No matter how well you and I are doing at life, there are inevitably times when we feel like a disappointment to those around us and to ourselves.
Sometimes, it can even feel like you don’t matter.
This is in NO WAY true, and I wish nobody would ever have moments like that because we ALL matter! Every. Single. One.
So in case you’re going through a season where you’re feeling this way, I want to remind you that you matter! To demonstrate this, I thought it would be fun to check out some incredible examples of people who faced adversity, obstacles, or setbacks in their life at one point or another and could have easily given up on their passion or dreams. But thank goodness they didn’t, or the world would look much differently than it does today!
All of these people did profound things for America and the world, some in much more serious ways than other, but the fact remains that all of them have greatly impacted the world in one way or another.
Let’s check them out:
Dreamer #1: Abraham Lincoln:
He started a business and failed. He didn’t have a law degree, but practiced it anyway. When he ran for the senate, he lost twice before finally winning the third time. He argued a case in front of the Supreme Court and lost. He had been shot at before his assassination. He ran as a vice president and was disliked.
However, as we all know, he eventually became president and fought against slavery, ultimately getting the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution passed in 1865. Thank goodness he didn’t give up during all of those challenges!
Dreamer #2: Susan B. Anthony:
An ardent fighter for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery, she helped fight slavery in 1863, two years before the 13th amendment was passed. In 1872, she was arrested for voting in her hometown and put on trial. She refused the pay the fines charged to her, but from this spectacle she was able to get Congress’s attention.
Although it wasn’t ratified until almost 40 years later, she contributed to the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
Dreamer #3: Albert Einstein:
Famous physicist, perhaps best known for his formula “E=MC2” and theory of relativity, Einstein changed the way we thought about physics and allowed breakthroughs in this field.
As a Jewish resident of Germany, when WWII loomed he chose to stay in the US rather than go home. Later he mentioned to President FDR that the US should begin research on developing a new type of bomb, which later led to the Manhattan Project, which Einstein later denounced. He was also a holder of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Dreamer #4: Martin Luther King Jr.:
A Baptist minister from Atlanta, who famously fought for equal civil rights through non-violent means and his Christian beliefs. Perhaps one of the most iconic and impactful people for civil rights, he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial inequality via peaceful ways.
Dreamer #5: Walt Disney:
Creator of Disney Brothers Studio and Disneyland, his films earned many awards and dared to dream even bigger by creating a theme park. Even once he was gone, his company continued and now Disney is a major world conglomerate of many entertainment businesses.
Before his massive success, he created many cartoons that were not successful.
Dreamer #6: Steven King:
Iconic American author, who has penned over 58 titles! Also known as the “king of horror”, he’s the writer behind Carrie, The Stand, The Shining, and more. Whether you like horror or not, chances are you’ve heard of either those books or their move adaptations.
Dreamer #7: J.K. Rowling:
The author of one of the most famous book series ever, Harry Potter. Again, even if you don’t like the series, chances are you know at least one person who’s obsessed and plenty more who love it.
Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire—yes with a B—from book sales alone, but she started writing the books while on public assistance.
Dreamer #8: You!
This spot on the list is reserved for you and the greatness that you can and will achieve! Whether your goal is to be the next human rights hero, a billionaire, or the greatest mom on the earth who has a profound impact on her children’s lives, you can and will do it.
You matter in this world, even if the world doesn’t know your name.
You may be tempted to think, “That’s great and all, but I’ll never do anything as profound as they did.” Ok, think smaller then. Think of your favorite nearby restaurant, coffee shop, or store. Imagine if the owner of that place had never dared to dream and open up that place. Or think even closer to home. Imagine if your parents had never said, “Let’s have kids!” You wouldn’t exist (and that would be tragic!). Even if it’s just to your immediate family, you matter! (and really, wouldn’t you rather have the sincere love of your family than anything else?)
Every single person and their choices matter. Some of us have a bigger impact than others, but every single one of us matters.
If you’ve ever been tempted to think you don’t matter, know that isn’t true! Skim through this list again, and really focus on that 8th person! Even think of your own examples of people you look up to. Do they know you exist and admire them? If not, how do you know that at this very moment someone doesn’t look at you the same way? You don’t! Never believe the lie that you don’t matter, because you do!
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