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Don’t Let the Cookie Crumble

If you have a dream then, you belong to the 1% of the people who deliberate that nothing is impossible. You represent the breed of people who just don’t let conventions malign their beliefs.

But having an ambition is one thing and doing what it takes is a whole different ball game. You will uncover that not many people want to support you in your journey! And the primary reason is that no one actually cares about you and your aspirations.

There will be a time when nothing seems to be going your way. After putting in all that you can, no customer shows up. You are physically and financially drained. You crumble like a runner at the end of the marathon. The only difference is that yours has just begun.

Someone very wisely said that when you want to give up, just reflect on why you started it all in the first place. More so, what will you tell the person within you?

This is the time when you reflect on those that have travelled this path and did not give up. The magnificent men and women who crossed that one final hurdle which gave them a start to a journey that never ended!

1. Walt Disney

Walt Disney was fired from his job because his boss thought that he lacked imagination. He then went on to make his own company and had an agreement with the distributors that they could pay him after 6 months.

Well, if you have started a business or have been doing one, you can understand where this sort of arrangement will lead? Walt Disney was forced to dissolve his company. In fact, the world was so harsh that he was treated like an animal.

It is not easy for someone to get the creative juices to make animation and then to go and eat a can of dog-food during lunchtime. But that is what separates those who quit and those who don’t. This is what made Walter Elias Disney a legend.

2. Stephen King

The author who is more popular than presidents of most nations, did not exactly have a very rosy start as a novelist. His book “Carrie” was rejected by 30 publications. He was so heartbroken that he binned it.

His wife for some reason, retrieved it and persuaded him to pursue with the promotion of the book. What happened next was no short of a miracle. It went on to become one of his best sellers.

If you did not know, “The Shawshank Redemption” is a film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. You understand how the movie is embedded with the trials and tribulations of Stephen King.

3. Colonel Sanders

Today, many people savour the fried chicken but very few actually relish the story behind it. Something that is more legendary than the 12 core ingredients that go into it.

The odds were all stacked against Colonel Sanders because he was 62 years when he started to pitch the recipe. The banks do not give loan to someone who are in their 20s, giving loan to a retired person is completely out of question. And this belief was reaffirmed by the 1200 rejections he had.

But if someone does not lose motivation even after 1200 rejections, the universe will go on to align all its forces and make it happen. And so it happened.

4. Sylvester Stallone

The man was so broke when he started his career that he became homeless and slept at the New York bus station for 3 days. He did not have any money to afford food or pay the rent. He even sold his dog for $25 because he could not feed him.

And when he finally wrote the script for Rocky, the studio just did not agree with him starring in it till they finally gave him the role with a fat pay check! He has motivated more people in the world than anyone else by being “the” bad guy who always fights the system and wins.

Consider this to be your lucky day for if you have read this article, each example will stop you from giving up for at least a week. You have enough motivation for not crumbling for a month. And all I can hope is that during this period your business shows up tiny sprouts of success.

John Khalkho: CEO — Dolores Education

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