Do you believe everything happens for a reason? The more things change the more they stay the same. People come into your life for a reason or a season. Here are a list of incidents that happened in the life of well known people who altered the course of history:
Rise To Fame
Steve Jobs rose above personal struggles to become one of the world’s most successful innovator and business tycoon. He is an inspiration for youth. He didn’t get all the fame overnight. Rather, he struggled and got success. He achieved his goals by overcoming his struggle even they were difficult to deal with. He never graduated. He was drop out from University and later he used to sleep on floor to attend classes. Steve remained constant and worked hard. He even joined calligraphy class to keep himself busy. Later, at the age of 21 he invented a computer with versatile fonts. Apple was the best thing that happened to Steve Job. Job got success that was truly rare. He fulfilled his dream and never gave up. Job’s success is a perfect example of how dreams can come true!
Bill Gates; The Gate of Money
Bill Gates, an entrepreneur, an investor, a developer of software for personal computers. He is the founder of Microsoft Corporation; nearly every computer has at least one Microsoft product installed. He believed in achieving his goals through hard work. He also believes that if you use your intelligence in a good way you can reach your goals and targets. He and his friend invented a computer and later Bill Gates left college. Later, again he enrolled himself in a freshman course. He signed up for the toughest mathematics course. He did well over there but he couldn’t find it interesting too. Bill’s belief has put him where he is now. He does not believe in luck but in hard work.
Richard Branson from Zero to Hero
He was a dyslexic child. He was bullied in school. His teachers used to say that “either Branson would end up in prison or will be a millionaire.” Branson always had that smile on face no matter how many hardships he had been facing. He didn’t let his struggle go in vain, he started his first company from the basement of a church. Throughout his career he lost millions of failures but his consistent hard work made him the richest man in UK.
We’ve all been a fan of Disney films, and I’m sure we’ve loved every bit of it. The man who gave us Mickey Mouse had to fight hard to achieve his goals. He got fired from a job at the Kansas City Star newspaper as his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas” (wow, we bet he regretted that later!). His first animation company actually went bankrupt and apparently Disney was turned down 302 times before he finally got financing for creating Disney World. Think of what kids around the world would have missed out on, had Disney not kept fighting for his dream.
Wounds into wisdom
Oprah Winfrey was born in the poor city of Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was sexually abused at the age of 9. She ran away from home at the age of 13. She got pregnant when she was 14. She became Beauty Queen at the age of 17, abused drugs in her 20’s. later, she became the most popular girl in school. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station. In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV’s low-rated half-hour morning talk-show, AM Chicago. The show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking all talk-shows as the highest rated talk show in Chicago. She is now a billionaire known for hosting her very own internationally popular talk show. She is an actress, philanthropist, publisher and producer. She was awarded the President Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
The hero’s journey
Bob Marley lost his father at a very young age. He had to face financial crisis. As a school boy in rural community of Nine Mile, Bob Marley surrounded himself with music. Later, he became a guitarist and a songwriter. His songs convey his deeply held vision of struggle. He says that there is no road to happiness for it lies in the moment you’re living. He conquered his poverty on his native island to spread his message of strength, equality, peace, and justice. He was the first music star from the slums.
The Subsequent Success
After graduating from university J.K Rowling saw herself as a failure. Her marriage failed, she had no permanent job, and had a young daughter to take care of. Because of failed marriage she suffered clinical depression and later attempted suicide. She started teaching English asa a foreign language. Later, she started writing books. Her books were later adapted to film in the equally famous Harry Potter film series. Whatever she earned from it she donated it to charitable institutes. Her aim was to never give up on your biggest dreams.
Around the globe
Every day failures affects us all. Failure wasn’t just his companion during or before his stardom, it is still a substantial part of his life. A boy from a middle class family whose parents did not have enough money to take him to the movies has become “King Khan”. Shah Rukh khan, who has seen endless struggles in his life – he has slept on streets, struggled to support himself and his sister at a very young age. He even lost his parents very early which led to his sister seeking mental health support. Amidst all the chaos and challenges, he kept pushing himself, and today he stands tall as the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’. Certainly those years weren’t easy for him. Success doesn’t come easy, what made him a star was his acceptance of failure and the urge to improve.
Shakira; Women of talents
Growing up, when Shakira joined the choir in grade 2, she was told by her music teacher that she sounded like a goat, and was banned from the class, but Shakira did not let the adversity affect her in any way. Her dad, after going bankrupt, took her to an orphanage and when Shakira saw the kids, she told herself “one day I’m going to help these kids when I become a famous artist.”. In a sense, this was a way of visualizing a better life even, in the worst of situations. Even after her first meet with the Sony executives which came after many talent shows, and practicing day and night, she was told she was a “lost cause” because she didn’t have control of her voice, but this didn’t stop her, in fact it made her that much more ambitious. Success would be inevitable because she didn’t let anyone tell her she couldn’t make it. In fact, she admires peoples’ honesty “I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie.
You Don’t’ need wings to fly
Muniba Mazari a well chair bound, said she looked at her accident as an “opportunity”. She said she had “seen the worst but that brought out the best in me. She even said she wanted a hero in her life but couldn’t find one. So she decided to become one.” She even said that Pakistan is the perfect place for women to make their mark.
Fate changes destiny
She started her career early in her life, dropping out of high school after freshman year in 1999 to pursue singing. Originally, she was a gospel singer, taking cues from her parents who were Born Again Christians.In 2001 Katy Perry released her first gospel album with Red Hill Records, which was commercially unsuccessful. After selling only 200 copies of her album, the record company ceased operations and subsequently went out of business. After being dropped from three labels, you would think that Perry would have given up. She didn’t. She continued to pursue her career, working odd jobs and doing back-up vocals until she was signed to the newly-formed Capitol Music Group in 2006. It was there that she worked on her first huge hit single, I Kissed a Girl, which started her career as a commercial success.
Yuvraj Singh: Cancer Survivor
He won the World Cup for India in 2011 after giving an extraordinary performance in the entire tournament despite suffering from cancer. He was not aware about it but his world went down when Yuvraj was told about the decease following some tests after the World Cup. He underwent a two-and-a-half month treatment in USA and staged a heroic return to International cricket in 2012 when he played a T20 against New Zealand in Chennai. He is truly an inspiration for all those who are fighting with this life threatening disease.
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– Article by Born Realist