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Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 2.35.51 AMGreat leaders, revolutionaries, movers, and exceptional individuals who have influenced or changed the world have all shared one thing in common: millions who laughed at their dreams and deemed them an outcast of the society. Albert Einstein, the most celebrated scientist, an undisputed genius of the twentieth century, who laid the framework for new branches of physics was asked by his school to leave due to the bad example his indifference was setting for other students. His teachers declared him dim and slow to learn.  Muhammad Ali, one of the most beloved and idolized American cultural icon was publicly vilified for refusing to be conscripted to the U.S. military; he was arrested, stripped of his boxing title, had his license suspended, and was not allowed to fight again until after his appeal was approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Galileo Galilei’s introduction of heliocentrism met him with opposition from astronomers, and prosecution by the Roman Inquisition as his views appeared to attack Pope Urban VII. He was alienated and forced to spend the rest of his life under house arrest where he wrote one of this finest works, Two New Sciences, summarizing some forty years of work. Anything worth doing always comes with a price. There is always someone holding on to one of your legs as your try climbing up the stairs. You hear people telling you it can’t be done, it’s just not worth it, why are you putting yourself through this, why work so hard?, what’s the point?, take it easy and do what everyone else is doing, take the conventional route and live like any average person does. But the only problem is you’re not just like any other average person then why should you try to live like one? Your dreams aren’t like that of your peers, your goals aren’t so easy to meet, and your eyes set on a prize that others find worthless. If it isn’t the money, the fame, or the statue you’re pursuing then it isn’t worth it for an average eye. People keep trying to feed the body they forget to feed the soul. Had Galileo cared what the church or the society would think of his views he would’ve never pursued his interests or discovered the truth. Sure, he died without being recognized for his discoveries but he didn’t care; he stood his ground for what he believed to be the truth with no regards to the consequences he may face. Muhammad Ali had no easy time standing up for what he believed in; going against the society’s norms, accepting a religion no one supported, he didn’t care, he knew the path he was taking wasn’t going to be an easy one, but that’s what made him him. Einstein too, he didn’t let people’s opinion of him shape his own views and opinions about himself. He didn’t limit himself or stop believing in himself. Neither one of these figures, and many others like them, could have ever imagined their lives turning out as they did;  they could have never achieved the greatness they achieved had they decided to be ordinary. People will always tell you you can’t do it, it’s not worth it, the path you are choosing to take makes no sense, but don’t listen to them. The difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is that extra. So do that extra and be that extraordinary. Treat people’s rude comments and harsh words like an annoying bee that keeps buzzing in your ear. If you ignore it long enough it’ll get bored and fly away. It’s like Rumi said, if you are irritated by every rub how will you ever be polished.

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