He was a hard worker, and his contributions to the medical world helped thousands of children across the world. He had an incredible work ethic, and he strived to be the best at what he did. He never gave up, in fact when he met an obstacle, he looked for a way to overcome it. Vivien Thomas faced many challenges along the way, such as racism and stereotypes, but he didn’t let them bother him. In Breakthrough!
Alex shows this right off the bat being the best he can although going through the death of all he had left, his uncle. Alex also shows his physical adversity struggling through tough challenges and being very young for his duty but this does not affect him. Yes, fighting mental and physical adversity is hard but it is a perfect way to find yourself deep down and understanding
For me his story is very reach in great lessons for life: first of all, it teaches us that if we have the will to change no one and no situation can stop us: neither poverty nor prison nor color nor belonging can inhibit us to reach our goals. Second we have to be faithful in our capacity and our power. Also it shows how education is the door of the development and prosperity. It is the arm that protect us from the domination and oppression. All these factor are the key component that lead to the triumph and victory toward tyrannies.
Booker T. Washington once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” W.E.B. Du Bois quoted, “The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork.” These are two quotes from two great leaders of the African American community in the late 19th and 20th Century. Although they were great leaders, they both had their own outlook on strategies regarding social and economic progress in the African American community.
Because of the alchemist telling him this, he knows his Personal Legend and continues to work for it. Out of the many challenges people face in life, some still just give up instead of persevering. The Alchemist, however, shows that people should never give up, but instead fight through bad situations to complete their goals. Others may think we are just suffering when we persevere, but “no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity” (Coelho 134).
Yes, Beowulf is brave, but not because he wants to do the right thing, he wants gold and glory. Beowulf is known as a great hero and on the surface he is. He seems to be brave and just but underneath that, Beowulf is extremely arrogant and egotistical. Beowulf does not just do things for they are the right thing to do, he does them seeing that great deeds will bring him honor and boost his reputation. He fights Grendel for bragging rights like the swimming contest Unferth brought up and he refuses to use a sword when fighting Grendel because it will just add to his bravery.
Jeannette learned how to thrive off of her neglect, thus becoming tough and resilient. An example of this neglect positively affecting Jeannette is when Rex taught Jeannette how to swim by letting her struggle until she was close to drowning. “... you can't cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent needs to teach a child is. "If you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” (Walls 66)
Wisdom, Walden, and Withdrawal “...if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours,”( Thoreau 625). Henry David Thoreau shares his journey and experiences throughout Walden. Thoreau speaks greatly about the elements of self reliance and achieving goals. Several of Thoreau's lessons are still relevant in today's society, two of his fundamental ideas are that wisdom does not come from education and that loneliness is not the same thing as being alone.
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell does an excellent job in taking the expected and making it the unexpected. He shows that although hard work and dedication are important to be successful, they are not the only determining factors. Each chapter started out with a story of someone who seemed to have risen from nothing into something, and he carefully broke the situation down and analyzed the time periods, what their religion/ ethnicity were, family life, and what was occurring in the world during their youth. In each part he connected back to previous stories/examples to continue making the point that it is almost impossible to truly make a successful career out of nothing on your own.
There is not one person in this world that doesn’t have their obstacles and disadvantages. It is what you do with them that helps you grow as an individual. I believe that obstacles can be turned into something good because they are all just challenges to be overcame. We are used to hearing that we must be strong and never have obstructions, yet I’ve come to surmise that it is in fact all the hardships you go through that make you stronger.
This is why I resonate with them much more than, I could ever convey. They weren’t just wild and courageous in my eyes. They are selfless without no expectation of compensation. The lengths they would go for someone they value dearly is completely admirable. Their reluctance to open up their struggles, refusing to divulge the darkest moment of their lives as if it’s a violation of privacy, because they 've been strong — alone for so long.
Washington also received a $2,000 grant to establish his school, today known as the Tuskegee University. He established the Tuskegee University in hope to educate the African American people. Washington did not see the school as a challenge to the white community. Instead he has taught the students at his school to be patient and be hard workers, and eventually they would be accepted by the white community. Even though Washington believed that all men should be treated equally, his patient has earned him criticism.
Forbidden Fruit Imagine living in a world where you are completely oblivious to the reality surrounding you. Forever deprived from knowledge due to the fact of the color of your skin. This was the life of Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass; two African American men who were faced with tough obstacles such as lack of knowledge, social status, and generally trying to survive in a white man’s world. In the past, African Americans were subjected to harsh living conditions. Many tried to escape this fate but for most of the times have failed.