3 min readApr 9, 2023
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The Sunday Feed!

Not everyone has the divine power to conquer death like Jesus. However, if you are still alive and well then how can you not take cognizance of the strength and spirit that helps you go on. Day after day, year after year!

A dream is a dream and you cannot pin one against the other. But we all know some are easy to attain and some look like you may need a miracle.

There are many who spot their destination star and start the journey. Some quit due to lack of motivation while some run out of money. But then there are those who almost die on their pursuit to achieve something big.

Today we will have a look at those great people who at one stage looked like their chase had reached a dead end. There was no glimpse of victory. But instead of retreating, they decided to give it that one extra push!

1. Jim Carrey

On his first comic stand-up at a club called Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, he was booed off stage. Later, when he auditioned for Saturday Night Live for the 1980–81 season, he failed to land the part.

After a decade of struggle, he receives $10 Million for his work in Dumb and Dumber.

2. Katy Perry

In 2001 Katy Perry released her first gospel album with Red Hill Records, which was commercially unsuccessful. After selling only 200 copies of her album, the record company ceased operations and subsequently went out of business.

Afterward, Perry switched gears to popular music, moving to Los Angeles to record with producer Glen Ballard.

3. JK Rowling

Rowling saw herself as a failure at this time. She was jobless, divorced, penniless, and with a dependent child. She suffered through bouts of depression, eventually signing up for government-assisted welfare. It was a difficult time in her life, but she pushed through the failures.

In 1995 all 12 major publishers rejected the Harry Potter script. But, it was a year later when a small publishing house, Bloomsbury, accepted it and extended a very small £1500 advance.

In 1997, the book was published with only 1000 copies, 500 of which were distributed to libraries.

4. Stephen King

Stephen King is famous for many critically-acclaimed novels, most of which have been made into movies. However, Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times before it was published.

Not only that, but King actually threw the manuscript into the garbage, only later to be retrieved by his wife who wildly believed in his dream of becoming a published author.

5. Henry Ford

Many people know Henry Ford for the Ford Motor Company, one of the most successful automotive companies of all time.

However, what they don’t know is that Ford failed two times before that abruptly resulted in bankruptcies, prior to successfully launching the present incarnation of his company.

6. James Dyson

His big idea was to use the concept of cyclonic separation to create the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner. It took Dyson 5,126 failures to finally get it right.

When he did, at the age of 36, he was faced with more resistance when no distributor in the UK would take on the revolutionary product. No one wanted to buck the trend.

On this special day let us wish all the people across the world who celebrate the feast of Easter. But those who belong to other religions or are neutral, there is no denying one lesson we can all learn from this great event.

Jesus knew right from the start that the path that leads to his destination has a very cruel penultimate ending. Yet, he did not back off as that was his sole mission on earth. How many of us are willing to keep that level of faith in our personal mission when nothing seems to go our way.

Happy Easter!

John Khalkho: CEO — Dolores Education