Don’t let past failures get you down

Stephen J. Cannell
Stephen J. Cannell

So maybe you feel that you aren’t very smart. Can you still achieve great things in life? Absolutely, yes!

The number one problem that keeps people from winning in the United States today is lack of belief in themselves.” ~Arthur L. Williams, founder of a $90 million insurance company.

Stephen J. Cannell failed the first grade, he also failed the fourth and tenth grades. He realized that he was not a good student when he spent five hours with his mother studying for a test and then failed it. It didn’t help at all that his friend got an A on the test without studying.

He was crushed, but he decided to put that out of his mind. “I simply refused to think about it. Instead I focused my energies on what I was good at, and that was football. If it hadn’t been for football, which I excelled at, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I got my self-esteem from playing sports.”

“He had a good imagination, so he began writing. Eventually he formed his own production studio, where he created, produced, and wrote over 350 scripts for 38 different shows, including The A-Team, The Rockford Files, Baretta, 21 Jump Street, The Commmish, Renegade and Silk Stalkings. At the height of his studio career, he had over 2,000 people on his payroll.” From The Success Principals by Jack Canfield, chapter 5.

Many of the most creative people were not good students in school. Many of the best musicians, athletes and writers were not top students. In fact, Ian Flemming, who wrote the hugely successful James Bond novels that were later made into movies, was not a good student, and drifted through many jobs due to lack of success in them before he began to write.

All you have to do is find what you are good at. It takes a positive attitude and persistence. That is what this blog is all about.

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