What does it take to succeed? Drive, ambition, determination and stick-to-it-iveness! Do you have what it takes to succeed? Each of these people overcame life’s obstacles to succeed.
Teddy Pendergrass hit a tree in his Rolls Royce. The accident paralyzed the famous R & B singer and songwriter from the waist down. Determined to maintain a positive attitude, Pendergrass focused on his music and recovery. After his accident, Pendergrass went on to record a ballad with Whitney Houston. Drive and determination helped him to succeed when some people may have considered his career to be finished.
Today, Joni Eareckson Tada is a well known advocate for wheelchair users. In 1967, a diving accident left her a quadriplegic at age 17. She developed her art skills by holding a brush between her teeth. Her paintings became highly sought-after. Numerous honors have been awarded to Eareckson Tada for her efforts. The Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association has presented her with the Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award. She married in 1982 and will soon be celebrating 33 years of married life. She accomplished incredible things.
The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, became paralyzed in 1921 at age 39 from poliomyelitis. Many of his symptoms dissolved with time and rehabilitation; however, Roosevelt never regained the use of his lower extremities. He never gave up trying various therapies and standing with a locking knee brace while leaning against a lectern during most of his term. Roosevelt maintained a positive outlook.
Is a college degree in your future? What about marriage and a family? Have you wanted to run for public office? Reach for those dreams! Make a plan and set it in motion. Yes, you can accomplish your dreams!
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