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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Show Notes & Links

  • 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 (here, here, 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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“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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“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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“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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“When you split the atom, energy escapes. When you switch tasks, attention escapes.”

—anonymous

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Tools

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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About the author: Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 17+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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