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Well, one way to respond to opportunity is to learn to recognize it even when it is disguised as difficulty. In a famous study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel, the home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated.

All 300 of these people made it to the top of their respected fields. And they were names all of us would probably Franklin Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Ghandi...

Well here is what the study revealed. Three-fourths of these people were troubled in childhood by either poverty, broken homes, rejection, or over possessive or dominating parents.

74 of the 85 writers of fiction or drama--and 16 of the 20 poet--came from homes where, as children, they saw or experienced physical, emotional, or spiritual abuse.

More than 75 were victims of physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs. And yet every one of them somehow recognized the...

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