you are your own obstacle
If you study successful people, there are always amazing stories behind them.
No one gets success thrown at them. If so, their victory never lasts. We much prefer to hear stories of struggles and overcoming challenges by people whom we can emulate.
Three famous stories prove the point.
Amitabh Bachan, one of the most famous actors in Indian Cinema had a very challenging start.
Before joining the film industry, Bachan as a young man wanted to be a radio presenter. However, he was rejected by All India Radio. He visited the studio several times but was not cleared. Then famous radio jockey, Ameen Sayani had no time to interview him.
Ironically, his powerful baritone voice was used for other actors in movies as well as in narration. His rich voice mesmerized the legion of fans. It is his distinctive voice that made him so famous.
He recounted how he was turned away from the silver screen roles because he was too tall. Despite the rejections, his acting finally won him innumerable accolades and honorary awards and he rose rapidly in fame. Today, he is still one of the most loved and greatest actors in India.
Some of his dialogues in the movies became well remembered as well.
The English rock band, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records at Decca studios in Uk in 1962. They were rejected by the label which selected another band.
Despite numerous challenges, they were known to be very hard-working and innovative with their songs.
The Beatles subsequently became the best-selling music act of all time and had estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide.
Even though they have broken up, they greatly influenced future artists who became huge talents themselves.
If you look into the history of Wilma Rudolph, the first African American woman to win three Olympic Gold Medals, you would be awe-struck.
Born premature, weighing only 4 1/2 pounds, she was a sickly child and was on braces due to polio.
Despite that, she decided to break free of her braces and struggled to walk and run. After that, there was no stopping her. She went on to excel in sports like Basketball but it was in running that she made her mark.
These examples show that despite early obstacles, the people in each story continued to struggle and refused to be deterred by failures. They are an inspiration to us who start to achieve our goals and meet with obstacles.
Things may not pan out the way you want the first time but persistence and practice can help you to achieve your dreams.