Mark Twain born on November 30, 1835 – died on April 21, 1910). He is a publisher, writer and, humorist. He is known to be a literary icon, shaping American literature. His famous works are the ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn‘ and ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer‘.
The Life Of Mark Twain
His real name is Samuel Clemens. He was born in a small town in Missouri, to a country Merchant. At age 11, he lost his father and started working as a printer apprentice, where he started writing humorous sketches and articles. At age 18, he left Missouri to pursue his dreams. He worked in public libraries and print unions in St Louis, Philadelphia, and New York. He was an advocate for better work conditions and fair wages to workers. In 1859, he returned back to the countryside and became a river pilot on the Mississippi River. It was a good job, that earned him a salary of $250 monthly. He did this for two years, then later traveled with his brother and ended up in Virginia City, Nevada where he had a chance to pursue his passion as a writer for the local Virginia City newspaper.
He had his first major publishing success in 1865 with The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras". This humorous story brought him success and he had the opportunity to travel to Europe and the Middle East. This allowed him to gain knowledge to write his humorous travel journal "The Innocents Abroad’. He uses humor as a unique element in his speeches and writings.
What Can We Learn From Mark Twain?
Follow your heart, take actions and do what makes you happy. If you want to travel the world like Mark Twain, find a way to do it. If you want to study your favorite subject in school, pursue it. If you want to start a business, prioritize and make time to establish it. In the end, you will glad you tried and twenty years from now you won't have any regrets.
[Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.]—Mark Twain
It is important to understand the meaning and purpose of life. The reason for our existence, and most importantly to follow that path. We should have something that excites us each morning, that makes life truly worth living. As Mark Twain quoted
The first step to success is to get started. It is not enough to just visualize success. We must take actions to accomplish our goals. As Mark Twain stated, [The secret of getting ahead is getting started.]
For a happy successful life, we should surround ourselves with positive, supportive and ambitious people that will help us grow to become the best versions of ourselves. And, we should keep away from toxic and negative people who belittle our dreams.
Mark Twain is known for his witty and cheerful approach to life. He conveys the truth about human nature and his wise words and literary masterpieces have inspired millions and generation after generation.