4 Epic People Who Remind Us to Keep Trying

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nathan fwamba

Having big dreams is hard work. It often seems like nothing ever goes to plan, we can't catch a break and what we thought we were made for may not actually be a reality. I think, in moments like that, one of the the best things we can do is to turn to the legends who have gone before us. There is no shortage of inspiring humans out there, and plenty of them (most often the greatest ones) are people who through came up against great odds in their lives, but inspired by others and unwilling to let themselves give in for good, pushed further and accomplished more than perhaps even they thought possible.

Crap will come, and it won't be easy. Hardship sucks. Rejection sucks. And it doesn't feel good, but it can also be a driving force. Fuel to your fire. Perspective is king when it comes to perseverance -- and perseverance is king when it comes to success. So push through, learn from others, integrate critique, accept that not everyone is going to approve of your work, be kind, walk in humility, and then go out and kick more ass.

In moments where feelings of apathy or defeat rise up concerning the seemingly uncertain nature of your future, remember the folks below; if they can do it, so can we.

 

STEVEN SPIELBERG

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maaz khan

Yep. That's right. Mr Spielberg himself was shut down like he had not a shred of talent not once, but twice by USC's good ol' film school. Eventually they came to their senses and even ended up awarding him an honorary degree, going on to not only become a trustee of the university but one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time.

 

STEPHEN KING

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nicholas tassone

You'd never have known but apparently no one like "Carrie". The novel, which was Stephen's first, was rejected over 30 times and after all of that he was so dishearted he gave up and threw it away. Lucky for him his wife found it in the trash and urged him to finish it. Because of her support and his willingness to keep going King's books have now sold over 350 million copies and have been made into a ridiculous amount of movies.

 

J.K ROWLING

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ajay naran

We all pretty much know her story by now -- and if you don't: depressed, jobless, divorced, penniless and with a dependent child is the gist -- but there is no denying the bravery and strength it would take someone to endure the rejection of all 12 of the major publishers you've submitted to. Good on Rowling for sticking it to em' by continuing her attempts, eventually landing herself a small publishing house and a very small advance. Perseverance has resulted in a legacy and empire, which has sold over 400 million copies and brought the story of Harry Potter to life on the big screen. I mean, seriously, Get it girl.
 

WALT DISNEY

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Once considered a failure, our beloved Walt, refused to allow negativity to rule his fate. His opposition started with being fired by the editor at Kansas City Start paper because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Bankruptcy followed soon after, with his first go at business, but none of that was enough to dissuade him from continuing the pursuit of his passions. Eventually Walt went on to form the Walt Disney Company and built the incredible empire of magic and imagination we know today.

 

At the end of the day I think patience and perseverance through the hard stuff is what sets us apart. Winston Churchill said it best, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” So push on and dream on wild-ones!

 

 

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