- The Power Of A Positive Attitude Throughout History
The Power Of A Positive Attitude Throughout History
“Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.” This is a quote from the great leader and warrior Napoleon. Those that have an unstoppable positive attitude can be considered warriors. They don't stop and keep fighting until they succeed or succumb.
Do you think Donald Trump got where he is because he just sat back and took it easy? Mr. Trump had plenty of obstacles to conquer in order to become the mega-businessman he is today. The difference between him and thousands of others in his business, is that he had a never give up attitude and a strong belief in himself. Many people have become warriors in life in order to become successful. Their attitude played a significant role in their success.
Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skater, was stricken with cancer, but he did not give in. He said, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Scott continues to be a sports commentator for figure skating events. His life may have changed, but he is still a great success story in the world of skating.
Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame could have just given up when social security expected him to live on a check for only $105 a month. The man was 65 years old. But instead of whining, he did something about it. He presented his chicken recipe 1009 times and lived in his car traveling all over the USA before someone saw the value and gave him a chance. Anyone else would have quit much sooner and wouldn't have had such a positive attitude.
Albert Einstein, esteemed scientist, never spoke a word until he was 4 years old. Everyone, including his parents, thought he was mentally challenged. He was even expelled from school. He kept rolling along with a positive attitude and eventually won the Nobel Prize and became one of the greatest scientists in all of history. Walt Disney was a very successful man and creator of Mickey Mouse and the Disney Empire. One of his first positions was as a news editor where he was fired because of lack of creativity. Can you imagine? Walt did not give up. His first business failed in bankruptcy, but his positive attitude carried him through. He pitched his animation idea over 300 times before Mickey Mouse was presented to the world. Now his Disney empire brings untold amounts of joy and happiness to millions of people around the world.
Dr. Suess, one of the most loved children's book authors of all time, was rejected 28 times before he sold his first book. John Grisham, another famous writer, had to make a living as a lawyer for a long time because his first book was rejected 30 times. Stephen King, another famous author, was so disheartened after submitting his first proposal 30 times, he threw the manuscript in the trash. It was his wife who had the positive attitude. She fished it out of the garbage and convinced him to change his attitude. It worked, and since then he has made millions upon millions of dollars. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, was poor, newly divorced and trying to raise a child on her own. She pulled herself out of her depression and published some of the best-loved books on the face of the earth. Her series has made her fabulously wealthy and she is now living the life of her dreams.
Anne Frank once said, “I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Her Jewish family had to hide from the Germans in attics, basements and behind walls for a long time and this attitude kept them going in the face of insurmountable odds and a grim situation.
Starry, Starry Night is one of the best loved paintings in the world and was created by Vincent Van Gogh. The artist suffered greatly from depression and no wonder. He only sold one painting during his lifetime and that was to a friend. This would have discouraged anyone else, but Van Gogh continued to paint over 800 pieces, which are highly valued to this day.
Ludwig Von Beethoven is a perfect example of a positive attitude warrior. The prolific composer wasn't very good at playing the violin and he hated to practice. His music teachers believed him to be a hopeless case, yet he followed his passion and ended up composing five of the best-loved symphonies the world has ever known and some of them when he was tone deaf.
Winston Churchill never won an election until he was 62 years old and he won a big one; Prime Minister of England. He never stopped trying, even when he failed sixth grade. Abraham Lincoln went to war as a captain and was demoted down to a private before the war was over. He didn't give up and became the President of the United States.
Stephen Spielberg tried very hard to get into the University of Southern California Film School. They would not accept him, much to their chagrin later. He didn't give up. Instead he went to California State University in Long Beach and has gone on to thrill moviegoers across the world with his engaging and top-selling movies. Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, was not thought to be very intelligent. His teachers told him he was too dumb to learn anything. Once out of school, he was fired twice for being unproductive. Over time his attitude changed and he found that science truly motivated him. He spent all his energy attempting to create a source of light to be used at night besides the traditional candle or fire. He tried 1000 times before he got it right and invented the electric light bulb, one of the greatest inventions of all time. Henry Ford lost everything five times before founding the Ford Corporation. Bill Gates dropped out of college at Harvard and failed in his first business. This positive thinking man is now one of the wealthiest people in the world and has dedicated large amounts of money and resources to eradicating deadly diseases from this planet.
Robert Goddard was a pioneer in liquid-fueled rocket research. At the time, his colleagues and everyone else thought he was nut’s trying to explore something that could only happen in a science fiction novel. His attitude gave him the strength to keep going. We wouldn't have the space shuttle today without his initial research. Wernher Von Braun, another space age scientist said, “I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.”
All these positive attitude warriors never quit. They fought until they achieved. That’s the true power of a positive attitude! History will be written by those who never gave up, didn’t listen to others, believed in themselves and fought with every ounce of their soul and being in order to achieve their goals! Let these famous people inspire and encourage you to do the same.