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[Quote No.54121] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[True story after true story: about persisting past failure, criticism, ridicule, animosity, setbacks, bad luck, misfortune, illness, rejection and disappointment to success:]
50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First:
Not everyone who’s on top today got there with success after success. More often than not, those who history best remembers were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. Next time you’re feeling down about your failures in college or in a career, keep these fifty famous people in mind and remind yourself that sometimes failure is just the first step towards success.

----- BUSINESS GURUS:
These businessmen and the companies they founded are today known around the world, but as these stories show, their beginnings weren’t always smooth.
- 1. HENRY FORD: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five time before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
- 2. R. H. MACY: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
- 3. F. W. WOOLWORTH: Some may not know this name today, but Woolworth was once one of the biggest names in department stores in the U.S. Before starting his own business, young Woolworth worked at a dry goods store and was not allowed to wait on customers because his boss said he lacked the sense needed to do so.
- 4. SOICHIRO HONDA: The billion-dollar business that is Honda began with a series of failures and fortunate turns of luck. Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job after interviewing for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time. He started making scooters of his own at home, and spurred on by his neighbors, finally started his own business.
- 5. AKIO MORITA: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
- 6. BILL GATES: Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
- 7. HARLAND DAVID SANDERS: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
- 8. WALT DISNEY: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, ‘he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’ After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.

----- SCIENTISTS AND THINKERS:
These people are often regarded as some of the greatest minds of our century, but they often had to face great obstacles, the ridicule of their peers and the animosity of society.
- 9. ALBERT EINSTEIN: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
- 10. CHARLES DARWIN: In his early years, Darwin gave up on having a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. Darwin himself wrote, ‘I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.’ Perhaps they judged too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies.
- 11. ROBERT GODDARD: Goddard today is hailed for his research and experimentation with liquid-fueled rockets, but during his lifetime his ideas were often rejected and mocked by his scientific peers who thought they were outrageous and impossible. Today rockets and space travel don’t seem far-fetched at all, due largely in part to the work of this scientist who worked against the feelings of the time.
- 12. ISAAC NEWTON: Newton was undoubtedly a genius when it came to math, but he had some failings early on. He never did particularly well in school and when put in charge of running the family farm, he failed miserably, so poorly in fact that an uncle took charge and sent him off to Cambridge where he finally blossomed into the scholar we know today.
- 13. SOCRATES: Despite leaving no written records behind, Socrates is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the Classical era. Because of his new ideas, in his own time he was called ‘an immoral corrupter of youth’ and was sentenced to death. Socrates didn’t let this stop him and kept right on, teaching up until he was forced to poison himself.
- 14. ROBERT STERNBERG: This big name in psychology received a C in his first college introductory psychology class with his teacher telling him that, ‘there was already a famous Sternberg in psychology and it was obvious there would not be another.’ Sternberg showed him, however, graduating from Stanford with exceptional distinction in psychology, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa and eventually becoming the President of the American Psychological Association.

----- INVENTORS:
These inventors changed the face of the modern world, but not without a few failed prototypes along the way.
- 15. THOMAS EDISON: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was ‘too stupid to learn anything.’ Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.
- 16. ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT: These brothers battled depression and family illness before starting the bicycle shop that would lead them to experimenting with flight. After numerous attempts at creating flying machines, several years of hard work, and tons of failed prototypes, the brothers finally created a plane that could get airborne and stay there.

----- PUBLIC FIGURES:
From politicians to talk show hosts, these figures had a few failures before they came out on top.
- 17. WINSTON CHURCHILL: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn’t always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
- 18. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (if you’re not familiar with military ranks, just know that private is as low as it goes.) Lincoln didn’t stop failing there, however. He started numerous failed business and was defeated in numerous runs he made for public office.
- 19. OPRAH WINFREY: Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was ‘unfit for TV.’
- 20. HARRY S. TRUMAN: This WWI vet, Senator, Vice President and eventual President eventually found success in his life, but not without a few missteps along the way. Truman started a store that sold silk shirts and other clothing–seemingly a success at first–only go bankrupt a few years later.
- 21. DICK CHENEY: This recent Vice President and businessman made his way to the White House but managed to flunk out of Yale University, not once, but twice. Former President George W. Bush joked with Cheney about this fact, stating, ‘So now we know –if you graduate from Yale, you become president. If you drop out, you get to be vice president.’

----- HOLLYWOOD TYPES:
These faces ought to be familiar from the big screen, but these actors, actresses and directors saw their fair share of rejection and failure before they made it big.
- 22. JERRY SEINFELD: Just about everybody knows who Seinfeld is, but the first time the young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.
- 23. FRED ASTAIRE: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, ‘Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.’ Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.
- 24. SIDNEY POITIER: After his first audition, Poitier was told by the casting director, ‘Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?’ Poitier vowed to show him that he could make it, going on to win an Oscar and become one of the most well-regarded actors in the business.
- 25. JEANNE MOREAU: As a young actress just starting out, this French actress was told by a casting director that she was simply not pretty enough to make it in films. He couldn’t have been more wrong as Moreau when on to star in nearly 100 films and win numerous awards for her performances.
- 26. CHARLIE CHAPLIN: It’s hard to imagine film without the iconic Charlie Chaplin, but his act was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because they felt it was a little too nonsensical to ever sell.
- 27. LUCILLE BALL: During her career, Ball had thirteen Emmy nominations and four wins, also earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors. Before starring in ‘I Love Lucy’, Ball was widely regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn’t feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession. She, of course, proved them all wrong.
- 28. HARRISON FORD: In his first film, Ford was told by the movie execs that he simply didn’t have what it takes to be a star. Today, with numerous hits under his belt, iconic portrayals of characters like Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and a career that stretches decades, Ford can proudly show that he does, in fact, have what it takes.
- 29. MARILYN MONROE: While Monroe’s star burned out early, she did have a period of great success in her life. Despite a rough upbringing and being told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary, Monroe became a pin-up, model and actress that still strikes a chord with people today.
- 30. OLIVER STONE: This Oscar-winning filmmaker began his first novel while at Yale, a project that eventually caused him to fail out of school. This would turn out to be a poor decision as the text was rejected by publishers and was not published until 1998, at which time it was not well-received. After dropping out of school, Stone moved to Vietnam to teach English, later enlisting in the army and fighting in the war, earning two Purple Hearts and helping him find the inspiration for his later work that often centered around war.

----- WRITERS AND ARTISTS:
We’ve all heard about starving artists and struggling writers, but these stories show that sometimes all that work really does pay off with success in the long run.
- 31. VINCENT VAN GOGH: During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting, and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. While Van Gogh was never a success during his life, he plugged on with painting, sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, they sell in the hundreds of millions.
- 32. EMILY DICKINSON: Recluse and poet Emily Dickinson is a commonly read and loved writer. Yet in her lifetime she was all but ignored, having fewer than a dozen poems published out of her almost 1,800 completed works.
- 33. THEODOR SEUSS GIESEL: Today nearly every child has read ‘The Cat in the Hat’ or ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, yet 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book ‘To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’.
- 34. CHARLES SCHULTZ: Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip has had enduring fame, yet this cartoonist had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Even after high school, Schultz didn’t have it easy, applying and being rejected for a position working with Walt Disney.
- 35. STEVEN SPIELBERG: While today Spielberg’s name is synonymous with big budget, he was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.
- 36. STEPHEN KING: The first book by this author, the iconic thriller ‘Carrie’, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest is history, with King now having hundreds of books published and the distinction of being one of the best-selling authors of all time.
- 37. ZANE GREY: Incredibly popular in the early 20th century, this adventure book writer began his career as a dentist, something he quickly began to hate. So, he began to write, only to see rejection after rejection for his works, being told eventually that he had no business being a writer and should give up. It took him years, but at 40, Zane finally got his first work published, leaving him with almost 90 books to his name and selling over 50 million copies worldwide.
- 38. J. K. ROWLING: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
- 39. MONET: Today Monet’s work sells for millions of dollars and hangs in some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Yet during his own time, it was mocked and rejected by the artistic elite, the Paris Salon. Monet kept at his impressionist style, which caught on and in many ways was a starting point for some major changes to art that ushered in the modern era.
- 40. JACK LONDON: This well-known American author wasn’t always such a success. While he would go on to publish popular novels like ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Call of the Wild’, his first story received six hundred rejection slips before finally being accepted.
- 41. LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: Most people are familiar with Alcott’s most famous work, ‘Little Women’. Yet Alcott faced a bit of a battle to get her work out there and was encouraged to find work as a servant by her family to make ends meet. It was her letters back home during her experience as a nurse in the Civil War that gave her the first big break she needed.

----- MUSICIANS:
While their music is some of the best-selling, best loved and most popular around the world today, these musicians show that it takes a whole lot of determination to achieve success.
- 42. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Mozart began composing at the age of five, writing over 600 pieces of music that today are lauded as some of the best ever created. Yet during his lifetime, Mozart didn’t have such an easy time, and was often restless, leading to his dismissal from a position as a court musician in Salzberg. He struggled to keep the support of the aristocracy and died with little to his name.
- 43. ELVIS PRESLEY: As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Elvis has become a household name even years after his death. But back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, ‘You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.’
- 44. IGOR STRAVINSKY: In 1913 when Stravinsky debuted his now famous Rite of Spring, audiences rioted, running the composer out of town. Yet it was this very work that changed the way composers in the 19th century thought about music and cemented his place in musical history.
- 45. THE BEATLES: Few people can deny the lasting power of this super group, still popular with listeners around the world today. Yet when they were just starting out, a recording company told them no. They were told ‘we don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,’ two things the rest of the world couldn’t have disagreed with more.
- 46. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. Beethoven kept plugging along, however, and composed some of the best-loved symphonies of all time–five of them while he was completely deaf.

----- ATHLETES:
While some athletes rocket to fame, others endure a path fraught with a little more adversity, like those listed here.
- 47. MICHAEL JORDAN: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time [NBA champion - six times, All-Star - 14 times , two-time Olympic gold medal winner - 2 times and chosen as the best basketball player in NBA history] was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, ‘I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’
- 48. STAN SMITH: This tennis player was rejected from even being a lowly ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match because event organizers felt he was too clumsy and uncoordinated. Smith went on to prove them wrong, showcasing his not-so-clumsy skills by winning Wimbledon, U. S. Open and eight Davis Cups.
- 49. BABE RUTH: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, ‘Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.’
- 50. TOM LANDRY: As the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Landry brought the team two Super Bowl victories, five NFC Championship victories and holds the records for the record for the most career wins. He also has the distinction of having one of the worst first seasons on record (winning no games) and winning five or fewer over the next four seasons.

" - Katina Solomon
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[Quote No.54129] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about persistence past failure, criticism and disappointment to achieve success:] Thomas Edison: The teachers of hearing-impaired young Thomas Edison labeled him ‘stupid’ and ‘unteachable.’ As a child, he accidentally burned down the family barn. As a young man, he was fired from his first job working for the railroad company when his inattentiveness to his work resulted in a train derailment. Even after he began his career as an inventor, his work did not earn him recognition. A British Parliament committee in 1878 described Edison's inventions as ‘unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.’ Asked in his later years about the many detours and roadblocks on his road to success, the famous inventor said ‘I never failed once. It [success] happens to be a 2,000-step process.’ " - Tara Green
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[Quote No.54130] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Thomas Edison, when asked in his later years about the many detours and roadblocks on his road to success, the famous inventor said:] I never failed once. It [success, just] happens to be a 2,000-step process. [People who 'fail' just haven't taken all the necessary steps yet!]" - Thomas Edison
(1847 – 1931) American inventor and businessman who held a world record of 1093 patents for inventions such as the light bulb and phonograph.
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[Quote No.54132] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about perseverance and dogged determination regardless of disabilities, physical pain and reasonable excuses:] Frida Kahlo: Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter, suffered physically debilitating conditions for much of her life. As a child, she had polio, leaving her right leg and foot damaged. While she was a young woman attending art school in Mexico City, a steel handrail drove through her pelvis during a collision between the bus she was riding and a streetcar. She had several miscarriages as a result of this accident. As physicians attempted to heal her shattered body, she underwent more than 30 surgeries. She painted even while most of her body was immobilized due to being bedridden or wearing a full-body cast. She drew on the physical and emotional pain she experienced as the subject of several of her 143 paintings. One of her paintings hangs in the Louvre, and she has been depicted on postage stamps in both the United States and Mexico." - Tara Green
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[Quote No.54133] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about persisting past discouragement, rejection, criticism and other negatives - regardless of who the negatives come from whether from so-called authorities or those we are close to and care about and - regardless of what area of life whether it is in science, study, investing, business, inventing, sales, friendship, love, writing, etc. Perusing the biographies of successes will show that this trait is necessary. The following success is just one example of a film screenwriter:] David Seidler: Although the movie ‘The King's Speech’ tells the story of one kind of perseverance as George VI overcomes his stutter through speech lessons, the story behind the film tells a more modern tale. David Seidler, the 73-year-old screenwriter for the film, is the oldest winner of an Oscar for best original screenplay. Prior to the Oscar-winning film, only one of his screenplays was ever produced, and there was more than a 20-year lull between that script, ‘Tucker,’ and ‘The King's Speech.’ He was inspired to write the story of the stammering king because he suffered from the same disability as a child." - Tara Green
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[Quote No.54136] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about persistence past failure, rejection and disappointment to achieve success:] Steve Jobs: You probably don’t remember this product, but Jobs was behind an early Apple computer called Lisa. It was a commercial failure and in 1982, it was the latest in his string of professional hiccups. In 1985, Jobs was fired from Apple, the company he started in 1976 only to return in 1996 and brought Apple from near bankruptcy by 1998." - Michael Alarcon
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[Quote No.54138] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about persistence past failure, criticism and disappointment to achieve success:] Walt Disney: Disney started out bad from the very beginning. At 22, he declared bankruptcy after his cartoon company, Laugh-O-Gram Studios, went bust. He sold his only valuable possession (a camera) and moved to Hollywood with $40 in hopes of making movies." - Michael Alarcon
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[Quote No.54140] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"We develop resilience [persistence, 'grit', or the ability to rebound] the way we develop athletic or academic skills: By practicing and getting better at it. Here’s the catch: Most people don’t want to fail, and parents in particular don’t want their kids to fail. So we’re programmed to avoid failure. To some extent, that’s a mistake. The good news, if you will, is that some sort of failure is inevitable for most people. So when it happens, it’s important to acknowledge it and learn from it. Researchers think of this in terms of building blocks: Learning how to recover from small setbacks, even as children, helps us build the reflexes and durability that will allow us to overcome bigger setbacks in the future. The vital thing is to recognize failure as a learning opportunity and not hide it, deny it or pretend it didn’t happen. ...many successful people have endured some kind of significant failure. These crucible moments often provide insights that open the door to success later on. Many of the titans we consider landmark Americans, such as Ben Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, experienced serious setbacks along the way. They became indomitable because they learned how to stumble and recover. It’s not just a historical phenomenon. ...Tim Westergren was a burned-out musician when he got the idea for the Pandora Internet radio site, and realized it might be a way for struggling bands like the one he had been in to connect with new listeners they wouldn’t find any other way. As a player early in his baseball career, Joe Torre struggled with weak confidence and a raft of personal problems. But that later gave him a unique ability to manage the complex personalities on a team like the New York Yankees (not to mention the combative owner, George Steinbrenner), and turn them into world champions. Many of the people we envy and admire are far more familiar with failure than you’d ever guess." - Rick Newman
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[Quote No.54141] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about persistence past failure, criticism and disappointment to achieve success:] The Beatles: The band was famously rejected by Decca Records. The record company stated, ‘Guitar groups are on the way out.’ We all know how that turned out. They kept playing the club circuit until five or so months after the Decca rejection, they were signed to EMI." - Michael Alarcon
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"[A true story: about persistence past failure, criticism and disappointment to achieve success:] Oprah Winfrey: Winfrey is a little different...in that her failures and pitfalls happened before her career started. She had numerous family problems (too horrible to list here), she ran away from home at 13, had a baby at 14 (which died soon after). But she won Miss Black Tennessee at 17, got a radio broadcasting job at 18. What she says of failure? ‘There is no such thing as failure,’ she recently said in her Harvard commencement speech. ‘Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.’ " - Michael Alarcon
[Refer http://www.ehow.com/ehow-extras/blog/8-famous-failures-and-how-they-overcame-their-setbacks/ ]
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[Quote No.54143] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about persistence past failure, criticism and disappointment to achieve success:] J. K. Rowling: Rowling considered herself as ‘the biggest failure [she] knew.’ She had no job, she had just ended an allegedly abusive marriage, she was diagnosed as clinically depressed, she also had a baby, and she was living off welfare benefits. But to her, her failure was liberating, ‘I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.’ " - Michael Alarcon
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[Quote No.54145] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about the power of persisting past failure, setbacks, criticism, deception, fraud, slander, injustice and disappointments to achieve success:] Nikola Tesla and the Power of Persistence: If you’re wondering whether persistence pays off, this story should prove just how much you can achieve if you don’t give up. After all, as Babe Ruth said: ‘It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.’ Nikola Tesla’s story covers more struggles, hurdles and frustration than many of us would put up with, let alone work through. His determination and pure belief in his ideas are nothing short of inspiring. ----- The journey begins: After being ridiculed by his professor for thinking alternating electrical currents were possible, Tesla dropped out of college and went in search of someone who would believe in his vision (sound familiar?). After working in a company owned by Thomas Edison, he decided that the famous engineer himself was the person to talk to, and set off on a journey to meet him. ----- A troubled start: Tesla’s journey didn’t begin well. On his way to the ship bound for New York, he almost missed his train and lost all of his money, his ticket, luggage and passport. Somehow, he managed to get on the ship anyway—only to be caught up in fights on-board and get arrested. After all of this, Tesla managed to track down Edison and show him his plans for alternating currents. At the time, Edison was controlling all of the electricity available to citizens using direct currents, and turned away Tesla’s idea which would compete with his own business. He did see that Tesla had potential as an engineer, though, and hired him on the spot. ----- Feuding genii: When Tesla proclaimed that he could improve Edison’s direct current generators, Edison offered him a $50,000 reward, thinking it was impossible. When Tesla achieved his goal and asked to be paid, Edison called the $50,000 reward a joke and instead offered a weekly pay rise of $10 (on top of his existing wage of - $18 per week [or $936/yr so the $50,000 reward was the equivalent of 50 years os his existing salary]). Disgusted, Tesla resigned on the spot, thus beginning the lifelong feud between the two inventors. ----- New lows: Desperate for work, Tesla found himself digging ditches for $2 a day until he was approached by investors who wanted to finance a new company for him to develop improved arc lighting. Not until the company started making a profit did he realize the investors had swindled him and were taking the majority of the profits themselves. When he asked them to invest in his idea for an alternating current motor, they not only turned him down but threw him out of the company as well. ----- Persistence: Not one to give up easily, Tesla continued working and asking investors to put up money for his alternating current theories. With enough investment to set up a small laboratory, Tesla finally built an example of his alternating current motor and filed several related patents. Eventually, he interested magnate George Westinghouse, who invested enough for Tesla to bring to life his dream of building and installing alternating current systems across America. As alternating currents started to take off and Tesla finally received some of the recognition he deserved, Edison began to feel the threat to his direct current technology. He and his major investor, J.P. Morgan, began a campaign of slanderous propaganda against Tesla and his technology. ----- Slander and rumors: When Westinghouse refused to work with Morgan (who wanted a stake in Tesla’s prosperous work) due to his shady business practices, Morgan took revenge by spreading rumors on Wall St that made investors hesitant to give Westinghouse more money. Westinghouse almost went bankrupt before Tesla tore up his own contract, giving up his claim to all royalties, which would have eventually made him a billionaire. Westinghouse was saved from financial ruin, but Tesla could no longer rely on him for major investment. ----- It gets worse: Desperate for investment to continue his work, Tesla took a terrible deal with Edison’s investor, Morgan. He gave up 51% ownership in all his existing and future patents and inventions relating to electric lighting and wireless telegraphy or telephony. In return, he only received $150,000 of the $1 million he needed. After taking a second small loan from Morgan, Tesla was forced to use his personal funds to keep his work going. To make matters worse, his radio patents had been stripped and given to an Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, whose money and connections enabled him to override Tesla’s rightful claim to the patents. Marconi was later awarded a Nobel Prize for his achievements in radio, leaving Tesla out in the cold without the funds to sue for what was rightfully his. ----- It’s not all bad: Tesla didn’t give up. He didn’t give in when his patents were taken away, or he gave up his royalties, or his name and his inventions were slandered all over town. He kept working, and he kept believing in himself and his ideas. And good things came of his persistence and determination in the face of adversity. Tesla received over 800 patents in his lifetime. He also (eventually) had his radio patents returned to him and was named the ‘father of radio.’ He demonstrated his alternating currents technology at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the first all-electric fair in history. Tesla’s alternating currents were also used to create a Niagara Falls power plant. ... " - Belle Beth Cooper
Attendly's Head of Content. Published June 27, 2013. [Refer http://www.attendly.com/nikola-tesla-and-the-power-of-persistence/ ]
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[Quote No.54146] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message that inspires about courage, persistence and compassion for others:] Terrance Stanley ‘Terry’ Fox CC OD (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run [The Marathon of Hope] to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his CANCER EVENTUALLY FORCED HIM TO END HIS QUEST AFTER 143 DAYS AND 5,373 KILOMETRES (3,339 MI), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$600 million has been raised in his name. Fox was a distance runner and basketball player for his Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, high school and Simon Fraser University. His right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, though he continued to run using an artificial leg. He also played wheelchair basketball in Vancouver, winning three national championships. In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. He hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canada's 24 million people. He began with little fanfare from St. John's, Newfoundland in April and RAN THE EQUIVALENT OF A FULL MARATHON EVERY DAY. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario; he made numerous public appearances with businessmen, athletes, and politicians in his efforts to raise money. He was forced to end his run outside of Thunder Bay when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later. He was the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada. He won the 1980 Lou Marsh Award as the nation's top sportsman and was named Canada's Newsmaker of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. Considered a national hero, he has had many buildings, roads and parks named in his honour across the country." - Unknown
[Refer http://www.totalprosports.com/2011/11/21/9-inspirational-sports-stories/ ]
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[Quote No.54148] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[True story after true story: about persisting past failure, criticism, disappointment, etc to eventually achieve success:] 5 Famous People Who Succeeded Long After They Should've Quit [and then 3 more to bring the total to 8!] : Picking a career is pretty hard, it turns out. Not only do you have to choose something you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life, but you also have to be somewhat competent at it. Most of us will just fall into something and go with it. After all, if you haven't found your calling by, say, age 30, it's pretty much hopeless, right? If you were going to make it, you'd have made it by now. Well ... maybe not. After all ...

----- #5. ----- Alan Rickman Got His First Movie Role at 46: If you are an aspiring movie actor, how long would you plug away at it before deciding it's not for you? Like, if you've made it to your mid-40s without ever appearing in a movie, that's probably a sign that you're never going to have an action figure made from you, right? === The Rock Bottom Moment: So there was this guy named Alan who had gotten an art degree (because enrolling in drama classes ‘wasn't considered the sensible thing to do‘), and by his late 20s was doing as well as you'd expect anyone with a degree to do. He was running his own graphic design business ... and that's when he decided to drop absolutely everything and sign up for acting classes. He even left his own company to concentrate full-time on acting, which doesn't do a lot for your financial security, it turns out. While studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rickman was pushing 30 and supporting himself by working as a dresser for other actors (and we mean literally helping them put their clothes on). He did get to meet stage actors like Sir Nigel Hawthorne, but their interaction at this point was probably limited to ‘fetch me my leotards, boy.’ ‘Now put them on, very slowly. Yes. Yes.’ And this went on for years. Rickman farted around the theater scene for over a decade. Then finally, at age 42, Rickman was cast as one of the leads in the stage version of the book ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’. The play was a hit and was soon adapted by Hollywood as ‘Dangerous Liaisons’. Boom! Success! Everyone involved in it became internationally famous! Except Rickman, because they replaced him with John Malkovich. Everyone knows Alan Rickman is famously terrible at playing creepy, evil characters. === The Success: However, Rickman's performance did catch the attention of producer Joel Silver, who two years later asked him to star as the villain in some action movie with some TV actor named Bruce Willis. Something about a bunch of terrorists taking over a skyscraper [‘Die Hard’] . Yep, Alan Rickman, the best bad-guy actor maybe ever, the man behind Hans Gruber and Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series, started his film career at age 46.

----- #4. ----- Roget Invented the Thesaurus at Age 73: It's not that Peter Roget went through life broke. By age 61, he was an accomplished doctor, lecturer and inventor. He was a respected man of science. He was also, however, pretty insane and most definitely miserable. Which is standard for people who spend their days studying kaleidoscopes, we guess. === The Rock Bottom Moment: Being nuts, it turns out, was in his blood: His grandmother was mentally unstable, his mother was nearly psychotic and his sister and daughter had suffered severe mental breakdowns. As if that wasn't enough, his father and wife died young, and one time his uncle slit his throat in front of him. Peter was actually the sane one in the family, or as it was known to people who weren't in his family, ‘still crazier than a shit house rat.’ Roget himself was described as ‘humorless and judgmental’ and a little bit paranoid. His obsessive personality slowly took over his life and led him to, for example, count his steps every day. He was also obsessed with cleanliness ... which was unfortunate, because he lived in 19th century London, which had no clean water or toilets. Civilization didn't beat out nomadic tribalism with the invention of the British accent. The only thing that seemed to calm him was making lists, a somewhat creepy hobby he'd had since childhood. When he retired from medicine at 61, he realized he might as well spend all day making one huge, all-encompassing list of all the things ever -- so that's exactly what he did. === The Success: Twelve years later, at age 73, Peter Roget published his giant list of words as a book, ‘Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases’ ... otherwise known as ‘the thesaurus.’ Or ‘wordbook’ or ‘phrasehouse’ or ‘table-leg prop.’ Back in 1805, he had compiled a small indexed catalog of words for personal use, presumably to help him cheat in crossword puzzles. Roget kept building on his initial list over the years, but only as a pointless hobby, because as we explained before, he was pretty much insane. It wasn't until he retired that he decided to devote himself seriously to creating a collection of synonyms and antonyms that writers could use as an easy reference. The thesaurus was an instant success and made Roget's name synonymous with, well, synonyms. He kept working on it until his death at age 90, and in the meantime managed to not kill himself or anyone else. Pretty impressive, we think. Look out! He's going to off, rub-out, liquidate or slay somebody!

----- #3. ----- The Author of the Book Behind ‘Apocalypse Now’ Was a Sailor, Drifter and Part-Time Criminal Until Age 37: Now it's true that a lot of writers don't publish their big novel until after a lot of years of trying. In the days before everybody had a blog, you'd maybe get your English degree and then write some short stories that get published in some magazine, or take work writing greeting cards -- whatever pays the bills. But others, well, they take a more roundabout approach. === The Rock Bottom Moment: In 1878, Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski, a young Polish sailor working for the French marine service, tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest. The reason? Pick one: His family was exiled from his country, he was orphaned by age 11, he was involved in a gun smuggling plot, he had just gone through a disastrous love affair that apparently ended in a duel and his gambling had left him riddled by debt. So he tried to shoot himself. The bullet didn't seem to hit anything important, though, so Jozef shrugged it off and kept working. In the same year, he joined the British Merchant Marines, even though he was already in his 20s and didn't know a word of English. Over the following decade, Jozef slowly picked up on the language during his many voyages around the world -- which, by the way, he barely survived. English is a notoriously dangerous language. A trip to Congo in 1890, for example, left him physically and psychologically drained. During his tour of Africa, Jozef witnessed enough horror and evil to shatter anyone's faith in humanity. It was almost like in ‘Apocalypse Now’. === The Success: No, wait, it was exactly like ‘Apocalypse Now’ -- he wrote it. All that shit Martin Sheen's character goes through in the movie is based on Jozef's own experiences as a merchant sailor in the Congo, which Francis Ford Coppola updated to the Vietnam War for the film. The book's surfing scene was left unchanged. You see, after 20 years of being a full-time sailor, one day Jozef decided to switch careers and become a novelist. He published his first novel in 1894, at age 37, under a name you are slightly more likely to recognize: ‘Joseph Conrad.’ This didn't exactly come out of nowhere: His father had tried to instil in him a love of literature before, you know, dying, and Conrad's life going to shit for the next 30 years gave him some material to work with. In 1899, Conrad began publishing ‘Heart of Darkness’, the novel that ‘Apocalypse Now’ is based on, and by the early 20th century he was recognized as one of the most important writers in the English language -- a language he didn't even speak until adulthood and that, perhaps most impressively, he apparently taught himself while listening to sailors.

----- #2. ----- An Unemployed Nurse Became an Emmy Award Winning Actress at 56: In 1995, Kathryn Joosten moved in with a family member in Los Angeles because she wanted to make it in Hollywood. Like most girls following the same hopeless dream, she had no agent, no contacts and close to nothing on her resume. Seems like a pretty typical story. === The Rock Bottom Moment: Unlike most girls, however, Joosten was 56. The family member was her son. ‘I expect you to do your share of chores and be in bed by 11 ... um, Mom.’ In the '60s and '70s, Joosten had a promising career as a nurse in Chicago, but she gave it up after getting married. Her husband was a psychiatrist and did pretty well -- he was also, however, a deadbeat alcoholic. Ten years later, they divorced. Joosten found herself a 40-something single mother with two kids and three jobs, struggling to make ends meet. So, she did the sensible thing and decided to drop everything to become an actress. Now, here's where our story gets inspirational, right? Hell, no! Joosten started auditioning for parts and ... nothing happened. And then, more nothing. For several years. In the meantime, she supported her family by hanging wallpaper and painting houses, among other gigs. In 1992, she was finally cast by Disney in her first important role: ‘Streetmosphere‘ performer in the Orlando theme park. Where dreams go to be processed and sold for twice the price. She stayed in that city for three years -- the job lasted for one. By 1995, she had decided to try her luck in L.A., even if it meant moving in with her son. === The Success: And then Urkel changed everything. A spot in ‘Family Matters’ saying two lines with Jaleel White landed Joosten an agent who evidently marketed the shit out of her sassy older woman image. Soon she got herself guest parts in pretty much every sitcom made in the following decade, from ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘Frasier’ to ‘Will & Grace’ to ‘Scrubs’. If you watch TV at all, you've probably seen her face at least a couple dozen times. She was the president's secretary in ‘The West Wing’. And the little old lady in ‘Desperate Housewives’ - Aka the one we'd be most scared of asking for our ball back. Kathryn Joosten has won two Emmy’s for that ‘Desperate Housewives’ role, and it's all because of her uncanny perseverance. And Urkel. Mostly Urkel.

----- #1. ----- Colonel Sanders Was 65 When He Launched Kentucky Fried Chicken: Harland Sanders had one of the most ridiculous resumes in human history. It starts with him dropping out of school in the sixth grade, not because he was lazy, but because he had to take care of his younger brothers. Life dealt him a shitty card, and it would just keep piling those up over the next 50 years and a dozen failed careers. According to his autobiography, Sanders' many jobs included farmhand, army mule-tender and motel operator ... plus other shadier-sounding ones like aspiring lawyer, failed political candidate and, um, ‘amateur obstetrician.’ By age 40, Sanders was running a crappy service station and decided to make a little extra cash by serving full meals to busy people -- the place was so small that they had to eat in the same room where he lived. But eventually, people started coming in purely because of his food, getting to the point where he could no longer cram them inside his bedroom. Eventually Sanders moved to a bigger place across the street. His restaurant was a hit, and everything was perfectly fine from then on! === The Rock Bottom Moment: That is, until a new highway was built, directing all of the traffic miles away from his restaurant. Business dried up, and the now-elderly Harlan Sanders was profoundly screwed. So, at age 65, the restaurant was bankrupt and things weren't looking so bright for Sanders. Now retired from his jobs, he cashed his first ever Social Security check ... === The Success: ... and used it to open a franchise. And then another, and then another. Hell, there might one down your street, with Sanders' face plastered all over it. China knows Colonel Sanders as ‘Comrade General Demon Hair.’ Harland Sanders (named honorary Kentucky Colonel in 1935 solely on account of his fine cooking) was so confident in his ability to fry chicken that he used the last money he had in the world and invested it in his restaurant. Less than 10 years later, Sanders had more than 600 Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in the U.S. and Canada. In 1964, he sold his interest in the company for $2 million to a group of investors. He was in his mid-70's. Today, more than 12 million people eat at KFC each day in 109 countries. There are more than 5,200 restaurants in the United States and more than 15,000 locations worldwide. His face continues adorning buckets of chicken, and his ghost continues haunting Japanese baseball teams.

[----- +1. ----- Jose Saramago published one forgettable novel in 1947, aged 25, then spent nearly two decades working odd jobs (like gas station clerk and auto mechanic) before eventually going to work for a newspaper, after which he started publishing again. He didn't become famous or win acclaim until he was 60 years old. His novels went on to sell millions of copies in Portuguese, get translated into dozens of languages, and win him a Nobel Prize for literature in 1998.

----- +2. ----- J. R. R. Tolkien didn't publish ‘Lord of the Rings’ until he was in in sixties.

----- +3. ----- The comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn't even find success doing stand-up until he was 41. ]

" - Simon Dufresne and Dylan Moore
Published January 27, 2012. [Refer http://www.cracked.com/article_19655_5-famous-late-bloomers_p2.html ]
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[Quote No.54152] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about enjoying the process and the journey of pursuing their dreams, persisting past failure, criticism, disappointments, to eventually achieve recognition and success again - in the following story after they were dead – posthumously – suggesting they were ahead of their times. The following success is just one example of a writer-author:] HERMAN MELVILLE Herman Melville is a great example that early success doesn’t always mean that rejection isn’t around the next corner. The American novelist, best known for his epic novel 'Moby Dick', had a string of rejections after years of success: His publisher, Harper & Brothers, rejected his next manuscript, 'Isle of the Cross' which has been lost. Herman Melville didn’t let that stop him. After that he wrote 'His Masquerade' which although at the time garnered mixed reviews, has since won literary acclaim. Herman Melville is a great reminder that if you love to write, keep writing through the successes and rejections thrown your way. ‘Our united opinion is entirely against the book. It is very long, and rather old-fashioned.’ Publisher rejects 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville. It is later published by Harper & Brothers, who release a first print run of 3000 copies. Only 50 of these sell during the author’s lifetime." - Unknown

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"[True story after true story – with a message about enjoying the process and the journey of pursuing their dreams, persisting past failure, criticism, disappointments, to eventually achieve recognition and success - in the following stories after they were dead – posthumously – suggesting they were ahead of their times:] 9 Authors Who Found Success Posthumously: . . .

1. Geoffrey Chaucer:
Though it’s still up for debate as to exactly when ‘The Canterbury Tales’ were written and published, it’s widely agreed upon that Chaucer wrote them in the late 1300s and that the majority of his work was released after his death in the 1400s. If high schoolers are still reading your writing 600 years after you wrote it, I’d say that’s a posthumous success story.

2. Emily Dickinson:
Unpublished in her lifetime, Dickinson’s thousands of poems are now endlessly anthologized and studied, and she’s inspired just about every prominent American poet since. She spent most of her life as a recluse, but her poetry (she used powerful imagery to discuss death, demons, violence, and passion) shows she was anything but the shrinking violet history has made her out to be.

3. Franz Kafka
While some works (like his most famous, ‘The Metamorphosis’) were published in his lifetime, most of his writing was released after he died — and against his wishes. Not only did he not want his manuscripts published — legend has it he wanted them destroyed.

4. Irène Némirovsky
Némirovsky wrote the 2004 hit ‘Suite Francaise’ while France was occupied by the Nazis. The book is two novellas put together; she had planned for three more in the series, but the Jewish Némirovsky sadly died at Auschwitz before finishing. Her daughter released her manuscripts 50 years later, and the book was met with wide acclaim for reflecting on history as it unfolded.

5. Sylvia Plath
Plath’s novel ‘The Bell Jar’ was distributed mere months before she committed suicide in the 1960s, but wasn’t published under her name until the 1970s (she used the pen name Victoria Lucas). Though her work was already well-known in literary circles, the posthumous release of her poetry collection ‘Ariel’ (featuring ‘Daddy’ and ‘Lady Lazarus’) catapulted Plath into legendary status.

6. Stieg Larsson
Larsson wrote all three books in the ‘Millenium’ series — ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’, and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ — but they weren’t published before his sudden death in 2004. His addictive thrillers have made him one of the best-selling contemporary authors in the world, and there’s a chance he could still hold that title for years to come: Larsson wrote half of the fourth book in the series before dying, but disputes between his partner and family have halted any moves to finish or publish it.

7. Henry David Thoreau
While alive, Thoreau published and sold little of his work. Now, his ‘Walden’ has inspired countless writers, activists, and philosophers and his name is practically synonymous with American transcendentalism.

8. Zora Neal Hurston
An anthropologist in her training, Hurston’s fiction was overlooked in her lifetime. Luckily for us, feminism’s first wave (and its key members, like Alice Walker) are responsible for bringing her and her stunning ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ to the attention of millions of readers since. Bonus: She was on a postage stamp!

9. Herman Melville
Aspiring novelists, take heart. ‘Moby-Dick’ was such a flop when it first came out that it was out of print by the time Melville died. Captain Ahab might not get revenge in the classic novel, but Melville got his: He’s frequently cited as one of the best American writers to have ever lived.

" - Molly Labell
05.05.2014 . [Refer http://www.bustle.com/articles/22257-9-authors-who-found-success-posthumously ]
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"[True story after true story – with a message about enjoying the process and the journey of pursuing their dreams, persisting past failure, criticism, disappointments, to eventually achieve recognition and success - in the following stories after they were dead – posthumously – suggesting they were ahead of their times: Posthumous Success: Legendary Writers and Artists] - < br />
Unappreciated in your time? This could be you. . . Do you feel underappreciated by your employer? Do your friends not realise your full potential? Don’t worry, you could just be an untapped talent just like Vincent Van Gogh or Edgar Allan Poe. And if so, even when the last nail is banged in your coffin lid, your work will still stand a chance of being celebrated for centuries to come. It’s happened before and it can happen again. Some of the biggest legends of the culture world only flourished posthumously. The lack of success during their lives is down to multiple factors: some, like Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco, were years ahead of their time and only appreciated once the world had caught up; others like Emily Dickinson are examples of outsider art, those who have had little or no contact with the art world, and whose raw talent is only discovered after their death. The moral of this story is clear: don’t give up on those doodles and don’t throw your lovey dovey poems in the bin. Keep them all in a safe place, for who knows who might invest an interest once you’re gone...

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Poe, who is seen today as the creator of the detective story, spent most of his life struggling to make ends meet. Orphaned at a young age and deleted from his guardian's will, he tried to make a living solely from being an author. Before his death at just 40, Poe's life was littered with alcoholism, poverty and the death of his young wife from Tuberculosis.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
American poet Dickinson lived a very reclusive life, often unwilling to leave the house. Only around 10 poems were published during Dickinson's lifetime, after her death her sister found some 1800 more hidden away and set about publishing them.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
During his lifetime Kafka couldn't live by his earnings as an author, working as an insurance officer and in an asbestos factory. Now he is seen as one of the best writers of 20th century and is most famous for ‘The Metamorphosis’, ‘The Trial’ and ‘The Castle’.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Author and poet among many other things, Thoreau's work is highly regarded to this day. Ahead of his time perhaps, he is most famous for ‘Walden’, an account of man's natural surroundings, and ‘Civil Disobedience’, which called for a just state.

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
An American poet and novelist, Plath lived a reportedly troubled life and committed suicide in 1861. She was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for her work entitled ‘The Collected Poems’.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
One of the first feminist authors of the 20th century, her work was published during her legacy but her legacy grew considerably after her death.

William Blake (1757-1827)
Poet, painter and printmaker, Blake broke from the Rationalism of his time and his peers thought him insane. Since the arrival of Romanticism he was seen in a different light.

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Despite giving up work as a stockbroker to concentrate on his art, Gauguin's work only became popular 40 years after his death. A key figure in the Symbolist movement, he is most famous for his depictions of the Tahitian people, where he settled after travelling the world.

Henry Darger (1892-1973)
Darger, a recluse whose work was discovered by his landlords shortly before his death, is the perfect example of outsider art. There are only three known photographs of Darger and little is known about his private life, the documentary ‘In the Realms of the Unreal’ directed by Jessica Yu attempts to unearth some information.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)
The Dutch Baroque painter was largely unknown until historians Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger drew attention to his work nearly 200 years after his death. He is now seen as a major figure in the Dutch Golden Age.

El Greco (1541-1614)
Domenikos Theotokopoulos, who was born in Crete, was a Spanish Renaissance painter known as El Greco. His work, which was heavily influenced by Byzantine art, was largely dismissed by art critics at the time and only gained popularity during 18th Century Romanticism.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
Van Gogh only sold 2 paintings during his lifetime before he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest at 37. Since his death his work has become highly influential and is owned by galleries and private collectors across the globe. His ‘Portrait of Dr. Gachet’ sold for $82.5 million in 1990.

" - Brogan Driscoll
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"[True story after true story – with a message about enjoying the process and the journey of pursuing their dreams, persisting past failure, criticism, disappointments, to eventually achieve recognition and success - in the following stories after they were dead – posthumously – suggesting they were ahead of their times:] - < br />
Carl Fredrik Hill - artist
[http://www.hubin.org/news/column/lucc1_creativity/cf_hill_en.html ] Hill got famous only after his death, and the works from his healthy period attracted attention in the first place. Later Gunnar Ekelöf and several other Swedish poets played an essential role for the reassessment of the art from Hill´s ill period. Just like in the case of Ernst Josephson this art became an important source of inspiration to the artists of Modernism.

Clarice Cliff - artist, pioneer of the Art Deco genre
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/antiques/collectorsguide/features/clarice_cliff.shtml ] Clarice continued to promote her ware as Artistic Director at the pottery and was rewarded with seeing some of her work become collectors pieces in the 1960s. But it was not until several years after her death in 1972, that Art Deco was rediscovered by the larger antique-buying community, and her enormous influence on British pottery truly acknowledged.

El Greco - artist
[http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0HTZ/2_133/104835375/p1/article.jhtml ] After his death, El Greco's paintings lost their popularity and were soon forgotten. The quality of his paintings was rediscovered, however, in the 19th century, when French artists Eugene Delacroix and Edgar Degas admired his work and had examples of his paintings in their own art collections. More recently, most artists, especially Modern Artists called ‘Expressionists,’ recognized how great his paintings really were--400 years after he died.

Thomas Eakins - painter
[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/eakins_t.html ] When Thomas Eakins died in 1916, he left behind a body of work unprecedented in American art for its depth, strength, perception, character, and commitment to realism. Yet during his life, Eakins sold less than thirty paintings. Rejected by the public and the art establishment of his day, it was only after his death that a new generation of scholars and critics recognized Eakins as one of America's greatest painters.

Tom Thomson - Canada's premier colourist and landscapist artist
[http://www.sandrashaw.com/tt2003.htm ] Tom Thomson was not famous during his lifetime, and so no one thought to photograph him.

Vincent (Willem) van Gogh - artist
[http://gallery.sjsu.edu/paris/breaking_away/bio_vangogh.htm ] Van Gogh sold only one painting, ‘Red Vineyard at Arles’, during his lifetime. He was little known to the art world at the time of his death, but his paintings became famous after he died. He had a significant impact on Expressionism, Fauvism and early abstraction, as well as other aspects of 20th-century art. [http://www.gsn.org/gsh/past/hakuna/report04.html ] He only started painting in the last 10 years of his life, and that he was so upset by his condition of epilepsy, that he took his own life at 47. His work only became famous after he died.

Johann Sebastian Bach - composer
[http://projects.cbe.ab.ca/riverbend/classical/research.html ] He composed for the glory of God and his own pleasure. Bach was more famous for his harpsichord and organ playing than his composing. Bach’s compositions became more famous after he died. [http://www.platforma.pl/bach/eng/index.phtml ] He was not famous as a compositor during his life, only further generations discovered his genius.

Billy Tipton - Jazz Musician
[http://www.lezbeout.com/BillyTiptonmusicianormagician.htm ] During his lifetime, you probably never heard of the immensely talented jazz musician, Billy Tipton. Unfortunately Billy would become famous world wide only after his death - immediately after his death [and only then when it was discovered that ‘he’ was really a ‘she’].

Billy Holliday – singer-entertainer
[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/holiday_b.html ] During her lifetime she had fought racism and sexism, and in the face of great personal difficulties triumphed through a deep artistic spirit. It is a tragedy that only after her death could a society, who had so often held her down, realize that in her voice could be heard the true voice of the times.

James Dean - actor
[http://members.shaw.ca/giant/Jimmy.htm ] It's sad that his fame and popularity bolstered after he died in that car crash on September 30, 1955. An example to show how unknown Dean was when he was alive. Just before the fatal car crash, Dean was pulled over for speeding, and the officer giving him the ticket didn't even know who he was when Dean said he worked for Warner Brothers.

Nakahara Chuya - poet
[http://www.city.yamaguchi.yamaguchi.jp/english/body/figure/figures.html ] A modern poet Nakahara Chuya, who contributed great achievements to the history of Japanese Literature, was born at Yudaonsen Yamaguchi city on 29th of April in 1907. He devoted his 30 years of life to make poems. He died in obscurity in a unfamiliar land and his poems gained fame only after his death. However, as time has passed, his poems have become highly valued. Chuya has recently been recognized as one of the best modern lyric poets.

Innokenty Annensky - poet
[http://www.300.years.spb.ru/eng/3_spb_3.html?id=94 ] Innokenty Annensky's literary fate was unusual. Throughout his lifetime, the poet was hardly known outside of Tsarskoye Selo, Russia, where he lived during the last years of his life. Annensky became known and famous only after his death.

Emily Dickinson - poet
[http://troy.gc.peachnet.edu/www/bstrickl/lit/dickinso.htm ] Emily Elizabeth Dickinson became famous only after her death. In her adult life, she was a recluse who only rarely ventured out of her house. A lover of poetry and a great reader, Dickinson tentatively became a poet herself, with the encouragement of some prominent writers and editors. However, during her lifetime, only seven of her short, haunting, innovative poems were published. After her death, though, her poetic legacy proved to be glorious. [http://www.skygaze.com/content/facts/literature.shtml ] It was only after her death that volumes of her writings were discovered, and it was not until 1890, four years after she died, that the first collection of her work was published.

Gregor Mendel - scientist, ‘The Father of Genetics’
[http://134.174.17.106/develop/vanvactor/heredity.html ] Unlike Darwin, Mendel didn't travel very much at all, and was never famous or noteworthy during his life time.

Willebrord Snell - Dutch mathematician who is best known for his discovery of refraction
[http://www.qerhs.k12.nf.ca/projects/physics/snell.html ] Willebrord's biggest contribution to science, however, is the law of refraction, even though it wasn't published until almost 70 years after he died.

King ‘Tut’ Tutankhamun - Egyptian Monarch
[http://www.theculturedtraveler.com/Heritage/Archives/Qin_Army.htm ] Thirty centuries after his death, the boy-king, Tut, became a far greater legend than he had been in his own time.

Christopher Columbus - explorer
[http://www.rit.edu/~kecncp/Courses/160-1999-3/columbus1.doc ] Columbus did not really discover America. People were living in America before Columbus arrived, but he was the first explorer in recorded history to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He did not know he had found a new continent and thought he had reached the Indies. He only became famous after he died.

Sacagawea - Native American Explorer whose face now appears on the US dollar coin
[http://www.washingtonhistory.org/wshm/lewisandclark/sacagawea.htm ] Sacagawea's factually documented personal worth is proudly acclaimed by her Fort Hall Reservation, Idaho, Lemhi descendants who ‘want the world to know that she is Lemhi Shoshoni.’

Nathaniel Hale - patriot
[http://www.justmorons.com/articles/day030606.html ] Moments before his execution, he expressed regret that he couldn't be hanged more than once. This remark catapulted him to posthumous fame (but only after his death), and Nathan Hale is revered to this day.

Dr. James Naismith - inventor of basketball
[http://www.athletics.mcgill.ca/varsity_sports_article.ch2?article_id=110 ] What would he think of multi-million dollar player contracts and sponsorship deals and the never-ending season of the National Basketball Association which was founded in 1946, seven years after he died?

George Davis - early baseball player
[http://www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/davisgeorge/ ] He was elected to the Hall of Fame 89 years after he retired and 58 years after he died.

" - Unknown
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[Quote No.54156] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[True story after true story – with a message about enjoying the process and the journey of pursuing their dreams, persisting past failure, criticism, disappointments, to eventually achieve recognition and success - in the following stories after they were dead – posthumously – suggesting they were ahead of their times:] There are a lot of famous people who never had success while they were alive. We can find examples from the Middle Ages until now: which include such important names like Cervantes, Van Gogh, and even the famous Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. . . .

----- The ‘ironic’ death of Stieg Larsson didn’t let him know the success of the ‘Millenium’ saga: The ‘Millenium’ saga has made millions of euros and fans around the world, while also becoming a film and a TV series. However, Stieg Larsson, the writer and creator, never enjoyed this success. He didn’t even see his work in bookshops as he died in 2004 from a heart attack. The heart attack took place when he had given the third part of the saga to his publisher, and the first part was about to being published. Since his youth, Larsson fought against racism and social exclusion. He worked as a journalist and specialized in studying the extreme antidemocratic Right. He had such knowledge of these that he was asked several times to help institutions, such as Scotland Yard and the OSCE. Because of publishing details of the union between Nazi groups and companies, he was threatened with death and compelled to live clandestinely. He established and managed ‘Expo’ magazine, something that allowed him to write. Every day, when he got home, he worked on ‘Millenium’. In three years he wrote 2,286 pages. Larsson was not concerned about his health: he smoked sixty cigarettes per day, only ate junk food and barely slept. The day of his death the elevator of the ‘Expo’ magazine had broken down and Larsson had to climb the stairs (there were seven floors). As he felt ill, his colleagues called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital, in which he died some hours later. His death did not just bring the posthumous success, but even more controversy because his partner, Eva Gabrielso, didn’t receive a single penny or benefit from his books. Why? Because they were not married. All the benefits have gone to his brother and his father, even though he hadn’t spoken a single word to them in years.

----- Nick Drake, the damn musician, who was ignored by the audience and venerate now as a legend: Nick Drake was an English musician and song writer who never had success in his life. However, now he is considered an essential artist in his genre and one of the biggest musicians of the 20th century by the critics and other musicians. Drake has released only three records, which while critically acclaimed were not well received by the public. His acoustic autumnal rhythms, his deep and dark lyrics (he had depression and insomnia all his life) characterized his music. Drake was found dead when he was 26, from an overdose of antidepressants and sleeping pills. He was a real ‘damned musician’: a lonely, depressive, cannabis addict, with few friends, but with an immense musical talent (he played the guitar, the piano, the clarinet and the saxophone). Nowadays Drake is one of the most important musicians of the last century, and he has been mentioned as an influence by several important musicians, like Elton John and Robert Smith (lead vocalist of ‘The Cure’).

----- The misfortune of Van Gogh: The most famous posthumous success case is that of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most important Dutch, impressionist painters. He sold just one picture in his entire life, and the buyer was his brother Theo. Now, his paintings sell in the millions and they are known and imitated all around the world. Van Gogh had six siblings; however, the relationship with his four-year-younger brother Theo was essential in his life and in his works. He studied art in Switzerland and London with important painters, like Anton Mauve. The discovery of the impressionists made him abandon the academic life and move with Theo to Paris in 1876. There he met Pisarro, Seurat and Gauguin. Under their influence, his palette turned more colorful and his vision became less traditional. However, he suffered his entire life with mental illness, and eventually he entered a mental hospital when he cut part of his ear after a strong discussion with Gauguin. After the second stay in this hospital, Van Gogh decided to take a special mental treatment with Doctor Paul-Ferdinand Gachet. Van Gogh never stopped painting: when he was in the hospital he made portraits of the doctors and the patients; and when he was with doctor Gachet, he painted the village where he was living, the landscape and the inhabitants. His style became more expressive, with imprecise lines and brighter colors. A few months later, doctor Gachet considered that Van Gogh was healed, but he never got better really and he continued to felt guilty because of his dependence on his brother Theo and his professional failure. He plunged into misery and sadness and killed himself without knowing his future success.

----- Leonardo Alenza - the forgotten Spanish painter: Alenza was a romantic Spanish painter and engraver. He learned from great artists like Ribera and Madrazo. His paintings were full of life and expression thanks to Goya’s influence and romantic taste. Alenza was the perfect ‘damned painter’ prototype: he spent his entire life in misery and poverty and he died a simple amateur painter. A short time after his death, his works received very positive recognition from the critics and the public.

----- Posthumous success in Literature: from the Spanish novel to the cosmic terror: When it comes to writers, we find thousands of examples of posthumous success, since the 16th century until now. One of the most striking examples though is Miguel de Cervantes, one of the most important writers in Spanish literature. He was born in Alcalá de Henares in 1547. Cervantes was a ‘man of words and swords’, in the way of the renaissance gentleman. He had a really hard life as his left hand was terribly damaged after the Lepanto battle (in 1571), and when he was on the way home, he was kidnapped by African pirates. When he was set free, he worked as tax collector. Cervantes wanted all his life to be successful as a writer, like the true ‘star’ Lope de Vega,who was known at that time as a better poet and playwright than him. Cervantes made a name as a writer in the last years of his life, when he published most of his works, and the second part of ‘Don Quixote’, his masterpiece and one of the most important books in all history. He died without knowing the strong influence that his work would have on future writers.

----- H.P. Lovecraft, from revising the books of other authors to creating a new, supernatural genre: Another ‘forgotten in life’ author was Howard Phillips Lovecraft [H. P. Lovecraft], the great master of cosmic terror. He began writing when he was just seven years old, and by fifteen, he had written his first collection of short stories. He was always a very lonely and isolated person. He married once, but the marriage broke down when they moved to New York and neither of them could find a job. Lovecraft worked as a book reviser, rewriting books and pieces by other authors. He never had good health and he died very young from cancer. His works were developed throughout his life and some of them were published in the ‘Weird Tales’ magazine, which specialized in the horror genre. He wasn’t famous until he was dead, despite having created a new type of literature: the cosmic chaos, supernatural horror story. He wrote about an invented mysterious god called Cthulhu and created an entire mythology. He was one of the masters of short horror tales, even though he didn’t know it.

----- Edgar Allan Poe the American writer who took the terror stories to the top: He is now considered the father of the horror genre and a universal master of the short story, although he died at just 40, under mysterious circumstances, in a street in Baltimore, unconscious and intoxicated, in the deepest misery. Orphaned since he was a child, Edgar Allan Poe was adopted by a rich trader from Richmond. When he was young he decided to be a writer, even though his father disapproved of it. In the end he was disowned for this reason. Poe always had economic problems, even when he had a job. He worked for several newspapers and magazines as a very strict critic. He lived with his aunt and his young cousin, which he married when she was 14 years old (he was 24). His economic problems combined with his health problems drove him to try to escape through alcohol. He was well known in the literary world, but became famous after the publishing of his master poem ‘The Raven’, one of the most important poems of literature. However, his works could never be understood and he had more enemies than friends. His gloomy and dark mood pushed him into loneliness and a self-destructive spiral that lead him to his mysterious and comprehensible death in 1849. Poe was a romantic. He developed the mystery and horror genre, renewing the gothic novel and writing the first detective stories. This admired and imitated, literary master never knew how important his works were in literature.

" - Marina Patron Sanchez
20th March, 2014. [Refer http://bloguk.jobandtalent.com/artists-that-only-met-the-podthumous-success/ ]
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[Quote No.54159] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about how we must be at our best, when things are at their worst:]

The good are better made by ill,
as odors crushed are sweeter still!

" - Carl Ransom Rogers
(1902-1987) U. S. psychologist
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"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal! The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach" - Benjamin E. Mays

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[Quote No.54198] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"You don't drown by falling in water. You drown by staying there." - Unknown

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"A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence." - Unknown

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"[True story after true story: about focus, drive and persistence overcoming a poor and/or difficult childhood to rise to immense financial success:] 25 Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories

25---Andrew Carnegie: This Scottish-American industrialist started to work at a cotton mill for a 12-hour, 6-days a week job in America when he was only 13 years old after his father lost his jobs as a hand weaver in Scotland. Hired later as a telegraph messenger at the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, he was able to climb the corporate ladder where he used his earnings to invest in ventures that led him to build an empire in the steel industry including his large-scale philanthropic legacy.

24---Oprah Winfrey: Born to unwed teenage parents in Mississippi, this media mogul wore dresses that her grandmother made out of potato sacks. After being molested, she ran away at the age of 13 and became a mother at 14, but her son died in infancy. Sent to live with his father, a barber in Tennessee, she got a full scholarship in college, won a beauty pageant and was discovered by a radio station. Her empire is now worth $2.7 billion which she shares with the world through her philanthropic works.

23---Maria Das Gracas Silva Foster: Born in the poverty-stricken shantytown of Morro do Adeus, Brazil to an alcoholic father, she earned extra money by collecting cans and paper to continue her studies. She broke the barriers of the corporate ladder when she was hired as an intern at Petrobras, an oil company, in 1978 and became the first female head of the department of engineering. She also became one of the world’s most influential people as the first female CEO of Petrobras.

22---Sam Walton: During the Great Depression, Sam Walton and his family lived on a farm in Oklahoma where he milked the family cow and delivered bottles to customers to make ends meet. He joined JC Penny three days after graduating from the University of Missouri with a BA Economics degree. After WW II, with capital of $25,000 that he borrowed from his father along with the $5,000 that he saved from the army, he bought a Ben Franklin variety store which he expanded into the retailer giant Walmart and the membership-only retailer warehouse Sam’s Club.

21---Chris Gardner: Born without knowing his real father, he was driven out of his home by his abusive stepfather. He enlisted in the Navy and later became a medical supplies salesman. Due to the slump in his job and with his own family to support, he became interested in stock broking after seeing a stockbroker with a Ferrari. His travails of sleeping in a subway station bathroom, being homeless, passing the licensing exam for stockbrokers, and becoming employed by Bear Sterns was documented in his memoirs, ‘The Pursuit of Happiness,’ which became a hit movie as well.

20---Ingvar Kamprad: Living on a farm most of his growing up years, this Swedish business magnate had always been known for being enterprising even at a young age as he bought matches in bulk and sold them individually to his neighbors. This expanded to fish, pens and Christmas decorations. He also used the cash reward that his father gave him for good grades and used this to create a mail-order business that became the retail company IKEA. Furniture became the company’s biggest seller, which made him one of the richest men in the world today having a net worth of $3 billion.

19---J.K. Rowling: Joanne Rowling, a native of Yate, Gloucestershire in England moved to Porto, Portugal in 1990 when her mother died. While she was already writing the Harry Potter novel even before her mother’s death, the seven-year period that followed entailed a divorce from her husband in 1993, a move to Edinburgh, Scotland and a life with a daughter living on welfare while suffering from clinical depression until she finished the first book in her famous series, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in 1997. She was able to finish it by writing on scraps of tissue paper from the numerous cafes they visited to let her daughter sleep. With over 400 million books and the worldwide success of the Harry Potter franchise JK Rowling’s net worth is $1 billion.

18---Jim Carrey: James Eugene Carrey was born in Ontario, Canada to a middle-income family where his musician father worked as an accountant. However, things got worse for his family when his father lost his job and they all had to move to Scarborough. He worked at the Titan Wheels Factory for eight hours a day while attending school, but never finished high school. While living in a camper van, he started doing stand-up routines and eventually landed a gig in the sitcom The Duck Factory. He first gained recognition in 1990 when he became one of the casts in the sketch comedy ‘In Living Colors.’ He later moved on to movies and became one of the highest paid comedians in America.

17---Sheldon Adelson: The son of a Lithuanian immigrant taxi driver, his mother ran a knitting store from their home. He grew up in a tenement where he shared a bedroom with his parents and three siblings, started selling newspapers at the age of 12, and started his candy-vending machine business at the age of 16. Though he tried his hand at various enterprises from packing hotel toiletries to mortgage brokering his biggest break came from developing a computer trade show. He purchased the Sands Hotel & Casino and later the mega-resort, The Venetian, from the profits of his ventures pegging his net worth today at $21.8 billion.

16---Kirk Kerkorian: The Armenian-born Kirk Kerkorian grew up at the time of the Great Depression, where he learned English on the street and dropped out of 8th grade to become an amateur boxer. He became a daredevil pilot for the Royal Air Force during WW II and delivered supplies over the Atlantic flying some of the most perilous routes. After quitting gambling in 1947, he bought some charter planes and also engaged in real estate in Las Vegas in 1962. He became the ‘father of the mega-resort’ when he bought The Flamingo and built the stalwarts of the Las Vegas scene, The International and MGM Grand, which made him worth a few billion dollars.

15---John D. Rockefeller: One of six children born in Richford, New York, Rockefeller might have inherited his good business sense from his father, a traveling salesman who used all the tricks to get out of decent hard work and taught his son to always get the best deal in all things. His mom struggled to raise them and though they moved a number of times, he was able to finish school and get his first job as a bookkeeper where he earned $50 in three months. He decided to put up a firm and built an oil refinery with his friend Maurice B. Clark in 1859. He later bought out the Clark brothers’ refinery firm and renamed it Rockefeller & Andrews. He also founded the Standard Oil Company to become the world’s first billionaire and the richest person in history.

14---Leonardo Del Vecchio: Del Vecchio was sent to an orphanage when his widowed mother could not support all five of her children. He worked in a factory that made molds for auto parts and eyeglass frames where he lost part of his finger during an accident. He opened his first molding shop called Luxottica at the age of 23 which expanded to be the world’s largest maker of sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. Luxottica, the known maker of Ray-Ban and Oakley eyewear, also owns 6,000 Sunglass Hut and Lenscrafters retail shops. The second richest man in Italy is now worth $11.5 billion.

13---Li Ka-shing: Born to a family that fled mainland China for Hong Kong in 1940, his father died of tuberculosis which made him quit school at the age of 15 to support his family by working for 16 hours in a factory that made plastics and plastic flowers for US export. He founded Cheung Kong Industries in 1950, which manufactured plastics at first but later on ventured into real estate. The 9th richest person in the world has ownership in a number of multi-range companies from cellular phones, banking, satellite television, steel industries, and shipping.

12---Howard Schultz: Howard Schultz came from a poor family living in the Canarsie Bayview Houses, a housing project in Brooklyn, New York, which made him want to have a lifestyle beyond what his truck-driver father couldn provide. As he saw escape in sport, he became a football scholar at the University of North Michigan where he graduated with a degree in communication, the first in his family to do so. While working for Xerox, he discovered a small coffee shop called Starbucks and became captivated by it. He left Xerox and became the first CEO of Starbucks in 1987, which he expanded from its first 60 shops to over 16,000 outlets worldwide, giving him a net worth of $1.5 billion.

11---Ursula Burns: Ursula Burns grew up in a housing project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a hub for gangs. She was raised by her Panamanian-immigrant single mother who ran a daycare center at her home and ironed shirts for a fee so that she could send Ursula to Cathedral High School. She earned her Mechanical Engineering degree at NYU and became an intern at Xerox. Ursula Burns became the first African-American woman to ever lead a Fortune 500 Company and the 14th most powerful woman in the world.

10---John Paul DeJoria: Before John Paul Mitchell Systems became a success, its founder, John Paul DeJoria had a rough life. After his parents divorced when he was just 2 years old, he sold newspapers and Christmas cards to help his family until the age of 10 when he was sent to live in a foster home. An LA gang member before he joined the military, he was also employed by Redken Laboratories. He loaned $700 and founded JPM Systems to sell his company’s shampoo door-to-door while living out of his car. Today JPM Systems’ annual profit is nearly $900 million.

9---Guy Laliberté: Before Cirque du Soleil came to life, its founder, Canadian-born Laliberté started his acts in circus as a fire-eater that walks on stilts. His venture paid off when he brought his successful troupe in 1987 from Quebec to the Los Angeles Arts Festival with no guarantee of a return fare for the cast. He now commands a total net worth of $2.5 billion.

8---Do Won Chang: Do Won Chang had to work three jobs as a janitor, gas station employee, and coffee shop attendant to support his family when they moved from Korea to America in 1981. After three years of thrift-spending, he was able to open his first retail store Fashion 21, which grew to be the retail clothing giant Forever 21, a pioneer in fast fashion. The multinational clothing empire with over 480 outlets worldwide generates an annual income of $3 billion.

7---George Soros: After surviving the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1947, George Soros escaped the country to stay with his relatives in London. He supported his studies by working as a waiter and railway porter and then sold goods at a souvenir shop after graduating. He also wrote every merchant bank in England until he gained an entry-level job at Singer & Friedlander. He became ‘the man who broke the bank of England’ due to his famous bet against the British pound in 1992, where he earned more than a billion dollars in profit in one plunge in the Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.

6---Zdenek Bakala: With just a $50 bill wrapped in plastic and hidden in a sandwich, Zdenek Bakala fled communist Czechoslovakia in 1980 when he was 19 years old and made it to Lake Tahoe. He worked as a dishwasher at Harrah’s Casino while studying for his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Dartmouth. He later on ventured in banking, opened his first company Credit Suisse First Boston in Prague after the fall of the Berlin Wall and presided over a coal company that has a $2.52 billion market.

5---Harold Simmons: Harold Simmons grew up in a shack in the poor rural town of Golden, Texas with no plumbing or electricity. He still managed, however, to graduate with a B.A. and masters in Economics from the University of Texas. His first venture was a series of drugstores which were almost entirely funded with a loan. This became a 100-store chain which he sold to Eckerd for $50 million. He became famous as a master of the corporate buyout and currently owns 6 companies that trade on the NYSE including the world’s largest producer of titanium, Titanium Metals Corporation.

4---Richard Desmond: Richard Desmond was raised by a single mother living on top of a garage. He quit school at the age of 14 to focus on being a drummer while working as a coat-checker to help pay bills. Though he never became famous for his musical abilities, he later opened his own record store and published his first magazine, ‘International Musician and Recording World’ and expanded the Desmond magazine empire with publications such as the British version of ‘Penthouse’ and ‘OK!’. He now owns a number of publications around the world and was listed on the 2011 ‘Sunday Times’ Rich List with a net worth of £950 million.

3---Harry Wayne Huizenga: Harry Wayne Huizenga was born in Chicago, Illinois to an abusive father. His family moved to Florida to save his parents’ marriage but his father never changed. He moved back to Chicago to go to college but soon dropped out and then signed up to be a reserve in the Army. He went back to Florida after his training and bought his first dump truck to start a trash disposal business. This venture became highly profitable so he purchased more garbage trucks and later built his company, the Waste Management Inc., which became well-known all over the US. He also purchased Blockbuster stores, which later merged with Viacom. He is credited for founding three Fortune 500 companies.

2---Richard Branson: Born to a family of lawyers in Blackheath, London, he had poor academic performance due to his dyslexia. Therefore, he focused more on his business which included growing Christmas trees and raising parakeets. He later started his own record mail-order business at the age of 16. In 1972, he established the record store Virgin Records, which prospered in the 1980s with a number of outlets. He also created Virgin Atlantic Airwaves, which expanded Virgin Records into a music label, making him the 245th richest person in the world today.

1---Roman Abramovich: An orphan at the age of four, this Russian business tycoon was raised by his uncle and grandmother. He got his first break from an expensive wedding gift given by his in-laws. He dropped out of college to pursue his business, which included selling imported plastic ducks from his Moscow apartment. He then ventured into managing the oil giant Sibneft after taking it over in 1995. He continued to flip his investments with profitable ventures such as Russian Aluminum and the steelmaker Evraz Group. He is now the 5th richest person in Russia and owns the $1.5 billion yacht ‘Eclipse,’ the largest private yacht docked in New York City and the Chelsea Football Club, among others.

" - David Pegg
August 12, 2013 [http://list25.com/25-inspirational-rags-riches-stories/ ]
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"[True story: about focus, drive and persistence overcoming a poor and difficult childhood to rise to immense financial success: an Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Story:] Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian entrepreneur who rose from impoverished circumstances to found and run Reliance Industries Limited making it one the largest private sector companies in India." - thefamouspeople.com
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"[True story after true story: about focus, drive and persistence overcoming a poor and/or difficult childhood to rise to immense financial success:] Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories

Kenny Troutt: Net worth: $1.27 billion: Country: US: --- Troutt made his fortune by founding a long distance telephone service company Excel Communications. He sold his company in 1998 to Teleglobe for $3.5 billion. Troutt had an alcoholic father who worked as a bartender and oil-rig worker. After his parents divorced, he was forced to move in a city housing project along with his mother and siblings. While in college Troutt used work as a part-time insurance salesperson.

Howard Schultz: Net worth: $2 billion: Country: US: --- Howard D. Schultz is best known as the chairman and CEO of Starbucks. Schultz was the first person in his family to attend college. His father worked as a truck driver. As the family was poor, Schultz find saw an escape in sports such as baseball, football, and basketball. After graduating, Schultz started working as a salesperson for Xerox Corporation. After changing jobs and rising through the ranks, Schultz joined Starbucks as Director of Marketing but later resigned and opened his own store 'Il Giornale'. He bought Starbucks for $3.8 million two years after becoming an entrepreneur.

Kenneth Langone: Net worth: $2.1 billion: Country: US: --- Kenneth Langone is an investment banker, best known for his association with Home Depot, a company that retails home improvement items and construction products. He had been a board member of the company for 30 years. Langone’s father was a plumber and his mother a cafeteria worker. As a student, Langone worked as a butcher's assistant and a ditch digger. He did his part-time business management and worked full time in the finance field and became an investment banker. He helped Home Depot co-founders arrange the necessary capital after they were fired from Daylin Corporation.

Oprah Winfrey: Net worth: $2.9 billion: Country: US: --- Oprah Winfrey is famous for her award-winning talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. She owns the production company that made the talk show. She also co-founded women’s cable television network Oxygen. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy, according to Wikipedia.

Shahid Khan: Net worth: $3.8 billion: Country: US: --- Shahid Khan is a Pakistani-born American billionaire who owns the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and the English Premier League team Fulham F.C. But his source of wealth is the automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate. When he came to the United States from Pakistan, he spent his first night in a $2/night room at the University Y-YMCA, and his first job was washing dishes for $1.20 an hour, according to Wikipedia. He graduated from the UIUC School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with a BSc in Industrial Engineering. Khan started Bumper Works, a company that manufactured bumpers for pickup trucks. Later he acquired Flex-N-Gate, a company he worked in right after graduating. Khan has been featured in ‘Forbes’ Magazine on the cover depicting him as the face of ‘American Dream’.

Kirk Kerkorian: Net worth: $3.9 billion: Country: US: --- Kirk Kerkorian is the casino mogul and an important figure in shaping Las Vegas. Kerkorian was born to immigrant parents. He dropping out of school in eighth grade and took up boxing under the tutelage of his older brother. He started investing in Las Vegas property in the early years. For example, he bought 80 acres across the Las Vegas Strip. When he sold this to Caesars, he made almost 10 times his original investment. The Las Vegas Hilton and the Flamingo Hilton were both this hotels that he sold to the Hilton Hotels Corporation. After he purchased the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1969, Kerkorian (with architect Martin Stern Jr.) opened the original MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, larger than the Empire State Building and the largest hotel in the world at the time it was finished, according to Wikipedia.

John Paul DeJoria: Net worth: $4 billion: Country: US: --- John Paul Jones DeJoria is well known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patron Spirits Company. John Paul Jones DeJoria’s parents were immigrants. His parents divorced when he was two years old. To support his family, he started selling Christmas cards and newspapers by the time he was nine. When his single mother proved unable to support both children, they were sent to an East Los Angeles foster home. After graduation he joined US Navy after which he took on small jobs including janitor and insurance salesperson. DeJoria entered the world of hair care as an employee of Redken Laboratories. He was fired from this position, he claims over a disagreement on business strategies, according to Wikipedia. And it adds that in 1980, he formed John Paul Mitchell Systems with hairdresser Paul Mitchell. DeJoria also has a majority stake in The Patron Spirits Company, which sells an ultra-premium tequila brand.

Do Won Chang: Net worth: $5 billion: Country: US: --- Do Won Chang is the founder of clothing retail store Forever 21. When he migrated to the US, he worked as a janitor. He also did jobs at coffee shop and pumping gas stations. The beginning was humble. He and his wife, Jin Sook, opened a clothing store after migrating to the US. It was called Fashion 21. The store took off and as he expanded to other locations, the store's name was changed to its current title Forever 21.

Ralph Lauren: Net worth: $7.7 billion: Country: US: --- Ralph Lauren is a fashion designer renowned known for Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. After serving the US Army briefly, he started working as a sales assistant for Brooks Brothers and then took a job as salesperson for a tie company. When he was 26, he designed a tie that was rejected by his company. He was told that his designed tie was commercially unviable. He quit his job and started out on his own. He took rags and turned them into ties. And in 1967 with financial help from Norman Hilton, a clothing manufacturer in New York, Lauren opened a necktie store where he sold ties under the brand name Polo. From there on he kept rising and winning awards for his designs.

Francois Pinault: Net worth: $15 billion: Country: France: --- Though you may not have heard of Francois Pinault, his company (Artemis S.A) owns or has owned many successful brands. Some of them include Converse shoes, Samsonite luggage, Chateau Latour, the Vail Ski Resort, and Christie's auction house. Pinault quit high school and started working at his father’s lumber mill because his classmates made fun of his poor background. He is known to be a ruthless businessman who sold his businesses when the economy and share markets were doing well and later bought them back at a fraction of what he sold them for when the economy and markets crashed.

Leonardo Del Vecchio: Net worth: $15.3 billion: Country: Italy: --- Leonardo Del Vecchio is the founder and chairman of Luxottica, a designer and manufacturer of eyeglass frames. The firm owns the Sunglass Hut and Lenscrafters chains with a total of over 6000 stores, according to Wikipedia. Some of the brands that belong to Luxottica include Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol. Vecchio was given to an orphanage by his mother because she was unable to support him financially. He began his career as an apprentice to a tool and dye maker in Milan, but decided to turn his metal working skills to make spectacle parts and started Luxottica. This was in 1961. From there his business grew and he took the firm international and listed the company in New York in 1990.

George Soros: Net worth: $20 billion: Country: US: --- George Soros is one of the most successful investors ever and he runs Soros Fund Management. Soros emigrated to England in 1947 and became an impoverished student. He worked as a railway porter and as a waiter to survive. While selling fancy goods on the sea side and souvenir shops, one day Soros realised that this not what he wants to do in his life. He wrote to every managing director in every merchant bank in London and ended at an entry-level position in Singer & Friedlander. He then moved to US and worked with few more banks before starting the Quantum Fund in partnership with Jim Rogers. Later he founded his own Soros Fund Management.

Li Ka-shing: Net worth: $31 billion: Country: Hong Kong: --- Li Ka-shing is the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings; through them, he is the world's largest operator of container terminals and the world's largest health and beauty retailer, according to Wikipedia. Due to his father's death, Ka-shing was forced to leave school before the age of 15 and found a job in a plastics trading company where he laboured 16 hours a day. By 1950 he was able to start his own company, Cheung Kong Industries. From manufacturing plastics, Li led and developed his company into a leading real estate investment company in Hong Kong that was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972, according to Wikipedia. It adds that Cheung Kong expanded by acquiring Hutchison Whampoa and Hong Kong Electric Holdings Limited in 1979 and 1985 respectively.

Harold Simmons: Net worth: $10 billion: Country: US: --- Harold Simmons is famous for giving the world the concept of leveraged buyout that is used in acquisition of company. He was the owner of Contran Corporation and of Valhi. He also controlled listed firms such as NL Industries; Titanium Metals Corporation, Waste Control Specialists, CompX, and Kronos Worldwide. Simmons grew up in a ‘shack’ that has no plumbing or electricity. Despite the tough conditions, he got himself admitted in the University of Texas where he earned a bachelors and masters in economics. His first leverage buyout deal was of a drugstore where he invested $5,000 of his own money and a loan of $95,000. He parlayed this store into a chain of 100 stores and sold it to Eckerd Corporation for over $50 million. This launched his career as an investor.

Larry Ellison: Net worth: $41 billion: Country: US: --- Larry Ellison is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. Larry Ellison was born in New York City to an unwed mother of Jewish heritage and after he contracted pneumonia at the age of nine months, his mother gave him to her aunt and uncle for adoption, according to Wikipedia. He dropped out of college after his adoptive mother died and held odd jobs for eight years. Ellison founded software Development Laboratories with two partners in 1977, which was renamed Relational Software in 1979, and finally Oracle Systems Corporation in 1982 after its flagship product, the Oracle database.

Gautam Adani: Net worth: $3.1 billion: Country: India: --- Adani was doing a bachelor’s in Commerce from Gujarat University but had to drop because of family’s financial problems. He started out as a diamond sorter in Mumbai and later went back to Gujarat to help his brother in plastic business. He progressed to trading in Polyvinyl Chloride and never looked back thereafter.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54212] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[True story after true story: about focus, drive and persistence overcoming a poor and/or difficult childhood to rise to immense leadership power and success:] Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories from the distant past

- Genghis Khan, who was homeless with just his mother and his siblings. He went on to create the largest land empire in history.

- The Roman Emperor Diocletian, born in poverty and whose father was a former slave (by some sources, the emperor himself was born in slavery).

- Pope Leo III was of commoner origin and attained the high position in spite of violent opposition from the nobility, who considered the papacy as their preserve.

- Pope Gregory VII, Hildebrand, was a commoner, perhaps the son of a blacksmith. His bad reputation was partially due to horror at his high social mobility.

- Chandragupta Maurya of India, who from a humble beginning founded the Maurya Empire.

- China's Hongwu Emperor and Emperor Gaozu of Han, who were born into peasant families, but eventually founded two of the nation's most illustrious imperial dynasties.

- Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, also known as the Last Great Conqueror from Asia.

- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous example in modern times, as a he unified pre-modern Japan.

" - wikipedia.org
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"But, whether the attention [focus] come by grace of genius or by dint of will, the longer one does attend to [focus on] a topic the more mastery of it one has. And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention [focus], over and over again [persistently], is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is 'compos sui' [latin for 'master of one's self'] if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence!" - William James
(1842 – 1910) American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. Often referred to as 'The Father of American Psychology'. Quote from his book, 'The Principles of Psychology', (1890).
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"[True story after true story: about focus, drive and persistence overcoming a poor and/or difficult childhood to rise to immense financial success:] 7 Inspiring Rags-To-Riches Stories Of Entrepreneurs

This is one genre of stories that has enjoyed an ever-lasting appeal: rags to riches tales. Stories of heroic struggle against odds, survival and eventual triumph have always inspired people, given them hope, courage to fight, and egged them on to persevere. Here, [are] 7 such fabulous stories from around the world, which we believe, would ignite your never-say-die spirit and inspire you to become all that you can be.

1. The steel tycoon who grew up in a one-room weaver’s cottage: Andrew Carnegie: This American industrialist, the founder of Carnegie Steel – a company that produced more steel than all of Great Britain at one point – was born to a poor handloom weaver in Scotland. He grew up in poverty, living in a one-room house, often sleeping to ‘forget the misery of hunger’. To fight starvation, his family migrated to the US. His first job was at age 13 as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in a Pittsburgh cotton factory. In his spare time, he would read works of Robert Burns and historical Scottish heroes like Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, and Rob Roy. His next job was as a telegraph messenger boy. A true entrepreneur, he was a hard worker, and soon was promoted as an operator. Colonel James Anderson, who opened his personal library of 400 volumes to working boys each Saturday night, gave a good boost to his education and passion for reading. Carnegie went on to do a series of railroad jobs. There, he learnt about the industry and business in general. It was during this stint that he began making investments in steel and oil companies that earned him huge returns. By 1889, Carnegie Steel Corporation was the largest of its kind in the world. He went on to become the richest man in the world. Known as one of the ‘builders’ of America who helped shape the nation, in 1901, he sold Carnegie Steel to JP Morgan for $480 million and became a philanthropist. He donated millions to the New York Public Library, established the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, which is now known as Carnegie-Mellon University, created the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and formed the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Remember, the journey began in a one-room weaver’s cottage in Dunfermline.

2. The retail giant who had to milk cows, deliver newspapers: Samuel Walton: This American entrepreneur who built a small grocery store into the giant Walmart supermarket chain, amassing a fortune of over $23 billion, grew up during the Great Depression. He had numerous chores to help make financial ends meet for his family as was common at the time. He milked the family cow, bottled the surplus, and drove it to customers. Afterwards, he would deliver Columbia Daily Tribune newspapers on a paper route. In addition, he also sold magazine subscriptions. During his college, he worked various odd jobs, including waiting tables in exchange for meals. After graduation, he joined the US Army during the World War II. After the war, he left the military and started managing a variety store at the age of 26. He took a loan to buy his first store, and thanks to simple innovations in business, he soon bought his second store. Within 3 years, his sales volume grew to $225,000. The first true Wal-Mart opened on July 2, 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. The rest is history. Forbes ranked Sam Walton as the richest person in the United States from 1982 to 1988. At the time of his death in 1992, he had 1,960 Wal-Mart stores, employed 380,000 people and clocked annual sales of about $50 billion.

3. The Queen of all media who was raped at age 9: Oprah Winfrey: Best known for her multi-award-winning talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ — the highest-rated program of its kind in history — Oprah Winfrey is dubbed as the ‘Queen of all media’ and ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century. She was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She was later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She has often spoken about the hardships she experienced during childhood, saying she was raped at age 9 and at 13, after suffering years of abuse, she ran away from home. She became pregnant at 14. Her son, she said, died in infancy. While in high school, she landed a job in radio and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. She got transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena because of her emotional ad-lib delivery. She became a millionaire at age 32 when her talk show went national. She is credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication. Forbes’ international rich list has listed her as the world’s only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history. As of 2014, she has a net worth in excess of 2.9 billion dollars and has overtaken former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as the richest self-made woman in America.

4. The CEO of Oracle who was born to an unwed Jewish mom: Larry Ellison: Larry Ellison was born in New York City to an unwed Jewish mother. His father was an Italian American US Air Force pilot. According to Wikipedia, Ellison contracted pneumonia when he was nine months old and his mother gave him to her aunt and uncle for adoption. His adoptive mother was warm and loving, while his adoptive father was unsupportive and distant. He was a bright but inattentive student. He left the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after his second year without taking his final exams because his adoptive mother had just died. Later, he attended the University of Chicago for one term, where he first encountered computer design. In 1966, aged 22, he moved to northern California. In 1977, he founded Software Development Laboratories (SDL) with two partners and an investment of $2,000. In 1982, the company became Oracle Systems Corporation after its flagship product, the Oracle database. Currently, Ellison owns stakes in Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Quark Biotechnology Inc. and Astex Pharmaceuticals. In September 2011, Ellison was listed on the Forbes List of Billionaires as the fifth richest man in the world. Ellison is still the third richest American, with a net worth of about $36.5 billion.

5. The richest man in Asia who had to quit school at 15: Li Ka-shing: This Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist is the richest person in Asia, with a net worth of $31.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as of April 16,2014. He was born in Guangdong province, China. After his father’s death, he was forced to leave school to support his family before he turned 15. He found work at a plastics trading company where he laboured 16 hours a day. After years of back-breaking work, he was able to start his own company, Cheung Kong Industries. According to a Harvard Business School article: ‘From his humble beginnings in China as a teacher’s son, a refugee, and later as a salesman, Li provides a lesson in integrity and adaptability. Through hard work, and a reputation for remaining true to his internal moral compass, he was able to build a business empire that includes: banking, construction, real estate, plastics, cellular phones, satellite television, cement production, retail outlets (pharmacies and supermarkets), hotels, domestic transportation (sky train), airports, electric power, steel production, ports, and shipping.’ Today, Li’s businesses cover almost every facet of life in Hong Kong, from electricity to telecommunications, from real estate to retail, from shipping to the Internet. The Cheung Kong Group operates in 55 countries and employs over 260,000 staff worldwide.

6. The poor Ukrainian immigrant who became a Silicon Valley mogul: Jan Koum: When Facebook announced that it was buying mobile messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014, that caused quite a stir. Jan Koum, the startup’s cofounder became the most talked about entrepreneur overnight. Media reported that the WhatsApp floored Mark Zuckerberg so much that the record offer was made so that the two could become ‘friends.’ A true rags to riches hero, Koum was born and raised in a village on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, as the only child of a housewife and a construction labourer. Forbes reported that his house had no hot water, and his parents feared that their phone was tapped by the State and so rarely talked on it. He immigrated to California with his mother when he was 16. He used to sweep the floor of a grocery store and stood in line to collect food stamps. By 18, he was an expert computer hacker. In 1997, Koum was hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer, shortly after he met Brian Acton while working at Ernst & Young as a security tester. In January 2009, Koum bought an iPhone and realized that it would spawn a whole new industry of apps. On his birthday, February 24, 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp Inc. in California.

7. The polyester prince who sold bhajia at village fairs: Dhirubhai Ambani: India too has its share of rags to riches heroes. And Dhirubhai Ambani is one of the best known among them. This founder of Reliance Industries was one of the three sons of Hirachandbhai, a school teacher, and Jamanaben. He also had two sisters. An anecdote from his childhood is that he once bought a tin of groundnut oil on credit from a local wholesaler and sold the oil in retail on the roadside. He earned a few rupees as profit from this transaction. Apparently, during weekends when his school was closed, he used to set up bhajia stalls at village fairs to make ends meet at home. According to R-ADAG, when he was 17, he went to Aden (now Yemen) in search of opportunity, and worked as a dispatch clerk for A. Besse. That was in 1949. A couple of years later, the company became a distributor for Shell products and Dhirubhai was promoted to manage the company’s oil-filling station at the port of Aden. It was here that he dreamed of setting up and owning a refinery, which he later realized with his petrochemicals venture. After returning to India, he started his first textile mill in Ahmednagar. Though his businesses were a huge success, there were also issues regarding Ambani’s control over the stock exchange. His detractors accused him of illegal or unethical transactions and acts but an investigation by the RBI did not find any evidence of it. By 2007, the combined fortune of the Ambani family stood at $60 billion, making Ambani’s the second richest family in the world.

" - Malavika Velayanikal
May 04, 2014. [http://yourstory.com/2014/05/rags-to-riches/ ]
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"[True story after true story: about focus, drive and persistence overcoming a poor and/or difficult childhood to rise to immense financial success:] 6 Women's Inspirational Rags-To-Riches Stories

1. Hilary Devey - Founder and CEO of Pall-EX: ‘I had no money and went without Christmas presents. I only owned three dresses, even though it was important I looked smart every day.’ After her father was declared bankrupt, Hilary Devey's family lost everything. Devey left school at the age of 16 to earn some money, landing herself in sales and logistics. She admits that it was hard work, and gave up her social life in order to work extra shifts for cash. After two failed marriages, Devey finally grabbed hold of that one idea that would make her a millionaire within three years. There was just one problem: none of the banks would back her. She had to sell her house to get the financial backing she needed. Now, she is not only CEO of freight distribution network Pall-EX, but even garnered a TV spot on BBC's Dragons' Den.

2. Indra Nooyi - Chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo: ‘You need to start off saying that you have got to work twice as hard as your male, or any, counterparts.’ Although Nooyi did not grow up in the poorest conditions, her story is one of humble origins, set in middle-class India. Nooyi moved to the US in pursuit of a management degree with barely any money. She worked as a receptionist from midnight to sunrise to earn enough to buy her first suit for a job interview and to pay for her college fees. All her hard work paid off, however, when she landed positions at Johnson and Johnson and Motorola upon graduation. After six years of directing international corporate strategy projects at Boston Consulting Group and another four years as vice-president at Asea Brown Boveri, Nooyi joined PepsiCo as CEO.

3. J. K. Rowling – Author: ‘I was as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless. But rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.’ Rowling first came up with the idea of a boy discovering he was a wizard on a delayed train to Manchester. But it would be seven years before that idea would become a book. After her mother's death, Rowling left for Portugal to become a teacher and married a Portuguese TV journalist. They were only married for eleven months, and Rowling was fired from her teacher job for day-dreaming. She was now an unemployed and single parent. She admits to having lived in a mice-infested flat, struggling to raise her daughter on a welfare check of £70 a week. Unable to spend money on heating, she regularly warmed up in cafés, where she revisited the idea of Harry Potter. ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ was initially rejected 12 times. But the rest is history; today, Rowling is author of the best-selling book series in history.

4. Michelle Mone - Co-founder and CEO of MJM Ltd: ‘I was naïve, I didn't realise what I was getting into. Just remember that you need to work your socks off, there's no shortcut.’ Mone grew up penniless in a one-bedroom flat and started working at the age of ten, running a paper round. At the age of 12, she was working in a fruit shop. When she was 15, however, her father suffered an illness that left him paralysed. Mone left school, with no qualifications, to support her family and started working as a model. When she turned 17 she met her soon-to-be husband and landed a job at Labatts by lying on her CV. Within 18 months she was head of sales and marketing, but the company was bought over and Mone was made redundant. For a dinner-dance she would attend with her husband, Mone bought a cleavage enhancing bra. She found it uncomfortable and was convinced she could make a better product; the idea for Ultimo was born. After extensive research, three years later and £100,000 in debt, Mone invented the ‘perfect’ bra. To get public attention, she hired nine actors, dressed as surgeons, to demonstrate in Oxford Street. They were all arrested, but the stunt had the desired effect.

5. Oprah Winfrey - Media proprietor: …When she was a baby, Winfrey's parents separated and left their daughter to live with her grandparents. For the first six years of her life, Winfrey wore dresses made out of potato sacks. When she turned six, her mother came to get her. Winfrey was abused by her mother's relatives until she was sent to live with her father at the age of 14. He was strict and would not accept anything less than what he thought was the best for her. This change of environment turned her life around. She became an honour student, won a scholarship and became the first African American woman to become a news anchor, all at the age of 19. She later became the host for an early morning talk show named ‘AM Chicago’, which was later renamed ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’.

6. Ursual Burns - Chairwoman and CEO of Xerox: ‘The lower east side of New York City was really bad. Gangs and drug addicts were all there. The common denominator and great equaliser was poverty.’ Burns, one of three children who shared two absentee fathers, was raised by a single mother in a housing project in Manhattan. The area was known for its gangs. Despite their poverty, however, Burn's mother rigorously worked two jobs to send her children to school. It paid off and Burns went on to study at NYU. As she was completing her master's degree, Burns signed on to work at Xerox as a summer intern. She permanently joined the staff a year later and quickly rose through the ranks and became CEO.

" - Shané Schutte
19 June 2013 [http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/20983-6-womens-inspirational-rags-to-riches-stories ]
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[Quote No.54224] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A story - with a message: about how failure is universal but learning from it and persisting past it to the success that waits behind it is one of the great secrets of success:] Failure is the highway to success. TOM WATSON SR. said, ‘If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.’ If you study history, you will find that all stories of success are also stories of great failures. But people don’t see the failures. They only see one side of the picture and they say that person got lucky: ‘He must have been at the right place at the right time.’ Let me share someone’s life history with you. This was a man who failed in business at the age of 21; was defeated in a legislative race at age 22; failed again in business at age 24; overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26; had a nervous breakdown at age 27; lost a congressional race at age 34; lost a senatorial race at age 45; failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47; lost a senatorial race at age 49; and was elected president of the United States at age 52. This man was ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Would you call him a failure? He could have quit. But to Lincoln, defeat was a detour and not a dead end. In 1913, LEE DE FOREST, inventor of the triodes tube, was charged by the district attorney for using fraudulent means to mislead the public into buying stocks of his company by claiming that he could transmit the human voice across the Atlantic. He was publicly humiliated. Can you imagine where we would be without his invention? A New York Times editorial on December 10, 1903, questioned the wisdom of the WRIGHT BROTHERS who were trying to invent a machine, heavier than air, that would fly. One week later, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers took their famous flight. COLONEL SANDERS, at age 65, with a beat-up car and a $100 check from Social Security, realized he had to do something. He remembered his mother’s recipe and went out selling. How many doors did he have to knock on before he got his first order? It is estimated that he had knocked on more than a thousand doors before he got his first order. How many of us quit after three tries, ten tries, a hundred tries, and then we say we tried as hard as we could? As a young cartoonist, WALT DISNEY faced many rejections from newspaper editors, who said he had no talent. One day a minister at a church hired him to draw some cartoons. Disney was working out of a small mouse infested shed near the church. After seeing a small mouse, he was inspired. That was the start of Mickey Mouse. Successful people don’t do great things, they only do small things in a great way. One day a partially deaf four year old kid came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher, ‘Your Tommy is too stupid to learn, get him out of the school.’ His mother read the note and answered, ‘My Tommy is not stupid to learn, I will teach him myself.’ And that Tommy grew up to be the great THOMAS EDISON. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf. HENRY FORD forgot to put the reverse gear in the first car he made. Do you consider these people failures? They succeeded in spite of problems, not in the absence of them. But to the outside world, it appears as though they just got lucky. All success stories are stories of great failures. The only difference is that every time they failed, they bounced back. This is called failing [falling] forward, rather than backward. You learn and move forward. Learn from your failure and keep moving. Below are more examples of the failures of successful people: 1. THOMAS EDISON failed approximately 10,000 times while he was working on the light bulb. 2. HENRY FORD was broke at the age of 40. 3. LEE IACOCCA was fired by Henry Ford II at the age of 54. 4. Young BEETHOVEN was told that he had no talent for music, but he gave some of the best music to the world." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54229] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence and getting expert advice:] ‘THREE FEET FROM GOLD’: One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another. An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the ‘gold fever’ in the gold-rush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH. He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but his lust for gold was definite. After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the ‘strike.’ They got together money for the needed machinery, had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine. The first car of ore was mined, and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits. Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again--all to no avail. Finally, they decided to QUIT. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some ‘junk’ men are dumb, but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners were not familiar with ‘fault lines.’ His calculations showed that the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING! That is exactly where it was found! The ‘Junk’ man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine, because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up. Most of the money which went into the machinery was procured through the efforts of R. U. Darby, who was then a very young man. The money came from his relatives and neighbors, because of their faith in him. He paid back every dollar of it, although he was years in doing so. Long afterward, Mr. Darby recouped his loss many times over, when he made the discovery that DESIRE can be transmuted into gold. The discovery came after he went into the business of selling life insurance. Remembering that he lost a huge fortune, because he STOPPED three feet from gold, Darby profited by the experience in his chosen work, by the simple method of saying to himself, ‘I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because men say 'no' when I ask them to buy insurance.’" - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54231] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence:] ‘The Invention of the V-8 Engine’ Millions of people look at the achievements of Henry Ford, after he has arrived, and envy him, because of his good fortune, or luck, or genius, or whatever it is that they credit for Ford's fortune. Perhaps one person in every hundred thousand knows the secret of Ford's success, and those who do know are too modest, or too reluctant, to speak of it, because of its simplicity. A single transaction will illustrate the ‘secret’ perfectly. A few years back, Ford decided to produce his now famous V-8 motor. He chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight cylinder gas engine block in one piece. Ford said, ‘Produce it anyway.’ ‘But,’ they replied, ‘it's impossible!’ ‘Go ahead,’ Ford commanded, ‘and stay on the job until you succeed no matter how much time is required.’ The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do, if they were to remain on the Ford staff. Six months went by, nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still nothing happened. The engineers tried every conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question; ‘impossible!’ At the end of the year Ford checked with his engineers, and again they informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders. ‘Go right ahead,’ said Ford, ‘I want it, and I'll have it.’ They went ahead, and then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered. The Ford DETERMINATION had won once more!" - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54233] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence past failure, defeat, disbelief and criticism: Guglielmo] Marconi dreamed of a system for harnessing the intangible forces of the ether. Evidence that he did not dream in vain, may be found in every wireless and radio in the world. Moreover, Marconi's dream brought the humblest cabin, and the most stately manor house side by side. It made the people of every nation on earth back-door neighbors. It gave the President of the United States a medium by which he may talk to all the people of America at one time, and on short notice. It may interest you to know that Marconi's ‘friends’ had him taken into custody, and examined in a psychopathic hospital, when he announced he had discovered a principle through which he could send messages through the air, without the aid of wires, or other direct physical means of communication. The dreamers of today fare better." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54234] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence past failure, defeat, disbelief and even disability:] Helen Keller became deaf, dumb, and blind shortly after birth. Despite her greatest misfortune, she has written her name indelibly in the pages of the history of the great. Her entire life has served as evidence that no one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54236] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence, regardless of poverty or age: The silent film actress] Marie Dressler found herself down and out, with her money gone, with no job, when she was about sixty. She, too, went after the ‘breaks,’ and got them. Her PERSISTENCE brought an astounding triumph late in life, long beyond the age when most men and women are done with ambition to achieve." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54239] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence:] When [steel magnate and the richest man in the world] Andrew Carnegie suggested that I devote twenty years to the organization of a philosophy of individual achievement [in the book called, ‘Think and Grow Rich’] my first impulse of thought was fear of what people might say [and then to question if I could devote that many years to only one book, even with all the hard-to-come-by introductions to the successful and wealthy he knew, he was offering to supply me with to help me]." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54240] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence past failure, defeat, disbelief, criticism and even old age and poverty:] During the depression, W. C. Fields, the comedian, lost all his money, and found himself without income, without a job, and his means of earning a living (vaudeville) no longer existed. Moreover, he was past sixty, when many men consider themselves ‘old.’ He was so eager to stage a comeback that he offered to work without pay, in a new field (movies). In addition to his other troubles, he fell and injured his neck. To many that would have been the place to give up and QUIT. But Fields was PERSISTENT. He knew that if he carried on he would get the ‘breaks’ sooner or later, and he did get them, but not by chance." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54243] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence past failure, defeat, disbelief, criticism and even poverty:] Eddie Cantor lost his money in the 1929 stock crash, but he still had his PERSISTENCE and his courage. With these, plus two prominent eyes, he exploited himself back into an income of $10,000 a week! Verily, if one has PERSISTENCE, one can get along very well without many other qualities." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54245] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"No man is ever whipped, until he QUITS -- in his own mind. " - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54246] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story – with a message about the importance of persistence past failure, defeat, disbelief, criticism and even poverty:] James J. Hill met with temporary defeat when he first endeavored to raise the necessary capital to build a railroad from the East to the West, but he, too turned defeat into victory through new plans." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54248] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Persist past failure to the success that is found beyond failure:] When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. If you give up before your goal has been reached, you are a ‘quitter.’ A QUITTER NEVER WINS--AND--A WINNER NEVER QUITS. Lift this sentence out, write it on a piece of paper in letters an inch high, and place it where you will see it every night before you go to sleep, and every morning before you go to work." - Napoleon Hill
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[Quote No.54256] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about staying motivated by keeping your eyes on the eventual prize rather than on the temporary obstacles in the way:] 'Keep Your Goals in Sight' When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming for nearly sixteen hours. Already she was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Now, at age 34, her goal was to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast. On that Fourth of July morning in 1952, the sea was like an ice bath and the fog was so dense she could hardly see her support boats. Sharks cruised toward her lone figure, only to be driven away by rifle shots. Against the frigid grip of the sea, she struggled on - hour after hour - while millions watched on national television. Alongside Florence in one of the boats, her mother and her trainer offered encouragement. They told her it wasn't much farther. But all she could see was fog. They urged her not to quit. She never had . . .until then. With only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out. Still thawing her chilled body several hours later, she told a reporter, 'Look, I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land I might have made it.' It was not fatigue or even the cold water that defeated her. It was the fog. She was unable to see her goal. Two months later, she tried again. This time, despite the same dense fog, she swam with her faith intact and her goal clearly pictured in her mind. She knew that somewhere behind that fog were land and this time she made it! Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, eclipsing the men's record by two hours!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54272] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A story – with a message about how you let adversity affect you:] 'Are you a Carrot, an Egg or Coffee Bean?' A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life, and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first pot, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what you see?’ ‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to smell and sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she smelled and tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, ‘What's the point, mother?’ Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity- boiling water-but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. ‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When trials and adversity knock on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?’ ‘Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a passive heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or, am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you become better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Like the CARROT, the EGG, OR the COFFEE BEAN?" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54275] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about persisting past failure and rejection to find success on their other side:] In the 1940s, a young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after 7 long years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention -- an electrostatic paper-copying process. Haloid became Xerox Corporation." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54280] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about the importance of challenges:] 'No Problems Could Be A Problem' Don't worry if you have problems! Which is easy to say until you are in the midst of a really big one, I know. But the only people I am aware of who don't have troubles are gathered in little neighbourhoods. Most cities and villages have at least one. We call them cemeteries. If you're breathing, you have difficulties. It's the way of life. And believe it or not, most of your problems may actually be good for you! Let me explain. Maybe you have seen the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question. 'I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colourful,' a traveller observed. 'Why is that?' The guide gave an interesting answer: 'The coral around the lagoon side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, and storms -- surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested it changes and adapts. It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces.' Then he added this telling note: 'That's the way it is with every living organism.' That's how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we come alive! Like coral pounded by the sea, we grow. Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness. So, you have problems -- no problem! Just tell yourself, 'There I grow again; stronger and more powerful!' " - Unknown

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[Quote No.54286] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about persisting past failure and criticism to eventually find success and fulfilment:] 'Struggle' Let me share someone's life history with you: This was a man who failed in business at the age of 21; Was defeated in a legislative race at age 22; Failed again in business at age 24; Overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26; Had a nervous breakdown at age 27; Lost a congressional race at age 34; Lost a senatorial race at age 45; Failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47; Lost a senatorial race at age 49; And he was elected president of the United States at age 52. This man was ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Remember every success story is also a story of great failure - that did not stop the person." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54288] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about the importance of challenges:] 'No Problems Could Be A Problem - Fresh Fish' The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish. So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend? How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh: To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged. Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time we are tired and dull, so we need a Shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically in our lives Sharks are new challenges to keep us active and fitter.....The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a challenge. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are a Conqueror. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive! You experiment, learn, act, grow and reach more of your best potential self." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54292] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about the importance of persisting past failure and getting back up to try again with more knowledge and experience:] 'Learning To Get Back Up' Bringing a giraffe into the world is a tall order. A baby giraffe falls 10 feet from its mother’s womb and usually lands on its back. Within seconds it rolls over and tucks its legs under its body. From this position it considers the world for the first time and shakes off the last vestiges of the birthing fluid from its eyes and ears. Then the mother giraffe rudely introduces its offspring to the reality of life. In his book, 'A View from the Zoo', Gary Richmond describes how a newborn giraffe learns its first lesson:- The mother giraffe lowers her head long enough to take a quick look. Then she positions herself directly over her calf. She waits for about a minute, and then she does the most unreasonable thing. She swings her long, pendulous leg outward and kicks her baby, so that it is sent sprawling head over heels. When it doesn’t get up, the violent process is repeated over and over again. The struggle to rise is momentous. As the baby calf grows tired, the mother kicks it again to stimulate its efforts. Finally, the calf stands for the first time on its wobbly legs. Then the mother giraffe does the most remarkable thing. She kicks it off its feet again. Why? She wants it to remember how it got up. In the wild, baby giraffes must be able to get up as quickly as possible to stay with the herd, where there is safety. Lions, hyenas, leopards, and wild hunting dogs all enjoy young giraffes, and they’d get it too, if the mother didn’t teach her calf to get up quickly and get with it. The late Irving Stone understood this. He spent a lifetime studying greatness, writing novelized biographies of such men as Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Darwin. Stone was once asked if he had found a thread that runs through the lives of all these exceptional people. He said, 'I write about people who sometime in their life have a vision or dream of something that should be accomplished and they go to work. They are beaten over the head, knocked down, vilified, and for years they get nowhere. But every time they’re knocked down they stand up. You cannot destroy these people. And at the end of their lives they’ve accomplished some modest part of what they set out to do.'" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54295] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about persistence past failure, criticism and poverty to eventually find massive success: Chuck Lorre in 2015 had 4 very successful comedy shows in production: 'Two and a Half Men', 'Big Bang Theory', 'Mike and Molly' and 'Mom'. But all of this came fairly late for him.] I was a struggling musician 'til I was about 35 years old [in 1987]. I remember vividly what it's like to put 38 cents in the gas tank and drive to my second cousin's house, so they would feed me ...I can remember getting a ticket for making an illegal U-turn. It was a $50 ticket, and I broke down and I sobbed because it wiped me out. [He'd had some mild successes as a guitarist and songwriter, including the time he heard an animation shop needed a song. He became co-writer of the eternal 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' theme. Still, Lorre was near 40 before he had comedy success, writing for hit comedy show 'Roseanne' and being a creator and producer of 'Grace Under Fire,' 'Cybill' and 'Dharma & Greg.']" - Chuck Lorre
(1952 - ) Very successful American television writer, director, producer and composer. His full name is Charles Michael Levine. [Refer http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/entertainment/television/2015/02/18/tvs-comedy-boss-chuck-lorre-penniless-dissolute/23564675/ ]
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Healthy and Safe!
Ideal for Anyone's Personal Protection Needs
Simple, Fast, Effective!
Maximum Safety - Minimum Force
No Punches, Kicks, Chokes, Pressure Points or Weapons Used
Based on Shaolin Chin-Na Seize and Control Methods
Comprehensively Covers Over 130 Types of Attack
Lavishly Illustrated With Over 1300 illustrations
Accredited Training for Australian Security Qualifications
National Quality Council Approved