He struggled to be what they wanted him to be.
He joined his uncle's art dealership
and was thrown out in disgrace.
He tried for his father's profession, the church,
but the pastor exams were too hard for him,
so he took a job as a lowly missionary.
He managed to get sacked even from that.
Yet another dead end.
But, Theo says he believes in him
and that if Vincent will fight for himself,
he will fight alongside him.
And, that was it,
Vincent picks up a brush for the first time at 28,
and with Theo's support, there is no stopping him.
the loss of other people's respect and approval because of the bad way sb has behaved
Her behaviour has brought disgrace on her family.
The swimmer was sent home from the Olympics in disgrace.
There is no disgrace in being poor.
struggle for sth
to try very hard to do sth when it is difficult or when there are a lot of problems
a country struggling for independence
Shona struggled for breath.
life as a struggling artist (= six who is very poor)
being told by your employer that you can no longer continue working for a company, etc., usually because of sth that you have done wrong
He got the sack for swearing.
Her work was so poor that she was given the sack.
Four hundred workers face the sack.