Consider This

Consider This

From A 6th Bowl of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Consider This

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

Consider this:

The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th Century-Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest-grossing movies in film history.

E. T., Forrest Gump, Home Alone, Speed and Pulp Fiction were all rejected by major studios before they finally found a studio willing to produce them.

An executive at MGM penned this memo after a screening of The Wizard of Oz: “The rainbow song’s no good. Take it out.”

Another MGM executive sent this memo advising against investing in Gone With the Wind: “Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel.”

As a child, Sylvester Stallone was frequently beaten by his father and told he had no brains. He grew up a loner and emotionally anguished. He was in and out of various schools. An advisor at Drexel University told him that, based on aptitude testing, he should pursue a career as an elevator repair person.

In 1887, the Musical Courier wrote: “Brahms evidently lacks the breadth and power of invention eminently necessary for the production of truly great symphonic work.”

In 1932, during a Minneapolis bank robbery, a man was murdered. A small-time thief by the name of Leonard Hankins was arrested, convicted of the crime and sentenced to prison. Later through the testimony of others, it became clear that Hankins was innocent. Jack Mackay, an Associated Press correspondent in St. Paul, worked on the case, trying to get him free, for nineteen years. Mackay wrote about the case again and again, drawing attention to the injustice of Hankins’s imprisonment. He was Hankins’s only advocate. Finally, in 1951, Governor C. Elmore Anderson convened the state pardon board in a special session. They ordered Hankins freed from prison and agreed that he had never committed the crime. The power of persistence!

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.

Charles F. Kettering

IBM founder Tom Watson, believing in a new product and its development, supported one of his vice presidents in promoting the product. It was quite a risky venture and ended up in financial disaster to the tune of $10 million. The vice president came to him in shame and offered his resignation. Watson was reported to have said, “You must be kidding. We’ve just spent $10 million educating you.”

Success is 99 percent failure.

Soichiro Honda
Founder, Honda Motor Company

Einstein was criticized for not wearing socks or cutting his hair. One observer noted, “He could be mentally retarded.”

For those of you who have been using age as an excuse, consider this:

Grandma Moses didn’t begin painting until she was seventy-six years old.

Ruth Gordon won her first Oscar for Rosemary’s Baby when she was seventy-two years old.

Golda Meir was elected prime minister of Israel at the age of seventy-one.

And finally, if you think your vote is not important, consider this:

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

In 1649, one vote caused Charles I, King of England to be executed.

In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency of the United States.

In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler leadership in the Nazi party.

In 1941, one vote saved the Selective Service—just weeks before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

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