I was Inspired to write this inspirational story after a little Angel named Daniel, who is living with Autism Disorder ❤️
Personaly , I have encountered many people in life who where thought to be severely Austistic, Dyslexic, Bonkers, Psychotic, Crazy and much more. Thankfully I lived to see closed ones get over those degrading stigmas and overcome those obstacles thanks to the infinite power of the mind.
One of them happened to be me. I was thought to have mild Aspergers Syndrome as a child which led me through a very hard childhood and to always be seen as different or as a freak to the kids who shared classrooms or schools with me. I was always moving from school to school in the elementary level due to economic obstacles and uncomfortable enviroments. I did not feel at home until I moved to Morningside Elementary School where I had the honor to have my first greatest teacher Russel Harwood in the second grade. He loved everything that I loved, from geology to rocks to stars to galaxies all the way to the infinite Universe. I remember how within weeks of being his student, I became one of the top four students and I also recall that those top four students received a purple quartz necklace for outstanding performance (I felt fortunate). He also taught me some chess and later in life, I found out in college that he was and still is one the the best Chess Masters in the US. I have to also add that thanks to him, I got tested for my IQ and thankfully I made it to a very high percentile which enabled me to enter the Gifted and Talented progam (GT). To me, Mr. Harwood was an angel who guided me and many others through a great path.
In between my school journey, many teachers degraded me, insulted me, gave me terrible grades due to envy and my naïve personality.
In my first year of high school at age 14, when I was admitted into the Magnet Theatre Program at Lopez High School Fine Arts Academy, I joyfully pulled my theatre teacher aside in the hallway. I then proceeded to ask her what my teenager heart had been longing all summer to ask her: “Do you think that I will ever get to be on TV or on a movie?”, determined she answered this to me: “No, I do not think that you will ever make it to any screen, we just do theatre and I do not reccomend you because you have no chances at it.” After that, my heart stopped living, and I just hanged around theatre to silently study her unorthodox theatre tactics, which never enabled our school to advance any higher in competitions. I simply watched and wrote down innovative methods for a near future. Meanwhile, I aquired the expertise to be a lighting and crew technician for the stage as I watched her live in her unfulfilled life, or so, I watched it through her eyes. I still forgived her for unawarely trying to kill my dreams because I knew it was not her fault and perhaps the way that she grew up affected her view of her world somehow.
At age 16, I was admitted to college and into the Dual Enrollment College Program where I was placed in the School of Business because my career test indicated that I was great at doing business in any field. Unfortunately, the business teacher who came from a maquiladora in Mexico and married a business professor at UTB-TSC for the sole purpose to become a US citizen and ensure her meal ticket…Cold-heartedly told me to leave the college of business because nobody in the “Ugly town of Brownsville would succeed”-according to her. She did not even know me or my life and she always shut me up when I tried to voice my opinion in her wrongly taught class. With sadness in my heart and the heartache that she gave me, I decided to listen to this bitch, leave the School of Business and meanwhile study by myself and pursue another career in Bilingual Generalist education because I was very good with languages. Unfortunately it was not what my heart longed and again, like a child, I started from zero on a path that was not my calling.
In high school, I failed twice; once in the 9th grade and then in the 11th grade because I had to work to pay bills and fund my extracurricular school projects. I was also suffering from depression due to my different way of seeing the world, but somehow I managed to graduate with my high school class like if I had never failed at all and at the Top 10% which gave me a little help with the 2k they would give me to strive in college once again.
Ironically, later in life after accepting & being labeled to have Mild Aspergers Syndrome, I took a Personality Type Test. Out of the 16 personality types I turned out to be an INTJ Personality which is considered “The Mastermind” of all 16 personalities according to Isabel Briggs Myers who created the sixteen personality types with the help of her mother, Katharine Briggs, and the theories of psychologist Carl Jung. This discovery gave me higher hopes two years ago thanks to my Genius friend and guidance, Tad Hasse who helped me discover what I could really do with the power of the mind, and he also taught me how to work with my imperfections and also how to commence my journey through the yellow brick road. It won’t be easy but I know that it will definitely be worth it!
So now, I want to encourage others to never beleive that you cannot succeed in life just because you get labeled to be something. Always believe that there is more to life, and hold on to your dreams very tight within the dephts of your heart and believe that anything that you can imagine, your mind can create.
Also, below the Alice in Wonderland photo I provided a few examples of great people that I personally admire and that went through similiar situations in life as most of us. These are 28 worthy of reading examples of great people who defeated the odds like a miracle. I also provided two great inspirational videos below. Enjoy!
1. Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for. Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.
2. Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Edison also famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.
3.Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC “Colonel,” couldn’t sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him. But then one did, and today there are KFC restaurants bearing his image all over the world.
4. R.H. Macy had a history failing businesses, including a dud Macy’s in NYC.But Macy kept up the hard work and ended up with the biggest department store in the world.
5. Steven Spielberg was rejected from his dream school, the University of Southern California, three times. He sought out an education somewhere else and dropped out to be a director.
6. Charlie Chaplin’s act was rejected by executives because they thought it was too obscure for people to understand. But then they took a chance on Chaplin, who went on to become America’s first bona fide movie star.
7. Marilyn Monroe’s first contract with Columbia Pictures expired because they told her she wasn’t pretty or talented enough to be an actress.
8. Soichiro Honda was passed over for an engineering job at Toyota and left unemployed. But then he began making motorcycles, started a business and became a billionaire.
9. Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue and was passed over for the editor-in-chief position. She began designing wedding gowns at 40 and today is the premier designer in the business, with a multi-billion dollar industry.
10. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie Snow White. Today, most childhoods wouldn’t be the same without his ideas.
11. Albert Einstein didn’t speak until age four and didn’t read until age seven. His teachers labeled him “slow” and “mentally handicapped.” But Einstein just had a different way of thinking. He later won the Nobel prize in physics.
12. Charles Darwin was considered an average student. He gave up on a career in medicine and was going to school to become a parson. But as Darwin studied nature, he found his calling.
13. Sir Isaac Newton was tasked with running the family farm but was a miserable failure. Newton was sent off to Cambridge University and became a physics scholar. He is also now diagnosed as having Aspergers Syndrome and Autism. (He also desyphered occult studies encoded in numbers within the bible that helped him advance in his technology.)
14. Dick Cheney flunked out of Yale twice. George W. Bush once joked: ”So now we know –if you graduate from Yale, you become president. If you drop out, you get to be vice president.“
15. The first time Jerry Seinfeld went onstage, he was booed away by the jeering crowd. Eventually, he became a famous comic with one of the most-loved sitcoms ever.
16. In Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the judges wrote: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to be the most famous dancer of all time and won the hearts of American women forever.
17. After Sidney Poitier’s first audition, the casting director instructed him to just stop wasting everyone’s time and “go be a dishwasher or something.” He went on to win an Academy Award and is admired by actors everywhere.
18. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her television reporting job because they told her she wasn’t fit to be on screen. But Winfrey rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk shows. She’s also a billionaire.
19. Lucille Ball spent many years on the B-list and her agent told her to pursue a new career. Then she got her big break on I Love Lucy.
20. After his first film, Harrison Ford underwhelmed the producer and was told he would probably never succeed. But today Ford is the third highest-grossing actor of all time.
21. Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire life, to a friend. He sometimes starved in order to create the 800 paintings he’d eventually do. Today, his works are priceless.
22. Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected by 27 different publishers. He’s now the most popular children’s book author ever.
23. Henry Ford’s first auto company went out of business. He abandoned a second because of a fight and a third went downhill because of declining sales. He went on to become one of the greatest American entrepreneurs ever.
24. While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years. But the 5,127th prototype worked and now the Dyson brand is the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the United States.
25. J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced and raising a daughter on social security while writing the first Harry Potter novel. J.K. Rowling is now internationally renowned for her 7 book Harry Potter series and is the first person to become a billionaire from writing.
26. Stephen King was initially so frustrated with his first novel, Carrie that he threw it in the trash. King’s wife found the manuscript in the trash and took it out. To date his 49 novels have sold 350 million copies.
27. Michael Jordan did not speak to age 4, was cut from his school basketball team, locked himself in his room and cried. Won 6 time NBA Champion, 5 time NBA MVP, 4 time NBA All-Star, and starred in Space Jam!
28. Nikola Tesla (My favorite) Was seen as a crazy scientist he also had a minimum of 278 patents issued to Tesla in 26 countries that have been accounted for. Many of Tesla’s patents were in the United States, Britain, and Canada, but many other patents were approved in countries around the globe. Many inventions developed by Tesla were not put into patent protection. Unfortunately, he got fucked over by the greediness of JP Morgan and Thomas Edison. After his favorite pigeon died when she visited him, Tesla began to die inside, said that his work in this world was complete and consequently died afterwards in a lonely manner and broke.
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