Serena started playing tennis when she was just 3 years old. She practiced everyday for 2 hours. Her father made their family move to the rough city of Compton to show his daughters what they shouldn't be in life. From then on, Serena practiced nearly everyday so that she could succeed. She won many tournaments, but decided that she needed to be the best. She made her dream come true winning some of the biggest tennis championships in the world.
At just the age of 16, Ryan Seacrest won an internship to train to talk on the radio. He got the weekend overnight shift and didn't sleep very much. He continued his radio show and earned himself some recognition. He decided to move to Hollywood where he would pursue his broadcasting career. He worked an insane amount of hours hosting many shows and radio stations, which earned him the recognition as one of the most hardworking Americans.
Thomas Edison was interested in inventing his whole life. In his early years, he struggled to find new inventions. His famous quote "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" shows that he tried so hard but had trouble succeeding. He spent all of his time working on his inventions and now he is one of the most famous inventors of all time and has contributed to many others' work.
Growing up, Eminem had a hard life living in Detroit, Michigan. He lived in a crappy house with just his mom. He never had much in life and had a passion for music so he decided to do something. He participated in local rap battles and made his own raps which got him recognition. This was his passion and every waking minute he would try to contribute to the music world. He worked his way up and earned himself the title of 'the best rapper of all time'.
In the 1970s there was a computer revolution and Bill Gates was intrigued. He specifically had an interest in computer programming and worked at this all throughout high school and college. He worked day in and day out with his friend Paul Allen to create a version of a programming language called BASIC. They pitched their program to a company and it was a success. He risked everything and decided to leave Harvard to focus on computers. He started Microsoft and was approach by large companies for his product. He worked harder than ever launching new programs that no other company could compete with. His company rose to be one of the biggest in the world and he grew to become the richest man in the world.
Michael was a 15-year-old sophomore from Laney High School. He tried out for the school basketball team along with over 50 kids, but didn't make it. He decided that he is going to do everything in his power to secure a spot on the team the next season. In the summer he started going to the gym and played basketball every second he could. Tryouts came around his junior year and not only did he make the team, but he became the best player on the team. He put in more work which got him a spot on the UNC basketball team and a couple NBA teams. His hard work got him recognized as one of the best, if not the best basketball player of all time.
Dr. martin Luther King Jr. wrote 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' after he was arrested for peacefully protesting against segregation. He wrote a long letter showing his side of the situation and how it was wrong. The letter touched the hearts of many and really made a difference in the black community. This letter helped one of the most achieved African Americans change racist peoples' minds, and some believe it helped end segregation overall.
Mae Holland got a job at the biggest and most powerful company in the world called The Circle. She joined the Circle and started as a CE. She was really struggling with her job, but stuck with it as she got better. She kept on getting better and better ratings from her reports and eventually made it to the top. She joined the 'gang of 40' which are the most elite Circle employees and will most definitely go down as one of the hardest working employees the Circle has ever known