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Here is wisdom.
- The Beatles
In 1962, four 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. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” The
group was called The Beatles.
- Marilyn Monroe
In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, “You’d better learn secretarial work or else get married.” She went on and became Marilyn Monroe.
- Elvis Presley
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, Fired a singer after
one performance. He told him, “You ain’t going’ nowhere….son. You ought to
go back to drivin’ a truck.” He went onto become the most popular singer in
America named Elvis Presley.
- Alexander Graham Bell
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring
off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a
demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, “That’s an amazing
invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”
- Thomas Edison
When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments
before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so
many times. He said, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It
just happened to be a 2000-step process.”
- Chester Carlson
In the 1940s, 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 – an electrostatic paper-copying process.
Haloid became Xerox Corporation we know today.
- Wilma Rudolph
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 paralysed 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 a 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 the next few years 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.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience and
confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the
face…. You must do the thing you cannot do. The finest steel gets sent
through the hottest furnace.