Accept Failure

By: Stephanie Schweihs

Winston Churchill vs Abraham Lincoln

Winston Churchill was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. He stated, “Success is not final: it is the courage to continue that counts” (Brainy Quotes). As a kid, churchill was not the smartest knife in the drawer. He failed 6th grade. Throughout his life, he was not so lucky. Winston was rejected for marriage twice. Later in his life, Churchill failed to win five political elections. He stated, “I found myself without an office, without a seat, without a party and without an appendix”(Slideshare). He failed these elections and kept trying. So, he started campaigning in different towns. But on top of all this, Winston lost his prominent father at age 45. In response, he became determined on making a name for himself at a young age. And many didn’t know that he was also fighting a clinical depression “the black dog” his entire life. So he started drinking whiskey, and smoking cigars, which back then they didn’t know smoking was bad. But these never stopped him from chasing his dreams.

Today, Abraham Lincoln is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, but this took a lot of perseverance. As a kid, his family was forced out of their home, and he had to work to support them. About 20 years later, he lost his job as a storekeeper. Alike Winston Churchill, Lincoln had lots of failures that leaded to his success. Also, he failed in his first attempt for political office. This showed him that he had to work harder and show everyone that he is a great politician. Again, in 1838 and 1840, Lincoln was defeated to become speaker of the state legislature, and to become elector. At this time of his life, he almost gave up. He stated, “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure”(Brainy Quote). Abraham Lincoln never liked failing, so when he did, he accepted it and moved on, trying to succeed. In which he did. On November 6, 1860, Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States, being the first president from the Republican Party. All of the failures in Abraham Lincoln’s life helped him to achieve success, much like Winston Churchill.

Isaac Newton

Isaac newton was born on December 25, 1642. As a kid, Isaac Newton never saw his father. Isaac’s father died 3 months before Isaac was born. From the age of 12 until he was 17, he was educated at The King’s School, Grantham. He was removed from school, and by October, 1659, he was at Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, where his mother tried to make him a farmer. But he hated farming. His mother put him to work. Not long after, Isaac failed the family farm miserably. A master from the King's School, begged his mom to send him back to school so that he could complete his education. And he did. At 18, he achieved a great final report. In June 1661, Newton went to Trinity College, Cambridge. Soon after, Newton got his degree in mathematical theory, in August 1665. Descartes's Geometry inspired Newton because he loved the subject, and it introduced him to higher mathematics.Both in 1665 and in 1666 Trinity College was dismissed on account of the The Great Plague of London. In these two years, he was "forced from Cambridge by the plague" in the summer. At age 23 (1665), he took his bachelor's degree at Cambridge without distinction or honors. Newton is well known for the three laws of motion. The first law is, every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. 2nd: The relationship between an object's mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Last but not least is the third law, which is, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. These laws are used all around the globe. Newton is also known for the composition of white light, theory of colour, and the universal law of gravitation. Today, Isaac Newton is worldwide known. The tragedies the he went through in his life, helped him persevere to become the person we know him as today.

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Walt Disney

Walt Disney is a cartoonist, known for his invention of the mouse everyone loves, Mickey Mouse. He was the creator of Disney World and Disneyland. Walt was told many times he “lacked imagination”, and he “had no original ideas.” As a result, he was fired from a newspaper company. Walt once said, “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along with others” (Move me quotes). Walt failed a lot, but sometimes failing is a good thing. So after he got fired, he got an animation job. Because his first animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram, went into bankruptcy, and was once again, left without a job. Soon after, Walt moved to California. In California, Walt created a film called Steamboat Willie. It featured a talking mouse named Mickey, and it was an instant hit. Then they created a merchandise line and the Mickey Mouse Club, thus quickly grew to over one million members. Because Walt only made short films, he created Snow White(Disney’s first full length film). In 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released. The second full length film was released in 1950, called Cinderella, which was also an instant hit. Walt got so popular, that in 1955, the Disneyland theme park was built. This is pretty much every person’s dream life. Even though Walt Disney had went through many failures, he use them in a positive way, and used them to do good. Because of his failures, Walt Disney became a major success.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was a world wide famous artist. Before becoming famous, Vincent had many “problems.” Vincent’s interest to draw came at an early age. As a child, he began to draw and continued making drawings for years leading to the decision to become an artist. During his early life, Vincent was not as good as he is now know for. During his lifetime, he only sold 7 paintings! And he sold these 7 to a friend, for very little money. But Vincent never gave up. He kept trying and trying until he started selling his artworks. In about 10 years, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, prints and sketches. Without perseverance, Vincent van Gogh would never have become a famous as his now.

On fact about Vincent Van Gogh that not many know is that he was fighting a mental illness including frequent episodes of depression, paralyzing anxiety, and sometimes symptoms of bipolar disorder. This disorder sometimes affected his artwork. He sometime questioned if he was good enough for his life. “I am so angry with myself because I cannot do what I should like to do, and at such a moment one feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless.” He was disappointed that he could to all the things he wanted to do. At age 37, Vincent van Gogh shot himself. 4 Days later, he passed away, only a couple days after his 37th birthday.

Albert Einstein

Known for his theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein had a tough childhood. He didn’t speak until age four. And he couldn’t read until age seven. This caused all his teachers, and his parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. For example, his parents started treating him differently. They also worried that he would fail in school. But, Albert Einstein always said, “Failure is success in progress”(goodreads). He never believed that once you failed you can never achieve. That's why he never gave up. In 1905, he gave the introduction if his Special Theory of Relativity, and his General Theory of Relativity in 1915. His theory of special relativity, determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers. Most important, this theory introduced Albert Einstein to everyone in the world.

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