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When the Going Gets Tough
We share the following anecdotes in the spirit of inspiration and motivation
we all need from time to time. Please enjoy each and pass them on to others
in that same spirit.
Peter Benchley was fired as a speech writer for Richard Nixon.
He went on to write the best-selling novel Jaws, selling
the movie rights before the book was even published.
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant failed as a farmer, a real estate agent, a U.S.
Customs official, and a store clerk. He went on to command the Union
armies during the Civil War and was elected the 18th President of
the United States in 1868.
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe was expelled from West Point for "gross neglect
of duty" and "disobedience of orders." His early poems met with
no success. He later became one of America's greatest poets, short-story
writers, and literary critics. He wrote the "The Raven," "The Fall
of the House of Usher," and "The Pit and the Pendulum."
Thomas Monaghan went from being a poverty-stricken orphan ashamed
of his clothing to the multimillionaire owner of the Detroit Tigers
and America's largest pizza chain, Domino's.
Thomas Edison could never spell in his life, was reported to be
dyslexic, and in childhood was sent home from school because he
was "too stupid to learn anything." He became one of the world's
Publication Date: Fall 2002
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