By: Micah Ho

J.K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling (Joanne Kathleen Rowling) was a person who was bullied, poor, and failed her first book, but she persevered through failure and rejection. She was born in Yate, England on July 31, 1965. She adopted her pen name J.K. from her Grandmother Kathleen. The adversities she faced was that when she got married to a Portuguese man named Jorge Arantes they were only married for 3 years and then broke up. Joanne had to take care of her daughter named Jessica alone, she had no job, she had no money, and struggled with depression. But despite all the problems she had found what she loved to do-writing. And then she became more happy and less depressed, so she stated writing her book and finished 3 chapters. Then she sent it to the publisher but got rejected, so she sent another copy to another publisher but she got rejected again. Her mailbox was full of rejection letters but that didn't stop her. After sending her manuscripts 12 times she got rejected every single time and became to lose confidence. Finally the editors at Bloomsbury publishing company sat down and read the manuscript, they loved it and published her novel. J.K. Rowling went from being a jobless single mother to one of the best selling authors of all time because she kept on going and never stopped .
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Walt Disney

Walt Disney was a very successful man who created Disneyland, he created more than 81 future films he earned 950 honors including 48 academy awards but it took a lot of work and effort to get where he was because he had lots of failures and adversities. At age 22, Walt experienced bankruptcy after the failure of the cartoon series in Kansas City, he was fired by a news editor because he "lacked imagination". On the morning of December 7, 1941, the United States took over the Walt Disney Studios for a repair shop for tanks and artillery. Walt's artists went to war. Worldwide markets were closed to film distribution. And even Walt himself had to have government ID to get his own property. Also Walt could not find money to build Disneyland. The only way he could see was I doing television. But the the major Hollywood studios put pressure on each other not to support television production as it would ruin the movie business. Beyond all that disappointment Walt would say "All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them".
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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln didn't quit

Probably the greatest example of perseverance is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn't quit.

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.

Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up.

  • 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  • 1818 His mother died.
  • 1831 Failed in business.
  • 1832 Ran for state legislature - lost.
  • 1832 Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
  • 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  • 1834 Ran for state legislature again - won.
  • 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  • 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
He had many more problems but he still persevered through and got elected president of the United States on November 6th, 1860.
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