Arthur Carmazzi – the Truth about Dante

Arthur Carmazzi – the Truth about Dante

Dante Carmazzi

April 2012 – You may have heard that leadership guru Arthur Carmazzi had some difficulties as a child. He was considered “special” which defined and categorized him as a child that was not up to the standard of normalcy. These days we call that “Children with Special Needs”. While Arthur  still has the infliction of ADHD and Dyslexia (see Jakarta post story about Arthur Carmazzi ), he has found ways to overcome them. But this story is not about Arthur, but about Dante Carmazzi who seems to have inherited his father’s ailments.

Dante is a child with special needs. He is 4 ½ years old at the time of this post and has just begun his vocabulary with about 11 words, he seems to understand basic communication but still is unable to communicate most needs. He cannot do the simple tasks that even a “normal” 2 year old can do. He is generally happy but not very social and usually plays by himself.

How is this relevant to you and your problems?
The fact is, when something, or someone is important to us (in a positive or negative way), we tend to compare. Compare to what is considered “normal” or sometimes even compare the bad things we have to the good things others have.

In the above passage, I clearly said he is generally happy, but what where you focusing on? Most likely, the negative, right?

Fortunately for Dante, his father, Arthur Carmazzi knows what it is like to be treated as a “Stupid Kid” according to Arthur, “It was not fun at the time, and I had to get past lots of self-esteem issues, but now, it helps me understand and love my son even more, I am grateful for the lessons I learned give me the insights to save my son from pain. My wife Budi and I can be patient and supportive to help him deal with his differences.”

So when you have negative situations, when they don’t compare to the rest of the world, do you frown upon them, feel cheated or that life is unfair? The truth about Dante is he is a happy boy, but if you were to compare to others and focus on his disabilities, he may live up to lower expectations rather than develop his full potential…

Update Focus on what is good, focus on what is possible.

Post Update 2015 (two and a half years later)

Dante talks about everything, he is inquisitive, hungry for knowledge and even flirtatious. He is a bit slow in reading, writing and math… not because he cannot do it, but because as he begins to, he starts making stories in his head (another gift from his father Arthur Carmazzi that will soon be useful but comes at a cost). He is great at science and not only knows all about the evolution of dinosaurs and mammals as well as the big bang theory and how atoms work, but he can explain it to you!


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  34. What I learned from Arthur Carmazzi the most is that The worst thing a leader can do is to micromanage the talented people they have hired. Allow people to do their job and excel at it.

  35. I agree that we shouldn’t be focusing on what’s blocking us, we must not dwell in the negativity of life because it will just pull us deeper, we must learn to fight it and be positive, make a move and help your self to succeed. It is such a relief to read blogs like this, this is so inspiring. I wanted to bring this up and be a motivation for our company culture, you are a great man Arthur Carmazzi! Thank you so much!

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  37. Very inspiring article Mr. Arthur Carmazzi, your son Dante is very blessed to have you as his father because you understand his situation and love him unconditionally. Looking forward to more articles about leadership.

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  39. Whoah this article is excellent. At a young age, Mr. Carmazzi teaches positive thinking and attitude to his son. That’s one of the characteristics of a true leader.

  40. Hello Mr. Arthur Carmazzi thank you so much coz your article made my day it teaches me to think positive always whatever happens and teach children to be good in leadership at a young age.

  41. That was so amazing how Arthur Carmazzi helps leaders and those who aspire to be leaders, to become more effective, in part by understanding themselves better and in part by understanding others better.

  42. I love the message of Arthur Carmazzi in this article. I agree that we must not compare our situation to others because it will result in negative thinking. We must concentrate on how we develop our own potentials.

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