You would’ve told these to people to give up, but here is what happened:
Winston Churchill. He was a stutterer, and was often suspected to have bipolar disease.
Ludwig van Beethoven. He became deaf at a young age (26), but that didn’t stop him. He continued perfecting and changing history in the world of sound.
Thomas Edison. Edison was a partially death child “handycapped” child.At twelve sold newspapers on trains. To save himself from boredom he set up a mini lab in a train baggage car. During one of his experiments, a chemical fire started and the car caught fire. The conductor rushed in and struck Thomas on the side of the head, probably furthering some of his hearing loss. He was kicked off the train and forced to sell his newspapers at various stations along the route. In 1866, at age 19, Edison moved to Louisville, Kentucky, working for The Associated Press. The night shift allowed him to spend most of his time reading and experimenting. Initially, Edison excelled at his telegraph job because early Morse code was inscribed on a piece of paper, so Edison’s partial deafness was no handicap. However, as the technology advanced, receivers were increasingly equipped with a sounding key, enabling telegraphers to “read” message by the sound of the clicks. This left Edison disadvantaged, with fewer and fewer opportunities for employment. Today his name is engraved on most on the streets of NYC (pothole covers).
Marlee Matlin. She’s deaf but she won an Oscar for her acting.
HARRISON FORD If it wasn’t for a good friend of his we wouldn’t know him. By the mid-1970s, the little-known actor had somewhat sidelined his dreams to focus on a steadier career path as a carpenter. A casting consultant named Fred Roos thought he’d be perfect for George Lucas’ new film “Star Wars,” but Lucas was intent on hiring all new actors for the project (Ford already had a role in Lucas’ earlier film, “American Graffitti”). In an effort to get Ford noticed, Roos arranged for the actor/carpenter to install a door at Lucas’ film studio. He caught the director’s eye and was eventually cast as Han Solo.
Michael Jordan. He was cut from his high school basketball team. Today, he’s considered the best basketball player of all time.
Stephen King. His first book was rejected by 30 publishers, he gave up on it and threw in the trash. Fortunately his wife fished it out. Today he’s a bestseller.
Henry Ford. Well… he started one company it went bankrupt, the second was pulled out of his feet (he was voted out). But.. he didnt give up, he opened a third and as they say, the rest is history.
Oprah Winfrey. She was raised by poor parents, on a farm. She was raped at the tender age of nine years. She was fired as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV”. Today she is the most influential american woman!
Albert Einstein. The smartest person in the world? Not so fast. He didn’t start speaking normally until he was three. What’s more he flunked his University Entrance Exam.
Walt Disney He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas”
Stephen Hawking. At age 21, while studying cosmology at the University of Cambridge, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Despite his debilitating illness, he has done ground-breaking work in physics and cosmology, and his several books have helped to make science accessible to everyone.
JK Rowling. She was a penniless suicidal single parent, when she wrote her famous harry potter series. She wrote on napkins in a neighborhood cafe. Today…
Theodor Seuss Geisel. His first book was rejected by 27 publishers. Today…
Nick Vujicic. He was born with a rare disorder. He was born with any arms or legs. today he is a happy and productive person. with a loving wife and kid too.
Steven Spielberg. Was rejected from University of southern california school of theater, film and television, three times!
Here is what Steve Jobs has to tell you:
Who am I?
Some people have me, others will never, people chase me, and some people reject me?
Well I know it’s obvious, but my name is chance.
Here is a list of people they became successful by chance:
Nick Jonas, was discovered in a barber shop when he was 6, while singing and 2 of his brothers sung back up vocals for one of his songs and a record label signed all 3 of them, and that’s how the ‘Jonas Brothers’ was formed.
Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence’s big break came when she was discovered at 14 while on spring break in New York with her family. A stranger asked to take her picture and took her mother’s phone number, then called the next day to ask her to do a screen test. Things happened quickly after that: Lawrence stayed in New York City for the summer, acting in commercials for MTV and filming the thriller Devil You Know with Lena Olin.
Ashley Tisdale, was discovered in a shopping mall when she was 3 because a talent agent thought she would be a great actress.
Charlize Theron was arguing with a bank teller and a Hollywood agent happened to be standing behind her in line.
Things that we’re discovered by chance:
Coco Cola Tales about the origins of this sweet-toothed drink have become almost as mythical as Lord of the Rings. But the reality is this world-wide favorite was invented by accident when Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton was trying to make a cure for headaches in May 1886. The Confederate veteran of the American Civil War was also keen to alleviate his own symptoms after being wounded in battle. So he mixed together a bunch of super-secret ingredients – which are still locked in a safe to this day according to Coca Cola lore. Eight years later after being sold in a local pharmacy it was so popular it began to be sold in bottles and the soft drinks empire was born.
PENICILLIN If it was not for the messy lab of Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 millions more people could have died from simple infections over the last 85 years. The scientist didn’t clean up his workstation before going on holiday and when got back he noticed there was a strange fungus on some of his cultures. But even stranger was that bacteria didn’t seem to thrive near those cultures and from this simple error penicillin was invented. If it wasn’t for one particularly fussy customer back in 1853 the staple of every British lunchbox may have never seen the light of day.
SWEETENERS It turns out sweeteners were invented because chemist Constantin Fahlberg didn’t wash his hands after a day in the lab at John Hopkins University in the USA in 1879. He was trying, and failing, to come up with new uses for coal tar but discovered that all it did was make his ham rolls taste sweeter that evening at home. The very next day artificial sweeteners were invented and he came up with the name Saccharine.
Potato Chips If it wasn’t for one particularly fussy customer back in 1853 the staple of every British lunchbox may have never seen the light of day. The story goes that a frustrated customer at a New York restaurant repeatedly sent his fried potatoes back because they were too thick, soggy and bland. Annoyed, or inspired, Chef George Crum decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible, fry them until crisp and season them with extra salt as a lesson to the picky punter. George – we salute you.
As Abraham Lincoln said:
I will prepare and someday my chance will come.
Have I missed anything?