There is nothing I enjoy more than talking to graduating college students. They are full of excitement for what their future holds and they see endless opportunities ahead. The real challenge I find is that those very same individuals six months after graduation, while still looking for that perfect career opportunity have a much less optimistic view of their future.
I am almost convinced that a large group of college professors somewhere are brainwashing America’s youth to think that along with their college diploma, the Dean will hand them a set of keys to a corner office and a shiny Mercedes Benz convertible. Their disappointment is a testament to the fact that there are some things no college professors can teach – tenacity and strength of character are two of those things.
Monday Morning Perspective
“Remember when everything seems to be going against you, an airplane takes off against the wind.”– Henry Ford
Here are some good examples of what I am talking about:
· The vice president of Columbia Pictures told this actor he would never make it in the business – that actor was Harrison Ford.
· His first book was rejected by 12 publishing houses and 16 agents – the author was John Grisham.
· They were turned down by a recording company who said “we don’t like their sound, their look and guitar music is on the way out,” – they were talking about The Beatles.
· He was told by a music teacher that as a composer he was hopeless – the composer was Beethoven.
· He was told “he couldn’t sing at all” – the singer was Enrico Caruso.
· He was fired from a newspaper because “he lacked imagination and had no original ideas,” – that man was Walt Disney.
· This man was told by publishers “anthologies don’t sell and that the book was too positive,” it was rejected a total of 140 times – the book? Chicken Soup for the Soul, it now has 65 different titles and has sold over 80 million copies around the world.
· He was told by a teacher that “he was too stupid to learn anything,” – that man was Thomas Edison.
· He failed the 6th grade – that man was Winston Churchill.
· He was not able to speak until he was 4 years old and his teacher said “he would never amount to much,” – that man was Albert Einstein.
· He was a poor student and failed at running the family farm – that was Isaac Newton.
· This man was not allowed to wait on customers in the store he worked because “he didn’t have enough sense,” – that was F. W. Woolworth.
· He was cut from the high school basketball team, went home locked himself in his room and cried – that man was Michael Jordan.
· A producer told her “she was unattractive and could not act,” – that woman was Marilyn Monroe.
· She auditioned for All My Children and was rejected – that was Julia Roberts.
· He received 30 rejections and threw his book in the trash. Luckily his wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it – the book was Carrie, the author was Stephen King.
As you can see some of our history’s “Greatest Greats” faced hardships, challenges and rejection. Their willingness to push past those obstacles and try again allows us to know who they are today. It is that tenacity and strength of character that turns the unknown into a “Who’s Who.” You may not be able to teach it but you can make the decision to have it.
Have a wonderful week.
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