Inspirational People Who Overcame Obstacles

Hey everyone, Today I would like to discuss the Obstacles which always seem to come along at what seems like the wrong time. When an Obstacle shows up in your life how do you view it?
Do you get that discussed look on your face and say here we go again; every time I think I'm getting ahead in life something always comes up and gets in my way.
I would like to read you a quote out of a book called Staying on the Path By Wayne Dyer

"Every obstacle that comes along on this planet is either an opportunity to grow and think differently…..Or to use as an excuse to believe that we are stuck."
Well, I don't know about you, but I am great at making excuses as to why I can't do something. But today I want to introduce you to some amazing people that when I saw them, for the first time; my problems didn't seem so bad. I hope they Inspire you as much as they did me.

Inspirational People Who Overcame Obstacles.


I would like to introduce you to Nick Vujicic.


The next time you or I let a little Obstacle get in our way; we need to look back on some of these people and remind ourselves that things could be a lot worse. These people should be an Inspiration to all of us. Obstacles are only challenges that are put before us to see how we will handle them.
Whether we will let them hold us back or deal with it and change course or directions in our lives. And in some cases, it might be for the better. I am one of those people who doesn't believe in accidents or coincidences. I think everything happens for a reason.
Even though we may not know what that reason is I believe it will be revealed to us when the time is right.

Meet Jim Maclaren and Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah.


Famous Women Who Overcame Obstacles


Meet Helen Adams Keller.

Helen was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama June 27, 1880. She became Blind and Deaf because of some unknown illness in 1882. Helen was a bright but wild and unruly child who threw temper tantrums.
On March 3rd, 1887 Helen's life was about to change. Helen was introduced, to Anne Mansfield Sullivan, who became her teacher. Miss Sullivan started teaching Helen words and the way she accomplished this is pretty impressive.
She put one of Helen's hands under a stream of water and then traced in her other hand the word water, and suddenly the signals in Helen's mind connected and she knew what the word water meant. After that, Helen wanted to learn other words and she quickly learned the alphabet.
At the age of 10, Helen had a desire to learn speech, but she was never satisfied with her hard to understand speaking voice. Helen was determined to go to college so, in the year 1900, she went to Radcliffe College and in 1904 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Helen was the first blind and deaf person ever to do so.
Helen became an Author while still in College, and she published her Autobiography in 1903 titled The Story of My Life which is a must read if you ever feel like you have Obstacles in your life that are holding you back. You can take Inspiration from this remarkable woman.
Helen died at the age of 87 on June 1st, 1968 just weeks before her 88th birthday. I could go on and talk about all of her accomplishments, but I believe it would be better coming from her words; in her autobiography.

Meet Marlee Beth Matlin.

Marlee was born on August 24, 1965, in Morton Grove, Illinois. Marlee is deaf in her right ear and has possibly only 20% hearing in her left ear. But she has never allowed her hearing problems to stand in her way.
"I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally." By Marlee Matlin
At age 7, Marlee was acting in a children's theater company where she played Dorthy in The Wizard of Oz. She studied criminal justice at College but she always maintained a passion for acting.
In 1986, Marlee won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie Children of a Lesser God. She takes time out of her busy life to visit with kids who are both hearing-impaired or deaf.
Marlee is a spokeswoman for the National Captioning Institute. In 1995, Marlee helped to get a law passed to require TV's 13 inches or larger to be made, with built in chips; which provide closed captioning for the hear-impaired.
Marlee is another remarkable woman who we can take Inspiration from she has had her ups and downs just like everyone else, but she doesn't let obstacles get in her way. She rises to the occasion.

Meet Oprah Gail Winfrey.

Oprah is a magnificent woman who overcame lots of obstacles and trauma in her life to become one of the richest people in America. She is someone to whom we can all look up to for Inspiration.
If you enjoyed this post, or even if you didn’t;  please leave a comment good or bad, I would enjoy reading them; or if you have a question or a topic that you would like to discuss. I would enjoy that as well.
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Sincerely Dale (Life Coach)



16 thoughts on “Inspirational People Who Overcame Obstacles”

  1. Dale, thanks for sharing these incredible stories. I still can’t get over how Helen Keller achieved what she did. I just shake my head in wonder. We can learn so much from these people who refused to let the obstacles become an excuse. If I may, my all time favorite is Beethoven. How do you write such magnificent music when you can’t hear it? Thanks again. Made my day.

    1. Hi Warren,
      I am glad you enjoyed my post and that it made your day.

      We all tend to get down on ourselves from time to time when life doesn’t seem to be going our way. But no matter how much life gets us down we can always look around and see people such as these, and it makes me mad at myself for complaining because my problems are nothing in comparison to what these people went through in life.

      Sincerely Dale

  2. Hey Dale, thanks for putting this together. It has been a tough week for me and nothing around me is inspiring until I came across your article.

    I know about Nick, but I’ve totally forgotten the way he moved my heart when I first heard of his story. That video was a good reminder that I should feel blessed for what I have and continue to fight for the things that I’ve yet to have.

    Totally love his strength and his optimism in life.

    1. Hey Cathy,
      I am truly sorry to hear you have been down as of late. It warms my heart to hear my article lifted your spirits even if just a little bit because it lets me know that I am doing what I set out to accomplish.

      I agree with you so much Cathy. Nick is truly an amazing young man with such a great message to touch people’s hearts. I know that he sure touches mine.

      I am so pleased that you came across my article when you were in need of some Inspiration.

      Warmest Wishes!


  3. Lovely, Dale.

    Thank you. I enjoy reading the stories about people who overcame obstacles in their life to become more than others thought was possible for them. It does make my own less-hard row easier to hoe….

    I like the line-up of people you chose. Each one is truly an inspiration.

    1. Hey Netta,
      Thank you for the compliments.

      It doesn’t happen very often for me, but every once in a while we all get discouraged, and down in the dumps and sometimes we think we have it so bad.

      Then I see inspiring people like these and realize how truly blessed I am, and that things could be a lot worse.

      I appreciate you taking the time to read my post, and I am Happy you enjoyed it, and hopefully, it makes our on burdens a little easier to bare.

      With Warmest Wishes!

  4. Sometimes, on the journey to success, we face challenges, or like you said; obstacles. But I would like to call it dark times. Bill Gates, popularly known as the founder of Microsoft, had his dark times. He actually said that from when he was 20, until he was 30 he never took a day off from work. He was isolated, so to say.

    1. Hey King,
      Yes, I agree with you; we all face those dark times every now and again, but that is the time when we have to push ourselves harder and find our way back into the light. We don’t ever want to stay in the dark times too long, or we may never get back up.

      I want to thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

      Warmest Wishes!

  5. You look at your life and you feel that you are so unfortunate. Then you hear about the stories of others and you truly appreciate how fortunate you truly are. That is the reality. There are always people who have more difficult problems than you do. With that they persevere. I think I will need to reassess myself.
    Thanks for the share and I wish you the best,

    1. Hey Omar,
      You are very welcome, and I am happy that you enjoyed reading my article. Yes, no matter how bad we think our lives are we can always meet someone who has had a tougher time than us.

      It usually gives me a wake-up call, and I realize that I have a lot of reasons to be thankful. I have all of my body parts; I’m not on any medications, and I have excellent health.

      Omar, thank you for the comments and warmest wishes to you.


  6. This is a great article to start my day. It just boosts me to do more and be positive. It is really important to see obstacles not as hindrances but lessons in life. It will teach you valuable things to be a better someone to others and a better person for yourself. I agree that everything happens for a reason. That is why appreciate everything in my life – all the good experiences and not so good ones. They made me stronger and a happier person. Thanks for sharing such great article.

    1. Hey Stella,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for the compliments as well. Yes, no matter how bad we think our lives are we can always see someone who has had it worse than us.

      It usually gives me a wake-up call, and I realize that I have a lot of reasons to be thankful.

      Thank you, Stella and warmest wishes to you.


  7. Hi Dale!

    Great article, I loved it! staying motivated in tough times can be very challenging, but by being inspired by the people who overcame great obstacles it can change your mood in an instant, I totally agree with the quote that every obstacle and mistake is and opportunity to learn and grow and become even better! I also love the books the power of now and the magic/secret totally worth getting. Cheers for the knowledge!


    1. Hey Mark,

      Thank you for the compliments, and I am pleased you enjoyed reading my post. Yes, every time I see someone like Nick Vujicic I want to kick my butt and say to myself; What in the hell do I have to worry and complain about in my life!

      Yes, Mark, that quote is so true. When faced with some obstacle in life if we would just take a deep breath and ask ourselves this question; What am I supposed to learn from this? Most of the time though we panic and over exaggerate that its the end of the World and what am I going to do now?

      Mark, those are some great books. I have read them and have them in my collection along with a lot of others like Zig Ziglar’s See you at the top, David J. Schwartz The magic of thinking big, just to name a couple of others you might like to read if you haven’t already.

      Warmest regards


  8. It doesn’t matter who you are the truth is that you will face some obstacle in your life. It’s true, there are others that face far more difficult obstacles than you ever will. You control how you react to obstacles in your life. I believe it can either make you stronger or not. The choice is yours. I truly admire Jim and Emmanuel. I googled Jim Maclaren, he died in his sleep in 2010. Thanks for sourcing all the videos. I really enjoyed watching them.

    1. Hey Celeste,
      It is true we all face obstacles in our lives and learning to get over them is a great challenge for some of us. Some of us use obstacles as a reason to quit and give up. I have always tried to view them as what do I have to learn from this obstacle in my way?

      Life is all about choices, and you are correct in saying it is up to us on how we react to any obstacles that come along. It is all about perception and how we choose to look at and deal with things. I am glad you enjoyed the videos, Celeste.

      Yes, it is sad that Jim passed away. He truly was someone to admire and look up too. All of these people I can admire for their courage to persevere and overcome the obstacles put in their lives.

      Anytime I get down and out about some problem going on in my life. I can always look around and find someone who has had to struggle a lot harder than me, and it seems to make my problems seem so small.

      Warmest Wishes Celeste


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