Discouraged by Your Failures, Consider This…

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Henry Ford with Model T, Hotel Iroquois, Buffalo NY 1921 — Photo by Wikimedia

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — — Henry Ford

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Macy’s Flagship NYC store. Photo from Wikimedia
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Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) at desk with his book/ World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna
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Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Niagara directed by Henry Hathaway from Wikimedia
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Fred Astaire in 1921 from Wikimedia

In Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the testing director of MGM wrote down, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”

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Photo By Arbresha12 — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47355609

Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”

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By Roger Higgins, World Telegram staff photographer
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By Photographer-Friedman-Abeles
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By Gapvenezia — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16401167

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~Michael Jordan

It can be hard to hang on to your dreams and goals and I like to hear stories and quotes from real people who persevered. If you liked these stories, you’ll find more in the audiobook, Quotes for Achievement: Quotations, Stories and Advice from Great Achievers in Sports, Politics, Business and Life.

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