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Inspiring Stories of Failure Turned Into Fame

Inspiring Stories of Failure Turned Into Fame

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded.

Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer.

Colonel Sanders had the construction of a new road put him out of business in 1967. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found a buyer interested in his 11 herbs and spices. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for a finger-lickin’ $15 million!

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.

Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution, gave up a medical career and was told by his father, “You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat catching.” In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, “I was considered by my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect.

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and refused admittance to Zurich Polytechnic School. The University of Bern turned down his Ph.D. dissertation as being irrelevant and fanciful.

The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th-Century Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest grossing movies in film history.

Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergraduate studies and ranked 15 out of 22 in chemistry.

When NFL running back Herschel Walker was in junior high school, he wanted to play football, but the coach told him he was too small. He advised young Herschel to go out for track instead. Never one to give up, he ignored the coach’s advice and began an intensive training program to build himself up. Only a few years later, Herschel Walker won the Heisman trophy.

When General Douglas MacArthur applied for admission to West Point, he was turned down, not once but twice. But he tried a third time, was accepted and marched into the history books.

After Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the memo from the testing director of MGM, dated 1933, said, “Can’t act! Slightly bald! Can dance a little!” Astaire kept that memo over the fireplace in his Beverly Hills home.

The father of the sculptor Rodin [The Thinker Statue] said, “I have an idiot for a son.” Described as the worst pupil in the school, Rodin failed three times to secure admittance to the school of art. His uncle called him uneducable.

Babe Ruth, considered by sports historians to be the greatest athlete of all time and famous for setting the home run record, also holds the record for strikeouts.

Eighteen publishers turned down Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull, before Macmillan finally published it in 1970. By 1975 it had sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. alone.

Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone with the Wind was turned down by more than twenty-five publishers.

Richard Hooker worked for seven years on his humorous war novel, M*A*S*H, only to have it rejected by 21 publishers before Morrow decided to publish it. It became a runaway bestseller, spawning a blockbusting movie and highly successful television series.

When the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was completed, it was turned down by thirty-three publishers in New York and another ninety at the American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim, California, before Health Communications, Inc., finally agreed to publish it. The major New York publishers said, “It is too nicey-nice” and “Nobody wants to read a book of short little stories.” Since that time more than 8 million copies of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book have been sold. The series, which has grown to thirty-two titles, in thirty-one languages, has sold more than 53 million copies.

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere… son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Elvis Presley went on to become the most popular singer in America.

Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. The twenty-eighth publisher, Vanguard press, sold six million copies of the book.

Never give up believing in yourself!!!

The above inspirational stories were compiled from two excellent books by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen:
Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul and A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Spiritual


Work From Home

Many people dream of working from home.

But so few people are able to find out how to do it, as starting your own business can be complicated.

That’s where forums such as the Honest Work from Home Forum can come in handy.

The forum has lots of helpful people on board and many topics of discussion.

So go over there now and join the fun!

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Careers


Personal Mastery

Personal mastery is about approaching life from a different perspective.  Sometimes people

would refer to it as a journey towards continuous improvement.  Personal  mastery is guided

with key principles like vision, personal purpose, creative tension, commitment to truth and

understanding the subconscious mind.

One of the most important fundamental aspects of personal mastery is personal vision.

Personal mastery when combined with personal vision can create a framework or guiding

philosophy on how you can operate and live your life.  Some people would say that personal

vision serves as a guide that would keep you on track.

Followers of personal mastery see that there are great opportunities to improve their

growth.  Followers recognize that there are many avenues for growth and opportunities like

books, tapes, lectures and school courses.  People also benefit from organizations
in their quest for personal mastery.

Personal mastery is about loving yourself and expressing your gifts to its fullest.  Some

would think that personal mastery is controlling and limiting one self, but actually it is

about understanding your personality.  To control or overcome some habits, it would be

important to identify how and why those habits arise.  The more you suppress things, the

more you would have difficulty in conquering and overcoming it.

Personal mastery is self-discipline.  It is about taking responsibility for the direction

that your life is going to take.  You would slowly realize that you can do anything with the

aide of your skills and talents.  Discipline would clarify and deepen your perspective in

life.  Those who quest for personal mastery would develop patience and see life objectively.

Personal mastery can actually help you become successful in life.  You can say that you have

developed personal mastery if you are starting to fully understand your strengths, talents

and your purpose in life.  Personal mastery enables you to be inspired, energized and happy

with your life. You start to show a sense of commitment in changing on how people perceive

life and the world.  The ultimate thing about personal mastery is that you would always feel

that you are guided and supported by God.

It is also important for a person who is in quest for personal mastery to develop integrity,

humility, justice and industry.  Actually, these are “rules” on how we could conduct

ourselves professionally, socially and spiritually.

Peter Senge said that attaining personal mastery has no shortcuts or no “quick fixes.”

Sometimes it would take a lifetime for personal mastery to be attained.  Personal mastery

detaches a person from self-interest or selfishness and encourage people towards providing

care and service to other people.  Also individuals who follow personal mastery see the

connections in their surroundings and perceive everything as a whole.

Proactive behaviour is also something that personal mastery helps you to develop.  Reactive

behaviour like thinking beforehand hand that you cannot do things is dealt with when

developing personal mastery.  Actions and service that you provide are based on how you can

creatively maximize your skills.

To summarize it, personal mastery guides you to develop being aware with your beliefs,

attitudes and behaviour impacts.  It also enables you to accept yourself and be responsible

with your own action, attitude, and thought.

Experts would say that personal mastery could be truly gained by living purposefully and by

living with integrity.  Living purposefully would include showing talents, gifts and

strengths to achieve goals and be successful.  Living with integrity is by integrating your

ideals, standards and behaviour.

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Coaching & Hypnosis

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