All Greatness Comes from Suffering

Struggle 1: Silently Heartbroken 💔

Right: Mao Zedong — future Chairman of the Communist Party of China (CC0)
Marie Curie — first woman to win a Nobel Prize and only woman to win it twice (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Struggle 2: Crazy Families 😵

Elon Musk — the richest person in the world in 2021 (Steve Jurvetson, CC-BY-2.0)

The creator of history’s second largest empire started off with a single mother and six siblings (pg. 3)

Oprah had to wear dresses made of potato sacks in this poverty. (pg. 9)

Oprah Winfrey — Actress, TV show host, author, and philathropist. (Newhouse, CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0)

Struggle 3: Young and Broke 💸

Genghis Khan literally foraged for fruits and carcasses to avoid starvation (pg. 19–23)

Joseph Stalin (left) — Leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CC0)
Henry Ford — The founder of one of the world’s largest car manufacturers (CC0)

The man who has literally been to space started his career ‘squatting’ in a basement with 20 others. (Source)

Struggle 4: The Inevitable Fall 💀

J.K. Rowling — Author of the famous Harry Potter book series (Tracy Lee Carroll, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Martin Luther King tried to commit suicide twice before the age of 13.

Martin Luther King Jr. — the symbol of the American civil rights movement (CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Struggle 5: Discrimination 😠

A statue of Genghis Khan—founder of the Mongol Empire (CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Two-time-Nobel-Prize-winner Marie Curie had to attend an illegal school because women weren’t allowed in universities. (Source)

Bruce Lee — Actor and martial arts fighter. (Left: CC0, Right: CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Struggle 6… School 😱

Steve Jobs — founder of Apple. (CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Hitler dropped out of high school at age 16 with no plans for the future. (pg. 20) His single mother died of cancer two years later. This left him homeless. He made money selling paintings and doing odd labour. (pg. 30–33)

Don’t forget the outliers

Ie. Suffering is not some secret ingredient for success.

Remember that broken people just like yourself have reached unbelievable greatness.



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