We love success stories. We love the underdog even more. Some of the best stories are the underdogs that after many failed attempts finally break through.
We recollect that Thomas Edison failed over 1,000 times before finally creating a working lightbulb.
We laugh at the dozen publishers that rejected J.K. Rowling. Once she finally broke though, Harry Potter became the best-selling book series of all time with over 400 million copies sold. This made J.K. worth more than 800 million dollars, making her one of the richest women in the U.K. Her story seems very similar to Stephen King who was rejected over 30 times before signing a book deal for Carrie.
Shawn Carter couldn't land a record label, so sold CDs out of his car and created his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records. Jay-Z has now sold over 75 million albums and has a net worth of over 500 million dollars.
If you don't like the financial success stories, one of the best stories of all time is a group of guys with a paralyzed friend. These men were stopped by the large crowds that gathered to listen to the teachings of Jesus. When they couldn't carry their friend to Jesus, they climbed on top of the house and tore open the roof. Lowering their crippled friend to Jesus, they were rewarded when the man walked out of the house.
We are stopped every day from accomplishing what we desire to get done. But being stopped doesn't have to stop us. Make it happen.