Artists have been mocked. Actors, actresses and models have been labelled. Innovators have been doubted. Writers have been rejected. Musicians have been dropped. Anyone who works differently is outed. As she begun auditioning, Meryl Streep was told she was “ugly”. Now she is widely thought of as one of the greatest actresses of her time. In his role as a contributor for the San Francisco Examiner, Rudyard Kipling was fired for not knowing “how to use the English language”. Now he continues to be known as a successful writer.
We can’t stop what people say about us. But we can choose what we listen to. Some people are ignorant, insecure and envious. Others are kind, passionate and encouraging. Absorb the positive energy and brush off the rest. You, and you alone, know what you’re capable of. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Just believe in yourself and show them.
It can be easy to give into failure and to be discouraged by road blocks, but the truth is, every ‘no’ is one step closer to a ‘yes’ and every ‘no’ is actually a ‘not yet’. J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter was turned down by 12 publishers before it was picked up by Bloomsbury. Similarly, 27 publishers rejected Dr Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. Steven Spielberg was declined from the University of Southern California’s film school twice. Walt Disney was told he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas” and Albert Einstein allegedly didn’t learn to speak until aged four. Those who we admire and who carry great success have been rejected, fired, replaced, insulted and deemed incapable. What if they had given up, been defeated and resorted to something else? Our culture wouldn’t be the same. We need to start looking at our setbacks as steps forward rather than backwards. Don’t deprive yourself and the world of your success. You can achieve greatness as long as you pursue, persist and persevere. Keep your chin up.
Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent greater benefit – Napoleon Hill