Believe in Yourself
“Try another profession. Any other,” advised the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School to would-be actress Lucille Ball.
“You have no talent and you have a chip on your tooth;” “Your Adam’s apple sticks out too far, and you talk too slow,” said a Universal Studios executive as he fired Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood.
“You ain’t goin’ nowhere…son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck,” Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry told Elvis as he fired him after one performance in 1954.
In 1919, an editor at the Kansas City Star fired an aspiring cartoonist because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." So Walt Disney started his own company.
In 1967, a man conducted experiments in his Western Union office and was fired when acid spilled and ate through the floor. Thomas Edison then decided to pursue invention full-time.
“[You’re] unfit for television news,” a Baltimore TV producer told evening news reporter, Oprah Winfrey. At least he offered her the consolation prize of working a daytime show! We all know what happened next.
Why did they go on to succeed? Because they believed in themselves.
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