2. Lee Hee-ah is an award-winning Korean concert pianist with only four fingers.
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.
4. Tommy Edison is a film critic who has been blind since birth.
Going by the name “Blind Film Critic,” Edison has been working in radio for nearly 25 years. He also produces online videos revealing what it’s like to have been blind since birth.
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.
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.
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.”