You know I tell stories for a living, but here's one that I couldn't make up. It's the real deal. And it's my new favorite.

While speaking at the 12th Annual DI Day in Minneapolis in the fall, I met fellow speaker Billy McLaughlin. Billy is a virtuoso guitarist who has a condition called Focal Dystonia, an incurable neuromuscular disorder. I don't have enough space here to share his full story, but you can find out all about him at

Here's the short version. Billy was at the top of his game – agent, recording contract, single on the Billboard charts, magazine covers, awards. And then, in the prime of his career, his fingers wouldn't work.

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