Famous Failures

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Think a minute…All of us at times feel like we will never achieve the full success in our career that we want. But it helps us to know that nearly every successful person had to overcome hurdles before they reached his or her goal of success. One such person said: “History has shown that most winners went through heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won simply because they refused to become discouraged or deterred by their defeats.”

John Grisholm is a best-selling author of novels, some of which have been made into Hollywood blockbusters such as The Firm, The Pelican Brief, Runaway Jury, and his first book, A Time to Kill. Yet in the beginning it was rejected by 29 different publishers! When it was finally printed by a small, unknown publisher, it sold only 5,000 copies. All of his books since then have each sold in the millions. 

Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, yet in high school he was cut from his team because the coach said Michael was too short to play. 

Thomas Edison, the great inventor, has over 1,000 inventions and patents to his name. He failed 2,000 times in trying to invent the incandescent light bulb. When reporters asked him about his 2,000 failures he replied:”I never failed once. Inventing the light bulb just happened to be a 2,000-step process.”

In 1954, Elvis Presley sang once for Jimmy Denny, a professional music producer and manager. Afterwards Denny told Elvis: “You ain’t goin’ nowhere…son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Elvis, of course, ignored this “professional” opinion and went on to become the King of Rock n’ Roll and selling more records than any singer in history. 

Long before George MacArthur became a famous general in three major wars, he was rejected two times by the Westpoint military academy! But he kept trying and was finally accepted; and after graduating he marched into the history books as one of the greatest army generals ever.

Every human being fails many times! But the ones who become successful do not allow their failures to stop them from eventually reaching their potential and living their lives to the fullest. If you will ask Jesus, the One Who gave you your abilities and potential, He will help you with His power to become all He created you to be. He will even use your past mistakes to strengthen and teach you how to live His right, successful way for the rest of your life. Just think a minute…

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