tanner describes himself as "Creative and Successful", hence the Creative Success Podcast

    "I get the most fulfilment from serving other people."

    —Tanner Gers

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  • Tanner is a Paralympian sprinter
  • Tanner is also a speaker, author, blogger, podcaster, producer, and coach 
  • Todd Henry, and other writers, have been on the show previous (herehere, and here, for example)
  • Tanner embarked on a "personal development journey" after being struck blind

    "I use Technology to do everything, and I'm so grateful for it."

    —Tanner Gers

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  • ADD
  • The importance of reading to your children
  • Tanner turned to music (and dancing) in his new blindness. That turned to creative writing for lyrics, and other prose.

    "A picture's worth 1000 words. I was quite the talkative person; I would overcompensate for the lack of visual input."

    —Tanner Gers

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  • Screen reading software, build into Mac OS X, iOS as "voiceover"
  • Jaws, screenreader for Windows
  • Ray Charles
  • Blind people are remapping their senses via "sonar"
  • Human Echolocation
  • The British boy learning from "Bat Boy"
  • Spark from CBC Radio
  • Spark 268, the episode covering sight-aiding and other sensory technology

    "I'm very blessed to know what a 747 looks like, what a sunset looks like, what blue looks like."

    —Tanner Gers

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  • Dan Greene, born blind now writes missile-guidance software for Raytheon
  • Putting Your Pen to Paper, episode 5 of Creative Success show
  • Braille — Grades I and II
  • Tanner had a question about "Quest Ion"
  • Morse Code
  • Tanner took a sleep study; was disturbed 100x in 6 hours

    "Installing a daily routine will take your game to the next level."

    —Tanner Gers

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    "Education is what remains after you've forgotten everything you learned in school."

    —anonymous

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  • Prescott studied Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
  • Laminar Flow
  • Adiabatic Compression vs. Isothermal Expansion
  • Thermal Expansion Valve (Refridgeration)

    "When you split the atom, energy escapes. When you switch tasks, attention escapes."

    —Prescott Perez-Fox

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  • Amy Porterfield
  • Hal Elrod (leader of "The Cult of 5:00am")
  • Professional Rugby League in America
  •  Creative Success Show
  •  Tanner Gers on Twitter
  •  Tanner Gers on Facebook
  •  Tanner Gers on Instagram
  •  Tanner Gers on LinkedIn
  •  Tanner Gers on YouTube
  • Tools
  • Brainport, let's you "see" with your tongue
  • Jaws
  • Techniques
  • Turn off technology when it's time to focus on content
  • Develop a verbal memory so you don't have to re-read what you just wrote
  • Sleep with earplugs if you wake easily due to noise
  • Sleep with music at low volumes (like Prescott has done since 1999)
  • Test different methods; don't blindly follow gurus
  • Alternate hard days with lighters days regarding fitness training. Use those recovery days.
  • Habits
  • Stick to your daily routines
  • Go through mental routines first thing in the morning (gratitude, etc.) before you get out of bed
  • Serve someone else early in the day
  • Read daily and track/remark on what you read
  • Block your day into half-day chunks
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