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2. Lee Hee-ah is an award-winning Korean concert pianist with only four fingers.

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Hee-ah was born with only two fingers on each hand and no legs under her kneecaps. She began playing piano at age seven to strengthen her hands, which couldn't even hold a pencil. She now tours the world playing piano for large audiences.

5. Oprah Winfrey was born into a life of abject poverty and sexual abuse; she has since become one of the most influential women in history.

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Winfrey, who ran away from home at 13, has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, and the greatest black philanthropist in American history, giving back to hundreds of thousands of people.

7. It took Thomas Edison over 10,000 attempts to develop the commercially viable lightbulb.

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Edison famously stated, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

8. Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after serving 27 years in prison.

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Mandela, who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, was jailed for resisting apartheid, which his government fought to dismantle.

10. In 2009, British comedian Eddie Izzard raised over £1,000,000 for charity by running 43 marathons in 51 days.

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A famous activist, Izzard had no previous history of long-distance running and only began training five weeks in advance.

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