In his younger years, Thomas Edison was told by many of his teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything”. They viewed him as a failure, and felt he’d never amount to much in life. He was fired from his first two jobs, and his initial attempts at being an inventor didn’t go any smoother, including his numerous attempts at inventing the light bulb.
He made his first working light bulb in 1879, and went on to make many more life-changing inventions. He’s regarded by many as America’s greatest inventor.
Albert Einstein faced challenges through his youth as well. He wasn’t able to speak until he was four years old, and didn’t learn to read until he was seven. His parents and teachers came to think he was mentally handicapped and anti-social.
He later developed the general theory of relativity (one of the two pillars of modern physics) and won the Nobel Prize in physics. He’s known as one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists.
Walt Disney was fired from his job as a newspaper editor for “lacking in imagination and not having any good ideas”. He then started several businesses over the years that all failed due to bankruptcy.
Disney went on to see the construction of Disneyland, a longtime dream of his, which is today one of the most popular theme parks in the world, with over 20 million visitors a year.
J.K. Rowling’s childhood was a rocky one, having to deal with her mother’s illness and lacking relationship with her father. Through her earlier years of adulthood, she faced a divorce, a miscarriage, and unemployment while having a young daughter at the same time. She also dealt with clinical depression through a portion of her life.
She later published Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone , which grew into a seven-book series. It’s received attention worldwide, won multiple awards, has had over 400 million copies sold, and has become the best-selling book series in history. It later inspired a film series as well, which has won multiple awards.
The people above had a dream, and they knew what it would take to make theirs a reality. They fought through the failures, the criticism, the rejections, and refused to give up. They’re excellent examples of what we can achieve when we realize that we truly can do anything if we put our minds to it. They did it, and you certainly can to.
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles Swindoll.
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