Before we get stuck in this article, I wanted to ask you a question. Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? There might be some people out there that don’t like a good come-back story, but most would agree that they feel a burst of joy when they see an underdog overcome the obstacles and become the champion. There’s a reason why these people are so magnetic, why they command respect and admiration, and this comes down to a few simple things like dedication, resilience, and inner strength.
These people were not exceptionally talented, gifted, or privileged. They didn’t receive success and fame on a golden platter. No, nothing was given to them. They had to earn everything. They had to start from zero. They had to work harder than most people. They had to sacrifice more and discipline themselves with each passing day. These people chose not to settle for their circumstances, but instead, to reach out for higher things in life that will earn them what they want and give them the life they deserve. And they didn’t take no for an answer, they didn’t make excuses and they achieved greatness.
“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
Here’s our list of inspirational winners that overcame the odds and achieved their dreams;
The father of modern transportation was once also a struggling enthusiastic entrepreneur trying to succeed. When he started his automobile business, many skeptics were telling him that he was crazy and that his idea would never work. His first two businesses both went bankrupt before he created his legendary company that we know about today. He trusted his ideas, even when no one else believed him, and he never gave up. Ford not only revolutionized the automobile industry and assembly line but also the concept and notion of an automobile in every home. Because of that, driving became a “thing” and a necessity in almost all the countries around the world.
Most people might not know this about the famous basketball player, but he was cut from his high school basketball team because he wasn’t good enough. But he didn’t let that stop him and he went on to become one of the best basketball players in history. This quote speaks perfectly about his resolve; “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
The Wright Brothers
It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without modern transportation, especially without airplanes. But if the Wright Brothers had given up when their first two attempts at flight had failed, the world might be a little bit different than it is now. The first full-size flying machine barely got off the ground for the first two flight tests but the third time it took flight and would later lead to the development of their larger glider that flew over 700 successful flights before they attached a small motor creating the first machine-powered flying machine. When they started, people told them they were crazy and that humans were not supposed to fly, but they believed in their dreams and made them come true. And without them, we wouldn’t be able to travel around to different parts of the world as easily and freely as we do now!
Now, aren’t these just some of the best underdog stories that we have ever heard? No matter how many challenges life threw at these people, or how many people told them they would fail, they never gave up. They believed and they worked hard. They had discipline and resilience. They came from nothing to become icons that changed people’s lives all around the world. They weren’t destined, they were determined. So can you.
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