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Don't Give Up

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I found this inspiring:

People who didn't give up:

* Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didnít fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

* Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was "sub-normal," and one of his teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

*Babe Ruth is famous for his past home run record, but for decades he also held the record for strikeouts. He hit 714 home runs and struck out 1,330 times in his career (about which he said, "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.")

*Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraf

*When Julie Andrews took her first screen test for MGM studios, the final determination was that "She's not photogenic enough for film."

*When Lucille Ball began studying to be actress in 1927, she was told by the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School, "Try any other profession."

* Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him "hopeless as a composer." And, of course, you know that he wrote five of his greatest symphonies while completely deaf.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GLAMIT 10/29/2013 9:41AM

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OFFICECHIK 10/23/2013 10:32AM


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ILOVEMALI 8/26/2013 1:39AM

    this is so great!

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    More importantly, we need to stop telling ourselves these things. Thanks for posting

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SMALLERMELORIE 8/19/2013 11:13AM

    Thank you for sharing and reminding me to NOT GIVE UP.

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SGTSUNNY 8/19/2013 11:05AM

    Great reminder! Thanks for posting and reminding me!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/18/2013 7:41PM

    THAT is something that will encourage! Thanks for sharing!

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/18/2013 1:12PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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REFFIE1 8/18/2013 12:31PM

Yes, it is the giving up that gets us nowhere. The common denominator of these inspiring stories is that they persevered against the odds. It is my birthday today and I love that shot of inspiration you have given us. A great gift! emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 8/18/2013 8:00AM

    Great blog! Those people are all inspirations to us. We can do this no matter what others may say. Thanks for sharing! :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 8/18/2013 3:15AM


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SOPHIEDO13 8/18/2013 2:57AM

    Persistence, I believe is what these people had emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/18/2013 2:06AM

    I love it. especially the fact that they didn't let it bring them down.

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FITGRANDMA145 8/17/2013 10:36PM

    and just imagine how those people felt by not encouraging them from the beginning. I'm so glad to read about people who made it against the naysayers

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SISSYP63 8/17/2013 9:51PM

    Just keep fighting the fight! I am hopeful to finally pull it off by this Fall to running a first 5K!

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SANDRA2BTHIN 8/17/2013 9:51PM

    Love it emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 8/17/2013 9:26PM

    That is really amazing!

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BLUEROSE73 8/17/2013 8:28PM

    Wow. It's just so hard to hang on to your dreams when it seems everyone around you is saying you can't. You've really got to believe in yourself to still push through.

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