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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What if they had given up?


The world as we know it has many examples of people who have given up on their dreams!  I am hear to SHOUT to you that you need to always keep your dreams in sight!  Here is a list of "super achievers" who could easily have walked away...they didn't and neither should you!


Babe Ruth had 1,330 strikeouts – which is an all-time record for major league strikeouts.  Remember, you will never get a hit unless you take a swing! 

Wilma Rudolph was paralyzed in 1 leg due to polio and told by doctors she would never walk again. She later won 3 Olympic gold medals in track and field competition.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.  I wonder what sport he played later on in his career?

Sylvester Stallone was expelled from 14 schools in 11 years. His university professors discouraged him from an acting career and his screenplay for “Rocky” was also rejected by all but one company who would only buy it on condition he would not act in it.  What movie won an Oscar for "Movie of the Year"?

Whoopi Goldberg was a high school dropout and survived on welfare. To make ends meet, she worked as a bricklayer and bank teller.  She also worked in a funeral home as a make-up artist.

Brad Pitt dropped out of college, just 2 credits short of a journalism degree, went to Hollywood where he worked outside a fast food restaurant in a giant chicken costume.

Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as an on-air evening news anchor and was told she wasn’t fit for television.

Harrison Ford was told by a vice president of Columbia pictures that he wouldn’t make it in the business.

Albert Einstein did not say his first word until he was 4.  He began to read at age 7. His teachers and parents thought he was intellectually challenged, slow witted and anti-social.

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything”.

Colonel Sanders, founder of the world renowned Kentucky Fried Chicken chain had 1,009 restaurant owners reject him before he got his first yes at age 65.

Stephen King’s first book was rejected 30 times.

John Grisham‘s first novel was rejected by 16 agents and 12 publishing houses.

Vincent Van Gogh only sold 1 painting in his lifetime for just 400 francs

Abraham Lincoln was defeated in 8 elections. He became the 16th president of United States.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Elvis Presley’s high school teacher gave him a C & told him he couldn’t sing! He was also told by the manager of the Grand Ole Opry that he “ain’t goin’ nowhere”.

Billy Joel, disillusioned by the failure of his first album, spent 6 months playing bar piano in a lounge under a different name.

The Beatles were told by a recording company that they “don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out”.

To each and every one of these situations...can you  imagine "what if"


Stay on point.  Do not waver.  Never QUIT!
You will reach your destination!

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