Right now I’m reading two books from the Civil War era. One on Ulysses Grant by Ron Chernow called Grant, and one on Abraham Lincoln by Doug Wilson called Honor’s Voice.
The thing that stands out for me so far is that they were both down-to-earth, ordinary individuals from low income families. And yet they saved the U.S. and ended slavery. One as a writer and speaker, and one as a military leader.
We need to be very careful not to ever assume that we can predict an individual’s success. Sometimes greatness happens from a person who was well-groomed and well-funded in the early years of life, but greatness also happens from people who are not refined, polished, or rich.