Every person faces challenges, but it’s how we respond to them defines who we are. Challenges help a person see a side of them that they never thought they would see. I believe in Horace idea that adversity in our lives helps draw out the talents of our own selves that would have been inactive if there weren’t any challenges. Challenges create new experiences; new experiences draw out new talents.
There are so many great examples of people who had to overcome obstacles in their life in order to find their own talent, but one of my favorite examples is Steve Jobs. Jobs was a college student who did not want to conform to the social norms of going to college. Steve Jobs wanted to find out who he really is, and eventually ended up in a major problem where he was in a financial strain and had no idea where he was going with his life. Without a proper education and money he fell into a great amount of stress. What eventually drew out his true talent was when he and Steve Wozniak created their own company. He learned that the secret to his success was his ability to trust people. His trust allowed him to continue to Wozniak with the creation of Apple and expanding it into a company that would make billions of dollars. If it weren’t for him being in a stressful situation, he wouldn’t have learned that he was a trusting person. It was his ability to trust himself and others around him that allowed for him to continue his pursuit of advancing computer technology. If Steve Jobs was always successful in life, and always had things done the way he wanted it to happen, then there would be no need for him being a trusting person. He wouldn’t need to rely on others for his fate. If it weren’t for the obstacles he faced in life, Steve Jobs would have never been the same person was.
Another person that learned about his talents was Beethoven. Beethoven faced probably one of the hardest adversities on a lover of music, deafness. Beethoven always loved to listen to music,...
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