Take a look at this video piece from the online magazine, "The Atlantic", about a short man who trained himself to dunk. He mentions not having any role models who were his height growing up, which in his opinion was a source of discouragement.
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After reading a piece on Russian powerlifters he doing explosion training, he eagerly began training hard himself one summer, putting 18 inches on his vertical leap and 25 pounds of muscle.
After A Full Summer Of Training, He Got It | Source: The Atlantic
He frequently received the question, "Well, why are you working out so hard", to which he would always reply, "How many people do you know that is 5'5 dunking?".
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He recalls doing hours of training and running and jumping, lifting and throwing stuff" just to get a little ball into a basket. A very moving story and worth the watch.
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