Great post by the World's Strongest Librarian, Josh Hanagarne. An object demonstration of how will and self-discipline can, over the long term and by small increments, work miracles.
I think more and more, our society is trending toward actually encouraging individuals to assume victim status, to give up, and to passively accept that they've been wronged, abused, or ignored by forces beyond their control.
Josh Hanagarne refused to surrender and fought his way through to a truly impressive set of accomplishments. Step by step, one small victory at a time.
Good for him.