Some of the most successful people in history failed and, instead of being discouraged, refused to give up. For example, consider the following:
· Henry Ford, who invented the automobile, went broke five times before he succeeded in business.
· The great dancer and movie star Fred Astaire took a screen test at MGM studios in 1933. A studio memo reported he was slightly bald, could not act, and could dance a little.
· The family of Louisa May Alcott, the great author who wrote the popular book Little Women, thought she should abandon the idea of being a writer and become a seemstress instead.
· A newspaper fired Walt Disney for lack of ideas, and he went bankrupt several times before building Disneyland.
· Enrico Caruso’s parents believed a voice teacher who said he has no future in music –he simply could not sing at all. He did not believe the teacher and became one of the most famous opera singers in the world.
· Theodore Roosevelt suffered the deaths of both his mother and his wife on the same day in 1884 before he became a war hero and very effective president of the United States.
· John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was often asked to not return to churches after preaching in them once. When he preached in a meadow, people turned a bull loose on him. But later, because he refused to give up, he preached in a pasture and ten thousand people came to hear him.
Culled from Never Give Up by Joyce Meyer.