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Do People Learn Who They Are Only When They Are Forced Into Action

By christinec19 Jan 27, 2015 299 Words
Do people learn who they are only when they are forced into action?
The question “Sink or swim?” about human decisions and potential ability has already existed in the society for decades. Some may insist that one changes progressively and discovers his or her true soul as the time goes by. However, without the bitter forces from society and people around one, one may not be able to achieve unexpected level of transformation and gain a brand new perspective on life and decision-making. The stories of Abraham Lincoln and Kimberly Chang exemplify this point.

Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest leaders in American history who has devotes himself entirely into the great reformation of the country, was not as dutiful as in his presidency before he become the leader of United States. During his early political career, his opinion on controversy of slavery had always been neutral in front of public. Nevertheless, he showed his firmness and fortitude on reforming the social structure of the country after he had won his election. The difference between early and late politic career of Abraham Lincoln perfectly demonstrate that people need external force to achieve a new level in their career.

Another person who depicts brand new self after tremendous life change would be Kimberly Zhang, the Chinese girl from “Girl in Translation”. In the book, the girl and her family have immigrated to the great United States. The cruel reality she was living in made her become strong and brave when facing others who bully and distain her. Despite all the pressure, she managed to study hard and gained scholarship in new private school. The headmaster admired her resilience and talents. Eventually, the saying “chance favors only the prepared mind” has proven on Kimberly. Her outstanding academic impressed Yale University.

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