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    25 of the Greatest Self-Made Men in American History

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    25 of the Greatest Self-Made Men in American History

    These stories prove that it doesn’t matter who your parents are, where you’re born, or how much education you acquire; the difference is in your character and willingness to do whatever it takes to be the best and achieve your dreams. As we honor these self-made men, we hope to inspire you to join their ranks. As Frederick Douglass said:

    Though a man of this class need not claim to be a hero or to be worshipped as such, there is a genuine heroism in his struggle and something of sublimity and glory in his triumph. Every instance of such success is an example and help to humanity. It, better than any mere assertion, gives us assurance of the latent powers of simple and unaided manhood. It dignifies labor, honors, application, lessens pain and depression, dispels gloom from the brow of the destitute and weariness from the heart of him about to faint, and enables man to take hold of the roughest and flintiest hardships incident to he battles of life, with a lighter heart, with higher hopes and a larger courage.

    This list of great self-made men is not all-inclusive; both the past and the present are studded with far too many remarkable strivers to possibly cover them all. But here we highlight some of the most extraordinary of these stories. While some of these varied men were far more virtuous than others, none were saints. All had flaws and made mistakes. Some were ruthless in their pursuit of success. Any time a man’s life is held up for an example, it is incumbent upon the reader to glean the valuable lessons to be learned from that life, while discarding those things which he finds distasteful.

    And now the list:

    Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
    Ross Perot, 1930-
    John D. Rockefeller, 1839-1937
    Ralph Lauren, 1939-
    Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895
    Ray Kroc, 1902-1984
    Harry Reid, 1939-
    Thomas Edison, 1847-1931
    Larry Ellison, 1944-
    Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865
    Clarence Thomas, 1948-
    Sam Walton, 1918-1992
    Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972
    Sean Combs, 1969-
    Henry Ford, 1863-1947
    Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004
    Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919
    Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915
    Milton S. Hershey, 1857-1945
    Walt Disney, 1901-1966
    Barack Obama, 1961-
    Ben and Jerry, 1951-
    John Sperling, 1921-
    David Sarnoff, 1891-1971
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1947-
    Well, you may not agree that all in the list are examples to follow, but it IS a list of hardworking self-made men. It's also a pretty interesting read too.

    Instead of demeaning men, we should support and cherish the best of them.

    We must honor excellence, in order to give us self a fair chance, as this stops the idiots from shaming any attempt to do something out of the ordinary.

    This is a repost by Ragnar.
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    ~ Fathers & FamiliesTM improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting the child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. ~

    ~ Feminism = Every bad thing any man has ever committed highlighted and exaggerated; every bit of good systematically undermined, vilified or ignored. ~

    ~ A man needs a woman like a lion needs a stove. ~

    ~ Women deserve only equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. ~

    ~ Men are not collectively "guilty" of anything. ~

    ~ Never needing to be pregnant is a blessing. ~

    ~ Feminist ideology “men have to respect women, but women have no reason to respect men” ~

    ~ Everybody makes choices, and nobody should be entitled to special treatment because of those choices.
    Equal results based on unequal treatment amounts to no kind of equality at all. ~

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    Re: 25 of the Greatest Self-Made Men in American History

    Centuries produce lists of heroic men. Different countries star for a while. But all such outstanding individuals should be prime examples for educating our young.

    Instead we have 'sports' wankers and 'nonebrities'. The troubador reigned in the 20th century despite the immense revolutionary changes in all aspects of life initiated by far better people. And what a mediocre lot of talentless warblers and screetchers most of them are.

    In an age where every child is deemed a 'star' and 'special' there is no place for role models. No one is allowed to be 'better'. Mediocrity is idolised.

    The psychologist Sullivan outlined the major mind-sets that underly our perception of our place in the world and by far the most 'natural' is for us to see ourselves as less capable than some other people. The 'Inferiority Complex'. It is established as a mind-set at around 2 years old and is perfectly correct for the vast majority at that age. Children are incapable, especially when compared with their more capable parents. It stimulates us to get better, to improve. But unless we have the role models to look up to, we have nothing to emulate.

    But no one is allowed to be 'inferior' these days. Or 'superior'. Except white males, of course. We chaps are the scapegoats for all ills. Boogymen !

    Parents, even, are scorned. Enter, stage left, the ubiquitous 'child care worker', aged 18 and qualified to wash nappies - not that she does that. 'Elf n Safety n all that. And all hell breaks lose if this new pardigm of virtuous 'caring' ever touches a child !

    Today the 'self-made- man is churned off a wonky production line. He - and she - is a botch job and considered 'perfect' when all the faults and crap about them are on view for all to see. No one is permitted to point them out lest is causes 'offence'.

    This is an interesting observation:-

    While some of these varied men were far more virtuous than others, none were saints. All had flaws and made mistakes
    Has anyone here studies the lives of the Saints?

    Virtue is no longer a permitted word. Verboten !

    Saints are like ears of wheat in a huge field of wheat. Humanity. But whereas the majority of the stalks are of the same height, some stand twice as tall or more. Biological 'sports'. Exceptional 'individuals'. They are not measured by what they 'produced' or 'invented' - although some achieved remarkable things - but by who they were. The Measure of a Man (and woman). They are what men and women could be. They were of exceptional Virtue.
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    Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum
    Love the Sinner but not the Sin.
    (St. Augustine)

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities, against Powers,
    against the Rulers of the Darkness of this world, against Spiritual Wickedness in high places. “
    (and within ourselves)

    A Feminist is a human being who has lost her way and turned vicious. If you meet one on the road as you
    Go your Own Way, offer kindness but keep your sword drawn.


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