It takes a strongminded to emerge from adversity of life to become celebrity. It takes a strong faith for someone coming out of dunghill to wine and dine at king’s table. It takes a brave-heart to be recognised where you have been rejected and despised in the past. It takes perseverance to succeed in life despite recurring failure.

The biography of Rudyard Kipling is one of the examples of the lowly beginning; from gross obscurity to become a great man of his time. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Kipling’s works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including “The Man Who Would Be King”.



There is something you are created to do; a mission to be accomplished. There is something you are created to be; a destiny to be fulfilled. There is hidden treasure deposited in you; a gift you must discover and use. There are visions God has shown you; dreams that must be transformed to reality.

His childhood was just like someone struggling to come out of the miry clay.  Rudyard Kipling was born in India in 1865 and educated in England. At the age of six, Kipling’s life was torn apart when his mother, wanting her son to receive a formal British education, sent him to Southsea, England, where he attended school and lived with a foster family named the Holloways. His foster mother, Mrs. Holloway became torn in his flesh. She was a brutal woman who quickly grew to despise her foster son. She beat and bullied the youngster, who also struggled to fit in at school. His only break from the Holloways came in December, when Kipling, who told nobody of his problems at school or with his foster parents, travelled to London to stay with relatives for the month. Kipling’s solace came in books and stories. With few friends, he devoted himself to reading. He particularly adored the work of Daniel DefoeRalph Waldo Emerson and Wilkie Collins. When Mrs. Holloway took away his books, Kipling snuck in literature time, pretending to play in his room by moving furniture along the floor while he read. By the age of 11, Kipling was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. A visitor to his home saw his condition and immediately contacted his mother, who rushed back to England and rescued her son from the Holloways. To help relax his mind, Alice took her son on an extended vacation and then placed him in a new school in Devon. There, Kipling flourished and discovered his talent for writing, eventually becoming editor of the school newspaper. He was already on the path of becoming a major success, when he was struck with another misfortune. The bank he kept his savings collapsed, leaving him penniless. He moved to America and continued writing and publishing. On a trip to America in 1899, Rudyard Kipling’s daughter, Josephine, died of pneumonia at the age of seven, leaving him heartbroken. He was struck with another misfortune when he became embroiled in a fight with his brother-in-law. This landed him both in court and local paper headlines, forcing him to relocate back to England. At the end of all his ordeals in life, He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

Adversity is the ladder to greatness in life for those who are determined to endure the ordeals to the end. Adversity helps us to develop perseverance and boldness for those who do not indulge themselves in self-pity. When life keeps throwing stones at you, keep seeing opportunities to advance in life through perseverance and courage to bear it to the end.

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