How many of us have had people tell us things such as “You aren’t good enough”, “You can’t do it”, ‘You won’t make it”, “You can’t win”, or a thousand other negative comments. In life, people are constantly trying to beat us down and hold us down. Do not believe them. Do not believe the harsh words. Use these people and their words to your advantage, and let that motivate you. You are better than that and you will prove it! Even the best have been beaten down, but they did not give up. How different would the world be if everyone who was ever told that they could not do something, gave up? We would be missing many, many great experiences in our lives if that were the case. Look at some of the following people who were beaten down, but never gave up:
– Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
– Walt Disney was turned down for financing 302 times before he found someone to finance his business venture.
– John Grisham’s first book, A Time To Kill, was rejected 28 times until someone agree to a 5000 copy deal. He has now sold over 250 million copies of his books.
– Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected 27 times.
– Vincent Van Gough sold only one painting to one friend in his lifetime. He finished over 800 pieces, and now his most expensive piece is valued at over $142 million.
– Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. He has now sold more than 350 million copies of his books.
– The Beatles were turned down by numerous record labels and were told by one record label that “guitars are on the way out”, and “The Beatles have no future in show business”.
– Colonel Sanders knocked on 1009 restaurants’ doors before he got one to agree to sell his fried chicken.
– Thomas Edison was told that people will tire of talkers, and that talking was no good substitute for the good acting that was in the silent movies.
– A Yale business professor once told Fred Smith that his thesis on an overnight delivery service was an interesting concept and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a “C”, the idea must be feasible. Fred later founded FedEx.
– Thomas Edison was successful more than 1000 times discovering how to not make a light bulb before he actually got it right.
These types of stories go on and on and on. For every great success story, there are usually hundreds or thousands of not so successful attempts that occur prior to the success. Could you imagine if these people gave up? None of these people ever quit, and neither should any of you!
-The Sales Leader