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Author Ken Brandt Shares the Advantages of Poor Eyesight

​Hello again; After a long absence, I’m back with a wonderful new episode of What’s Your Excuse? Show.

I am blessed to have gotten to sit down with author Ken Brandt.

Some of you have heard me say that one of the reasons I have accomplished so much is because I’m not smart enough to be scared.

I was thinking about that s I was speaking to Ken about how his poor eyesight is partly responsible for his life-long success in both business and life.

I like how he sees that he has enjoyed life so much because of his poor vision instead of in spite of it.

Because Ken Asked

For those of you who are used to hearing me sing on the intro of my show, this week we have a special treat.

Ken is an amateur jazz musician. He asked if he could play on the opening of the show.

As the if you don’t ask guy. I respected his having the courage to ask. SO, of course, I said yes.

Next time, we are going to have to find a song we both know. And find time to practice a little.

I think this is a great lesson for y’all.

Asking is how I have been interviewed on so many podcasts and radio shows. It’s also how I won that trip to New York City back in 2016.

You can learn more about that big adventure and buy a copy of it Here.

Our Conversation

We talked about his vision loss and how it has effected him over the years.

We talked about his experiences sky diving.

We discussed how having less sight made his life different both physically and emotionally.

We talked about his love of music specifically jazz.

I think you will really get a lot out of my talk with Ken.


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About Ken

Ken Brandt is the author of the adventure and humor filled memoir “Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight”.

He has led a fun and adventurous life and had a successful business career despite (or perhaps in part because of!) his bad eyes.

Poor eyesight never impacted Ken’s vision of what life could be.

Whether galloping across the Montana range, exploring claustrophobic (and fiery!) caverns, chasing a thief through the streets of 1980s New York, or taking a plunge from a plane, his adventures are sure to entertain.

Complementing the adventures are his amusing and relatable anecdotes demonstrating the advantages of poor eyesight.

Ken has always had poor vision and slightly crossed eyes. He has undergone six eye operations (including a detached retina and cataract operation in each eye), and spent parts of his life legally blind.

Ken donates 10 percent of his author royalties to eye research and ending avoidable blindness.

Prior to retiring, Ken held senior management and management consulting positions in information technology and cyber security with firms and clients of all sizes in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Ken is an entertaining speaker and an amateur New Orleans style jazz trumpeter.

He and his wife Judy Roberts Brandt have been married for over twenty years, lived most of their lives in New York City, and now live in Melbourne, Australia.

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An Apology

Before I finish this post I need to apologize to some people.

First to Ken, for taking so long to get this conversation out into the world.

I’ve decided not to even look at the date we recorded it, to keep myself from feeling even worse about the delay.

I also want to apologize to all of you. While I have had my reasons for going so long between new episodes. I feel like I have been making excuses.

I know that many of you count on me to be here. To share new experiences or at least share new conversations. I feel an obligation to show up.

To continue to inspire, encourage, and entertain you. To challenge you to overcome your own excuses.

I’m writing this from my new Windows laptop, and I firmly believe that I’m back on the path that I want to be on. I’ll be sharing more about what has been holding me back in a future post.

The future of The Blind Blogger is very bright.

Lets all come together to finish the year strong. And to focus more on our successes than on our shortcomings.

Thanks so much for your continued support. And take care out there,




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