Success against all odds – Guest Post and Infographic by, Roxanne Bracknell…

No matter what the probability is, some people continued to aim high and eventually made their way to the top despite all the obstacles that were laid before them. These people show that no matter where you are in life there is still the chance for success… Some of the people mentioned on the list may even surprise you a little when you see them!

So to help you stick to your goals, and stay committed to who you want to become, here are 5 big names that made it, against all the odds that faced them:


1) J K Rowling

J K Rowling did not have a particularly happy childhood, growing up with a mother who was seriously affected by multiple sclerosis which ended up eventually resulting in death for Rowling’s mother.

This affected Rowling so much that she made the lead protagonist in her novels, Harry Potter, go through the same experience that she went through, the death of one’s parents.

Her mother’s death therefore seems to be sublimated through her writing style which influenced Rowling in creating her book characters the way did, for she states that this is why even the villain Lord Voldemort, has a twisted obsession with immortality.

2) Albert Einstein

Einstein was not born as a beautiful baby, as when he was born on March 14, 1879 the back of his head was very malformed. Apparently, Einstein’s head was so big that his family worried that something was wrong with him.

Additionally, Einstein was also known to have been an incredibly slow learner during his pre-school years and didn’t learn how to speak until the age of 4. Dr Thomas Sowell even coined the controversial term “Einstein Syndrome” to describe exceptionally bright people who had delayed speech in their childhood.

3) Steven Spielberg

Spielberg was rejected from film school a grand total of three times before getting his first big break in the film industry. Now his films are some of the best known in the world, and they include titles such as Jaws and Jurassic Park to name a few.

He also has 3 Oscar awards, 6 Emmy awards, and on top of that he also finished his Bachelor of Arts Degree in  2002.

4) Bill Gates

Gates’ first company, Traf-O-Data which sold devices that read traffic tapes and processed the data, failed miserably.

In fact when his partner, Paul Allen tried to sell the product, the product itself failed to even work.

However, this initial failure was part of Bill’s learning curb and it inspired him and helped him to prepare for greater achievements later, in guiding him to make the first microsoft product that would be a major global hit and as a result would make Gates the richest men in the world to date.

5) Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s early life had no sense of achievement or direction, as in school he failed the standardized test systems that were in place.

However, although these earlier failures were due to his dyslexia,

Branson made up for his impaired ability to read words and letters with his outstanding social, interpersonal and business talents which drove him to the top of the corporate ladder to accomplish one of his biggest successes yet, the London-based business firm: Virgin Group.


21 thoughts on “Success against all odds – Guest Post and Infographic by, Roxanne Bracknell…

  1. A perfect example of why you shouldn’t give up if you know you’re supposed to be writing. I always say, no one is an “expert” on anything. We are all in a state of learning our craft. When you send something off to anyone, weigh what you get in return. Is it true? Do I need to change something? If so, change it. If not, just reject it. But don’t let it get you down. Keep pressing on. Thank you for this article. I share it with my Facebook group forum for writers and readers. I appreciate the encouragement.

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  2. Thanks for the positive outlook! My mom recently died of ALS and I’ve had to put my medical career on hold because of chronic illnesses that have limited my daily activities in the past 2 yrs. Using blogging as a way to engage more with the outside world (can be stuck in bed a lot) and not really sure where things are going for me. But this definitely helps me see adversity as tipping point for change- potentially very positive change. 💕 Thanks again!

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