How many people don’t dream of being successful and making their dreams come true? Everyone has dreams and goals he or she would want to achieve. However, some also take action and try to do everything they can to make them come true. For others, unfortunately, it will never be more than a fantasy.
However, the five people we find in this list have held on to their dreams and have done everything they can to make them come true. Not because they were lucky or had certain talents or skills, but simply because they never gave up!
Dr. Seuss (a pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel) was an American children’s book writer, poet, and draughtsman. He published more than 60 books in his lifetime. Among his best-known works are The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, all of which have now been made into animated children’s films.
To this day, the books of Dr. Seuss (who died in 1991) are popular all over the world. But that thought has differed from time to time. The very first children’s book written by the author was rejected by no less than 27 publishers. In spite of this, he continued until he had a bite and his book appeared on the market. We all know how that ended… Dr. Seuss has sold more than 600 million books worldwide!
What would the world have been like if Thomas Edison had given up and the light bulb, for example, had never been founded? The inventor could easily have given up on it, after all he failed no less than 1000 times before his inventions were good enough.
For a long time it didn’t look like Edison would become an important figure in history. At school, his teachers even thought he was ‘too stupid to learn anything’. In addition, he was fired from his first two jobs because he was too unproductive.
Nevertheless, the go-getter in him continued. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The surest way to succeed is to try again,” is a saying he has. Fortunately, because in the end Edison would have the light bulb, the phonograph, the film camera and many other inventions to his name.
In his younger years, former basketball player Michael Jordan was not taken seriously. He was even rejected for the basketball team at his school. According to many, he was too small for a basketball player. In addition, he did not come from an athletic family. Yet little Jordan had a dream: to play in the NBA league someday. He was determined, so he didn’t give up.
His hard work would eventually pay off. “I’ve failed a lot in my life and that’s why I finally succeeded,” he once said. When the basketball player finally played at the highest level, his jump and scoring ability were far from good. And so he practiced as much as he could in his spare time, until his leaping ability and shot were almost perfect.
Michael Jordan finally became one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Steven Spielberg is definitely one of the most famous filmmakers we know. However, but his succes had to start from nothing. From an early age he knew what he wanted: to become one of the best film directors in the world, but how was he going to manage that?
At the age of 17, he snuck into Universal Studios to talk to people from the film world. Apparently he liked it so much, that he did it almost daily in the days and weeks that followed. Neatly dressed in a suit, he walked into the gate of the Studios and talked to directors, writers and editors. By doing this he slowly learned more and more about the profession.
Eventually, this turned out to have an effect, because the director of E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, among others, is now the first film director to have converted no less than 10 billion dollars with all his films.
Unconsciously everyone probably knows the face of Colonel Sanders (real name: Harland David Sanders). The American businessman is the founder and also the face of fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, which first opened its doors in 1952.
Colonel Sanders is now the most recognizable commercial icon in the world! It was only when he retired and received a pension of less than 100 dollars that he knew he had to change something. The only idea that came to mind was a chicken recipe he had. His friends always loved it, so he tried to sell the recipe to restaurants.
He drove a car through the United States, wherever he slept. That’s how he hoped to promote his fried chicken recipe. However, Sanders was rejected 1009(!) times, the restaurants he visited didn’t see any profit in it. Until number 1010 gave the old man the benefit of the doubt. And then it went fast. It was the beginning of KFC, one of the best known fast food chains worldwide.