“By faith Moses… refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward”
The people who you allow to speak to you matter a lot. Their words have significant impact over your life; they can either draw you down into the poor of mediocrity or elevate you to stardom.
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” However, he rather went on to build Walt Disney, one of the best animation studios in the world.
When Michelangelo wanted to turn into a full time artistic career, he had a great resistance from his father. In a time where artists were underpaid, his father did not want to have his son go into poverty. We all know the rest of the story. However, what some of us may not know is that Michelangelo was able to acquire roughly about 50 million dollars (in today’s currency) from his work as an artist.
Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He chose not to listen to them, and went on to hold more than 1,000 patents and invented some world-changing devices, like the phonograph, practical electrical lamp, and a movie camera.
Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
This happens to everyone, we all meet people who try to predict our failure. As long as we are in this present world, there will always be someone somewhere giving us a hundred reasons why we can’t achieve our dreams.
But I believe that every dream is achievable. I hope that someone reading my short article today may grow up to sing a song that will make me cry tomorrow, another may develop social networking app that will take over Facebook, someone may even rise up to write a book that will shape my life. Everyday, someone somewhere chooses to give a deaf ear to limiting and negative words from the people he or she comes in contact with.