Is hero to zero what you want your life to be? Of course not, but you may know people with such experience. Just to make it clear if you are a new reader to this website, zero means a failure condition while hero means success. You may want to read my first post if you want to learn a bit about zero to hero concept in the real world.
Up until now, if you have read some of my other posts, you may notice that all the posts are meant to be giving you inspiration as the source for your motivation toward success. In another word, a Hero of your own life.
In reality, many people have given up hope, become nobody, and die without being able to reach their life goal. However, some of them keep trying to become a hero again. They rise, fall down, and rise again until they truly achieve success. This is what we call from hero to zero and rise again as a hero.
How can I Rise Again to be a Hero if I Have Fallen so Hard?
There are numerous people who are able to rise again simply because they have a strong determination to achieve their dream. Packed with clear goals in mind and never giving up, they successfully rise up to become even more successful than before.
As usual, it is easier to show than tell, right? Here are 5 individuals who went through such experiences in numerous areas like science, media, sports, and business. They went from hero to zero and back to hero again, in various type of zero-to-hero cycle.
1. Thomas Edison (Inventor)
What would the entire world become if Thomas Edison had quit attempting to invent the light bulb?
Throughout all school period, he had problems learning in a conventional teaching method and the teachers used to let him know that he was too dumb to learn anything at all. He was dismissed from his first couple of jobs due to very unproductive performance.
At the age of 12, he persuaded his parents to allow him to sell newspapers to travelers across the Grand Trunk Railroad line. Taking advantage of his accessibility to the news bulletins teletyped to the station office every day, Thomas started publishing his very own small newspaper, named the Grand Trunk Herald. The up-to-date reports were a winner with passengers. It was the initial of what would turn into a long chain of business projects where he spotted a demand and capitalized on the opportunity.
Thomas Edison had failed thousands of times. He is now among the most inspiring, influential and successful people on this planet, not just having created the light bulb, but also moving camera, phonograph and various other things.
Conclusion: From Hero (Newspaper business owner) → To Zero (Thousand failures in the process of the bulb invention) → To Hero (The invention of the bulb and other various useful things)
2. Howard Schultz (Businessman)
Howard Schultz was born in Brooklyn to a poor family. He was a young accomplished athlete and went to college with an athletic scholarship. Soon after graduation, he worked for Xerox as a salesman, and after that as a general manager for Hammarplast, a Swedish drip coffee maker manufacturer.
It was in this capacity that he first got connected to Starbucks, a small Seattle-based coffee-bean shop. He would continue to help this enterprise and finally manage it, transforming Starbucks into the worldwide brand it is now.
Conclusion: From Zero (Born in poor family) → To Hero (Athlete Scholarship) → To Zero (Doesn’t continue with athlete career, instead went with salesman) → To Hero (CEO of Starbucks)
3. Michael Jordan (Athlete)
When he was young, Michael was viewed as the silly kid who loved basketball. He was not very tall and did not originate from a sports family. But he was determined. Michael encountered a lot of failures and setbacks but eventually, his hard work paid off.
In the initial days Michael joined the league, his jump shot was never assessed as good enough. He then spent his off-season on doing hundreds of jump shots every single day till they became perfect. Perhaps you did not know that he got declined in his high school basketball team. It really is hard to believe, right?
For every reject or weakness, however, Michael discovered the right way to transform it into his strength. So, now he may well be the greatest basketball player ever. If you like Michael Jordan as a role model for inspiration, I’ve listed his quote as one of the best quotes about life. You can find the reading here.
Conclusion: From Zero (Failures and rejections) → To Hero (Most inspirational basketball player). He really has a lot of this zero-to-hero cycle kind in his entire life.
4. Oprah Winfrey (Media Proprietor)
Oprah Winfrey is probably the most recognized black American woman on earth. She was sexually abused at 9 and ran away from home at 13. She got pregnant at 14 and gave birth to a boy who passed away in infancy.
She became beauty queen at 17 and was offered a position as a host at a striving Chicago TV show that was later rebranded The Oprah Winfrey Show. She became a Millionaire at 32. She has been ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century and earned the title “Queen of All Media”.
Conclusion: From Zero (Sexually abused) → To more Zero (gave birth at such early age and the baby passed away shortly after) → To Hero (Host a TV Show) → To even more Hero (Queen of All Media)
5. Colonel Sanders (Businessman)
A local of Indiana, Colonel Sanders worked numerous jobs and ran many businesses in his life, however, some plain bad luck or incident constantly hampered him. He lost his occupation as a lawyer following a fight with his own client in the court. His motel and restaurant were ruined by fire, and just after he reconstructed them, the beginning of world war 2 compelled him to go bankrupt.
Colonel Sanders was just a retired person who had nothing other than a fried chicken recipe, a nearly bankrupt restaurant, and a dream. Finally, following a lifetime of drawbacks, Sanders launched the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in 1952. He was in his 60s.
The rapid expansion of KFC made it one of the best fast food chicken restaurants in the world today.
Conclusion: From Hero (Ran many businesses) → To Zero (Lost his occupation as lawyer) → To even more Zero (Bankruptcy) → To successful Hero (Founding KFC)
Is Hero to Zero Life Story a Desirable Thing to Have?
Finally, is hero to zero desirable? Well, obviously not. It is natural that we work hard to avoid any failures and mistakes along the road to achieve our goal. However, no human in the world can avoid failures or mistakes. When it happens to you, never stop trying to be a hero again.
Failures are not a ‘wall’. Those exist as your ‘stepping stone’ to success.
Remember, it is perseverance and hard work that will help you achieve your big dream. Even in some cases, it will alter the world regardless of where you are from or what you are doing now. This concludes a crucial key to become the hero: never give up. You can learn from this article to learn some pitfalls to avoid and how to counter it in your road to success.
Any food for thought is welcome
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