Who are some famous people who overcame adversity?


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Some famous people that overcame adversity are Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. These individuals overcame physical and mental strife and became some of the most important figures known.

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Bill Gates overcame adversity when his first business failed miserably, Gates didn't let this stop him from creating Microsoft, and he is now the richest man in the world. Albert Einstein didn't utter one word until the age of four, and his teachers thought he was slow and lazy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt became paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 39 but still went on to be president of the United States. Oprah Winfrey, sexually abused by her family and friends, gave birth at the age of 14. Her child later died, but these experiences didn't inhibit Oprah from attaining infinite success. The University of Southern California's film school rejected Steven Spielberg twice, but he still became one of the most famous directors of all time.

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