The reason I chose to post quotes on Good Morning and Dreams is for people (like me) who are struggling to get up in the morning not because of laziness but the unwillingness and hopelessness to get out the comfort zone (dreaming in bed). Yes, dreaming is important for it is the message of our subconscious that gets conveyed to us through visual forms. However, chasing your dreams of success is equally important, else you may end up not finding your purpose of life.
If it weren’t for the people who had the courage to wake up and chase their dreams, there would not have been so much of what we have today. Yes, we owe to the persistence and dedication of successful people who were once ridiculed for their failures.
I assume you must have read about the inspiration stories behind successful people who never quit chasing their dreams. If not, I’ll mention few stories just in case that helps to boost you up and inspire you to get out of the bed in the morning and start working to make your dreams a reality.
1) Walt Disney experienced so many failures prior to the Walt Disney Company’s earning in billions of dollars annually from the movies (I can’t wait to watch the upcoming movie Aladdin releasing on May 2019), merchandise and theme parks around the world. He was fired as a newspaper editor because his boss thought he lacked imagination and his ideas weren’t good.
He also tried starting a business but faced bankruptcy before it even gained success. Though he was literally and figuratively broke, all he had was his dreams and aspirations and he had the nerve to chase them without giving up.
2) Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO of Starbucks who was born in a Jewish family to an ex-army man later truck driver with a modest up-bringing, was the first person in his family to go to college. Imagine what would have been if he simply blamed other people or wallowed in self-pity, instead of picking himself up and saying,
Listen, I have to be responsible for myself.
3) Oprah Winfrey needs no special introduction. She is one of the self-made billionaires of the world and the most influential women. Born to an unwed teen, she opened up about her deprived childhood that was marred by sexual abuse. She struggled her way through various life hurdles before attaining the place where she is now.
4) Stephen King, one of the most famous and successful authors of all time had an unorthodox start in his writing career. Even after a subsequent string of failures, he was all but ready to give up on his hopes and dreams of becoming a published author. He was so passionate about his writing, that he worked tirelessly to get his works published but was often rejected. After completing his studies at the University of Maine, he got himself a teaching certificate but was unable to find any teaching job. In fact, he worked for a laundry service and wrote short stories in his spare time.
Finally, after securing a teaching job he continued to write the idea for his first book, Carrie. However, on writing the story he realized that it won’t fit the short story format that he wanted to publish on a magazine like Playboy, he got so frustrated that he crumpled it up and threw it in the garbage bin. Later on, it was retrieved by his wife who encourage him to continue the work and finish it. Once again, he had to face rejection from 30 publications before published by Doubleday. And the rest is history.
5) Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of the business Empire in India was once a worker at a petrol pump. A dreamer since his early days, he used to tell his colleagues at the petrol pump that he would own a Mercedes one day and they used to laugh at him. Today, you know the heights reached by the Reliance Industries owned by Mukesh Ambani, elder son of Dhirubhai Ambani.
6) Jack Canfield is a celebrated author and motivation speaker of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. He with the help of his co-author, Mark Victor Hansen set out to write that book containing a collection of stories to help inspire and motivate people to achieve their dreams, but things didn’t go as per their plan. They faced rejections from publishers not once or twice but 144 times to be precisely over the course of a 14-month period.
Eventually, they convinced a small-time publisher in Florida that would at least have some nominal success with the book. As of today, the Chicken Soup for the Soul is an internationally-acclaimed brand that sold over 500 million copies in over 20 languages. This definitely speaks for Canfield’s determination and unwillingness to give up and to keep pushing forward no matter what the situation.
7) Thomas Edison, an American inventor and entrepreneur was home schooled by his mother and had developed hearing problems early on in life. At the age of 30, he invented the phonograph and a year later, he began working on a commercially-viable incandescent lightbulb that would be both long-lasting and highly efficient by not consuming too much energy. He went through thousands of iterations to make his dream a reality. In fact, he failed many times trying to invent a commercially viable electric bulb.
Edison had a huge impact on the society holding 1,093 patents to his name at the time of his death. His work in a number of fields had created the basis of most of the technologies that we enjoy today. However, he too suffered through failures numerous times but where others quit, he persisted.
I hope now you got the idea. Never ever give up on yourself, your hopes and dreams. Never allow someone else to tell you that you’re not smart, good or talented enough to achieve greatness in whatever dimensions you’re seeking.
For today, just remember
You can do anything you put your mind to. Anything.
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