Here I am going to share about five people going from Zero to Hero in many fields: business, sports, media and science.
Their success did not come from luck, not even skill or talent but from the fact that they worked very hard and they never gave up! It is just that simple. Read these 5 short stories, and let them inspire you and make you believe in what you really can do.
1. Colonel Sanders – Creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
You might not realize him by his name, but I’m pretty sure you were familiar with his face. It’s safe to say he is possibly the world’s most recognizable commercial icon.
But before he gets all the fame, Colonel Sanders was just a retiree who had nothing except a fried chicken recipe, a restaurant that was about to broke and a dream.
The only thing that made him different from other persons was his unbelievable level of determination. To make his dream come true in his 60s, Colonel Sanders tried to promote his fried chicken recipe by driving around the country, sleeping in his car and knocking on every door. He was rejected 1009 times until finally someone said yes! And that was the start of the million dollar empire KFC.
2. Howard Schultz – CEO of Starbucks
Born to a poor family in Brooklyn, Howard Schultz was an accomplished athlete during his young age, which allowed him to go to college on an athletic scholarship. After his graduation, he initially worked as a salesman for Xerox, and then as a general manager for Swedish drip coffee maker manufacturer, Hammarplast. That’s the time he first came into contact with a small Seattle-based coffee-bean shop called Starbucks. He would go on to work for this company and eventually run it, turning Starbucks into the global brand it is today.
3. Michael Jordan
As a kid, Michael was seen as the ‘goofy’ kid who liked basketball. He wasn’t really tall.
But he got determined. Michael encountered many challenges and failures, but finally, his hard work paid off.
On the first day Michael entered the league, his jump shot was evaluated as “not good enough”. He then practised hundreds of jump shots every day until they were perfect.
Do you know that in high school, our star was even rejected from the basketball team? It’s hard to believe, right?
Still, Michael found a way to turn weaknesses into his strengths. So, today we could know him as the greatest basketball player of all time.
4. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey- one of the most respected Black American women in the world: Being sexually abused at 9, running away from home at 13, being pregnant at 14; becoming beauty queen at 17, abusing drugs in her 20s, becoming the first black American woman on National T.V in America and millionaire at 32. Sounds strange but true.
5. Thomas Edison
What would the world be like if Thomas Edison had given up trying to invent the light bulb?
He failed at it 10000 times, so it would be easy to understand if he just gave up. Thomas had to work harder than many of us. Actually, during his school days, he had difficulty learning in a traditional teaching method and his teachers used to tell him that he was “too stupid to learn anything”. After that, he even was fired from his first two jobs because of his too “unproductive” performance.
Regardless of his troubles and failures, Thomas never stopped pursuing his dream.
He is now one of the most successful, influential and inspiring people in the world, not only having invented the light bulb, but also phonograph, moving camera along with many other things.