Each one of us has our own stories to tell. Stories which made up who we are of today. These are stories which life has given us and all the sacrifices that we have rendered.
There are lots of people who became the most successful in life because of the life-giving experiences they had in the past. They had tried everything to become the best that they can be in the future. The experienced poverty and all the sacrifices made them a better person, and took all of those as a motivation to become someone in their society.
That’s what happened to Shannon Satonori Lytle who shared how he had finished schooling at the most known and expensive school- Harvard. He gained lots of good comments and praises of the deeds he had done before achieving his goal.
He was just once like all others, who had worked on a fast-food restaurant, cared about his siblings, stayed up late until dawn just to finish homework, walked home through a dangerous part of the city because he had no car after all, tried to connect on neighbor’s WiFi just to finish his school works and a son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant.
Who would believe that this young man had made possible all of his dreams?
Read here the full caption that he had posted on his photo:
In high school, I flipped burgers at McDonald’s so I could afford the privilege of taking the SAT. I fed and cared for my three baby siblings until they went to sleep and stayed up until 4am to do my homework. I walked home through a dangerous part of the city after extracurriculars because I couldn’t afford a car. I stuck my laptop out of my window at night to steal my neighbor’s wifi and finish my schoolwork. I was scoffed at and told, “from this part of Ohio, only the children of doctors and lawyers get to go to Ivy League Schools.” In college, I panicked when my laptop broke because I had worked 150 minimum wage hours to buy it. I scrubbed toilets, shelved books, and sold clothing so I could chase my dreams and travel the world. Throughout my life, I have maneuvered and begged for every kind of subsidy and coupon. I’m the son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant; a first generation student. Today, I graduated from Harvard.
This young man is just one of those that we should be inspired of. He is one great proof of the quote “Poverty is not a hindrance to success” because if we really wanted to achieve something in life, if we are persevered and motivated enough, surely we would achieve our dreams, just like this man.