Today is the day: Evaluate Life
But don’t we all do that, almost daily? Today, though, I want to encourage you. Never tell yourself you’re too old, or you missed your chance, or you aren’t good enough. You ARE good enough, and you CAN be/have/reach whatever it is YOU are dreaming of. And DO DREAM! DREAM BIG! Go BIG! And if you don’t have a dream, FIND ONE. And make it happen!
Here are some of my inspirations:
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie “Snow White.” (I’ve never been accused of a lack of imagination..)
was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times. (I generally don’t go back after one rejection. Maybe I should?)
Vera Wang failed to make the 1968 US Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue, but was passed over for the editor-in-chief position. She began designing wedding gowns at age 40. She also found a way back into skating, designing costumes for skating champion Nancy Kerrigan. (Too bad they didn’t include steel tights – too far?)
In one of his first screen tests, an executive wrote: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.” (I can only imagine what agents and publishers say about me.)
After his first small movie role, an executive took him into his office and told him he’d never succeed in the movie business. (Probably didn’t know how much he hated snakes…)
Lady Gaga got dropped by her record label, Island Def Jam, after 3 months. Upon receiving the news, she “cried so hard she couldn’t talk.” (Isn’t this something all artists do daily?)
Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers. (Can you imagine how long that many rejections took back then??!)
Stephen King grew so frustrated over his attempt to write the novel “Carrie” that he threw away the entire early draft. King’s wife found the manuscript in the trash. “Carrie” became a hit and launched his career. His novels have since sold over 350 million copies. (Hey, babe, have you checked my trash lately?)
You get the point. Don’t quit. Evaluate. Re-evaluate. Evaluate again. AND KEEP GOING! KEEP DREAMING! KEEP DOING!