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Great Men Great Achievements

Great Men Great Achievements

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Published by Jacob Abraham
Great men Great Achievements
Kenneth Tedford
John Wesley
Abraham Lincoln
Counsilman
Winston Churchill
Franklin D Roosevelt
Wilma Rudolph
Harland Sanders
Great men Great Achievements
Kenneth Tedford
John Wesley
Abraham Lincoln
Counsilman
Winston Churchill
Franklin D Roosevelt
Wilma Rudolph
Harland Sanders

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Great men Great Achievements
Kenneth Tedford
This is a childhood story of Kenneth Tedford. Kenny was declared "mentally retarded" in his earlieryears. His mother, an alcoholic, died when Kenny was 8 years old. His adoptive mother loved him, buthis adoptive father was embarrassed to have him around. One day, during a class in elementary school,the teacher asked the children to draw a stick figure of what they wanted to be when they grew up.Pictures of doctors, nurses, policemen, and firemen were posted all around the room. Kenny's picturewas one with the "stick" person standing next to a podium with an American Flag in the background.When Kenny explained that he wanted to be a motivational speaker and make people feel good, theteacher responded, "But Kenny you know you can't do that, you're retarded!"Kenny's response was, "Well, you're a teacher and you're not real smart!" The teacher immediately sentKenny to the principal's office for punishment. The teacher explained the situation and left Kenny alonewith the principal. The principal got down on one knee and, looking directly into Kenny's eyes, stated,"Kenny, that teacher is a very cruel person, and I know you can be whatever you dream to be."Later, during a series of tests, Kenny was found to be legally deaf, not retarded! Kenny is now asuccessful motivational speaker, stand-up comedian and has authored several children's books!
John Wesley
John Wesley traveled 250,000 miles on horseback, averaging twenty miles a day for forty years;preached 4,000 sermons; wrote 400 books; and knew 10 languages. At 83, he was annoyed that hecould not write more than 15 hours a day without hurting his eyes, and at 86, he was ashamed that hecould not preach more than twice a day. He complained in his diary that there was an increasingtendency to lie in bed until 5:30 in the morning.
Abraham Lincoln
He failed in business in '31. He was defeated in state legislature in '32. He tried another business in '33.It failed. His fiancé died in '35. He had a nervous breakdown in '36. In '43 he ran for Congress and wasdefeated. He tried again in '48 and was defeated again. He tried running for the Senate in '55. He lost.The next year he ran for Vice President and lost. Finally in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16thpresident of the United States.
Counsilman
On September 14, 1970, "Doc" Counsilman set a world record as the oldest person ever to swim theEnglish Channel. Not a bad achievement for a 58-year-old!Alexander Graham Bell perfected the telephone at 58 and solved the problem of stabilizing the balancein airplanes while in his 70s.
Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill initiated his protest against Hitler as prime minister at 65. He returned to the Houseof Commons as a Member of Parliament at 80. When Churchill was interviewed on his 87th birthday, ayoung reporter commented, "Sir Winston, I hope to wish you well on your 100th birthday." Churchillquickly replied, "You might do it, you look healthy."
Franklin D Roosevelt
He was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park. He attended Harvard University and Columbia LawSchool. On St. Patrick's Day, 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt. As a Democrat, he won election to theNew York Senate in 1910. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920.
 
An unfortunate disaster hit him in August 1921 at the age of 39. While the Roosevelts were vacationingat Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, Roosevelt contracted an illness diagnosed then as poliowhich resulted in permanent paralysis from the waist down. But he refused to remain defeated. He wasa born winner. Roosevelt refused to accept that he was permanently paralyzed.Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in November 1932, to the first of four terms, as the 32nd President of America. He assumed the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression. American people had toregain faith in them. So he fixed his priority to regain hope for a better tomorrow. He asserted in hisInaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Roosevelt introduced Social Security,heavier taxes on the wealthy, new controls over banks and public utilities, and enormous work relief program for the unemployed. In 1936 he was re-elected by a top-heavy margin.
Let me quote some of FDR’s famous sayings too:
 "It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things youwant."."There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.""When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Wilma Rudolph
Wilma Rudolph was born into poverty in 1940 in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, USA. When she was fouryears old she had double pneumonia with scarlet fever, which left her paralyzed with polio.All these ailments contributed to a bad leg that doctors said would prevent her from ever walking. ButWilma had a loving and devoted family who made sure she got medical attention. They providedphysical therapy themselves four times a day. She wore a leg brace from the time she was five. At theage of nine, against the advice of the doctors, she removed the braces and took her first step. She tookit off permanently at eleven.Her mother encouraged her and said that she could do anything she wanted if she only believed. Wilma
said, “I want to be the fastest woman on this earth.”
 At the age of thirteen, she got involved in organized sports at school, including basketball and track. Shetook part in her first race and came running as the last. She entered various other races, but could notmake considerable advancements. She persisted. One day, she came in first. Since then she was runningand winning races.At the age of fifteen she was invited to a training camp at Tennessee State University by coach EdTemple, who coached numerous track and field athletes . He became Wilma's most importantprofessional influence.Wilma told Ed Temple that she wanted to become the fastest woman on the track, on this earth. The
coach replied, “With your spirit nobody can stop you.”
In 1956, when she was in high school, she participated in the Olympic Games conducted in Melbourne,Australia. She lost the 200 meter race, but her relay team won the bronze medal.In 1958, she began college studies at Tennessee State University and became a member of Ed Temple's"Tigerbelles" track team.In 1960, she set a world record for the 200 meter dash during the Olympic trials. Then during theOlympic Games in Rome, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in the 100meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter relay. When she returned to Tennessee, she washonored with her hometown's first racially integrated parade.The paralytic girl became the fastest woman on this earth
Harland Sanders

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