Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”
“There’s a four-letter word you must use when you get rejected…NEXT!”—Jack Canfield
I remember that Jack Nicholson, upon accepting his Academy Award for Best Actor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, said something like, “I dedicate this to my agent—who told me ten years ago I had no business being a serious actor.”
All successful people have stories like this to tell. Albert Einstein failed math. Winston Churchill failed English. Failure is just another step on the road to success. If you get rejected by someone, they just aren’t “Your People!” Here are some of the rejection experiences of very famous, successful people:
Alex Haley received 200 rejection notices before Roots became a mega-best-seller.
Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected by thirty-three New York publishers. The best-selling franchise has now sold over 50 million books.
John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, was turned down by more than thirty agents and fifteen publishers. There are now more than sixty million copies of his books in print.
The reviewer of Fred Astaire’s first screen test said, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Can dance a little.”
Lust for Life by Irving Stone, a novel that later became a motion picture starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh was described by an editor as “A long, dull novel about an artist.”
Harry Warner, President of Warner Brothers pictures, said in 1927, “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
Alexander Graham Bell’s banker said to him, “Get that toy out of my office immediately.”
“Playing the guitar is all very well, John, but you’ll never make a living at it,” said John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi. The Beatles Anthology told how some of his fans made a sign of her quote and sent it to her. She hung it up on display—in the house he bought her with the money he made from playing the guitar.
These are all nay sayings from the nay sayers. They are to be pitied, not believed.
Today’s Affirmation: “I am successful, financially, and spiritually, in everything I do!”