Failing to Succeed

By: Vincent Rullo


Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein are similar in many ways. When they were kids, both of them really struggled with school. Albert Einstein could not speak could not speak until he was almost 4 and his teachers said he would "never amount to much."("Youtube") Thomas Edison got told that he was "too stupid to learn anything"("Youtube") by his teacher. On the other hand, Albert Einstein received formal education in Aarau Switzerland. Thomas Edison differs from Einstein because he was expelled from school and was taught by his mother.

In San Francisco on February 24th 1955, Steven Paul was born. He was quickly adopted by Paula and Clara Jobs. On April 1st 1976, Apple Computer inc. is incorporated by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne. Spring that year, Jobs and Wozniak start to assemble the Apple 1. In 1978, when the Apple 2 is made, it became the first "mass-market" personal computer. In 1983 Jobs recruited Pepsi executive John Sculley to run apple. Jobs boldly asked him "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want to change the world?"("") They clashed frequently, and Sculley had enough and fired him in 1985. Jobs was fired from the company that he started.

Problems can come from all sorts of people. Even one of the best writers of all runs into problems. Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, ran into a big problem when writing his first book. "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street" was rejected by 27 publishers. This was a big adversity for Dr.Seuss because if you can't get your first book published then you can't start a writing career.

The solution to this problem was that Dr.Seuss persevered in spite this adversity. "Don't give up. I believe in you all. A person's a person no matter how small" Dr. Seuss said (""). This shows that he believes that people can do anything, including himself. Finally, in 1937, Vanguard Press published "And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street." Vanguard Press states "I've published any numbers of great writers, from William Faulkner to John O'Hara, but there's only one genius on my authors list. His name is Ted Geisel."("")

Bill Gates was enrolled at Harvard University thinking of having a career in law. He only got a few hours of sleep each night because he always had to cram for a test so he could get a reasonable grade. When Gates met up with his old friend Paul Allen, he joined him and started to work for Honeywell. Then in 1975 Allen was hired at MITS and Gates dropped out of Harvard to join him there.

This resulted in Gates and Allen forming a partnership called "Microsoft". It stood fro a blend of "micro-computer" and "software". It started off very badly. It was not until 1978 when Gates moved the company to Bellevue Washington. Gates started to take control and moved himself to the head of the company.

The outcome of becoming the head of the company was $2.5 million for Gates. He was asked by IBM for his company to make a "software that would operate their upcoming PC." ("") Gates got his crew to work, and between 1978 and 1981, Microsoft's growth exploded. The staff increased from to 128. Revenue shot up from $4 million to $16 million. Gates was only 31 when he became the youngest billionaire ever.

Marshal Mathers, better known as Eminem, is a rapper who raps about his life. A lot of his lyrics are about the struggles and adversities he had to get through. His songs show how hard it was for him.

For example, Eminem tried to commit suicide. He used an overdose on Tylenol, but the attempt failed. The reason for this is because he was feeling petty when his girlfriend Kim left him and prevented him from seeing his daughter Hailie.

Eminem spent hours studying the dictionary to expand his vocabulary. Even with this, Eminem failed ninth grade three times. When he was 17 he decided to drop out of high school.

A run in with drugs was not a good thing for Eminem. He reveled that he almost died from his addiction. He was hospitalized after an overdose but said "Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died, My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything."("")

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