Here are 3 short stories that are guaranteed to inspire you.
Failure is often part of the journey.
A young boy aspired to be a filmmaker.
He spent much of his childhood making films in his backyard. When he finished high school, his dream was to study at the prestigious USC film program where many famous directors and producers have studied.
He applied, got rejected.
He applied again, and got rejected again.
He applied a 3rd time, and once again, got rejected.
What was denying him enrollment? His grades – he was a C student.
But that didn’t stop him. Rather it fueled him. His passion and desire to make films drove him to learn everything he could on his own rather than through USC film program.
Years later that school would offer him an honorary degree.
He agreed on only one condition – the degree must be issued by the man who had rejected him decades earlier.
- Jurassic Park
- Schindler’s List
- Indiana Jones
- Saving Private Ryan
- War of the Worlds
Net Worth 3.6 Billion
That man was Steven Spielberg.
Don’t let other people stop you from realizing your dreams. Your passion will take you far.
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It’s never too late to decide to change.
At age 65, all he owned was a tiny house and beat up car.
He was living off of $99 social security checks. It’s wasn’t good.
But he decided things had to change, so he thought “What do I have to offer to the world?”
He recalled how his friends all raved about one of his recipes.
“This may be my best shot at making a change,” he thought.
He left home and traveled to across the US to try selling his recipe.
He offered his recipe to restaurant owners for free, only asking for a small percentage on the items sold in return.
However, he heard “NO” 1,009 times.
But that didn’t stop him. He didn’t give up.
He believed his recipe was something special.
After 1,009 rejections, he finally got a “yes.”
With that one success, Hartland Sanders changed the way Americans ate chicken.
Hartland’s recipe of 11 herbs and spices soon become the famous recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken, he became Colonel Sanders, and the way American’s eat chicken changed.
It’s never too late to decide to change. It’s never too late to chase your dreams. Never give up.
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A passion for excellence can take you a long way.
Ferrucio was a farmer who made tractors in Italy.
For a farmer, he was very successful – he even owned a Ferrari in his collection of cars he worked on as a hobby.
However, his Ferrari gave him constant trouble. Hard acceleration caused the clutch to slip.
He took the car in regularly, but when he asked to watch them fix his car, they forbade him.
Yet, the problem persisted.
Finally, he decided he would take it up with Enzo Ferrari himself.
Ferrucio: “Your clutches are rubbish! I’ve brought my car in 3 times this year!”
Enzo: “What do you know? You drive tractors. You’ll never be able to handle a Ferrari!”
Being a mechanic and an entrepreneur, he decided to fix the problem himself.
He discovered his Ferrari had the same clutch as one of his best tractors.
This was the point when he decided to turn his hobby into something more.
He sought to make a perfect car.
No one believed he could build a car as great as Ferrari’s.
But 2 years later Ferrucio Lamborghini launched his luxury sports car, the first one on the market that was truly able to compete with a Ferrari.
7 years later, Ferrucio Lamborghini was as powerful and wealthy as Ezno Ferrari.
Ferrucio’s passion for excellence took him a long way, and yours can too.