If you ever find yourself hashing over the should’ve, would’ve, could’ve narrative of your life, you’d be forgiven. But, don’t be too disheartened. Instead take inspiration from some of the most extraordinary people of our time who pushed forward through adversity and came out stronger.
“Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
King was down and out when he first began writing and received 60 rejections before selling his first short story, “The Glass Floor,” for a humble $35. Even his now best-selling book, Carrie, wasn’t a hit at first. After dozens of rejections, he finally sold it for a small advance to Doubleday Publishing. Since then, King has gone on to publish over 50 novels and has sold over 350 million copies of his work, becoming one of the most prolific authors of all time.
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”
Clint Eastwood is one of the most respected movie directors of all time. He is one of few in our lifetime to have made the transition from in front of the lens to behind it with a grace and tenacity that is eternally inspirational.
OPRAH WINFREY –
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
Oprah’s story is incredible and one that most of us are familiar with. After suffering a harrowingly traumatic childhood, she became pregnant and gave birth to a child at the age of just 14. Tragically the child passed away just two weeks later. Despite this, she persevered, finished high school, earned a full scholarship to college, and worked her way up through the ranks of television. She is now an international media mogul worth over USD 4 billion.
“If you can’t get a miracle, become one.”
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Nick Vujicic was born with a condition called tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. He was tormented to such an extent in his younger years that he attempted suicide at the age of just ten. It was years later that he found the inner strength to turn his life around. He is now one of the world’s most respected public speakers and has inspire millions around the globe to “live a life without limits”.
“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.”
Considering that Jay-Z grew up in extreme poverty in the projects of Brooklyn, NY, he always wanted better. After being turned down by countless labels he decided to go out on his own and the hard work paid off. After sellout tours, chart-topping albums, clothing lines and entertainment companies spanning a near 3-decade career he boasts a net worth of USD 1 billion.
SIR JAMES DYSON
“What I’ve learned is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner.”
Dyson is worth more than GBP 3 billion simply because of his refusal to give up. He fought through a whopping 5,126 failures to finally get his revolutionary product to market. Now that’s tenacity.
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”
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It’s our job to find the deeper meaning in it all. During these uncertain times there are two things we CAN do: First, we are all called to GROW and expand our capacities. And then, we can use those gifts to experience & express even more LOVE. GROWTH, RESILIENCE and LOVE are our true nature, and these attributes make for a beautiful life no matter what is happening in the world around us.
Robbins has divided opinions over the years but there is no denying that he has helped millions of people over his 30+ year career and has been incredibly successful, running 12+ companies. What’s admirable is that he is completely self-educated and self made, coming from a low income family, he has carved out a relentless personal path to success that is unique.
“What do I see when I look in the mirror? One handsome man. No, I see the same person I have seen for the last 27 years: the person I believed I could be when I was a child, the person I have inspired and dreamed to be all my life, and that’s the person I have seen, from being that big to as big as the roof – the same guy.”
Tyson Luke Fury is a British two-time heavyweight world champion boxer. Having faced his fair share of controversy, he has continually bounced back to overcome remarkable obstacles and adversity throughout his life. It’s believed this survival instinct was instilled in him from birth when he came into the world severely premature at just 1lb in weight.
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
Elon Musk is one of businesses greatest thinkers and it’s through this mind-mapping that he has overcome many business challenges to become founder of SpaceX, co-founder of PayPal and Tesla, and is the chairman of SolarCity. He’s also revolutionizing space travel, automobiles, and the energy sector. Most importantly he is passionate about showing the world how entrepreneurs are the change leaders of today.
“Life is not fair; get used to it.”
Although Gates failed at his first business, it didn’t discourage him from trying again. Through innovation and perseverance he went on to create a company that revolutionized the personal computing marketplace ultimately changing the way we live and work. A life of hard work and tenacity have amassed him a jaw-dropping fortune of USD 98 billion to date.