Is Hero To Zero The Story Of Your Life?

Is Hero to Zero will be your life story?
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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.

Is Hero to Zero will be your life story?

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)

Thomas Edison, inventor of light bulb

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 CEO of Starbucks

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)

Michael Jordan, the most inspiring basketball player

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, the Queen of all Media

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)

Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC

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.

Can you reach your goal and become a Hero?

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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Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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  1. Heather

    Hi Alexander,

    Wow! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your post, Is Hero To Zero The Story Of Your Life?

    So inspirational and also educational. I didn’t know anything about Howard Schultz until I read this post.

    It’s so true that failure is a part of life and we can glean an awful lot of wisdom from those falls.

    For anyone who’s feeling a bit down on their luck, your post will do wonders for lifting them up…and that’s what it’s all about.

    Thanks for writing this, Alexander. BTW, you are also a very good writer!

    Warmly, Heather :-)

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Heather, thank you for visiting :) Yeah, I only heard his name recently after conducting my research. Failure is certainly a part of journey to the success. I also have faced a lot of failures in my life, and I decided to quit.. quit being a quitter.

      There will be numerous times our life seems to go down, but as long as we didn’t give up, we will surely rise again. Oh yes, thanks for the compliments but your writing is even better :)

  2. Gayle

    What a great post; it’s exactly the inspiration I was looking for this evening!

    While it’s always interesting to read about the “zeros” who become “heros,” the ones who really stand out as inspirations for me are the people who have experienced success (“heroes”), but who have then fallen hard and had to work their way back to “hero” status.

    I didn’t know Howard Schultz’s story, and I’m really glad you included it! Are there any other individuals whose stories inspire you? I cannot think of Jackie Robinson, for example, without being awestruck at his composure and tenacity in the face of truly difficult treatment.

    Thanks for the excellent post!

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Helo Gayle :)

      Glad you find this article inspiring. Yup, there is a lot of “Zero to Hero” journey but not so many media/articles publishing the “Hero to Zero and go back to Hero” again. There are many other individuals with inspiring stories.

      You can find it by clicking this link to see some of inspirational stories from other people.

      Hope you find it useful and inspiring :)

  3. Ian

    Great post!
    I think it’s important to learn from our failures and not get overwhelmed by them.

    I like Edison’s quote where he stated that he didn’t fail, but just found ways that didn’t work.

    I think that perseverance goes hand in hand with learning from our failures and I think an attitude of perseverance helps us do that.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Ian, thanks for reading :) Yes, I believe that the most basic recipe to success is never give up. Thanks for sharing your opinion too :)

  4. Darren

    First I’d just like to say that this is a rather unique idea for a website. Really interesting premise.

    Your post illustrates very fluently the true life examples of people achieving success who weren’t born into fame and fortune. Many a person has come from a tough background and managed to make a success of their lives.

    I love the Colonel Sanders example, showing that even in your 60s you can start a hugely successful business. It’s not too late for me yet.

    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Darren, thank you for your compliment :) Motivation and inspiration are two similar yet different things. Inspiration can drive motivation, so I write most of the articles here with the emphasize of giving inspiration to make you motivated, rather than make people read how to motivate themselves without proper amount of inspiration.

      Yes, there are many successful people come from different background. Some are really come from ‘zero’ condition. Colonel Sanders is indeed a very unique example to show that you are never too late to become successful as long as you work to it :)

      Thanks for reading and looking forward to your next visit.

  5. Deb

    Hi again

    I’m enjoying your site although I don’t believe anyone really goes to zero in their life, or even starts out that way. It may seem that way but we usually still have many good things in our life, even if we can’t see it. Also, in reaching the place you call “zero” we may have learned exactly what we need to reach “hero” status in the next round. Thanks for this thought provoking post :).


    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi again Deb, thanks for sharing your thought :) I understand what you want to say about “being zero”. In this website, the term “zero” mainly pointed to the condition of either failures or have nothing to start something (build something from the ‘scratch’). Looking forward to your next visit :)

  6. Shawn

    A very inspirational article!
    I agree that failure is just part of the game and we need to take that failure and learn from it.
    I always tell people that a success is just a failed failure, lol.
    I plan on checking out a few of your articles, I like the way you write. :)


    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Shawn, That’s a good catchphrase actually. “Success is a failed failure”. I will remember it :) Thanks for checking other articles too and keep inspired.


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