Whether it is taking a risk, learning something new or just daring to believe in yourself when nobody else will, history has always favored the brave. From authors who consistently make the New York Times Best-Sellers List to epic guys in history books (and even a YouTube sensation who skyrocketed to super-stardom), here are 4 risk-takers who prove that in order to make history… you have to make the future notice you.
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
Who would have ever guessed that J.K. Rowling was once deemed a risky addition to publishing lineups? It is hard to believe, but Rowling was turned down at almost every publishing house’s door she knocked on. No one wanted to sign her and some flat-out hated the script. With no publishing credits to her name, at the time, the legendary literary giant was just trying to get by.
On welfare and raising a family on her own, the least of Rowling’s worries would seemed to have been writing a manuscript… but she never gave up on her craft - even when she could prop up a coffee table with rejection letters. It took a great deal of bravery to continue to steam ahead and, one year later, she snagged an agent that helped her sell Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Bloomsbury Publishing in London. The rest, as they say, is history.
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Bill Gates was once a promising student making it through college on Ramen and cram-sessions. While his button-downs and clean-cut appearance scream cookie-cutter… Gates was actually quite the rebel back in a time when computers were big, bulky things that didn’t show much promise in ever being in high-demand for home use. With nothing more than a hunch and passion, Gates dropped out of college founding Microsoft in his garage. He turned that lack of a degree into a company whose entryway is likely about 15 sizes larger than the garage he started in.
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
You know him for the lightbulb, the phonograph and countless other epic inventions and discoveries that we could never list in a solitary sentence. However, Edison wasn’t always the whiz kid that we knew him to be today. In school, Edison suffered with ADHD and his teachers were said to even call him “unteachable”. One was terrible enough to say that he was “too stupid to learn anything.” That’s pretty unbelievable and equal parts deplorable! Nobody, especially Edison, is too stupid to learn. We low-key kind of want to invent a time machine and bring that teacher to the present-day just so we can send him a poop emoji… and send him right back home, of course.) Edison is living proof that people, disorders and circumstances cannot define you. Only you can… and while it takes courage to define yourself amongst the noise… when you do, you’ll go FAR.
“Holy s@#%, I’m a giraffe!”
Arguably not the most literary quote on our list, but this YouTube sensation lands himself amongst giants because, like Gates, he traded his promising college career to blaze his own trail. After starting his YouTube channel while attending Chalmers University of Technology, PewDiePie fell in love with making videos… his parents, however, weren’t going to support his efforts financially. We can’t say that we blame them. This was a loving push to get the vlogger to create the story that would make him famous. He worked a HOTDOG STAND to fund what is now a channel with more than 49,500,000 followers. Talk about dedication! Like PewDiePie might say, don’t be just another guy taking up space… be “a giraffe!”
Our programming school is a millennial-driven institute founded on the very same principles that has been making history since the beginning of time — the future favors the brave. Perhaps, Thoreau said it best when he said, “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected...” Our DaVinci Coders coding classes are built on blazing new trails and, in doing so, imagining a brighter, better world for all of us. We invite you to come learn to code with us and discover what it feels like to live bold.