Everything seems to be going wrong.
Have you ever had one of those times when nothing you do is right? Everything you do seems to fail or fall flat?
Man, I've been working really hard, staying up long hours, doing lots of stuff that have amounted to "what seems like" nothing:
-- I've made only $7 on Adsense
-- I didn't get all the work done on my TO DO list
-- My tire went flat
-- My kid is expecting this wonderful birthday party and I haven't the energy to do it
-- A fraudulent charge appeared on my account, now my ATM and my bank account is frozen for 10 days
-- Visits to my blog are at an all time low
And that's just the short list . . .
I better get a bit of inspiration going here before I go out side, plop down on the curb and pull out my harmonica.
Then, I happened upon a little webpage called: Don't Give Up -- thank you Lord.
Did you know:
- As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth."
- Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62. He later wrote, "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up." (his capitals, mind you)
- Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was "sub-normal," and one of his teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math.
- Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
- R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York City caught on.
- Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, "I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed."
- After Carl Lewis won the gold medal for the long jump in the 1996 Olympic games, he was asked to what he attributed his longevity, having competed for almost 20 years. He said, "Remembering that you have both wins and losses along the way. I don't take either one too seriously."
- Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.
- 27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss's first book, To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
In whatever you do . . . Don't give up!