Hold on to your Dreams

How many times have you abandoned an idea, project or dream
because someone made a disparaging remark or rolled their
eyes when you told them about it?

Relinquishing your dreams

All too frequently we allow others to dictate what is good,
right or possible. We allow them to steal our dreams. Notice
I use the word “allow.” No one can put you down, stomp on
your dream, or kill an idea of yours unless you allow them
to.

Consider that:

  • The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in
    Hollywood before 20th Century Fox finally produced it. It
    went on to be one of the largest-grossing movies in film
    history.
  • As a child, Sylvester Stallone was frequently beaten by
    his father and told he had no brains. He grew up an unhappy
    loner. He floated in and out of schools. An advisor at
    Drexel University told him that based on his aptitude tests
    he should pursue a career as an elevator repair person. It’s
    not a bad profession but it’s certainly not where “Rocky”
    ended up!
  • Einstein was criticised for not wearing socks or cutting
    his hair. He didn’t speak until he was four, and didn’t read
    until he was seven. One observer noted, “He could be
    mentally retarded”.
  • An expert said of Vince Lombardi:”He possesses minimal
    football knowledge. Lacks motivation. . .
  • Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred
    playing his own compositions instead of improving his
    technique. His teacher proclaimed him hopeless as a
    composer.
  • Walt Disney was fired from his job as a newspaper editor
    for lack of ideas. He also went bankrupt several times
    before he created Disneyland.
  • Henry Ford failed and went broke 5 times before he finally
    succeeded.
  • Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was
    encouraged to find work as a servant or seamstress. She
    would certainly never be a writer.
  • In 1944, the director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency
    told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe),
    “You’d better learn secretarial work, or else get married.”

It Takes Courage

So what are your ideas? Your thoughts? Your dreams? Your
plans?

It doesn’t matter if anyone supports what you want to do.
The important thing is for YOU to believe. For YOU to ignore
the people who say you can’t do it – and DO IT ANYWAY! It
takes courage. It takes persistence. It takes believing in
the “voice inside” when no one else does. Ideas, dreams and
visions are planted within you because you have the ability
to make them happen. You’ll learn, grow, scramble, fail, and
get back up again! The important thing is to simply never
give up. The people I mentioned earlier never gave up – and
they made great things happen!

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