Thursday, December 30, 2010

More "Overnight" Success Stories

Dr. Seuss's first children's book was rejected by twenty-three publishers.  The twenty-fourth publisher sold siz million copies.

After having been rejected by both Hewlett-Packard and Atari, Apple Computers had first year sales of $2.5 million - a huge amount at that time.

Vince Lombardi didn't become a head coach in the NFL until he was forty Seven.

During their first year in business, the Coca-cola company sold only 400 Cokes.

In his first 3 years in the automobile business, Henry Ford went bankrupt twice.

Inventor Chester Carlson pounded the pavement and knocked on doors for years before he could find backers for his Xerox Photocopying Machine.

In 1902, the poetry editor of the Atlantic Monthly returned the poems of a twenty-eight year old poet with the following note: "Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse." But Robert Frost persevered and became one of our nations most beloved poets.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

The lesson is to remember that we need to "keep on keeping on" to be successful.  We only fail when we give up.

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