• Publisher went bankrupt after getting his first book published.
  • Never attended college.
  • Did not set realistic goals.
Neil Gaiman at the 2007 Scream Awards
Successful Author famous for "The Sandman" and "Coraline"
One of the first author bloggers
Neil Gaiman is a highly successful screenwriter, graphic novelist and author who overcame tremendous encounters with failure. Many people are told...
  • Mild blindness
Anne Sullivan
Awarded honorary fellowship from the Educational Institute of Scotland in 1932.
Awarded honorary degree from Temple...
To overcome adversities and achieve something is noble. But it is nobler to be the driving force behind the success of a person. We have heard of...
  • Had to overcome cancer
  • Faced public humiliation
Spoke out and confessed on public television
Overcame his personal demons
Lance Armstrong, who was born on the 18th of September 1971, is a professional American cyclist, specializing in road racing. He participated with...
  • Had to overcome being the smallest quarterback in the NFL
  • People telling him he couldn't be successful
One of the youngest NFL Champion quarterbacks ever
Russell Wilson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988.  He started playing football at a very young age, as his family was very involved in...
  • Dropped out of College
Bill Gates
Became founder and CEO of Microsoft
One of the world's richest people
Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world. He is known to be the founder and creator of Microsoft. The Microsoft Operating System is the...
  • Fought against terrorists
Kept countless others from being killed by the terrorists
Todd Morgan Beamer was born on November 24, 1968. He was an everyday son, husband, and father. On September 11, 2001, he became a hero when he...
  • Depression
  • Family Illness
Orville and Wilbur Wright
Invented the airplane.
Orville and Wilbur Wright's phenomenal inventions have contributed to the uplifting innovations of the modern world today. Their brilliant...
  • Poverty
  • Growing up without a father
NBA Champion
LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio, a decaying Rust Belt city, to a single mother in 1984.  Growing up in poverty while his mother jumped...

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