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The Achiever Newsletter

When the Going Gets Tough
Part 4

By Harry K. Jones

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

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

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

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 greatest inventors.

Publication Date: Fall 2002

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