underdogs at their best by: Ayesha Khan
Joan of Arc
Born and raised in 1412 Dormari France Twelve year old Joan receives a vision from god where she saw Michael the Archangel. She was told to lead the French in a battle against the English. Being a peasant farm girl she was, Influenced by her dream she was determined to do something about it. Joan knew that it would be a difficult task but when she turned sixteen she knew it was time to take action. Joan has talked the king into leading his army into battle and became an great fighter and an expert horseback rider. When it was batlle time Joan and the French army were well prepared. Even though Joan was hit by an arrow she continued fighting. And in the end they saved the French from the English. During the Battle against Compiegens and Burgundians Joan was captured by the English. As a result she was later executed at age 19 for pretending to be a man. And later earned the name Joan of Arc Because of having determination and perseverance throughout all of Joan’s life she conquered and achieved great things. Joan preserved through the disadvantage she had and saved France while at it.
On October 31, 2003 Bethany Hamilton went out to surf and suddenly she was armless"I was lying on my board parallel to the waves. One of my arms was lying inside the water, and the other arm was just holding the board. Then the shark just came up and attacked me, and it kind of pulled me back and forth. It was only, like, 2 or 3 seconds, so it was really short. All of a sudden Bethany goes, 'I got attacked by a shark!'" says Bethany's fellow surfer, Holt, "and she wasn't panicking or anything, so I almost thought she was kidding. So she was paddling in toward me. I was probably 20-feet away. And then I saw a bunch of blood in the water." After a few days Bethany was out of the hospital and it was up to her to decide what she was going to do with her life. Either she could just live her life normally and find a new hobby or continue surfing with an arm. And thankfully Bethany chose the second option. After receiving tons of fan mail stating that she was there hero. Bethany used that as a solution to her life dilemmas and was inspired to overlook the difficulties in her life. Bethany pulled out the surfboard and started to surf again. Now twelve years later Bethany is still a surfer champion (even without an arm) who continues to inspire people everyday with her bravery and perseverance.
Warren Buffett was born on August 30,1930, in Omaha, Nebraska began investing at age 11. And started running small business at the age of thirteen. Being the mathematical child prodigy he was he brought it upon him to start saving money at a young age Warren worked hard and bought three shares of Cities Service Preferred at $38 per share. The stock went up and down but he remained patient. soon he sold the stock to someone else when it became $200 per share. Warren continued in the business even though he knew it was risky and and very unpredictable with the amount patience he had he became the third richest man in the entire world . In June 2006 Buffett gave all of his fortune to charity and his donation became the largest act of charitable giving in United States history. Warren stayed humble and brave throughout all of the difficulties in the business industry and later became No. 15 on Forbes magazine's "World's Most Powerful People" list.
In the following stories A Time to Dance by: Padma Venkatraman and The Boy Who Dared by: Susan Campbell Bartoletti there are two main charecter both alike in many ways. Veda is a bharatanatyam dancer who just won her dance recital and is on her way to the post ceremony she gets in to a fatal accident making her a below knee amputee. Veda takes this difficulty as an opportunity to grow and learn. In the book The Boy who dared it talks about a boy named Helmuth who is in the middle of World War 2. By listening illegally to a short wave radio he learns that Germany is lying to its people and tries to show the truth to others by creating leaflets and then get caught and sentenced to death. This story is a series of flashbacks of his life that show how a young kid got all jumbled up in the war of his own home country and learns how to stand up for himself and risks everything for his freedom and others. Veda and Helmuth both who were at a disadvantages showed character by sticking up for their beliefs and not giving up when they had every reason too. Both characters displayed bold behavior and risked everything for who they loved and got what they wanted.
Steps to Achievng Greatness
Step 1: Create a Goal
-Decide what you want to achieve and concentrate only on that goal.
Step 2: Identify The Problem
-Recognize the problem and figure out a way to work around and/or solve the problem. It will make achieving the goal a lot easier if you eliminate the problem.
Step 3: Use Positive action and thinking
-Achieving greatness would be impossible if you weren't positive and optimistic. Start by telling yourself everyday that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, and not only having positive thoughts but to also have positive actions to go with it. Meaning if you are doing something difficult find ways to make it easier. Becoming a writer? Take a journalism class to learn or thing or two. It wont be easy but it will be worth it.
Step 4: Never give up
-Tenacity and perseverance are the signs of greatness. Without you wouldn't be where you are.If you dont struggle it isn't hard enough. Just remember remarkable people like Jesse Owens could have given up when they encountered harsh racism, but giving up wouldn't have given Owens 4 gold medals and the chance to break a variety of records