ranking the overcoming adversity narratives

My ranking:
1. POW camp for five years
2. Black + abandoned by father
3. Wife, child killed in car accident leaving two surviving kids
4. Child with Down Syndome

I forget: Was there anything bad that had happened to Dan Quayle?

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

9 thoughts on “ranking the overcoming adversity narratives”

  1. “I forget: Was there anything bad that had happened to Dan Quayle?”

    Well, his Marylin did go with that nasty “Ocean Spray” hairdo. That’s gotta be some kind of obstacle.


  2. Being stupid counts as “adversity” doesn’t it?…..Or is that only true when it actually leads to diminished life opportunities?

    Also Quayle always had that smirky look about him that suggested he was too stupid to even realize he was stupid (similar to his old boss’ idiot son,) so it’s questionable if his lack of brainpower ever even caused him the minor discomfort of occasional self-doubt.

    I guess I just answered my own question.


  3. Awesome content Jeremy <3.
    I have been reading posts regarding this topic and this post is one of the most interesting and informative one I have read. Thank you for this!
    What would you do to rise above unfavorable circumstances? This intriguing question is at the essence of the inspiring book, Overcoming Adversity. Rejections, setbacks and obstacles may occur in employment, social interactions or cultural differences.



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