From Rags to Riches

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Ciara Robinson
Professor Renfroe
English 100
22 August 2012
From Rags to Riches
Many people struggle at one point in their life, whether it be with poverty, how they are raised, a disorder, or some form of abuse, but it is unfair for a human being to limit their goals and expectations simply because they have a rough life. It is up to a human to make the choice of whether they want to continue to lead a rough life, or get up and make a change. Three examples of people who make the decision to make a change and are now living and doing things no one thought they could, are Joseph Washington, Westley Moore and I. Regardless of where a person grows up, or where they start, everyone has the same chance in life to succeed. As a child and young adult, Joseph Washington is mistreated due to his speech impediment, now he is a motivational spokesman and author. Tiring of being teased and disowned by his own family, his mother begins working with him, having him read aloud and such. By the time he is fifteen years of age, he begins to see changes in his speech. From that moment on, Washington was no longer afraid to speak and he began to make a career out of motivating people with his speech and his story. Recently, Washington made a speech and in that speech he said to be “A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and not A.V.E.R.A.G.E”. Washington is making money, but he is not just rich because of all the money in his pocket he is rich in spirit. Like Joseph Washington, Westley Moore struggles as a child and young adult and becomes a leader, an author, a spokesman.
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