Friday, January 21, 2011

You! Can Make It Happen.

They Did Not 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 didn’t 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 world reknown Zurich Polytechnic School.
Well...he did eventually learn to speak and read, and oh bye the way, he even learned to do a little math. :-)

A young man went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. On November 6, 1860, this man was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States. This man was Abraham Lincoln.

In the true spirit of American Entrepenurism, Robert F. Kennedy said it best:
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly."

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