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Thursday, January 31, 2013

What a Bunch of Losers

He was so discouraged by rejections that he threw his first novel in the trash; his wife fished it out and talked him into trying again. His name is Stephen King. She was a broke, severely depressed single mom on social security trying to get through school and write a book. Her name is J.K. Rowling.

He was once fired because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." His name was Walt Disney. She was fired from a broadcasting job because she was not "fit for the screen." Her name is Oprah Winfrey.

They were rejected by label after label, once being told they had no future in show business and that guitar bands were on the way out. They were the Beatles.

His music teacher said he was "hopeless as a composer" and would never amount to anything in music. His name was Ludwig van Beethoven. He was a lackluster student who failed his sixth-grade year and spent much of his political career losing election after election. His name was Winston Churchill.

He was told by a teacher that he was too stupid to learn; later he tried to create an electric lightbulb and failed 9,000 times -- then created one. His name was Thomas Edison.

No one ever did anything important without failing along the way. Don't ask yourself to be the great exception. When you fail, pick yourself up and go back out there. The story is not finished, unless you throw the draft in the trash and refuse to fish it out.

Dan Weddle

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