Challenges and struggles makes the victory and achievement sweeter and meaningful. Have you ever wondered how will any of your accomplishments will make you feel if there were no challenges in the way to achieve your goal. Indeed these obstacles give value to our achievement.
The struggles give strength and experience to us. And out of these challenges comes out great people and stories. Here are a few:
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper because the editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie “Snow White.” He went onto become the guy who redefined American childhood.
“If you can Dream It, you can Do It” — Walt Disney
Soichiro Honda’s began with repairing bicycles in his father’s shop. He dreamt of creating a large Japanese automobile revolution. Faced failures and went bankrupt several times. His initials designs were rejected by Toyota.
From these extremely humble beginnings, Honda went on to become one of the top automobile companies in the world. They employ more than 100,000 people and have a presence in every major country. The lessons in overcoming obstacles and adversity in Honda’s story are endless.
“Success represents 1% of your work which results from 99% that is called failure” — Soichiro Honda
Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.”
After that, things stayed bleak for a while, as Edison went onto be fired from his first two jobs, for not being suitably productive.Edison went on to hold more than 1,000 patents and invested some great devices like the phonograph, practical electrical lamp, and a movie camera.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison
Henry Ford failed several times and resulted in bankruptcies, prior to successfully launching the present incarnation of his company. He ruined his reputation with a couple of failed automobile businesses.
After that, we all know the story. Ford revolutionized the automobile industry, pioneering not only the Model T and the assembly line, but also the concept and notion of an automobile in every home. Driving became a “thing,” and subsequently, Ford’s Model T went on to sell over 17 million units.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
A Small Boy, fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father, used to sell newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by religion and rockets.
The first Rocket he build crashed. A missile that he build crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. He became the person who scripted the space odyssey of India – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
“If you want to shine like a Sun, first burn like a Sun.” — Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Life is like a boxing match,
Defeat is declared not when you fall
but when you refuse to stand again.