If you are frustrated or discouraged, you need to learn about people who made it big in life ‘against all odds’. Nothing really is impossible.
Helen Keller was nineteen months old when an illness left her deaf and blind. She could not speak and developed severe behaviour problems.
Anne Sullivan was an expert, devoted teacher who was also Helen’s lifelong companion. Due to her persistence and her vision of recognising high potential, Helen learned to speak, write, read — and sing!
Helen Keller was the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Radcliffe. Helen put life to her words, an autobiography, The Story of My Life. This piece of writing was followed by fourteen books and many articles throughout her life.
She was a lecturer and a public speaker and mastered several international languages.
Thomas Edison failed more than 10,000 times before he created the light bulb and the world is still amazed at that number!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” he said.
Many people told him that he is wasting his time, his faith and confidence were sometimes on the verge of being gone, but he succeeded. He knew what he had imagined was possible. The fruits of his labour were 1093 patents, including the bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and many more.
Just imagine… if he just gave up on his ideas to try something new, to change the world and help people – what would have been the world’s state today? It is his invention that has made our life comfortable and easier.
After a lost battle, Timur, a Mughal emperor lost power and was forced to run and hide.
It was then, that Timur took shelter either in some old ruins, lamenting his fate. While at the ruins, he watched an ant carrying a grain of rice that was at least twice its size up the side of a collapsed wall.
Struggling with its balance and the dimension of its cargo, the ant had to start the climb all over again when it fell back down to the ground, only to get up again.
He kept watching this ant and feeling unhappier and unhappier for himself. This ant, having endeavoured over and over again only to be thrown back every time would have been exhausted and hungry.
But finally, on the 20th attempt, the little ant, succeeded to carry its prize all the way up the wall and on its way back to the nest.
Timur resolved never again lose hope. If an ant can persevere like this, then definitely a man can as well. He defeated his rivals and took control of both his tribe and the rulers of Delhi.
Impossible! Like many other things, we had got used to through the years. To some it has become a lifestyle, an ingrained habit we just can’t break if we don’t have the right mindset.
So perspire and success will come. Possible!