Updated: Feb 10
We tend to talk about what is not working in our lives.
Put yourself in the shoes of these 5 inspirational individuals who decided to succeed REGARDLESS of their conditions. Now Let's talk. Something is too hard in your life? Think again.
1. Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking was the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which is an international bestseller. He was the Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.
At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). In a very simple sense, the nerves that controlled his muscles were shutting down. At the time, doctors gave him two and a half years to live.
At the age of 22 - 26 years old, the age majority of us are most hopeful and excited about life, he gradually lost complete control of muscle in his entire body and the ability to walk, the ability to move, the ability to talk.
Despite that, he didn't give up on his life. He went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and a Professor regardless. He wasn't a victim of his condition. He didn't let his physical obstacle prevent him from pursuing his ambition in his life. He lived until 76 years old. He lived with the disease for more than 50 years.
His student Paul Shellard described him to a famous American media,
"He's been an incredible exemplar of there being no boundary to human endeavour.
"He identified what he could do well, exceptionally well, and focussed on that, not what he couldn't do."
"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."-Stephen Hawking
2. Helen Keller
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller was afflicted at the age of 19 months with an illness (possibly scarlet fever) that left her blind and deaf.
Despite the condition, Helen became a vocal advocate for people with disabilities co-founds the organization that will later become Helen Keller International, to support veterans blinded in combat. Over time, the mission expands to include combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.
The name Helen Keller today is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, yet she was much more than a symbol. She was a woman of luminous intelligence, high ambition and great accomplishment who devoted her life to helping others.
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller
Chris is an author of critically acclaimed "Pursuit of Happyness", Entrepreneur, Single Parent, Speaker, and Philanthropist.
It was back in the early 1980s that Mr. Gardner, then aged 27, and his son were homeless for a year in San Francisco. Enrolled on a low-paid trainee scheme at a stock brokerage, he didn't have enough money to raise the deposit to rent an apartment. So Mr. Gardner and his son would instead sleep wherever they could. In addition to the toilet at a railway station, they'd bed down in parks, at a church shelter, or under his desk at work after everyone else had gone home.
Despite this adversity, Mr. Gardner opened his own investment firm, Gardner Rich.
Today Mr. Gardner, 62, is worth an estimated $60m (£48m), travels the world as a motivational speaker, and sponsors a number of homeless charities and organizations that combat violence against women.
"Baby steps count, too, as long as you're moving forward." - Chris Gardner
4. Conor McGregor
Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. His net worth reaches to 47M U.S. dollars today.
Conor McGregor rose from a tough neighborhood to become the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Uninterested in school, McGregor took to plumbing as trade and did what he could to make it living for some time. There were times when he would work 12-hour days before heading to the gym to train as a fighter. Conor was so broke that he was on welfare in Ireland and collecting $235 per week in government assistance checks.
When gave up plumbing to train full time, his parents disapproved of the decision, so much so he and his father came to blows. "You’ll be sorry when I'm a millionaire," he told his father. "I remember saying, at 25 years of age I will be a self-made millionaire.”
Despite his financial difficulties in his early career, McGregor is now the richest & the most famous MMA fighter in the world. He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, having headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events.
“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.” – Conor McGregor
5. Colonel Harland David Sanders
Colonel Harland David Sanders was an American businessman, best known for founding fast-food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken at the age of 64.
Sanders, who quit school in seventh grade, held a variety of jobs before opening Sanders’ Cafe. he held down numerous jobs, including a lawyer, streetcar conductor, railroad fireman and insurance salesman.
At the age of 40, Harland Sanders was running a popular Kentucky service station that also served food—so popular, in fact, that the governor of Kentucky designated him a Kentucky colonel. Eventually, Sanders focused on franchising his fried chicken business around the country, collecting a payment for each chicken sold. He drove across the country offering his fried chicken recipe to restaurants, in exchange for royalties for each dish sold. He had over 3,000 rejections before his first sale.
He then opened his first KFC franchise at the age of 64.
Despite his late start, he eventually found 600 franchises in the United States and Canada.
He sold KFC and became a millionaire. His estimated net worth was 3.5 million dollars at the time of his death. Today, his image is still being used to sell fried chicken at KFC.