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Blind Businessman Sees Only Opportunity

City News, Canada
Friday, April 20, 2007

Joseph Pampena is living proof that where there's a will, there's a way.

The 50-year-old entrepreneur runs several businesses out of his home office in North York, providing for his family - including a severely disabled daughter.

City News, Canada
Friday, April 20, 2007

Joseph Pampena is living proof that where there's a will, there's a way.

The 50-year-old entrepreneur runs several businesses out of his home office in North York, providing for his family - including a severely disabled daughter.

That requires a lot of resources, a lot of time at the office and a lot of money. All of which Pampena manages to give. It's an incredible feat considering the Toronto businessman has been blind for the last 26 years.

He was just 24 when a reaction to a penicillin shot for his pneumonia stole his sight forever. But while darkness descended on his vision, the light didn't go out in his life and this determined man decided nothing would keep him from becoming a success.

"You only realize how much more creative you are when you are missing your sight," he explains.

Pampena runs a public relations firm, a ticket club, a phone line that puts hair stylists on call and - perhaps most ironic for a man who can't see - a limousine service.

And he's constantly coming up with new ideas. "This is for a dog," he intones as he holds up an odd looking collar. " It helps reduce shedding hair."

J.P., as he's known, has earned his success and a number of awards. He even acts as a motivational speaker for both sighted and non-sighted audiences, sharing his story of making it against all odds.

His philosophy can be summed up in one simple sentence. "Shut your eyes and listen, and you will see more than you can imagine."

He's been doing just that for a quarter of a century.

Taken from http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_7157.aspx.

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