Did you know that Albert Einstein could not speak until he was
four years old, and did not read until he was seven? His parents
and teachers worried about his mental ability.
Beethoven's music teacher said about him, "As a composer he is
hopeless." What if young Ludwig believed it?
When Thomas Edison was a young boy, his teachers said he was so
stupid he could never learn anything. He once said, "I remember I
used to never be able to get along at school. I was always at the
foot of my class...my father thought I was stupid, and I almost
decided that I was a dunce." What if young Thomas believed what
they said about him?
When F. W. Woolworth was 21, he got a job in a store, but was not
allowed to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense".
When the sculptor Auguste Rodin was young he had difficulty
learning to read and write. Today, we may say he had a learning
disability, but his father said of him, "I have an idiot for a
son". His uncle agreed. "He's uneducatable", he said. What if Rodin
had doubted his ability?
Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor because he was
thought to have no "good ideas". Caruso was told by one music
teacher, "You can't sing. You have no voice at all." And an
editor told Louisa May Alcott that she was incapable of writing
anything that would have popular appeal.
What if these people had listened and become discouraged? Where
would our world be without the music of Beethoven, the art of
Rodin or the ideas of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison? As
Oscar Levant has accurately stated, "It's not what you are, it's
what you don't become that hurts."
You have great potential. When you believe in all you can be,
rather than all you cannot become, you will find your place on earth.
Believe in yourself!
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