Need a quick jolt ofadrenaline? Check out these stories of four famous people who came within a whisker of losing it all ... or never making it big in the first place:
Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman in Congress, later became the first major-party African-American candidate for president. During the 1972 primaries, the notorious segregationist George Wallace was shot, and Chisholm stunned everyone by visiting him in the hospital. "I knew that I was going to be thrown out of office,” she said. "The people in my district came down on me like anything.” Despite the guaranteed political fallout, she made the decision to go anyway.
How she went to offer sympathies to an ideological opposite became a permanent footnote to her career. Faced with a choice with the spotlight on her, she simply listened to what her conscience told her to do. Much later, Wallace lent his assistance when Chisholm sp...(register to read more)