Hill’s examples of struggle and humbleness did not end with Mr. Dickens. Just to drive the point home, he continued on with his list of great achievers who pulled themselves up despite their burdensome beginnings.
More Motivational Strugglers
We all learned the story of Helen Keller in school, the girl who became deaf, dumb, and blind shortly after birth. Despite her intense misfortune, she made her indelible mark on the world. Her entire life was evidence that no one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery; his handicap was his race and color. Because he was tolerant, always had an open mind (on all subjects), and was a dreamer, he left his impression for ever on an entire race, and paved the way for more modern Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. in the U.S. and international Civil Rights leaders like the aforementioned Nelson Mandela, who eventually won equal rights for all races in so many reaches of the civilized world.
Beethoven was deaf, Milton was blind, but their names will last as long as time because they dreamed and translated their dreams into thought and art.
Renewing Your Resolve
Before you go on to the next chapter, renew your dedication to your pursuit, and renew your energy of hope, faith, courage, and tolerance. In these states of mind, and with a working knowledge of the principles described, anything else you need will come to you when you are ready for it. Because as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, every resource that you need will “come home through open or winding passages. Every friend whom…the great and tender soul in thee craveth, shall lock thee in his embrace.”
There is a difference between wishing for something and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for something, until he believes he can acquire it. Your state of mind has to be belief, not just hope- or wishfulness. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.
Open Your Mind To Success
It is always a good thing to hear or read a reminder like this. It’s always helpful to see that success is possible, regardless of the hurdles, and to be reminded to renew our dedication to ourselves and continue to strive for success. These minders come, I would guess, in a quite timely manner for many out there today. I hope you embrace them and continue to believe in yourself and all that you are doing to improve your life for you and yours.
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