If at first you don’t succeed (or get laughed at…)
The Rolling Stones performed their first United States college act on May 4, 1965 at my alma mater, Georgia Southern University. The opening act reportedly “saved the show” as the Rolling stones were reported “easily forgotten.”
Abraham Lincoln almost never won an election until he was elected to the white house.
Walt Disney decided on a career as a newspaper artist, drawing political caricatures or comic strips. But nobody wanted to hire him as either an artist or even as an ambulance driver for that matter.
Elvis Presley only failed one class in school, and it was music class.
In 1987 George Foreman was a 38 year old man who hadn’t boxed for 10 years. He was 70+ pounds overweight and literally laughed at when he made a comeback for a charity fight. Seven years later, he was the Heavyweight champion of the word.
Actors Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood were fired after co-starring in the “Riverboat” television series. Burt, recalled, “They said I had no talent and Clint’s Adam’s apple was too big,”
International singing star Julio Iglesias was discouraged from singing when he was a teenager. When he auditioned for the school choir in Madrid he was turned down. The teacher told him he couldn’t carry a tune.
Lucille Ball got thumbs down when it came to acting. Just one month after she started attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts her mother received a letter from the school saying, “Don’t put any more money into this. This girl will never make it.” (source)
In a high school art class, his teacher insisted “you will never learn to draw, Theodore (a.k.a Dr. Seuss). Why don’t you just skip this class for the rest of the term.” Later, he would reflect on this moment stating “I’ve capitalized on my mistakes, since I can’t draw, I’ve taken the awkwardness and peculiarities of my natural style and developed them. That’s why my characters look that way.”
I’m so glad these stars didn’t stop at their first rejection. Failure is a natual part of of success! Take this famous quotes for example:
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison
We were all created perfectly imperfect. Just like Dr. Seuss I wonder if we “take our awkwardness and peculiarities” and developed them into something awesome. We are all made with unique talents and skills, finding them is the fun part!
I love you perfectly imperfect people!