People who epitomize the slogan “never give up” are those who have risen beyond poverty and adversity. Whether it’s conquering Mount Everest or winning an Olympic gold medal, these people must work hard every day not only for themselves but also for their families. They may have to leave their families behind or begin a new life in a different state or town.
John H. Johnson
John H. Johnson, who began building his publishing company from the ground up during very hard times. He grew up poor in the early 1900s during segregation; his family was even forced to
live under a bridge at one point due to their low socioeconomic status. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a little bit before being forced to drop out because his father was in poor health and he had to go back home and work in order to support the family. He accomplished this goal, despite facing many obstacles such as the Great Depression and segregation laws. He became a very successful businessman and published “Ebony” magazine for 50 years. Because of his perseverance, Johnsons’ magazines influenced African American culture and allowed people in a similar situation to his own opportunity to know that nothing is impossible.
Another person who turned their life around from being born into poverty was a man named Steve Harvey. He also climbed out of poverty and now has five best-selling books under his name, including the one he wrote just this past year, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success.” He has a podcast called “Steve,” in which he talks about his mistakes and how he learned from them. His career was going nowhere until one day where he, out of all places, was sent to host a morning show in Cleveland, Ohio. He began to take his work seriously and worked hard. He then went on to create “Family Feud,” a long-running game show that is still on today. He has also been nominated for two Emmys and was even awarded one for his hosting job.
Just like Makenzie Noland, Steve Harvey climbed out of poverty in order to make a better life for himself. They both started with next to nothing and turned themselves into the idols that everyone looked up to. They are both living rags to riches stories of their own
The last person who I find very inspirational is someone named John Cena, a professional wrestler, and actor. He did not know what he wanted to do with his life until one day in college when he was asked to audition for the WWE. He was then pranked by his friends, who told him that it wasn’t real. But he went anyway and the rest is history. He has won over twenty championships in the WWE and even had his own reality show on NBC called “The Cena-Miz Show.” His latest appearance was this past summer in a movie called “The Wall” alongside three-time Academy Award nominee Aaron Taylor Johnson. He is also the host of his own podcast called “5-Minute Major.”
John Cena climbed out of poverty to make a better life for himself. He never gave up on his dreams and now he is one of the most popular wrestlers in history with over twelve million social media followers and over five billion views on YouTube. He is a champion of his cause and inspires people everywhere to never give up.
These three people found something they were good at and worked hard every day in order to reach their goals and become successful. They all climbed out of poverty and had many obstacles
in the way that they had to overcome. They are all living rags to riches stories and they encourage people everywhere not to give up on their dreams.