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'Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm' - Winston Churchill.
'Never give up,' it's probably one of the most cliche phrases that we have heard since our childhood. From the crawling baby to the first step that we took, every time when we fell down, we were picked up and taught not to lose heart and give it a try again. And probably that's the first lesson which some of us have happily managed to ignore.
Failure is nothing but a stepping stone to knock the door of success. You never know when success really does lie around the next corner, just give yourself some time and see what the universe has planned for you.
On the occasion of the International Youth Day, here is a roundup of some of the most inspiring stories of changemakers and unsung heroes that made us believe, ''there is nothing in the world that can't be achieved.''
All the folks are now household names, but they didn't become one easily. Some lived on a footpath, while others suffered family abuse and almost all encountered rejections personally and professionally before landing at the door of success.
This woman needs no introduction. Rowling's story is one of the most inspirational success stories of our times. J K. Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today. Many people just know her as the woman who created 'Harry Potter'. But before stepping into the world of success, her life was not peaches and cream. She was nearly penniless, suffered from bouts of depression, got divorced and had no money to feed her daughter. Around 12 major big publishers rejected the Harry Potter script. Rowling saw herself as a failure at that time. And since, she never believed in the word quitting, a small publishing house accepted her script and published 1000 copies. Harry Potter was then praised by many and won Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the British Book Award. And now Rowling has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.
Indeed she has gone through very difficult times in her life but she pushed herself through failure to success.
Bear Grylls is popularly known to the world as the wildlife presenter of the Discovery channel, with his own show called Man Vs. Wild. Just like what he do in the show, his life was also filled with adventure. In 1996, he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Zambia. His canopy ripped, causing him fall from 16,000 ft. The parachute pack fell on his back which partially crushed his three vertebrae. After the accident, Bear was almost paralyzed and it was questionable whether he would be able to walk again. But he didn't let any hurdle come his way and proved what a pure determination and hard work can do. 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in the parachute accident, Bear made his childhood dream come true. He finally climbed the summit of Mount Everest. Bear, hats off man.
Oprah Winfrey faced many criticisms throughout her life, her weight, racism, intrusive questions about her sexuality to name a few. But Oprah never let all this come in the way of her ambition. Oprah was a victim of sexual abuse and she was molested by her cousin brother, uncle and a family friend at the age of 9. Later, she got pregnant and gave birth to a child at the age of 14, who unfortunately died just after two weeks. But as she didn't want to give up, she perserved and joined her school as an honors student. Her hard work and dedication helped her earn a full scholarship in college. In the first two years of college, oprah interned at a local radio station. Meanwhile, she was hired at a local television channel for news. But thing didnt go so easily. From a local network anchor to an international superstar and now a creater of her own television show The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah's life was not that easy.
In January 1982, Hugh Herr and one of his fellow climbers Jeff Batzer got caught in a blizzard for three nights in 29-degree celsius while going on a technical ice route in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, ultimately descended in the great gulf. Before they were rescued, both Herr and Jeff suffered severe frostbite. Unfortunately, Herr's knee was amputated below the knee while Jeff lost his lower left leg. While his postdoctoral fellow at MIT in biomedical device, he began working in advance leg prostheses and orthoses device that emulates the functionality of human leg. using the device he designed, he created prosthetic feet with high toe stiffness that made him stand on small rock edges. With the help of prostheses, Herr climbed at more high levels than he had before the accident. Herr's life is much difficult than us and if he can why can't we?
Before stepping into Bollywood, Nawazuddin worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company. Wanting something interesting, he moved to Delhi and became a watchman there. And then he developed his interest in theatre, so he moved to Mumbai to try his luck in movies. Like any other struggle, he did not get any good job and kept appearing in small roles. He earned his livelihood by conducting acting workshops. And since, he never believed in quitting, he got his break after he got noticed as a reporter in Peepli Live. And since then he never looked back.
A few days back Mr. Wajid Khan came to the WittyFeed Headquarters and shared his inspiring story with us. In a very tender age, Mr. Khan ran from his home to live his passion and spent almost 7 years on a footpath. His life was not that easy before he came up as a nail artist. And now Mr. Khan owns a patent on nail art. The best part is, the money which he earns is totally donated to charity. Mr. khan also takes workshops and teach spoon art to street children for free of cost, so that they can earn money for their living instead of begging. He is a kind of man who believes in simplicity and I guess this is what the youth of today has to learn the most. Hats of to Mr. Khan.
What would happen if the thing which you love the most is the only thing which you can't have? Well, some of us will be heartbroken and depressed. But Sudha Chandran, a famous Indian actress and a Bharatnatyam dancer did not let an accident come in the way of achieving her dream. In 1981, she lost a leg to gangrene following a road accident. Her passion for the dance didn't let her fall down and she continued dancing and subsequently went on to become an established Bharatnatyam dancer. In the showcase of what pure determination can do, she achieved her childhood dream.
"Do not be embarrassed by your failure, learn from them and start again". Richard Branson.