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The Hurdles To Greatness

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Our list today could make you feel one of two ways...either it will make you feel like an underachiever...or it will inspire you. Each of these people achieved greatness in their chosen profession after jumping what some would see as pretty big hurdles.

  1. Bruce Willis uttered that famous one liner that was recently voted one of the best one-lines in action film history, you know the one "yippie ki yay --- "  but it's amazing Bruce Willis was able to deliver it. That's because when he was younger he had a terrible stuttering problem. He went through years of speech therapy and then took drama in high school and noticed that when he was acting he no longer stuttered.
  2. Marlee Matlin lost her hearing when she was 18 months old, 18 and a half years later she became the youngest woman ever to win the Oscar for best actress.
  3. Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter in 1996. Abbott pitched for 10 years in the major leagues. Including 4 years with the Angels.. he was also a high school football star despite having been born with no right hand.
  4. The Beach Boys Brian Wilson is generally regarded as one of the genius writers, producers and arrangers in rock history. He overcame periods of debilitating mental illness not to mention he is also deaf in one ear.  
  5. Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. According to the Guinness book of world records, her 66 books have sold more than 4 billion copies.  Agatha Christie was not only dyslexic she suffered from depression and yet she succeeded as a respected author in a time period when women were not exactly taken seriously.

Today's "The List" courtesy of: www.topenz.net

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