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If I voted for the best writer of English literature, I would vote for Charles Dickens. His writings about orphans enlightened and changed the way people perceived homeless children and brought about great positive change for them. There are still many street children in the world today.

Dickens had to quit school and go to work in a factory after his father went to debtors’ prison. He had very little formal education, but he became one of the greatest writers of English literature. He enjoyed more popularity and fame than any writer of his time.

One reason his writing is so good is that he published novels on installments. That means he published a little each week and eventually the writings made up a complete novel (similar to blogging today). He got feedback regularly and changed his writing accordingly.

Many believe his extreme poverty as a child drove him to succeed even though the odds were against him. He had not been trained in writing skills, but apparently learned them as he went. He mailed many transcripts in the dark of night to publishers because of his embarrassment of being constantly rejected. Fortunately for the world, his bulldog determination and faith motivated him to keep trying over and over again even though he failed constantly.

Dickens’ work was read aloud for small sums of money so that illiterate people could enjoy it. The cruel conditions he endured working ten hours a day for little money in a factory as a child no doubt gave him a special appreciation for poor people. Many of his characters and essays were influenced by those difficult years in his life.

Dickens is another example of rags to riches. People who have faith in their abilities and are willing to work very hard seem to end up prospering. But it all starts with belief that the goals and dreams really can be achieved.

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Rick Little was only 19 years old when he decided to start an organization to help school kids with self-esteem, setting life goals, handling conflict and other important life skills. He began writing proposals and sent them to over 155 foundations. He got rejected over and over again, but he kept trying. He slept in his car and ate mostly peanut butter and crackers for almost a year.

But he never gave up on his dream. Finally, the Kellogg Foundation gave Rick $130,000. That was just a start. Rick had big goals so he kept working. Rick began forming a team of people and together they raised $100 million to start an organization called the Quest program. Three million kids in over 30,000 schools around the world work together with Quest to help kids have a better life.

Rick Little and his team worked hard and because they helped so many people he received a grant for $65,000,000. This is the second largest grant ever given in US history. He used it to start the International Youth foundation.

Rick got so many rejections, but what would have happened to him and all those kids if he had given up after he got one hundred rejections?

I first read about Rick Little in a book called The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, the bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books which have sold over 150 million copies around the world. Jack was rejected by 144 different publishers before he was finally accepted for his book.

Novelist Steven King threw away the manuscript for Carrie because he was rejected over and over again, but his wife retrieved it from the garbage and the book went on to sell over 4 million copies and was made into a blockbuster movie.

Never give up on your dreams and goals in life.

Motivational quotes

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Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

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For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
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Difficulties are opportunities to better thinking; they are stepping-stone to greater experience. When one door closes, another always opens; as a natural law it has to, to balance. Brian Adams

It’s always too soon to quit! Norman Vincent Peale

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

the slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge

Never give up on your hopes and dreams. Many People

Fall down seven times, get up eight times. Japanese Proverb

Don’t give up too soon. Your dreams are your real job. Joyce Spizer, author

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. Ross Perot, self made billionaire

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually met heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. Forbes, founder Forbes magazine

They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. Forbes

He who stops being better stops being good. Oliver Cromwell

Humans were given a left foot & right foot to make a mistake first to the left, then right, left again, repeat. Buckminster Fuller

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. One Minute Manager

It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA. from rejection slip for Orwell’s Animal Farm.

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. Sylvester Stallone

Never give up on your dream. Perseverance is all important. Tawni O’dell, Author

If you don’t have the desire and the belief in yourself to keep trying after you’ve been told you should quit, you’ll never make it. Tawni O’Dell author

You’ve got to ask. Asking is the world’s most powerful  and neglected secret to success and happiness. Percy Ross self made millionaire