7 KISAH SUKSES YANG BERAWAL DARI KEGAGALAN

1. Adam Khoo
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Dia adalah orang Singapura. Waktu kecil, ia adalah penggemar berat games dan TV. Sehari, ia bisa berjam-jam di depan TV. Baik main PS atau nonton TV.

Adam Khoo pun dikenal sebagai anak bodoh. Ketika kelas 4 SD, ia dikeluarkan dari sekolah. Ia pun masuk ke SD terburuk di Singapura. Ketika akan masuk SMP, ia ditolak oleh 6 SMP terbaik di sana.

Akhirnya ia bisa masuk ke SMP terburuk di Singapura. Begitu terpuruknya prestasi akademisnya, tapi lama kelamaan membaik justru karena cemoohan teman-temannya, hingga akhirnya memperoleh kesuksesan di dunia bisnis.

Prestasi Adam di dunia bisnis ditandai pada saat Adam berusia 26 tahun. Ia telah memiliki 4 bisnis dengan total nilai omset per tahun US$ 20 juta. Kisah bisnis Adam dimulai ketika ia berusia 15 tahun. Ia berbisnis music box. Bisnis berikutnya adalah bisnis training dan seminar. Pada usia 22 tahun, Adam Khoo adalah trainer tingkat nasional di Singapura. Klien-kliennya adalah para manager dan top manager perusahaan-perusahaan di Singapura. Bayarannya mencapai US$ 10.000 per jam.

2. Albert Enstein
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Siapa yang belum tahu Albert Einstein? Dialah Ilmuwan terkenal abad 20 yang terkenal dengan teori relativitasnya. Dia juga salah satu peraih Nobel. Siapa sangka dia adalah seorang anak yang terlambat berbicara dan juga mengidap Autisme. Waktu kecil dia juga suka lalai dengan pelajaran.

3. Aristotle Onassis
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Di sekolah, ia bodoh dan suka mencari perkara, mengikuti contoh banyak orang kaya. Tidak aneh kalau ia diusir dari beberapa sekolah. Ia paling sering menduduki ranking terbawah di kelasnya.

Teman-teman sekelas memuja dia, tetapi guru guru dan keluarganya berputus asa. Selagi ia masih muda, dengan mudah orang dapat melihat bahwa dia akan menjadi seorang di antara mereka yang akan menghancurkan diri sama sekali atau sukses secara gilang-gemilang. Walaupun raportnya di sekolah jauh dari bagus, bakatnya untuk berdagang dan mencari uang telah tampak sejak dini. Akhirnya dia menjadi seorang milyuner.

4. Thomas Alva Edison
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Suatu hari, seorang bocah berusia 4 tahun, agak tuli dan bodoh di sekolah, pulang ke rumahnya membawa secarik kertas dari gurunya. Ibunya pun membaca kertas tersebut yang berisi, “Tommy, anak ibu, sangat bodoh. Kami minta ibu untuk mengeluarkannya dari sekolah.” Sang ibu terhenyak membaca surat ini, namun ia segera membuat tekad yang teguh, ”anak saya Tommy, bukan anak bodoh. Saya sendiri yang akan mendidik dan mengajar dia.”

Tommy kecil adalah Thomas Alva Edison yang kita kenal sekarang, salah satu penemu terbesar di dunia. Dia hanya bersekolah sekitar 3 bulan, dan secara fisik agak tuli, namun itu semua ternyata bukan penghalang untuk terus maju.

Siapa yang sebelumnya menyangka bahwa bocah tuli yang bodoh sampai-sampai diminta keluar dari sekolah, akhirnya bisa menjadi seorang genius? jawabannya adalah ibunya! Ya, Nancy Edison, ibu dari Thomas Alva Edison, tidak menyerah begitu saja dengan pendapat pihak sekolah terhadap anaknya.

5. Chris Gardner
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Sudah pernah nonton film atau baca buku “The Pursuit of Happyness”? Itulah kisah nyata kehidupan Christoper Paul Gardner yang diperankan oleh Will Smith. Pahit manisnya kehidupan tampaknya sudah dirasakan olehnya. Kehilangan tempat tinggal, ditinggal istri, ditangkap polisi, kesulitan membayar kredit, semuanya sudah dirasakan. Dia bukanlah seorang yang berpendidikan tinggi, tapi dia terus berusaha dan berjuang. Kini dia menjadi seorang milyuner sukses, motivator, entrepeneur dan filantropis. Sekarang dia mempunyai Gardner Rich & Co, sebuah perusahaan pialang saham.

6. Ludwig Van Beethoven
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Jika anda mengenal seorang wanita yang sedang hamil yang telah mempunyai 8 anak, 3 di antaranya tuli, 2 buta, 1 mengalami gangguan mental dan wanita itu sendiri mengidap sipilis, apakah anda akan menyarankannya untuk menggugurkan kandungannya? Jika anda menjawab ya, maka anda baru saja membunuh salah satu komponis termahsyur di dunia. Karena anak yang dikandung oleh sang ibu tersebut adalah Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Ketika Beethoven berumur di ujung 20an, tanda-tanda ketuliannya mulai tampak, tapi akhirnya ia menjadi Komponis yang terkenal dengan karya 9 simfoni, 32 sonata piano, 5 piano concerto, 10 sonata untuk piano dan biola, serangkaian kuartet gesek yang menakjubkan, musik vokal, musik teater, dan banyak lagi.

7. Louis Braille
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Louis Braille mengalami kerusakan pada salah satu matanya ketika berusia 3 tahun. Waktu itu secara tidak sengaja dia menikam matanya sendiri dengan alat pembuat lubang dari perkakas kerja ayahnya. Kemudian mata yang satunya terkena sympathetic ophthalmia, sejenis infeksi yang terjadi karena kerusakan mata yang lainnya. Kebutaan tidak membuatnya putus asa, ia menciptakan abjad Braille yang membantu supaya orang buta juga bisa membaca. Sekarang siapa yang tidak tahu Abjad Braille?

TOP 7 Amazing Facts about Dreams

7. Dreams Prevent Psychosis
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In a recent sleep study, students who were awakened at the beginning of each dream, but still allowed their 8 hours of sleep, all experienced difficulty in concentration, irritability, hallucinations, and signs of psychosis after only 3 days. When finally allowed their REM sleep the student’s brains made up for lost time by greatly increasing the percentage of sleep spent in the REM stage.
6. We Only Dream of What We Know
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Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts – did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces – they are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life but may not know or remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who pumped petrol in to your Dad’s car when you were just a little kid. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces through our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everyone Dreams in Color
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A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. People also tend to have common themes in dreams, which are situations relating to school, being chased, running slowly/in place, sexual experiences, falling, arriving too late, a person now alive being dead, teeth falling out, flying, failing an examination, or a car accident. It is unknown whether the impact of a dream relating to violence or death is more emotionally charged for a person who dreams in color than one who dreams in black and white.
4. Dreams are not about what they are about
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If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. The unconscious mind tries to compare your dream to something else, which is similar. Its like writing a poem and saying that a group of ants were like machines that never stop. But you would never compare something to itself, for example: “That beautiful sunset was like a beautiful sunset”. So whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.
3. Quitters have more vivid dreams
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People who have smoked cigarettes for a long time who stop, have reported much more vivid dreams than they would normally experience. Additionally, according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology: “Among 293 smokers abstinent for between 1 and 4 weeks, 33% reported having at least 1 dream about smoking. In most dreams, subjects caught themselves smoking and felt strong negative emotions, such as panic and guilt. Dreams about smoking were the result of tobacco withdrawal, as 97% of subjects did not have them while smoking, and their occurrence was significantly related to the duration of abstinence. They were rated as more vivid than the usual dreams and were as common as most major tobacco withdrawal symptoms.”

2. External Stimuli Invade our Dreams

This is called Dream Incorporation and it is the experience that most of us have had where a sound from reality is heard in our dream and incorporated in some way. A similar (though less external) example would be when you are physically thirsty and your mind incorporates that feeling in to your dream. My own experience of this includes repeatedly drinking a large glass of water in the dream which satisfies me, only to find the thirst returning shortly after – this thirst… drink… thirst… loop often recurs until I wake up and have a real drink. The famous painting above (Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening) by Salvador Dali, depicts this concept.

1. You are paralyzed while you sleep
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Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams. According to the Wikipedia article on dreaming, “Glands begin to secrete a hormone that helps induce sleep and neurons send signals to the spinal cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.”

Top 7 Fictional Detectives

7.Sam Spade

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Private detective Sam Spade was invented by Dashiell Hammett. He only appears in one novel and three short stories, but remains important as the first example of a detective in the hard-boiled genre. Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, among others, was inspired by Sam Spade. Spade is the main character in “The Maltese Falcon” (1930). He runs a detective agency in San Francisco with his partner Miles Archer, who gets killed early in the novel. He’s not afraid of a fist fight or firearms. He appears to be cynical, but still has a sense of duty. The story also involves a typical femme fatale. He was played by several actors, of which the most famous remains Humphrey Bogart (photo) in the movie adaption of 1941.

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Inspector Roderick Alleyn

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Detective Chief-Inspector Roderick Alleyn (pronounced “Allen”) is a British detective who appears in thirty-two novels by New Zealand writer Ngaio Marsh. It started with “A Man Lay Dead” in 1934, when a murder game ends with a real murder. Other examples are “Vintage Murder”, “Artists in Crime”, and “Overture to Death” – where the murder method is especially interesting. As the younger brother of a baronet Alleyn is another example of a gentleman detective. He works for Scotland Yard, where he eventually reaches the rank of Chief Superintendent. Society journalist Nigel Bathgate often helps him during his investigations. Initially a bachelor, Alleyn later marries painter Agatha Troy. Of the three actors who have played him in TV adaptions the best known is Patrick Malahide (photo).

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Jules Maigret

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Commissaire Jules Maigret is the only one in this top ten whose stories were not written in English, but in French. Although his author, Georges Simenon, was Belgian, Maigret himself is French and works in Paris. He holds a quantity record by appearing in seventy-five novels and twenty-nine short stories. Maigret usually smokes a pipe, drinks a lot and wears a heavy overcoat. He’s a more realistic character than most of his colleagues in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. His method of investigation comes close to the way a real policeman would work. His successes are based on team work, routine research and tenacity, rather than individual brilliancy. Maigret has been played by several TV actors, of which Jean Gabin was the first, and Bruno Cremer (photo) the most famous.

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Lord Peter Wimsey

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Lord Peter Wimsey was created by British author Dorothy L. Sayers. He’s the archetypal gentleman detective. Solving crimes is a hobby for him. In the second novel “Clouds of Witness” (1926), he has to take action because his brother is suspected of murder. He’s a round character with a past. After getting injured during World War I he was rescued by his later manservant Bunter, who also helps him with his investigations. Wimsey falls in love with Harriet Vine, and marries her. He likes to cooperate with Chief Inspector Charles Parker from Scotland Yard. These novels are still worth reading, because they are simply good literature with a broad perspective on British society in that era. Wimsey himself may be a gentleman, but he meets people from the lower classes, like the farmer in “Clouds of Witness” who suspects Wimsey of having an affair with his wife. Several actors have played Lord Peter Wimsey, including Ian Carmichael (photo) in a BBC series.

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Miss Marple

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Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple appeared first in a series of short stories in a magazine, later collected as “The Thirteen Problems”. This elderly spinster with a remarkable talent for amateur sleuthing can be followed in twelve crime novels, including “The Murder at the Vicarage” (1930) and “The Body in the Library” (1943). She lives in the small village of St Mary Mead, where she finds the opportunity to study human nature. She sees analogies with people and events she knows from village life, which helps her to solve many mysteries. Intuition and psychology are quite important to her. She can annoy the police investigators, who initially see her as an old busybody, until they have to admit she was right. I have to admit I used to be prejudiced against “the old bat” myself, but after reading her stories I became gradually convinced that she belongs to The Big Three of fictional detectives. She was played in movies by Margaret Rutherford and Angela Lansbury, and on TV by Helen Hayes, Joan Hickson (photo) and Geraldine McEwan.

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Hercule Poirot

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Hercule Poirot appears for the first time in Agatha Christie’s “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”, published in 1920. He is a retired Belgian police officer who came to England during World War I as a refugee. Poirot solves mysteries with his “little grey cells”, occasionally without even leaving his room. With his strong preference for symmetry, order and method, he has something of a comic book character. Captain Arthur Hastings is his best friend, who relies too much on his intuition to solve a mystery by himself, but often helps Poirot with his observations and accidental remarks. Poirot’s secretary, Miss Lemon, is very efficient, but in contrast to Hastings she doesn’t have any imagination. Chief Inspector Japp from Scotland Yard isn’t too bright, but Poirot often sends him in the right direction. Detective writer Ariadne Oliver, who is partly based on Agatha Christie herself, believes in female intuition. Poirot is surely one of the greatest fictional detectives, because he was involved in so many unforgettable crime novels, including “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”, “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile”. Poirot was brought to life in movies by actors Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov, and by David Suchet (photo) in the ITV series.

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Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes, a creation by Arthur Conan Doyle, remains the archetypal detective who solves mysteries by logical reasoning. He appears in only four novels, of which “A Study in Scarlet” (1887) was the first, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1902) the most famous. At least as important are the fifty-six short stories. Two of my personal favorites are “The Red-Headed League” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”. Holmes believes in the science of deduction: the principle that any problem can be solved if the necessary information is given. He is surrounded by people who are less bright than him. Dr Watson is a good observer, and can relate the cases in detail as first person narrator, but he never comes to the correct conclusion by himself. Inspector Lestrade is the not too clever police investigator with a lot of tenacity once he’s on the right track. His archenemy Professor Moriarty only appears in two stories. As a private person Holmes is quite eccentric. He uses cocaine, and never gets romantically involved, although he does have feelings for Irene Adler from “A Scandal in Bohemia”. Of the many actors who have played Sherlock Holmes I’ll just mention Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett (photo).