Where I’m at Wednesday June 18, 2014
I am still moving ahead, and hoping to accomplish many great feats this week. It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty of the story. I want to be finished soon, so I will have enough time to reread, rewrite, and go over it a million times before sending it to the editor. When going back over the manuscript, I add more details or take away nonsensical issues. The work is grueling but very worth it in the end.
Hopefully next week, I will have some news.
Take care my friends.
I have a confession—if you read my bio, then you know that I was terribly bullied in grade school. Their cruelty got so bad, I shutdown and failed the seventh grade. The shame and humility became overwhelming, but for some reason, I endured. Negative words can affect us in ‘who we will become’. But should you listen to them?
Rudyard Kipling –fired from his job at the San Francisco Examiner in 1889 stating: “I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you don’t know how to use the English language.”
Marilyn Monroe –was told by a modeling agency that she should consider becoming secretary.
Elvis Presley –In 1954, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired him after one performance and said: “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Walt Disney –was fired for “the lack of imagination”.
Oprah Winfrey –fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for T.V.”
Fred Astaire –In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”
Thomas Edison –a teacher said he was “too stupid to learn anything”.
Albert Einstein –told at school “you will never amount to anything”.
What drove these people not to listen to the discouraging words?
Could you imagine a world where Walt Disney listened to the negativity?
Or Oprah thought she was unfit for television?
What if Albert Einstein felt that he wouldn’t amount to anything?
Some of us are still fighting ghosts of dragons long ago; haunting to remind us of our inadequacies. This post isn’t directed just toward the writers, but whatever you do in life. I, too, have heard the exact same words, “you will never amount to anything”. I know in my heart that I would do anything to prove them wrong. Keep fighting the fight, and remember those words don’t define who YOU are.