Life comes with its own twists and turns and there is no exception to this rule. Take the life of any human being, whether it is the richest man in the world or the one suffering the most. Everyone would have had some opportunities and a ton of problems. What determines the difference is how well the successful tap into the opportunities and handle their downturns. Also, how much help they got from unexpected places and people also determines their success in life.

Let’s take the life history of some of the most famous people in the world to understand why we should make the most of every opportunity that comes our way and more importantly, to ask for help when life lets you down.

Lionel Messi

To drive in this point, let’s take the case of the famous footballer ever – Lionel Messi. When he was ten years of age, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that effectively ended his budding football career. His father’s insurance covered the treatment for only two years and soon, the family was staring at a blank future.

Even his well-wishers such as Buenos Aires club River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys Club could not pay for his treatment because the country was on the verge of an economic collapse. That was when he signed a contract with Barcelona team and one year later, he started playing in all competitions in Spain. His treatment was taken care of, and since then there has been no looking back for this talented footballer.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is another famous personality who also fits into the “rags to riches” story. She was born in Mississippi to poor parents who separated immediately after her birth. She lived with her grandmother in a remote farm for a few years after which she was sent to a dangerous suburb in Milwaukee to live with her mother. She was repeatedly abused from the age of nine and her mother was so poor that she hardly had anything to give her.

She turned for help to her father who lived in Nashville at that time. Under his strict guidance, she learned to read and eventually won a full scholarship to the Tennessee State University. She quickly won many scholarships and offers to do “talk shows.” She even won many awards and accolades that paved the way for her to get into the entertainment industry.

Today, she is one of the richest women in the world and her talk shows have earned her widespread popularity.

Such stories can go on as most successful people have a dark history or have struggled through something, and this is what has made them stronger and more capable. The key aspect to imbibe is never to be let down by life’s failures as they are bound to happen sooner or later. A better option is to tide through them with a strong mind and take help from people to weather through any crisis.