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When the Going Gets Tough
As the year 2001 drew to a close, we introduced a column
offering a number of short anecdotes describing various well-known people,
past and present, who have overcome obstacles and barriers to reach great
heights of success and achievement. It is our hope that these short stories
might offer a little inspiration and motivation at a time when most of
our country continues to struggle with the emotional upheaval confronting
us daily in the media. Experts in most every field agree that our way
of life has changed since September 11. Challenges with homeland security,
the economy, politics, unemployment, education, travel, etc. can certainly
take a toll when you must deal with these issues day after day. Dr. Robert
Schuller reminds us that "Tough times never last, but tough people
do!" These stories will certainly remind us of many people who have
proven this theory to be true. As promised, here is the second of many
installments of "When the Going Gets Tough."
Walt Disney's first cartoon production company, Laugh-O-Gram,
went bankrupt.He later created Mickey Mouse and became
the most famous name in film animation. He produced numerous classics
such as Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Cinderella
and founded Disneyland.
Arthur Blank and Bernard Marcus
A corporate buyout of Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers forced
two executives to lose their jobs in 1978. A year later, Arthur
Blank and Bernard Marcus joined another co-worker, Ronald Brill,
to start their own do-it-yourself home improvement warehouse store
called Home Depot, now North America's largest home improvement
Beethoven composed many of his symphonies as he was losing his
hearing and some of his most famous after he became deaf.
The President of CNN banned Katie Couric from reading the news
on the air because he felt she had an irritating, high-pitched,
squeaky voice.Today Katie is one of the highest paid, most
recognizable news anchors on television and very few people know
the name of that critical President.
Helen Keller, one of the most famous women of all times, was blind,
mute, and deaf. One of her goals was to help the less fortunate.
Having never painted until she was in her 70s, Grandma Moses created
more than 500 celebrated works of art.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy failed to make the football team at the Canterbury
School, his Connecticut prep school and failed Latin at Choate Academy.
He lost the election for President of his freshman class at Harvard
University, failed to win a post on the student council as a sophomore,
and dropped out of Stanford University business school. Kennedy
was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946, the U.S.
Senate in 1952, and the office of the 35th President of the United
States in 1960.
Publication Date: Winter 2002
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