Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Anthony Rodelli Highland, NY, USA

Posted: 2016-08-06

Step 8 Toward Riches: Persistence  the basis of the power of will-

Will power and desire when properly combined make an irresistible pair. Men who accumulate great fortunes have will-power, which they mix with persistence and place back of their desires to insure the attainment of their objectives. The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. a few carry on despite all opposition until they attain their goal. Here are a few examples:

In 1959, a Universal Pictures executive dismissed Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds at the same meeting with the following statements. To Burt Reynolds: "you have no talent." To Clint Eastwood: "You have a chip on your tooth, your Adam`s apple sticks out too far and you talk too slow.As you know, both went on to be big stars in the industry.

In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca Recording Company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this British rock group called the Beatles, one executive said, "We don`t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." 

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley,"You ain`t going nowhere...son. You ought to go back to drivin` a truck." Elvis Presley went on to become the most popular singer in America.

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said,"That`s and amazing invention, but who would ever want one.?"

When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how he felt to fail so many times. He said "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."

John Milton became blind at age 44. Sixteen years later he wrote the classic Paradise Lost. When Pablo Casals reached 95, a young reporter threw him the following question. "Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?" Mr. Casals answered, "Because I think i`m making progress."  

In 1952, Edmund Hillary attempted to climb Mount Everest, the higest mountain known to humans. 29,000 feet straight up.A few weeks after his failed attempt, he was asked to address a group in England. He walked to the edge of the stage, made a fist and pointed at a apicture of the mountain.He said in a loud voice,"Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but i`ll beat you the next time because you`ve grown all your going to grow... but I`m still growing!" On May 29, only a year later, Edmund Hillary succeded in becoming the first man to climb Mount Everest.

Watch where the going gets tough; you`ll see how the tough get going.

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They  won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

It's always too early to quit.