Extraordinary Comebacks: 201 Stories of Courage, Triumph and Success

Extraordinary Comebacks: 201 Stories of Courage, Triumph and Success

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by John Sarkett
     
 

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The human spirit is among the most powerful and resilient forces on the planet, and the stories of these incredible people prove that, with commitment and perseverance, you can do anything! From daunting physical challenges to spiritual crises to utter poverty, these success stories of people young and old, rich and poor, famous and not-so-famous demonstrate the

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The human spirit is among the most powerful and resilient forces on the planet, and the stories of these incredible people prove that, with commitment and perseverance, you can do anything! From daunting physical challenges to spiritual crises to utter poverty, these success stories of people young and old, rich and poor, famous and not-so-famous demonstrate the incredible strength inside all people to overcome unbelievable odds and make their dreams a reality.

Find inspiration in the triumphs of these and many other amazing people:

— Julie Andrews
— Georgia O'Keeffe
— Andre Agassi
— Wally "Famous" Amos
— Herman Melville
— J.K. Rowling
— Steve Jobs
— Colonel Harlan Sanders
— Lucille Ball
— Frank Sinatra
— Rachel Ray
— Winston Churchill
— Oprah Winfrey
— The Dalai Lama

Let these tales of hope and determination be your motivation to persevere through tough times to the successes on the other side!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402207969
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/16/2007
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
561,633
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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12. Ali, Muhammad

During the fourth round of his first big fight versus Sonny Liston, February 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali became blinded by ordinary liniment from his opponent. But he suspected foul play and wanted to quit, screaming to his corner, "I can't see. Cut off the gloves!" But manager Angelo Dundee refused to let him, and instructed Ali to "yardstick" Liston with his jab. Ali went back out and fought the fifth round with his right eye closed. Ali wiped his eyes as Liston charged, and whenever he got within range, he reached out and stuck his glove on his head for as long as he could. Ali's arms were longer than Liston's; he knew he had to keep Liston at arm's length, unable to land a knockout punch.

In the sixth round, Ali went on the attack. For the seventh, Liston failed to answer the bell. Ali was the champion. Had he quit, he never would have set the stage to come back twice more and reclaim his heavyweight title lost to Frazier in 1971 by defeating Foreman in 1974 and then Leon Spinks in 1978, making him the first to be a three-time champion.

For many, even more remarkable has been Ali's private yet public bout with Parkinson's disease. Though it has slowed his body and speech, he has refused to allow it to make him a recluse or quench his spirit.
The moral is clear: never quit. And stock your corner with friends who won't let you.

What People are saying about this

Tim Kazurinsky
"These stories astonish . . . If we indeed learn by example, then these are the lives to live by."--(Tim Kazurinsky, screenwriter, actor, former cast member Saturday Night Live)
Len Kasper
"Instructive, inspirational and just flat-out fascinating."--(Len Kasper, Chicago Cubs TV broadcaster)
Ken Dychtwald
"An amazing compilation."--(Ken Dychtwald, PhD, best-selling author, The Power Years,
and President & CEO, Age Wave)
Joel Fuhrman
"This book will help shape your attitude, whatever kind of comeback needs to be undertaken, and show you how much more
you are capable of."--(Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of the best-selling Eat to Live)
Dean Karnazes
"Liberates one's spirit..."--(Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man)

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