MONDAY | NEVER GIVE UP

Its Monday and you receive another disappointing letter from the investors... The bank has rejected your loan request...  Your manager 'from hell' keeps making unrealistic demands...  Another regret letter... And you are thinking maybe its time to quit because you have just about tried everything and you are slowly losing your sanity.

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J.K. ROWLING
Before her book was published the Harry Potter author lost her job, went through a divorce and was so poor she could not afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000 word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. Many publishers turned her away until Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s 8 year old daughter fell in love with it.

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STEPHEN KING
Stephen King received so many rejection letters for his work that he developed a system for collecting them. He writes “By the time I was 14, the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing”.  He received 30 rejections before selling his first short story.

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WALT DISNEY
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas” after which he started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long.   Walt Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.




ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty, lost his mother, failed in business, went bankrupt, lost the woman he was engaged to, lost eight elections, suffered a nervous breakdown before he was finally elected president of the United States.  "The path was worn and slippery.  My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself, "It's a slip and not a fall."
 
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HARLAND DAVID SANDERS
Popularly known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken struggled to sell his chicken at first.  The famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1009 times before a restaurant accepted it.

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WINSTON CHURCHILL
Winston Churchill did not become Prime Minister of England until he was 62 and only after a lifetime of defeats and setbacks.  His greatest contributions came when he was a "senior citizen".


STILL THINKING OF GIVING UP?

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