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Have Faith in Yourself and You Will Succeed: 3 True Stories of Unlikely Success


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Posted On: Mar 17, 2016

Have Faith in Yourself and You Will Succeed: 3 True Stories of Unlikely Success

Achieving success large or small is partially a game of confidence. You need to know that you have the skill, determination, and knowledge within yourself to achieve your goals. If you have doubts about reaching your full potential, you may stumble. And while it’s completely normal to doubt yourself, especially when things get tough, you must ultimately find the confidence to continue on your journey. Of course, doing this is never as easy as it sounds. To find some inspiration, here are a few stories of people who succeeded against all odds.

Milton Hershey. If someone with the last name Hershey asked you invest in their candy company today, you’d probably go right for your checkbook. Well, Milton Hershey’s name didn’t have the reputation it does today back in the late 1800’s. Hershey’s first three confectionary businesses went bankrupt before his Lancaster Caramel Company first began turning a profit. Hershey’s legacy now includes the ubiquitous chocolate bar, a theme park, and a town named after him in Pennsylvania. He also founded the Milton Hershey School, a philanthropic venture that has been dedicated to educating children from lower-income backgrounds for over 100 years. Not bad for someone with a 4th grade education who grew up in poverty himself.

Walt Disney. Before becoming a famous animator and lending his name to one of the largest entertainment conglomerates of all time, Walt Disney was once tossed out of his newspaper job because his boss said he lacked imagination and couldn’t come up with an original idea to save his life. Disney then opened an animation studio dubbed Laugh-o-Gram that eventually went bankrupt. Walt did various odd animation jobs around Hollywood for the next few years, often being paid little and losing his rights to characters he created to the studios he worked for. But Disney stuck with his passion and eventually created “Steamboat Willie” starring a new character he called Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney went on to create one of the most ambitious animation studios of his day, not to mention a theme park or two. Today, the Walt Disney Company holds assets of about $75 billion.

Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul that everyone knows so well today was born in poverty in Mississippi to a teenage mother. Oprah lived with her grandmother until she was six years old, when she moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother. Oprah herself became a teenage mother at age 14, but tragically lost her son during early infancy. It wasn’t until she moved in with her father Vernon Winfrey in Nashville that she began to see her true potential. In 1983, after a few years of working in local radio and television, Oprah moved to Chicago and took over a low-rated local television talk show called “AM Chicago.” Within three years, the show had a national audience and was the highest rated television talk show in the country. The rest is history.