Never Quit - an inspiration
January 14, 2006
a candidate for a news broadcasters post
since his voice was not fit for a news broadcaster.
He was also told that with his obnoxiously long name,
he would never be famous. He is
In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record
for the executives of the Decca Recording Company.
The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians,
one executive said, “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitarsare
on the way out.”
The group was called
In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency
told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker,
“You’d better learn secretarial work or else get married”.
She went on and became
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry,
fired a singer after one performance. He told him,
“You ain’t goin’ nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck”.
He went on to become
A small boy—the fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father,
was selling newspapers in a small village to earn his living.
He was not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by
religion and rockets.
The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed
and he was made a butt of ridicule.
He is the person to have scripted the Space Odyssey of India
single-handedly. He is
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. President of India.
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876,
it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers.
After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said,
“That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to see one ofthem?”
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb,
he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work.
A young reporter asked him how 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 1940s, another young inventor named
took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in
They all turned him down. In 1947, after 7 long years of rejections,
he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid Company,
to purchase the rights to his invention—an electrostatic
A little girl—the 20th of 22 children,
was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 yearsold,
she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever,
which left her with aparalyzed left leg.**
At age 9, she
removedthe metal leg brace she had been dependent on
and began to
walk without it. By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk,
which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to becomea runner.
She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every
race she entered,
she came in last.
herto quit, but she kept on running. One day she
actually won a race.
And then another. From then on she won every race she entered.
Eventually this little girl—
Wilma Rudolph, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.
A schoolteacher scolded a boy for not paying attention to his
and for not being able to solve simple problems.
She told him that you would not become anybody in life.
The boy was
This is actually an email forwarded to me..reproduced as it is :-)