Since the day he entered this world, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was surrounded by music.
His father, Leopold Mozart, was a musical instructor and filled the Mozart home with new students. This included Wolfgang’s older sister, Maria Anna, who practiced the piano day and night.Read More
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak could not believe his eyes as he looked at his computer screen. His keyboard actually worked! For the first time in history, someone typed a key and it showed up on a computer screen.Read More
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their choice of field.” – Vince Lombardi
In 1959 Vince Lombardi finally got the chance he had worked all of his life for; to become the head coach of a National Football League (NFL) team.
The problem was that the team he was going to coach was the Green Bay Packers.Read More
“This is it!”
Thought a young Warren Buffet as he picked up a book that would change his life forever.
Until that point, Warren Buffet was far from what many would consider a future success.
He was a rebellious kid who hated what he considered pointless schoolwork and the fact that he had to move from Omaha to Washington DC when his father was elected to Congress.Read More
It has been called the hardest competition on the planet.
The Insight Race Across America, also known as RAAM, is a 3,000-mile non-stop bike race from one end of the United States to the other – more than 36% longer than the Tour de France.
But as the cyclists did their final preparations for the 2004 race, their fear was not the pain they would face over the full week of biking. Their fear was of the seemingly inhuman winner of last year’s race, Jure Robic.Read More
Growing up in rural Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger had little chance of achieving fame or fortune.
He lived in a tiny village called Thal where children were groomed to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Arnold’s parents were set on him joining the military and becoming a police officer like his father.
But Arnold knew he was meant for something bigger.Read More
In 2001, Joe DeSena, the founder of The Spartan Race, was in a car accident that ripped his hip out of his socket.
After his injury, the first 4 doctors he met with said that he would never be able to run again. This news devastated Joe. He was an athlete all of his life and could not imagine never running again.
So Joe refused to accept that fate. He decided that he was going to do everything he could to be able to run again. This made him hyperfocused. He was going to prove doctors wrong, and to prove that his will was unbreakable.Read More
Her mother prayed for good news as she sent 3-year old Temple Grandin to a speech therapist.
Diagnosed with autism, Temple was thought to be incapable of learning language. In the 1950s, that meant she would be institutionalized all of her life unless she could show she was capable of entering school.
Her parents tried everything they could, and this speech therapist was their last resort.
Thankfully, against all odds, young Temple made progress. It was slow, but Temple was able to speak well enough to be enrolled in a normal school.Read More
It was a simple a train ride from Manchester to London to most of the passengers on the train, but for one passenger, it would be the spark that would change the world of literature forever.
Joanne Rowling – better known as J.K. Rowling – was overcome with excitement as she saw a vision of a young, scrawny boy who the world would come to fall in love with.
“I saw Harry! I could see him very clearly – this scrawny little boy. And it was the most physical rush of excitement. It was the same feeling that you get when you meet someone new and feel as if you have found the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with.”Read More
When he was 12 years old, Kobe Bryant was about to give up basketball forever.
He just completed his summer basketball camp and was going home a disgrace. He thought it would be the beginning of a flawless journey to becoming the star NBA player that we all know today – especially because his father, Joe Bryant, played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 8 years before playing his final 6 years in Italy.
During those 6 years in Italy, the Bryant family fully embraced the culture. This included Kobe playing soccer for most of his youth and showing a lot of promise in the sport.Read More