Izuku Midoriya’s lofty dreams of growing up to be a Hero were crushed when the doctor declared him Quirkless, essentially devoid of any special powers.
Nevertheless, he persisted, still believing that he could achieve his dream in the face of discouragement and bullying from his peers who had unique powers. This effort paid off; his innate heroism and determination eventually made him worthy of a place among his idols.
There are lucky people who are born with talent. This can feel unfair especially if it seems impossible to keep up with them. However, you don’t have to be a prodigy to succeed, everyone has great potential within them. We can achieve the same result if not greater through perseverance and hard work.
When the going gets tough and others seem to cruise through, remember as the hero All Might says:
“The quality is different between ones who received it by luck and ones who earned it.”
All Might taking Izuku under his wing was just the beginning; Izuku still had to train hard and continually strengthen himself. All Might himself, as strong as he was, had to push past his 3 hour strength limit to defeat a villain.
Yet, there is a delicate balance that needs to be struck. Recognizing our small victories and celebrating the tiny wins will keeps us motivated to continue on. We need to celebrate our progress and also find time to rest.
Izuku’s self-worth did not come from natural talent or popularity. His self-believe came from really understanding his own strength through the many times he fell, failed, and learning to pick himself up to fight again. Being our own cheerleader is key to encouraging ourselves to go above and beyond.
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