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7 gifts for your soul

From: Chee Hung Ngoh <ngohch@netscape.net>
Date : Fri, 11 Jun 1999 09:31:53 0800 (SGT)

1. THE MUSICIANS

In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for he executives of the Decca recording Company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executives said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out."

The group was called The Beatles.

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2. MODELING

In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married."

She went on and became Marilyn Monroe.

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3. THE SINGER

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, Fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere....son. You ought to go back to driving a truck." 

He went on to become the most popular singer in America named Elvis Presley.

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4. INVENTOR

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?"

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5. INVENTOR

When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."

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6. INVENTOR

In the 1940s, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country.

They all turned him down. In 1947 - after seven long years of rejections! He finally got a tiny company in Rochester, New York, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention - an electrostatic paper-copying process.

Haloid became Xerox Corporation we know today.

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7. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralyzed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running.

One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.

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Nothing in life come easy and smoothly. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience.

You must do the thing you cannot do. And remember, the finest steel gets sent through the hottest furnace.

Champion is not one who never fails, but one who NEVER QUITS !