March 28, 2007 11:20am CST
Just in case you thought you were the only one who faced disappointment and trials, read on. Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school. Beethoven's music teacher once said of him "as a composer he is hopeless." When Thomas Edison was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. It took Edison 10,000 tries to create a light bulb that worked. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had no good ideas. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. In 21 years Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs but he struck out 1330 times. He struck out nearly twice as often as he hit a home run. R.P Macy failed seven times at retailing before starting Macy's department store. Socrates was poisoned by his enemies and considered a failure. Christopher Columbus ended up a prisoner in chains, a tribute to his sacrifice in having set sail on an unknown and uncharted sea, to discover an unknown continent. Jesus Christ was put to death for his efforts on behalf of humanity. Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. He was persuaded to come back and placed in a learning disabled class. He lasted a month and dropped out of school forever. Because he spoke haltingly for the first nine years of his life and would only answer after a prolonged period of reflection, Einstein's parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, 'Einstein, you will never amount to anything. Young Pablo's father pulled him out of school at age 10 because as a child, all he wanted to do was paint. He had enormous spatial intelligence, which was undetected by standard tests. Barely able to read or write, to enable him to enter high school, his father hired a tutor, but the instructor gave up since Picasso refused to learn math. James Thorpe, All American football hero, had a twin brother who died at age nine. His mother died shortly after childbirth when he was a teen. His father died while Jim attended Carlisle. Jim didn't like school. He went to the 1912 Olympics and won 2 gold medals for the decathlon and the pentathlon. He lost his medals because he was ruled a professional athlete due to being paid to play baseball during the summers while he was in school. The medals were restored to his family 30 years posthumously and the official records were corrected to include his performance. So now do you still think that you are the one that has difficulties and problems? Think again! Note: that I got the content of this discussion from Innervision weekly fellowship message.
• Lincoln, Nebraska
29 Mar 07
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