The Question About Obstacles

As Walter Isaacson, the most prominent biographer of the 21st century, sits down with Lex Friedman, a single talking point catches my eye; Issacson stares at the camera as he states that “it’s certainly true that a lot of really driven people are driven because they’re harnessing the demons of their childhood.” In a single statement, the theme of his biographies emerges. His books Steve Jobs and Elon Musk fit this theme. It was Jobs’ insecurity of being adopted and unwanted that drove his rebellious behavior. One that would allow him to challenge the status quo and change how technology is created. It was Musk’s abusive father and his experience of being assaulted to the point where his face was unrecognizable that drove his maniacal focus and unwavering willpower. Pain and obstacles seem to be the key factor in awakening a monster that can change the world. When thinking about our own lives, most of us do not suffer the same level of pain and suffering. However, these examples make us ponder the simple adage, “that which does not kill you makes you stronger.” In the midst of an obstacle or any issue, we should realize that sometimes, what seems like a tragedy may lead to an experience that can cause a betterment in our lives.

Owen Shin

Owen is the News Editor for the Oracle this year. As senior, he hopes to leave a lasting impact on the publication as well as Blair Academy.

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