It has been my experience in life that it is a privilege to be chosen rather than left out. Often being left out can cause you to feel worthless and not part of the team's effort. Well, today, I would like to lift some of the burden for those who have been gifted and, in fact, left in because they are left-handed.
Did you know that the following persons who reached great success in life were left-handed?
- Ramses the Great (1302-1213 B.C.). A great pharaoh of Egypt for 67 years.
- Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.). A great warrior and statesman.
- Julius Caesar (100-44 B.C.) Roman ruler and lieutenant governor of Spain.
- Michelangelo (1475-1564). A great artist and inventive genius.
- Joan of Arc (1412-1431). A French military commander.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). The greatest mind in Western civilization.
- Isaac Newton (1643-1727). A famous scientist.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). The greatest conqueror in modern history.
- Beethoven (1770-1827). A composer of musical works.
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901). Inherited the British throne at age 18.
- Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Author of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910). One of America's greatest authors.
- Henry Ford (1863-1947). Inventor of the Ford Model T.
- Marie Curie (1867-1934). A Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and physics.
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). The great leader of Indian nonviolence who influenced Martin Luther King Jr.
- Charlie Chaplin (1889-1927). An outstanding classic comedian.
- Babe Ruth (1895-1948). An outstanding athlete who hit the most home runs.
- Alan Turing (1912-1954). A mathematical genius.
- Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970). The greatest guitarist of all time.
- Paul McCartney (b. 1942). Penned more No. 1 hits (50) than any other songwriter in history.
- Bill Gates (b. 1955). Inventor of Microsoft Windows.
- Left-handed presidents of the United States:
- Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton and Barack Obama.
If you are left-handed and feel left out, remember there is hope that you may become famous-but not necessarily rich.
Oh! I almost forgot my dearest friend, Alan Morton, who was an extremely bright mathematician who attended Yale University and, by the way, was my best man when I married-he was also left-handed and was not left out.
Information concerning left-handed people was supplied by the book "A Left-Handed History of the World," by Ed Wright, published by Fall River Press.
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