Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Limitations are opportunities


We think about limitations as barriers, stopping us from accomplishing what we desire for our learning minds. Is this true?

Lisa Fittipaldi was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1948. She received a Bachelors of Art in 1970 and attended nursing school at the University of South Carolina. Afterward, Lisa worked at the Baltimore Burn Center as a trauma care burn specialist and received a Masters degree from the University of Maryland in 1976. In 1982, after returning to school, she received a Master degree in accountancy from the University of Houston and changed her career to the field of high finance as a financial analyst. Lisa had an abundant learning capital. Nothing led to believe that in 1993, Lisa would lose her sight. Before her blindness, she had no career background in the arts.

Lisa Fittipaldi

In the middle of frustration, he gave her a watercolor set for children as a challenge to her. It was the moment she started a new life in the world of art. Only two years after, in 1995, Lisa began selling her first paintings in local shows, then in art fairs and now around the world.

In her book, “A Brush with Darkness,” she writes – “I truly feel that unless blindness had toppled the carefully maintained edifice I called my life, there is no way that I would be the kinder, more fulfilled person I am today (…) I found my life’s passion in painting. Blindness took away my sight but gave me clarity of vision. It took blindness to teach me the meaning of love and friendship.”

Taking our limitations as opportunities is an intrinsic part of a vulnerable mindset. The way you learn profoundly changes and lasts for a lifetime, but most especially you change your view of the world and life.

– This is an excerpt of the book I’m writing about “Learning Minds.” I loved to hear your thoughts.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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