History is full of examples. Take Albert Einstein, for instance. Today, we associate him with genius, but when he was in elementary school, his teachers thought he was mentally handicapped because he was years behind his classmates when it came to speaking, reading and writing. On the other side of the spectrum, although he was very comfortable writing up a storm and storytelling, Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he lacked imagination and good ideas. Also fired for not fitting the bill was Elvis Presley, who in 1954 was canned after just one performance by the manager of the Grand Ole Opry who advised him to go back to truck driving because he didn’t have star power. Similarly, Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage during his first comedy club performance after his nerves got the best of him and he froze mid-zinger. Some now-famous authors have also had to go through some tough hurdles on their way toward a happy ending. After receiving more than 30 rejections for his first novel, Carrie, Stephen King gave up and threw it in the trash. Luckily, his wife encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest is history. Some career athletes haven’t had it that easy, either. When he was in high school, Michael Jordan was cut from the basketball team. Later, he was quoted as saying that during his career, he’d missed more than 9,000 shots, lost almost 300 games and missed the game-winning shot on more than 26 occasions. “I’ve failed over and over and over again,” he’s said. “And that’s why I’ve succeeded.” So next time you come face-to-face with failure, embrace it. You’ll likely become a better person because of it. And, who knows, it might just lead you toward fame, fortune and perpetual happiness.
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