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Recently my coworker here at HomeHero and I got into a discussion about how we grow into the people we are as an adult. Is our character and work ethic based on reactions to our environment or are these attributes self-fulfilling? I like to believe these qualities are built inside all of us. It is up to you to make the decisions to make yourself a success regardless of circumstance. That fire is not something you can teach.

I have always lived by the motto, “If you’re not happy with something, do something to change it, don’t waste time talking about it.” This outlook has served me well through difficult times. This week I wanted to share about some successful public figures who have overcame difficult times to show how tragedies, setbacks, and even failure can help fuel a drive for success.

Albert Einstein

Einstein did not speak until he was 4 years old. Nobody expected him to amount to much. His school teachers described him as lazy and off in the clouds. He went on to develop the theory of relativity.


Stephen King

King’s first novel did terribly. He shopped it around to 30 different publishers and was rejected by every single one. Rather than giving up he finished the manuscript and went on to sell 350 million copies of his future books. Many of his books have been made into movies such as The Shining, which I suggest you never watch because it is terrifying.

Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey had a horrific childhood. She was molested for years by several family members and gave birth at 14 years old to a son who died shortly after. Instead of becoming a reaction to her circumstances she went on to become one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. Little does she know our team member, Maya Lynne, is planning a coupe for her job.

Thomas Edison

It is debated how many times Edison tried and failed to create the light bulb. The claims range from 1,000 to 10,000 times before succeeding. Talk about persistence.

Jimmy Graham

Because I had to include an athlete, Graham grew up as an orphan in and out of foster care and group homes. He has some pretty harrowing stories about being physically beaten by the older kids in these group homes. He went on to become a starting tight end for the New Orleans Saints. I basically watch sports for these types of success stories and choose my favorite players accordingly. Emotional sports fan. Female.

Success stories like these are rampant and push me to believe character and work ethic are attributes that are cultivated from within. No matter what your childhood circumstances were or how many times you fail. This blog post is way more uplifting than I try to be on a daily basis. I usually shoot for silly or sarcastic. I promise to do a funny one in the future. In the mean time, be a hero…

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