In fact, that’s not what matters. What we do with it matters.
As long as we make excuses, and blame others or circumstances, we give away our power.
Although that’s easier said than done: By taking full responsibility for (every aspect of) our life, we reclaim that power, and can start creating a life that gives us complete fulfillment.
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Need a few inspiring examples of (now) famous people who overcame significant obstacles? *
- Albert Einstein didn’t speak until age four and didn’t read until age seven. His teachers labeled him “slow” and “mentally handicapped.” But Einstein just had a different way of thinking. He later won the Nobel Prize in physics.
- Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for. Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.
- Harland DavidSanders, the famous KFC “Colonel,” couldn’t sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him. But then one didn’t and today there are KFC restaurants bearing his image all over the world.
- Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie Snow White. Today, most childhoods wouldn’t be the same without his ideas.
- K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced, and raising a daughter on social security while writing the first Harry Potter novel. J.K. Rowling is now internationally renowned for her 7 book Harry Potter series and is the first person to become a billionaire from writing.
- Thomas Edison‘s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” His mother quickly pulled him from school and taught him at home as the teachers claimed that it was difficult to teach such an addle child. At age 12, Edison set out to put much of that education to work. Edison also invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.
- Abraham Lincoln is perhaps the biggest example. This is the list of his failures:
1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1831: Failed in business.
1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and he was bankrupt by the end of the year. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1835: Was engaged to be married, but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
1843: Ran for Congress – lost.
1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
Finally Became the President of the USA in 1860!
*Source: Quora/Tom Nault