Another story I have just read this morning just touches my heart. It reminds me once again how success can be very rewarding but is never earned over night.
This story is about Ray Charles, known as a very famous singer-songwriter in the United States in the 1950s. If you don’t know him, for sure your Dads and Moms or grannies know the song – “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. The song hit the world by storm then, so for sure they know him.
Reading his autobiography is amazing. Ray Charles lost both parents and a brother before he was grown. He grew up in a school for the blind where he learned to play piano and sing. By his late teens, he was a hit in central and north Florida. His friends and colleagues believed in his talent, so he felt confident joining an audition in the year 1946 for the Lucky Millinder’s band. However, all he received after playing so well was a resounding “Ain’t good enough kid.” Charles thought what he heard was incorrect. But Millinder repeated, “You heard me. You don’t get what it takes.” Charles even shared in retrospect, “I went back to my room and cried for days.” Yet, that was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Because after that blow and after I got over feeling sorry for myself, I went back and started practising so that no one would ever say those words about me again.”
You see, successful people are never a success without the experience of failure. But they use these experiences to bounce back.
If today, you feel tired, uninspired or heavily burdened, rise up. Success may just be around the corner. Remember tough times are not stop signs.
Like an arrow about to be launched, they can only be shot by pulling backwards.
When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
Thanks for reading.
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