We all know Stephen Hawking as one of the most brilliant people to ever live. He’s known for his work regarding black holes and for authoring several popular science books. While he has an impressive career and resume, he unfortunately suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
During his freshman year at Cambridge when he was 21, Hawking began having symptoms of ALS and after a handful of tests, doctors didn’t believe he’d live longer than two-and-a-half years!
Yet, here he is! 53 years later he continues to teach, research, and humbly accept each day as a gift. In fact, his diagnosis motivated him to study hard and his passion earned 12 honorary degrees. Despite being unable to speak or move and being confined to a wheelchair, he still has ways to find answers about the universe, the Big Bang, creation and scientific theories.
He’s also quite the motivational speaker. Recently he gave a lecture saying:
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”