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Michael Phelps

Olympian

The former Olympic swimming sensation is renowned for his incredible focus as a swimmer where he won 71 medals (57 of them being gold). His teachers often complained about Phelps’ inability to sit still. He was diagnosed with ADHD in fifth grade. At age 9, he went on Ritalin, something his mother, Debbie, says it helped his hyperactivity. After spending two years on medication, Phelps confessed that he felt stigmatized, and was compelled to visit the school nurse every lunchtime to get his medication. Phelps was later taken off medication after her mother consulted with his doctor. To help him find focus, Phelps engaged in swimming. Phelps admitted that whenever he is in water, he feels different and at home.

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Katy Perry

Singer

Most people know the name Katy Perry, but they don’t the struggles that she went through to finally get that breakthrough she was after. Perry started her career early in her life, dropping out of high school after freshman year in 1999 to pursue singing. Katy Perry released her first gospel album with Red Hill Records, which was commercially unsuccessful. After selling only 200 copies of her album Perry switched gears to popular music, losing out on three labels over a period of four years. After being dropped from three labels, you would think that Perry would have given up. She didn’t. She continued to pursue her career, working odd jobs and doing back-up vocals until she was signed to the newly-formed Capitol Music Group in 2006. It was there that she worked on her first huge hit single, I Kissed a Girl, which started her career as a commercial success.

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Adele

Singer

While Adele might seem like a natural on stage, the singer has an extreme form of stage fright. In 2011, at the height of her fame, Adele told Rolling Stone that she regularly suffered from anxiety attacks, which are often prompted by her demanding performance schedule. "I'm scared of audiences," she told Rolling Stone. "One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot." However, Beyonce helped her overcome anxiety and told her it was quite normal to worry. She told her to have faith in her abilities.This helped Adele build her confidence and get through some of her anxiety attacks.

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Walt Disney

Entrepreneur

Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.

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Colonel Sanders

Businessman

At 65 years of age, Colonel Sanders received his first social security cheque of $99. He was broke, owned a small house and a beat up car.He made a decision that things had to change. His friends used to like his chicken recipe very much. The fact that this was the only novel idea he had, he decided to act upon it.He left Kentucky and started his travels to different US states to sell his idea. He would tell restaurant owners that he had a chicken recipe which people liked and he was ready to give it to them for free, in return for a small percentage on the items sold. He got rejections after rejections, but did not give up. In fact, he got over 1000 rejections.He got 1009 NO’s before he got his first Yes. With that one success Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the eating habits of the whole world with Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC.

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Chris Fox.some description

John Doe saved us from a web disaster. In this example, both functions have quite different behaviors, the int version multiplies its arguments, while the double version divides them. This is generally not a good idea. Two functions with the same name are generally expected to have -at least- a similar behavior, but this example demonstrates that is entirely possible for them not to.