Nathaniel Hawthorne’s road to greatness was paved with uncertainty and financial hardship. His early life as a writer was a constant struggle against economic ruin, which intensified after he married. Only his iron determination to become a master at his craft kept him writing. His skill and talent would not be denied, and he finally achieved the type of success that he dreamed of all along. The story of his life is a triumph of courage and conviction over doubt and despair, and a lesson for all of us to never stop reaching for our dreams.