Great Stories of Success

They Never Gave Up - Be Persistent

" It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop..."                              Confucius 

  • Twenty-five hundred years ago, Confucius taught, "It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." Persistence will put you in with some pretty good company.

  • Before becoming president, American President Abe Lincoln failed at two businesses and lost six elections.

  • 1000 banks turned down Walt Disney when he was trying to finance Disneyland.

  • Mary Kay Ash, a woman billionaire, sold less than $2.00 worth of cosmetics at her first beauty show.

  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Here is what Michael Jordan said, "When I got cut from the varsity team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something. I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again. I never wanted to have that taste in my mouth, that hole in my stomach. So I set a goal of becoming a starter on the varsity."

  • Bill McGowan fought the AT&T monopoly for ten years before making MCI successful.

  • Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield were rejected 32 times before finding a publisher for Chicken Soup For The Soul.

  • Sylvester Stallone, the American actor, was turned down time and time again when he was trying to produce his classic movie, Rocky.

  • Louisa May Alcott, (the American author who wrote Little Women), was told by an editor that she had no talent or chance at a writing career.

  • Before his first job in the band Menudo, Ricky Martin, the Latin superstar, was rejected several times as being too small and young looking.

  • R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on and became the largest in the world.

  • English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.

  • Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.

Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.

Start Today - Right Now
Start today, no, right now, to live a pro-active life — a life that YOU control. As soon as you set your goals and begin to take action, you are on the road and the journey has begun. Success is the journey.

The easiest thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world is to change yourself. Only you can change you and you can only change you. You must have the courage to be honest with yourself. What is it going to take for you to become the best you? The French saint Francis De Sales instructed us, "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."

No two people are going to have exactly the same list of goals and plans. One person may be physically fit, but lazy at work. Someone may be a great earner, but a poor investor. Another person may be the nicest person to everyone all day except when he gets home to his own family.