Winston Churchill: Price Of Success
By Gabe Scott
Born on November 30, 1874, at Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom, Winston Churchill would twice earn the title of British Prime Minister, but he had to overcome several conflicts to reach that position.
His education came from Harrow High School. His teachers took note that he was smart and had a great memory, but was inattentive, yielded to distractions, and was often disheveled. He also had a lisp, pronouncing “s” as “sh.” Winston was disheartened by the feeling of being surpassed by everyone else. “I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel … so completely outclassed and left behind.” (Churchill, 1888). Many thought Winston had dyslexia, a language disability, but he was actually quite good at subjects which he was interested in. They concluded that he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an incurable disorder developed in childhood which affects one’s self esteem and ability to focus. In his education, he excelled at military tactics and strategy, as well as history and English.
If Winston did have ADHD, further proof was in his emotional behavior. A common symptom of ADHD is low self-esteem, which can lead to depression. Winston was often depressed, and he called his depression the “Black Dog.” He also had sudden changes in mood, in which he would be happy one moment and angry the next. His depression may have helped him to gain a realism-based comprehension of humanity. In 1940, when he became Prime Minister, Winston understood Germany’s war plans, and began to prepare England for resistance.
Winston Churchill was also a creative person. In his spare time, he would paint pictures or write letters, memoirs, speeches, and history books. In total, he had made over 500 paintings. Winston did not let anything get the best of him. When he visited his old school, he said to the men, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” (Overcoming Obstacles, paragraph 7). Winston’s persistence allowed him to succeed and take on a position of high honor, power, and responsibility.
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