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Vol 9, Number 10 October 2009

In this Edition
1. Never Give Up
2. Monthly Inspirational Quote
3. Recommended Reading

Never Give Up
I thought I would give you some short inspirational stories this month about famous people who have overcome failure, rejection and setbacks to go on to success. Their stories have entertained and inspired me, I hope they do you.

The Beatles were rejected in 1962 by Decca Records, Pey, Philips, Columbia and HMV before being offered a recording contract by Parlophone and producer George Martin. One executive told them “guitar music was on the way out and they did not like their sound.”

Katie Couric was banned from reading news reports on the air by the president of CNN, who insisted she had an irritating, high pitched, squeaky voice. After working with a voice coach, Couric went on to become one of the most high profile, successful and highly paid news anchors in the USA and still is to this day.

Legendary dancer Fred Astaire was sent a rejection letter from a studio audition telling him that he could not dance very well and that he should consider a new career. He framed that rejection letter as motivation to him. Astaire went on to be one of the greatest dancers of his generation.

Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak till he was four years old and his teachers said “he would not amount to much”.

NBA Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was once cut from his high school basketball team.
Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper job because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas.”

Beethoven was told by an early music teacher that as a composer, he was hopeless.
Pablo Picasso was a poor student in elementary school. He was told that he lacked focus and vision. He was often punished by being sent to a bench at the back of the room of the class where he was isolated from the other students. Picasso used that solitary time to take out a pad of paper and started to sketch. Picasso went on to become one of the most famous and innovative painters of the 20th century.

Ray Kroc dropped out of high school and worked as a jazz pianist, a paper cup salesman and a milk shake distributor before buying a hamburger joint in San Bernardino, California from two of his clients, the McDonalds brothers. This single store was the start of the McDonalds empire, and the rest is history.

I had the honor of speaking last year for the McDonalds Corporation at their world headquarters outside Chicago and saw the wonderful museum and testament to the vision of Ray Kroc.

“You have the ability to create what did not exist before” Russ DesOrmeaux

Close Like the Pros by Steve Marx

This book is an interesting read, and great for anybody in sales or business who wants to look objectively at their whole sales process and maybe take a new approach to it. It provides good insights and food for thought. I do not agree with everything, but there are some very good points that I personally found very useful and helpful.

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