I can't remember where I found this - it might have been posted on Actorsite.com - but in any case, it's one of my favorite inspirational pieces. Hope you enjoy it!
In 1944 the director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency in Hollywood told a young girl who wanted to become a model and an actress, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married. You don't have 'the look' or talent for this business."
The young girl's name was Norma Jean Baker.
In 1954, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a young singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
In 1962, four terrified young musicians played their first record audition for the executives of Decca Records. The execs were not impressed by these young men who gave a "disappointing audition" and "were not a wonderful band musically."
The lads were turned away and told, "Guitar groups are on the way out."
These stories show that through "failure" the soul is strengthened, the vision cleared, the ambition inspired and success finally achieved.
The truth is that you will gain strength, will-power, experience and confidence every time you look "failure" in the face and continue on.
A winner is not the one who never fails, but the one who NEVER QUITS.
(For more inspiration, check out the Treehouse)