How famous people keep persistent

Compare and Contrast

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11th, 1847 and died on October 18, 1931 to Diabetes. During his 84 years, Thomas went through a lot of failures, although was known to be on of the most successful inventors. His most famous inventions were the light bulb, the typewriter, and the camera. Although to make the light bulb it took Edison over 1,000 prototypes to complete it. This shows that no famous person is perfect, or had instant success, they had many, many failures. What’s different is that they don’t give up, no matter what, they keep at it no matter what obstacle is blocking there path. One of Edison’s famous quotes was, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." (<>.)

In the end, gaining success is not extremely easy, it takes time, persistence, and lastly perseverance.

Henry Ford was born on July 30th, 1863 and died on April 7th, 1947 to a type of stroke called Cerebral Hemorrhage. During his 84 years, Henry experienced many failures, although ended up creating the Henry Ford company. His most well known invention was the assembly line that helped car companies construct cars. Although Henry failed on one car and three companie fails before he finally made the Model T, and five years later he created the assembly line. This shows that success comes with failure and persistence. The only difference is that they didn’t give up and continued on their path. One of Ford’s quotes was, Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. In the end, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” (< ford.html>.)

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were well known inventors/ engineers, and they both are known for their persistent perseverance and great accomplishments. Along with that, they both had many failures in their lives. For example, Henry Ford failed one car, three companie fails, and went broke five times before creating Model T and the Assembly Line. And it took Thomas Edison over 1,000 prototypes of the light bulb before he finalized it. However they did not give up, even if it took Edison 1,000 tries and Ford 8 tries, they continued through it and continued persistent perseverance. In conclusion, the key to success is failure, although is much harder done than said.

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Sequence and process

Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome called lipodystrophy, which is where a person doesn’t have body fat. Currently she is 27, weighs 58 pounds, and is 5 feet and 2 inches. Around the time she was 17, Lizzie found a video titled “Ugliest Girl in the World”, and she was the main character. By the time she found the video, it had over 4 million views, and from there she thought that her life was over. After Lizzie saw the video and read all the hateful comments, she basically gave up until her parents helped her back up. Although this was just one of the very difficult obstacles Lizzie had to pass to be where she is now, currently an author and motivational speaker.

Lizzie Velasquez was born on March 13, 1989 in Austin, Texas 4 weeks prematurely. She was born with an extremely rare disease called lipodystrophy, which is where she doesn't have any body fat. Along with that, she lacks energy at times and it takes long for her to fight off infections. Due to these conditions, she has been called ugly a lot, although what is different about Lizzie is that she won't give up. No matter how many mean comments were said to her, she will not back down. One of Lizzie’s famous quotes is, “You don’t have to look like a supermodel or a movie star to be happy or successful or whatever you want to be!” What this quote is saying, is that you should not let others control you, be who you want to be. This is only one of her hundreds of inspirational quotes that she come up with. In the end "No matter where you're at, no matter who you're around, always stay true to who you are." (<>.)

In the end, Lizzie Velasquez is someone who is so persistent that she takes around 20 years of negativity and turns it into lessons and quotes that she says in motivational public speaks. Lizzie Velasquez was bullied so much, she has been called the “Ugliest Girl in the World” to many times to count. What is really inspirational about this is that she still hasn’t gave up after so many insults and obstacles.

Cause and Effect

J.K. Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 and is currently still alive and in her late 40s. During her younger years, Rowling went through a lot of obstacles and troubles, although ended up writing 8 very famous books, and creating 8 famous movies. She started out with the Harry Potter and writing all 8 books that are still read today. Although to do this, she was rejected 12 times when publishing and finally got it published on her 13th try. When Rowling was 34, it was a great accomplishment because her Harry Potter books took up the first three spots of the New York Times magazine. That explains that no matter what, and no matter who stands in your way, continue and venture on. It also shows that no person is successful on their first try, it is much more complicated that that. One of Rowling’s famous quotes was, “Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” (<>.)

J.K. Rowling was born in Yate, England being known as Joanne Rowling, until she adopted her grandmother’s name as her middle name. In 1990, Rowling moved to Portugal where she met and married Jorge Arantes. They ended up divorcing right before Rowling’s only child was born, Jessica. Her first spark of success was in 1999 when some of her Harry Potter books took up the top three slots of The New York Times best-seller list. Around 10 years later, her fourth volume in the Harry Potter series became the fastest selling book in history. What caused Rowling to be so successful was her persistence, even after being rejected 12 times for her book to be published, she continued ahead and successfully gained millions off her 8-book series, Harry Potter. About a year later, J.K. Rowling gained $480 million of of the first three Harry Potter books.

In the end, J.K. Rowling is someone who stayed persistent after 12 publishing failures. This is exceptional because after trying so hard and being told that her book would never get published, it would be typical to quit. Currently Rowling is 50, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland as a single mother. She participates in webcasts and talks about her websites and books about Harry Potter. In conclusion,

Problem and Solution

Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1857 and died on October 13, 1935 to Pneumonia. During his 78 years, Milton went through a lot of problems and obstacles, although ended up opening up two chocolate cooperations. He opened up Lancaster Caramel Co. first and then sold it to open up Hershey which are both still running today. Although to do this Milton failed twice and finally opened Lancaster on his third try when he was 29. About 14 years later he sold Lancaster and regained his rights to the Hershey chocolate company. That explains that no matter what happens, or what obstacles are blocking your way, you need to stay persistent and continue till success. It also shows that no one is perfect, even the most successful people, they had failure at least once in their lives. One of Milton’s famous quotes was, “If I rest, I'll rust."


Milton Hershey was the only surviving child of Veronica Snavely and Henry Hershey and was born on a farm in Pennsylvania. When young, Milton was a big dreamer but lacked the perseverance to do things. Although he used his failure and continued on until he started his own candy shop with borrowed money from his aunt. The business lasted for five years until he closed it and set out to Denver where he discovered caramel. The next big thing that happened was in 1883 after he failed twice, he started the Lancaster Caramel Company. What caused Milton to be so successful was his perseverance, even after failing twice on starting a candy company, he ventured ahead and successfully started a caramel company. About 10 years later, Milton got intertwined with chocolate making and started Hershey.

In the end, Milton Hershey is someone who is so persistent, that he ended up creating two candy businesses that are still alive and famous today. What is special about this is that he went broke 5 times and it took him 3 tries to create Lancaster. This is very inspirational because when he was young, he had big ideas but not enough perseverance to do them. That explains why he was so famous, not only for his success but for his persistence. One of Milton’s quotes was, “ My best advice to you is - when you tackle a job stick to it until you have mastered it.” (<>.)

Desription and Definition


Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 to Paul and Clara Jobs. When Steve Jobs was 13 he got his first job at HP factory, which really sparked his interest. About a year later, he meets Steve Wozniak also known as Woz. Him and Woz started Apple Computers together in 1976 and continued till Woz quit in 1985. Together they created many computers, working out of Steve’s house. Were as Woz was the inventor, and Steve was the marketer. By the time 2011 came around, Steve Jobs had created a massive electronic business that is still running today although is not the same after Steve Jobs died.

Young Life

Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California on February 24, 1955 to Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali who later gave Steve up for adoption. When Steve was still an infant, he was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs who named him Steven Paul Jobs. They lived in Mountain View, California later being known as Silicon Valley. When young, Steve worked with his father on electronics in there garage, which became a hobby. While Steve was an excellent tester, he had to be bribed to study, and was a prankster in grade school. Around the time Steve was signed up at Homestead High School, he met Steve Wozniak, his future partner. Who at the time was in college and was taking classes for computer designing.

Apple Computers

Once Steve finished high school, he enrolled at Reed College, although ended up dropping out after six months. Due to this, Steve spent the next 18 months dropping in on creative classes at the university. He later recounted how one course of calligraphy started his love for typography. In 1974, Steve took a position as a video game designer with Atari, and after a few months, left. About 2 years later, Steve and Woz started Apple Computers. They worked in the Job’s garage and funded their business by selling Steve’s bus and Woz’s scientific calculator.

Together they released the Apple I which racked up $774,000 total. About 3 years later, the duo released the Apple II, which racked up $139 million, which was a 700% increase from the sales they gained from the Apple I. In 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company obtaining a market value of 1.2 billion by the end of its first day of trading. That is when Steve elected marketing expert John Sculley to help fill the role of Apple’s president.

Departure from Apple

However, the next few of Apple’s product suffered huge design flaws resulting in customer disappointment. Suddenly IBM surpassed Apple in sales, and they had to compete with an IBM dominated business world. Because of this, Apple released the Mac/Macintosh, although ended up still not being IBM compatible. Due to this, Sculley began to phase Steve out of the company. In 1985, Steve officially left Apple to create a new company called NeXT, Inc. Around a year later, Steve purchased a company now known as Pixar. Feeling confident, Steve invested $50 million into the company. After that, Pixar produced many films, among them are Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Pixar's films brought in $4 billion, which caused Pixar to merge with Walt Disney in 2006.

Reinventing Apple

Despite Pixar’s success, Apple still bought out NeXT, Inc. in 1996 for $429 million. The upcoming year, Steve returned to his post as the CEO of Apple. During the the 1990s, Steve managed to put Apple back on track, coming up with products such as the iMac. Due to the effective branding and campaigns and stylish designs, consumers started to pay attention to Apple once again.

Pancreatic Cancer

In 2003, Steve found out that he had a neuroendocrine tumor, which is a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Instead of immediately opting for surgery, which is what he should've done, Steve postponed it for nine months. Although in the end Steve confidently took lead over shareholder disclosure and in 2004 had a successful surgery to remove the tumor. In upcoming years Steve talked little about his health.

Other Inventions

In the next few years, Apple introduced many new products including the Macbook Air, iPod and iPhone, which are all still bought and have newer versions of. Almost immediately after Apple releases a new product, competitors race to create comparable technologies that match up to the Apple products. By 2007, Apple’s quarterly reports improve, for example; Stocks were worth $199.99 a share which was record breaking at the time. In 2008, iTunes became the second largest music retailer apart from WalMart at #1. Currently, half of Apple’s revenues come from iTunes and iPod sales, with 200 million iPods sold, and 6 billion songs downloaded.

A sad end

On October 5, 2011, Apple broadcasted that there co-founder, Steve Jobs had passed away after battling pancreatic cancer for almost a decade, he died in Palo Alto, California. This shows that Steve Jobs had many failures in life, even getting kicked out of the company he started. Although he ended up making a multi-billion dollar business that is still running today.


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