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Bert Vogelstein

Cancer Researcher

I knew it would be hard, and I knew I'd probably never get there. But, I thought, that's something you could spend your life doing and feel like you're trying to do the right thing, and trying to make a real contribution. And, if you're successful at all, you could obviously feel very good about what you've done.
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Bert Vogelstein

Cancer Researcher

Most things don't work, either because the idea was wrong -- the connection was wrong -- or because of execution. Trying to prove that the idea was right is very difficult. And the combination of those two things almost guarantees that somewhere between 90 and 99 percent of experiments will fail. And in order to cope with that, you need a sense of humor. You need to understand that, yeah, it didn't work, but there's got to be something good that came out of it. You must have learned something, or there's got to be something funny about how it didn't work, or something that we can be happy about that will stimulate us to try it again the next day.
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Lech Walesa

Nobel Prize for Peace

Lech Walesa: It is true that I was in trouble many times. But as I said, I was quite a lively child, and I had my own mind. And, even if I saw things look differently that wouldn't change my mind. And, I even got involved and set up a conflict with the priest. I believe it may have been when I was around ten. I can't remember what it actually boiled down to. But, the point was that I was right, not him. And in fact, I followed him for like a fortnight and kept repeating that I'm right not him, and finally he had to give in, and then he said to me the following: "Well, my boy, you will either reach very, very far or you will end up in jail." And the truth is, I sampled both in my life.
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Lech Walesa

Nobel Prize for Peace

Lech Walesa: I was fired on several occasions, because really, I got involved in the struggle with more and more determination, and I believe we can already quote the date 1970 as the date of my determined struggle. I was already the leader of the strike then. It was a very inefficient leadership on my part, and we failed with our strike in 1970, but that defeat caused my character -- due to my character I spent the next ten years trying to work out the method that would actually bring about the victory. And when, ten years later, we had another opportunity, I already knew how to go about it, how to deal with it, and I led the struggle the way -- as it should be.
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Herschel Walker

All-American Football Player

Herschel Walker: I had a speech impediment when I was growing up. I could barely put a sentence together. I could barely talk. But my parents wouldn't let that be an excuse. They said, "Well, you have to work on it." I had a lot of teachers that really didn't pay that much attention to me. Having a speech impediment, they just figured then, it's going too tough for Herschel so we will put him over there in the corner, and we will work with him when we have time, after we work with the other kids. Even though that may have disappointed me in their views, it didn't disappoint me in the way my parents said, "Herschel, you just study this, you study that." And my speech got better. My grades came up. And when I graduated high school, I was valedictorian of my class.
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Herschel Walker

All-American Football Player

My sister, she is a little bit over a year older. She was fast, and I was that chubby kid. And she was always beating me, she always beat me. I just felt that I couldn't see a girl beating me all the time. And I said, I got to beat her, I got to beat her. And I just trained and trained, and you know, every time I went up to race her, she beat me. Every time I went up she beat me. And after you been beat over ten times, sometimes people got a tendency of quitting. And I said, no, I'm not going to quit, I'm not going to quit. And I kept doing it until I got where I could beat her. And what was so strange about it, is the first race that I ever beat her, I barely beat her. But I think that was like the spring board.
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Herschel Walker

All-American Football Player

Herschel Walker: The hardest thing I had to overcome in life? I think racism. That's so difficult because I don't think anyone can ever understand it. It's not the point that people don't want to understand it, but they don't want to touch it. So, like, that's a subject we can't touch, lets get away from it. But you know, it's there. And as long as it's there you got to cope with it. With me, I'm always the type of person, if something is in front of me, let me deal with it. Lets not push it under the rug, or push it to the side because, no matter what, it's going to keep coming up. You know, if you never deal with that dirt up under the carpet, it's going to get larger and larger, and it's going to keep coming up. Little bit by little, it's going to seep from underneath that carpet. So you deal with it now. You're going to try to get those piles out. I think that's been the most difficult thing.
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