I mean, what do we have to lose by trying? And what could we gain by succeeding? Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
Excellent writing, as usual, Bill. The newsletter makes me think of a wonderful song by Brighton Rock, One More Try. Have a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz6nGNc-t6A
I was hoping you’d get to this.
Fred Astaire was told he “Can’t act. Slighty bald. Dances a little.”
Albert Einstein had to work in a patent office because no one would hire him
Beyoncé’s first band lost at a competition.
Charles Darwin dropped out of two colleges before becoming the scientist of fame.
Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty with an alcoholic father and a mentally ill mother, and worked in a Workhouse in England.
“Dr Seuss” Giesel dropped out of Uni majoring in English lit and drew advertising for a living. His first book was rejected 28 times.
So many examples, so much inspiration!! My favorites, however, are Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela
This is a good thing for me to read today. I have been enveloped by the Great Procrastination on a book proposal and got wind of a potentially competing project last night that made me think, “Maybe I should just leave it.”
I told my wife this weekend I was ready to find another country in which to live. We are so disenchanted due to the extreme divisiveness as well as the guns issue. I wish we could find an affordable state that isn’t icy cold and doesn’t fly provocative flags and signs.
Todays column reminded me how patient and tenacious i have been over the years along with how those behaviors led to my own success. Perhaps I should just chill out, continue to enjoy All the wonderful things I have available and find ways to (fill in the blank) and deal with these things that are outside my area of influence.
Galaxy Quest - Never give up, never surrender https://youtu.be/SJ2hJezvd2I
This was extremely encouraging!!!
As a (newer) writer, and a longtime art geek...ripping things up and beating myself up over the process has been the biggest obstacle! psh! and the whole time I thought it was outsiders!!!! nope, just my internal voice, not allowing me to follow my dream.
Nothing to lose, especially when you don't have much now. I can't wait to walk through the door that inspiration has opened through me...
loved this article
My parents were both working on their PhDs - Dad in Chemistry and Mom in clinical psych when she became pregnant. Raising a family ended up becoming Mom’s priority (this was in the 1950s and 1960s) and she ended up not finishing her graduate studies and being an ABD-all but dissertation. So when she returned to work, she worked as a master’s level under the supervision of a licensed PhD psychologist, even though she had the same level of training as him. She was in her 60s when she retired. She applied and was accepted back into the doctoral program at PSU that she had started in and with minimal coursework was able to work on her dissertation and finally get her PhD in clinical psych. Never too old to learn or follow your dreams! A bonus for her - her neighbors were Penn State football players who she became a second mama to and who made sure nobody messed with her.
Loved this one, Bill. It seems like a dark time but we can all choose keep a light on for one another. Thanks for the encouragement.
Now another topic you might want to consider could be “Sometimes you just have to be done. Not mad. Not upset. Just done.”
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This morning I read a very relevant quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”. Today’s newsletter encourages me to remember that all our stumbling is progress bringing us closer to success. Just keep the faith that success is in our future
The jobs not being filled have one thing in common. Dealing with the public. People are acting like entitled 3 year olds when spending their money and dealing with someone they believe is beneath them. The abuse they heap on the servers, bus drivers, lifeguards, etc is appalling. But these people will no longer put up with it. They don't have to because they now have options. Options that pay better and as a bonus the people they now interact with don't heap abuse on them.
Look around, see those people loudly complaining about the lack of service? They are the problem. They are why we can't have nice things. Treat your service provider well. Use your manners, say "Please and thank you". Tip well for good service.
I really enjoyed this one. It touched a number of different, and important chords.
Man, this one hit hard. In the shadow of Memorial Day when we remember all who died to insure that government of the people, by the people and for the people would not perish from the face of the earth, you ask "Can we all agree to try not to give up?" There is no greater question for the day or the age.
Bill, Thomas Edison trued over 100 filaments before using the one tungsten one we use today.