One of my favourite movies of all time is ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’. It tells the story of Chris Gardner-Will Smith,who had an aspiration to be a Stockbroker after some encounters on Wall street with Jay, a stockbroker. Chris’s story is inspiring based on how he overcomes all odds in his life to eventually achieve his goals. His wife left him, he was arrested and spent the night in a Police Station a day before his interview at the stock brokerage. He had to appear for his interview without a shirt and with paint all over his body. He was thrown out of his house and had to spend the night in a train station bathroom with his son and at some point had to sell his blood to have enough money to live. In the end, he got the job and well, the rest is history as they say.
We like these stories because they tell us people like Chris Gardner who go on to succeed in the face of all obstacles before them due to sheer determination and perseverance are just people like us. We see ourselves in them. More importantly, we know that given what they faced and overcame, if faced with the same situation, we can overcome. The dictionary defines perseverance as: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties,obstacles, or discouragement.
Here are some examples of people who overcame difficult situations to go on to succeed. The list is endless.
What examples of people who persevered to succeed do you know? What helps you overcome your setbacks?