Carl Sagan [Paraphrased] -I wasn't a fan of his thesis, but I liked him as a person and I liked his upbeat philosophy. I sure do like this quote.
The Common Thread...
Some nervous young musicians played their first record audition
for the executives of the Decca Recording company. The executives were
not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive
said, "We don't like their sound. "Their style is on the way out."
The group - The Beatles.
Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency,
told a young modeling hopeful, "You'd better learn secretarial
work or else get married." But the young girl wouldn't quit and
became known as... Marilyn Monroe.
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer
after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. You
ought to go back to drivin' a truck." The young singer...
A young blind boy auditioned for a solo piano performance in the
school play. He was told that he should follow his grandmother's
advice and learn to weave baskets or make chairs. That he
couldn't play the piano or carry a tune in a bucket. The little
boy was crushed, but he refused to give up. The performer?
Twelve Time Grammy Winner-Ray Charles
A young inventor demonstrated his passion to the President.
After the demonstration, the President said, "That's an amazing
invention, son; but who would ever want to use one of them?"
The year was 1876, the President was Rutherford B. Hayes,
the young inventor -Alexander Graham Bell...
When a young reporter asked a young inventor why he continued,
since he had failed so many times, the young inventor answered
that he had not failed. It was just that his approach to his vision
happened to be a 2000 step process...
Thomas Edison-the Light Bulb.
In the 1940's, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his
idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country.
They all turned him down. In 1947 - after seven long years of
rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, New York,
the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention. His idea
turned the corporate world upside down and in the process, the tiny
Haloid Company became...
The Xerox Corporation.
Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born
prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old,
she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with
a paralyzed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she
had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had
developed rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same
year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in
last. For years after, every race she entered, she came in
last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day
she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every
race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would
never walk again, went on to win...
three Olympic gold medals.
The moral of the above stories: Character cannot be developed in ease
and quiet of our comfort zone. Only through experiences of pursuing
through the fear of the unknown, can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
We gain strength, experience and confidence by every
experience where we really have to dig in. We must
pursue that thing we desire, but at the moment looks hopeless.
We can let our trials brings us down or pursue and let them build us up.
A winner is not one who never fails, but one who refuses to quit.
And sometimes that in itself is a process. Sometimes we need to
take a breath, a momentary timeout, dust off, refocus...
Remember that we pass this way only once...
If we are observant and just a little adventurous, we can blaze a trail,
instead of following one; we can make a life, while making a living.
Have a great day!
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