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Embrace Your Limitations -- in Life and Public Policy

That's the advice of Kristen Cox, who lost her sight in her 20s and became a client of public services. Now, her job is to oversee them.

Kristen Cox knows about constraints.

While coming to terms with becoming blind, she hit rock-bottom in a manhole. That’s not a metaphor. Nor is her solo skydiving. But they do give you a sense of the highs and lows she’s confronted.

And she’ll tell you that embracing your constraints makes for good public policy -- and a good life.

After the Great Recession, as the executive director of the Utah Office of Management and Budget, Cox used fiscal stress tests to give her state a financial reality check that few were doing at the time. Knowing a state's vulnerabilities, she believes, are just as important as knowing its strengths.

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