After Fred Astaire’s first screen test, a 1933 memo from the MGM testing director said, “Can’t act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire kept that memo over the fireplace in his Beverly Hills home.
A relatively unsuccessful marketer of restaurant equipment, he didn’t sell his first hamburger until age 52. At a time when many people prepare for retirement, Ray Kroc built McDonald’s from a handful of hamburger stands into the world’s largest food chain.
When his older brother was killed during WWII, he first withdrew into a shell. Then he began to listen to the radio to ease his pain. Soon he was dreaming about hosting his own radio show. That led Dick Clark to start American Bandstand.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper for lacking ideas. He also went bankrupt several times. If he had quit too soon after his theme park concept was trashed 302 times, there would be no Disneyland.
If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 242 times, there would be no STARBUCKS.
If J.K. Rowling stopped after being turned down by publishers for years, there would be no HARRY POTTER.
One thing is for sure: If you give up too soon, you’ll never know what you’ll be missing. Keep going and NEVER quit! Define success on YOUR terms and don’t let anyone else define it for you! It’s never too late to set a new goal!
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