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.