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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.

Walt Disney

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.

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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.

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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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The Real Causes of Depression Are Not What You Think

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses but not in the least any less serious. Its symptoms are often inconspicuous and many people suffer from its behavioral challenges without knowing the reason behind them. However, it is also one of the most diagnosed mental ailments and if you think you need help and seek it the chances are that a professional will easily diagnose the reason why you are feeling a certain way.

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If you see a mental health professional and they diagnose you with depression it is highly likely that they would explain this illness as a chemical imbalance in your brain and if need be they might even prescribe you medication (anti-depressants), which will restore the chemical balance and you will start feeling better.

However, for many people, this procedure does not work. As long as they keep taking the drugs they feel fine, but as soon as they decrease the dose or stop taking it, the symptoms start to come back.

Here are some of the facts that explain why it is not that simple to treat depression for some people:

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Scientists use the Hamilton Scale to measure depression. It is a scale from 0, at which you would be bouncing with ecstasy to 59, at which you would be suicidal. Improving your sleep cycle improves your scale for around 6 points and chemical antidepressants can improve your scale by around 1.8 points. The effect is no doubt real but also minimal. For people who are at the far end of the scale, it is just not enough to bring them out of depression. There is a need to expand our options when it comes to treating depressed or anxious people.

You would be surprised to know that a lot of scientists do not agree with the notion that depression is caused due to a chemical imbalance. In fact, there could be up to nine factors that are responsible for depression, out of which only two are biological and seven are social or environmental. The causes can be quite polar and play out in different ways in that person’s life.

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For example, childhood trauma causes the risk of depression to increase manyfold. If you, unfortunately, suffered a traumatic event as a child for example sexual or emotional abuse, neglect can make you 3,100 percent more likely to attempt to commit suicide as an adult, and more than 4,000 percent more likely to be an injecting drug user. The questions arise that why do the people who have had unhealthy childhoods behave in similar ways? Why are they more likely to adopt self-destructive behaviors like obesity, addiction or in extreme cases suicide.

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There is a theory that people who had problematic childhoods behave this way because as a child you have little control over your environment and state of things around you. You are often helpless in stopping somebody from hurting you. So, two way of thoughts open up to you, either you admit to yourself that you are truly powerless and there may be nothing you can do to stop someone from hurting you or you believe that whatever someone is doing to you is your fault. In thinking the latter you convince yourself that you do have some power. This way blaming yourself for the trauma protects you from admitting how vulnerable you were. If it was your fault then somehow it was under your control

This state of mind is also toxic because if you believe you were responsible for getting hurt it also means that you somehow deserved it. You may be prone to take accepting abuse as an adult too because you think that is all you deserve. It can be really hard living with this notion in your head which was once a defense mechanism.

Fortunately, not all hope is lost. Just having someone to ask you ” I know you went this trauma in your childhood and I am so sorry it happened to you. Would you like to talk about it?” can do wonders. Being able to discuss your trauma, having someone to listen to your story and tell you it was not your fault can lead to surprisingly positive changes. Just being able to do that can reduce the chances of future illnesses. Just the act of releasing your shame can be healing.

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More than chemical imbalances in your brain, depression, and anxiety are caused by the events happening in your life. It can due to a feeling of worthlessness, feeling like your job is meaningless or being lonely and not being able to confide in people around you. First one needs to realize that it completely okay to have these thoughts and feel these things. You are not alone in your suffering and many people will be able to relate to you, second, do what you have to do to break free of these underlying causes.

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Before we get to the point of the post, we’d like to tell you that we appreciate the feedback we’ve been receiving from our videos and we’re glad we’ve brought you stories that have inspired you all! It makes us happy that your responses are positive and we hope to keep making better content for all our viewers to enjoy.

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8 Worst Ways To Die According to Scientists

Dying is going to be pretty bad either way, at least I think so, and the really scary thing is that no one is ever going to know how bad it actually feels before they go. Morbid, I know. But the thing is, some ways of dying are worse than others. Like burning on a stake is so much worse than dying softly in your sleep. And getting crucified is probably a lot more awful than dying of old age. So, we decided to write the worst possible ways of dying, let us know which one you think is the worst way to die.

Getting Burned:

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Now, this is probably one of the worst ways to go. When the burning starts, you’ll experience these toxic fumes and you’ll be lucky if they kill you before the fire starts burning off your flesh. At the start, the fire will start burning away your external skin and you will experience immense pain and will your body will struggle to break you free of the place where you’re burning in the first place. When the fire is done burning off the external layer, it’ll move towards your muscles until finally, your heart stops because of the interrupted circulation of blood.

Starvation:

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Several people starve to death every year, and it can be one of the worst ways to go. Starvation can be slow and painful because the body resists and you are able to feel yourself dying slowly as the process initiates. At the start, your body will start consuming your fat and will slowly move on to your muscle when it doesn’t have a choice, finally after it doesn’t have anything else to keep you going its going to die out.

Dehydration:

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The body is made almost completely out of the water. Now, imagine it running out of its most major constituent. Dehydration follows almost the same path that starvation does, the body starts taking water from its organs and eventually as the days go on, it starts shutting them down, before finally ending it all because of serious organ failure.

Decapitation:

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Decapitation is one of the most painful ways to die and is a favorite method of killing in several tribes and has been popular over history. But people don’t know is that the head stays conscious a few seconds after the head has been removed from the body. Now imagine being conscious when something like that has happened, and whats even worse is that it usually takes more than one swing to take off a head. Imagine enduring something of the sort.

Lethal injection:

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The thing with lethal injections is that sometimes the dose given is too low and leaves the person it is delivered to writhing in pain and groaning before the chemical shuts down the vital organs. And while a quick and swift is often merciful, lethal injections can be a lot more painful than most of the things on this list.

Electric chair:

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The electric chair is probably one of the scariest inventions. Death by electric chair delivers a shock that boils the blood and electrifies nerves, but sometimes the shock isn’t enough to kill the person at once, there have been recorded instances when people have been fired for a whole ten minutes.

Buried alive:

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There have been instances of people being buried alive in the past. Imagine suffocating under the pressure and weight of so much dirt, getting an early grave before its even your time. The thought of already being in your grave is worse than actually dying.

Radiation:

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Radiation doesn’t give you super powers, seriously, it kills you and causes cancer and retards the brain when in high doses. In-fact radiation can singlehandedly retard your brain cells and can destroy your organs one by one.

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