When she was only nineteen months old, Helen Keller was struck with a fever that left her deaf and blind. Despite the enormity of her hardship, she graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, wrote several books, and worked tirelessly for peace and human rights.
How did she overcome her disabilities and achieve such incredible things? Two forces converged to make it possible. One was the intervention of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. The other factor was the iron will of Helen Keller herself.
You too can overcome any obstacle in life if you have this powerful one-two combination: having a friend who truly believes in you and having dogged determination with the refusal to quit.