I’m posting this as an encouragement for anyone who has a dream in their heart for a business or a ministry or anything, and is having a difficult time turning that dream into a reality in the world. Remember, anything worthwhile is not easy.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a person turns about
When they might have won had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Some individuals who did not give up:
Abraham Lincoln failed in business three times and lost seven elections before becoming President of the United States.
Henry Ford failed and went broke 5 times before he succeeded.
After his first audition Fred Astaire received the following feedback from an MGM executive: “Can’t act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”
Max Lucado’s first book was rejected by 14 publishers before finding one that would give him a chance.
Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected by 27 publishers.
A so-called football expert once said of 2-time Super Bowl winning coach Vince Lombardi: “He possesses minimal football knowledge. Lacks motivation.”
NBA superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Later in his career, when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls, he said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was four years old. Teachers said he would never amount to much.
Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and having no original ideas.
Thomas Edison was told by a teacher that he was too stupid to learn anything and that he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.
The Beatles were rejected by Decca Recording Studio who said “we don’t like their sound; they have no future in show business.”
Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television.”
J.K. Rowling’s first manuscript, Harry Potter, was rejected by 12 publishers before one was willing to give her a chance. That publisher, however, told her to get a day job because she had little chance of making money in children’s books.