In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record auditionfor the executives of the Decca Recording company. The executives werenot impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executivesaid, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out."The group was called The Beatles.>>>>>In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency,told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarialwork or else get married." She went on and became Marilyn Monroe.>>>>>In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singerafter one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. Youought to go back to drivin' a truck." He went on to become the mostpopular singer in America, named Elvis Presley.>>>>>When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did notring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making ademonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazinginvention, but who would ever want to use one of them?">>>>>When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked himhow it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once.I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.">>>>>In the 1940's, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took hisidea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country.They all turned him down. In 1947 - after seven long years ofrejections! He finally got a tiny company in Rochester, New York,the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention, anelectrostatic paper-copying process. Haloid became Xerox Corporationwe know today.>>>>>Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurelyand her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, shecontacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her witha paralyzed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace shehad been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she haddeveloped rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That sameyear she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came inlast. For the next few years every race she entered, she came inlast. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One dayshe actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won everyrace she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she wouldnever walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.>>>>>The moral of the Stories: Character cannot be developed in easeand quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can thesoul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and successachieved. You gain strength, experience and confidence by everyexperience where you really stop to look fear in the eye. You mustdo the thing you cannot do. And remember, the finest steel gets sentthrough the hottest furnace. A winner is not one who never fails, butone who NEVER QUITS!
Edison didn't invent the light bulb.
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