BOY WITH THE SOCK

 BOY WITH THE SOCK
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Difficult conditions have the power to positively "recondition" the mind.
Utilize them.
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Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Famously known as Pele'.
Networth: $100 million
Pele' was born in Brazil in 1940 into a life of poverty.
He had access to a stuffed sock in his childhood and made use of it.
He kicked it around ... a lot.
 Assuming the natural athletic ability of his unsuccessful soccer playing father, he met up with countless challenges and overwhelmed them all.
He graduated from a sock to a soccer ball and displayed unusual and original talent in the sport.
Somebody quite extraordinary was watching the "boy with the sock" and recognized his obvious and eager talent early. At the age of 15 he was signed up with a professional soccer club and at the age of 18 he dazzled the world at the 1958 World Cup wearing Brazil's national colors.
Pele' enjoyed a long and successful career in soccer (aka football in other parts of the world).
He earned the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) Player of the Century title in 1999 along with Diega Maradona from Argentina.
He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games and became a living legend and national treasure to Brazil and the soccer world.
He played in four World Cups and his Brazilian team won three (1958, 1962, 1970.)
His gift to the soccer world was speed, agility, and vision.
His gift to the world was inspiration, determination, and resilience.
Anything is possible.
No excuses.
Take your "sock" and kick it hard ...
And change the world.
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"Success is not an accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."
-Pele'