11th April, 2022
I want to tell you about two guys who wrote a book containing a collection of inspirational stories. They figured it would take about three months to make a deal with a publisher.
The first publisher they approached said “NO.”
The second publisher said “NO.”
The third publisher said “NO.”
The next 30 publishers said “NO.”
Having racked up 33 rejections over a period of three years, what do you think they did? They submitted their book to another publisher.
The 34th publisher said “YES.” And that one “YES” — after 33 “failures” — is what launched the spectacular success of ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul,’ written and compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.
If you’ve been in a bookstore in the last few years, I’ll bet you’ve seen that book. There’s a good chance that you’ve read one of the books in the ‘Chicken Soup’ series.
‘The Chicken Soup For The Soul’ series has sold over 30 million copies!
All because Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen had the determination to fail over and over and to keep going until they succeeded.
What sustained Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen through 33 failures was their attitude! If these guys had negative attitude, they would have given up after the first or second rejection, missing out on a pot of gold.
But their attitudes remained positive and upbeat — failure after failure after failure.
What’s a good attitude worth? In their case, about 10 million bucks apiece and still counting.
Success is largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one.
Success, to a large extent, is a matter of persistence. That is, if you keep trying, keep developing yourself and keep making adjustments along the way, you’re going to succeed.
You simply need to get enough practise, write enough scripts, go on enough auditions, visit enough potential clients, keep on trying and as the famous saying goes, “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Don’t be afraid of failure, keep trying and stay blessed forever.