Inspiration for the Start of a New School Year

hard workStarting a new school year can be overwhelming for many children.  The schedule change, added workload and the wish to succeed can be a lot of pressure on even the brightest kids.  It might be helpful for many of them to know some of the best and the brightest suffered enormous obstacles at some point and succeeded against the odds.  Hard work and never giving up are great habits for a lifetime!

Albert Einstein

Did not talk until the age of 4 or read until 9.   He performed poorly on his high school courses and failed his college entrance exams.  But he is famous for his theory of relativity and the resultant formula relating mass and energy; E = MC 2. He was the winner of 1921 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the photoelectric effect, which is also known as the Hertz effect.

Michael Jordan

Was cut from his high school basketball team but later began one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history.  His career accolades include 6 NBA Championships, 5 NBA MVP Awards, 2 Olympic Gold Medals, 10 NBA Scoring Titles, 14 NBA All-Star Selections, and 3 All-Star MVP Awards.

Thomas Edison

Was told by his teacher is was too stupid to learn anything .  He later bcame famous for the inventing the incandescent light bulb. He also invented the motion picture camera. Edison held a world record of 1093 patents for inventions, which included designs for a cabinet, designs for an incandescing electrical lamp, and electro-motor escapements.

Charles Darwin

Was a poor student and even failed a university medical course.  He was later best known for his theory of evolution. He wrote the book “The origin of Species”.  Darwin’s scientific discovery remains the foundation of biology, as it provides a unifying logical explanation for the diversity of life.

Agatha Christie

Had a learning disability called dysgraphia, which makes it hard to write legibly.  she later penned nearly 100 books that have sold 2 billion copies.

If your child is struggling  – share these stories!  We can tell you from experience – it helps!