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When it comes to achieving your dreams, you will face a lot of obstacles and struggles. These should not deter you from working towards achieving them.
In order to succeed, you need to be willing to overcome whatever struggles come your way. Here are a few successful people who managed to overcome their challenges to achieve their dreams.
1. Oprah Winfrey
If there is someone who you would expect to have given up in life, it’s Oprah Winfrey. Her dad was a coal miner and her mum a housemaid.
At the age of nine she was raped by a cousin, then again by another family member and another family member at age 13. She gave birth at the age of 14 but the baby later died in hospital.
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first TV job as an anchor in Baltimore. Now she’s a billionaire with her own TV channel and has managed to help a lot of young girls achieve their dreams as well.
“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
2. Alibaba Founder
The story of Jack Ma is one of extreme determination and getting over your failures.
He applied to Harvard and was rejected ten times because he was not considered smart enough.
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He was rejected from 30 jobs including one at KFC.
Now, he is the founder of one of the largest e-commerce websites in the world.
3. WhatsApp Co-founder
Brian Acton the co-founder of WhatsApp was rejected by both Facebook and Twitter.
He however, didn’t let this stop him from coming up with an app together with his friend that Facebook ended up buying for billions of dollars.
4. Disney Creator
Walt Disney is synonymous with cinematic success. When you think Disney what comes to mind is Mickey Mouse. His former newspaper editor told Walt he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas’.
However, the Mickey Mouse idea was rejected by MGM studios when he first pitched it. This is what pushed him into creating the Disney Empire.
“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid.”
5. Harry Potter Author
J.K. Rowling may now be known as the author of the popular Harry Potter series but before that she was a jobless single mother struggling with depression.
When she started writing and sending her books to publishers, she was rejected 12 times.
In the end she became the richest author with a net worth of 1 billion dollars. She ended up losing her billionaire status because she donated most of her money.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
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You cannot let failure keep you from trying again and taking risks. Just because you did not succeed the first time doesn’t mean that you should give up.
These people also show that no matter where you come from or what happens to you, you can become successful; you just need to work hard.
Source: Youth Village