Fr Jim Cogley
In a study conducted back in 1962, the family backgrounds of 400 highly successful people were investigated. The aim was to identify the early experiences that contributed to their remarkable achievements in later life. They included Einstein, Helen Keller and many others who were admired and famous. Their backgrounds proved to be very interesting. Three-quarters of them had troubled childhoods and many had been thrown out of school. They had endured poverty, broken homes or parental abuse. One quarter had physical disabilities. The best known writers and playwrights had usually watched their parents embroiled in one crisis after another. The researchers concluded that the need to compensate for earlier disadvantages was a major factor in their drive for personal achievement. It was their childhood weakness that became their adult strength. This was what fuelled their launch into greatness.