J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling, famous for being the author of the Harry Potter novels was on public assistance and was waitressing when she was writing the first book of what was to become one of the best selling series in history.

 The only reason the books got published was because a CEO's eight year old daughter begged him to publish it. The book was rejected by a dozen publishers. "Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential." - J.K Rowling it.

Ashley Paul - 'Joanne's persistence through consistent failure shows how she held on when others may have given up. She not only believed in her idea but herself even when others didn’t!'

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Abraham Lincoln

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Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky; his family moved to southern Indiana in 1816. Lincoln’s formal schooling was limited to three brief periods in local schools, as he had to work constantly to support his family. In 1830, his family moved to Macon County in southern Illinois, and Lincoln got a job working on a river flatboat hauling freight down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.
After settling in the town of New Salem, Illinois, where he worked as a shopkeeper and a postmaster, Lincoln became involved in local politics as a supporter of the Wjig Party, winning election to the Illinois state legislature in 1834. Like his Whig heroes, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster,  Lincoln opposed the spread of slavery to the territories, and had a grand vision of the expanding United States, with a focus on commerce and cities rather than agriculture

Ashley Paul - "He changed the world and never quit in doing so. His dream cost him his life, passion does not come in a stronger form. He achieved his amazing goal of abolishing slavery."

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