Monday, April 7, 2014

Jamie Hyneman: Ex-Homeless Man, Presently Great Man

I always find it deeply soothing to find that a man I greatly respect has gone through the same hardships as I have, and that he came out of them with spectacular success. It says to me that my problems are not undefeatable, and that success beyond my wildest dreams is possible, still, regardless of how dark things seem.

Jamie Hyneman is such a man I respect. Aside from being a host of the very popular show Mythbusters, he owns his own special-effects company and has a long resume of the creations he made for various companies, is a multi-millionaire, and has a rather polymathic resume. He's also one of the key men that makes me contemplate practical autodidactism.

Given that, it surprised me to learn that he ran away from home and lived out his youth in homelessness. Interesting parallel, for not only am I myself presently homeless, I also "ran away from home," given that I told almost none of my family that I was moving out of state (and remain out of communication with most of them).

At times my hardships make me pessimistic about my ability to rise out of them, but if a great man like Mr. Hyneman has already accomplished such a feat, it's earthly and human proof that it is possible.

If you think life is tough, keep your mind on your heroes.


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