We always need the motivation to achieve our goals, to make our plans achievable and for arriving at good decisions in life.
Motivation! We can find motivation even in the simplest and smallest things around us, but we fail to recognize. Be it in the form motivational quotes on the walls of offices and education institutions, or social media accounts. The influence of these quotes and success stories of the people behind them can help us with the required dose of inspiration that we need to walk through life’s turning points.
History contains many motivational stories of successful people. And, every story teaches us that success is not going to knock our door, but we have to knock success out. Extraordinary people leave their marks on history after leading a real struggle throughout their life.
1. Steven Spielberg
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“I do not dream at night, I dream on, dream all day, I dream for a living.”
His career began at the three consecutive visa rejections, while he was trying for his admission to the University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts; non-fulfillment of the necessary conditions.
He got his first part-time job as an internal editor at Universal Studios. His short film Amblin was the result of his creativity and his skills. His work impressed the Vice-President of Universal Studios.
He signed his first contract as the very young director and his contract was further extended for seven years. He had the life obstacles as supper and he made his way to several Academy Awards and countless other appreciations.
2. Steve Jobs
“My favorite things do not cost money. It is clear that the most precious resource that we all have is time. “
Steve Jobs! This name needs no introduction. He was born in California to an unmarried interracial couple; Syrian father. According to Steve’s biological father, it was her girlfriend’s parents who were not in favoring of their marriage; they disallowed her to marry an Arab.
This is why, her biological mother, Schieble traveled to San Francisco to have the baby. Lately, he was put for an adoption; Paul and Clara Jobs adopted Steve.
For most of my childhood was tormented by thoughts and search for their biological parents. He had poor results in school and was a rebellious person in primary school. When he was in fourth grade, one of the teachers noted his potential, and later Steve was able to skip a year of school because his intelligence level was too high for that class.
He gave up school because his parents could not afford to have him financial support. He had the first job as an auditor. His girlfriend abandoned him, and he led a modest lifestyle in those moments.
He along with his friends and Wayne Wozniak invented an electronic device called Apple Computer in a garage. And, this is when the journey of Apple started; a multi-billion dollar company.
3. J.K Rowling
“The failure made me free from everything that is not essential. I stopped pretending that I was anything other than who I am and so I began to focus my energy on finishing things that had meaning for me.”
Don’t tell me that you don’t know J.K Rowling and her books? Her books have sold over 400 million copies. But, not many of us know that she had been very unhappy with a failed marriage. She remained unemployed and yet cared a child.
She is known for her philanthropic activities, sponsoring many charitable foundations. The idea of the story the “little wizard” came as a spark and in 1990, she wrote the first manuscript using a typewriter.
She presented her work to 12 publishers in 1995. Eventually, all publishers rejected her story.
Bloomsbury offered the possibility of collaboration and in 1999 they launched the first book – “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. She is currently one of the 20 richest women in Britain.
4. Oprah Winfrey
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your purpose, you can touch it if you’re willing to work. “
When she was very small, her parents split up and she was sent to live with her grandmother in very poor conditions.
Then, at the age of 6, she was taken by her mother. Her mother did all kinds of jobs to raise her daughter and to earn a living.
At the age of nine, Oprah was raped by her uncle, a cousin, and a family friend, and at age 13 she left home. She was pregnant, and at age 14, gave birth to a baby who died after only two weeks.
Despite all these, she never gave up. She became known for her talent for speeches and had a scholarship in high school. She began her career as the host of a local radio station, and then launched herself into television with the most popular show in US history, with over 30 million viewers in America – “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.
5. Jim Carrey
“I strongly believe in the idea that you can create your own universe. That’s what I try to do, to create a good one for me. “
People still laugh out loud watching the “Ace Ventura’ or ‘The Mask’. But, this famous comedian has had a tragic past. At the age of only 10 years, he worked in a factory after school. Later, he left the job and started to create content for comics. He wanted to become a famous comedian and have high dreams.
His skills were noticed when he was 15 years old at the Comedy Club event at Toronto. His first comedy presented was a failure, but nevertheless went ahead. At 16, he traveled to Los Angeles for a few days to turn dreams into reality.
There he set a goal for himself in one of those days. He wrote himself a check for $10 million. It was just a year after that, Jim achieved his $10 million success.
Who would think that a comedian so famed fought with such big problems in childhood?
6. Walt Disney
“First think, secondly believe in dreams, third and finally, dare.”
Walt Disney, the creator of Disney magic world, began his career in 1919 in a local newspaper. He was soon fired by his employer.
With a few friends, he found a small studio that shortly had to be closed because of debt. Later he proposed to set up a studio in Hollywood, in the heart of the film industry.
His work “Oswald Lucky Rabbit” received only 20% of the funds required to launch. Then, he had the shot of his life following the manufacturer stole his idea and character animation.
Almost anyone would have given up fighting for goals in such a situation, but continued to work for his goals and soon created Mickey Mouse, the most popular cartoon character in history.
When he presented the idea of Mickey Mouse, most people rejected the idea. To Them, cartoons are going to target only kids’ market and children are going to scare when they see a mouse large television screens.
What happened later remained in history, launching a series of Walt Disney cartoon productions that have met with outstanding success.