Like so many other people that start businesses and invent solutions, I founded Dancing Dots in response to my own frustration of too often not having braille music scores in time to use them for the next concert, trumpet lesson or music class. Despite my efforts to encourage other software developers to create a braille music translator, nobody ever did. Finally, in 1992, I formed my company and started the adventure. I had studied music and earned a degree in trumpet performance with a jazz emphasis from what is now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1980. After that, I had studied computer programming and had worked for almost 10 years for the oil company, Sunoco, as a software Systems Analyst. But, since the Almighty has a keen sense of humor and since I could not persuade anyone else to create a braille music translator, suddenly I became a businessman in 1992.
It is gratifying to know that I have been able to find a career that allows me to employ my gifts for music and technology to help so many people around the world while providing for my family. Since I am blind, I have the great advantage of understanding personally the challenges of our customers. I have been through the system of rehabilitation for the blind in my country and can relate and, at times, sympathize with the frustrations of our customers who must deal with that system. It is a privilege and a responsibility to employ others and to help support them and their loved ones.
Find something that you enjoy doing, something that helps you to wake up in the morning. Know what you can do well and what you cannot do well. Build a team of people that help you to compensate for the things that you yourself cannot do well or who can do the things that you have no time to do.