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Chuan and Jing joined a wholesale company together just after graduation. Both worked very hard.

After several years, the boss promoted Jing to sales executive but Chuan remained a sales rep. One day Chuan could not take it anymore, tender resignation to the boss and complained the boss did not value hard working staff, but only promoted those who flattered him.

The boss knew that Chuan worked very hard for the years, but in order to help Chuan realize the difference between him and Jing, the boss asked Chuan to do the following. Go and find out anyone selling water melon in the market? Chuan returned and said yes. The boss asked how much per kg? Chuan went back to the market to ask and returned to inform boss the $12 per kg.

Boss told Chuan, I will ask Jing the same question? Jing went, returned and said, boss, only one person selling water melon. $12 per kg, $100 for 10 kg, he has inventory of 340 melons. On the table 58 melons, every melon weighs about 15 kg, bought from the South two days ago, they are fresh and red, good quality.

Chuan was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Jing. He decided not to resign but to learn from Jing.

My dear friends, a more successful person is more observant, think more and understand in depth. For the same matter, a more successful person sees several years ahead, while you see only tomorrow. The difference between a year and a day is 365 times, how could you win?

Think! how far have you seen ahead in your life? How thoughtful in depth are you?

this story found here…inspirational stories/life


There was a man working very hard, in the hot sun, digging a ditch. When a Friend happened to walk by and see the man digging in the ditch under the hot sun.

The man walked up to him and asked, “Why is it that you work out here under a blistering sun, using a shovel and sweating over dirt while your boss sits over there in an office, in the air conditioning and probably has his feet propped up on his desk?” 

“I don’t know,” answered the man that had been digging in e ditch all morning. “I’ll go and ask him.” He huffed. He crawled out from the hole he was in and marched over to the bosses office and went in.

The boss, sure enough was sitting in the comfort of an air conditioned office and his feet were propped up on his desk. “Boss, I have a question. Why is it I am out in the hot sun, digging a ditch while you sit in the air conditioned office?” The man bellowed.

“Simple,” the boss answered. “Intelligence.”

“Intelligence?” The man mumbled. “I don’t understand!”

“See that hammer?” The boss pointed to a hammer sitting on a shelf. “Pick it up and bring it over here.” The man did as his boss asked. “Now,” the boss started, “Hit my hand.” The boss set his hand on the desk.

The man, now holding the hammer looked confused. He thought a moment then raised the hammer and swung it toward his bosses hand that rest on the desk. The hammer came down and the boss pulled his hand back just before the hammer hit the desk. The boss sit back in his chair and said, “That is intelligence.”

The worker laid the hammer down and left the office. He went back into the hot sun and walked over to the hole he had been digging. The Friend walked up and quickly asked, “Well, what did he say?”

“The boss said that the difference between me and him is intelligence.” The worker stated.

“What? That’s all?” The Friend huffed. “Intelligence?”

“Well,” started the worker. “See that shovel?” The worker pointed at the shovel. “Pick it up.” The Friend picked up the shovel. “Now, hit my hand.” The worker put his hand over his face.


have an intellectual day


made this for my lil ‘sunshine’ last night


There was a boy who found a terrapin, more commonly known as a turtle. He started to examine it but the turtle pulled in its head and closed its shell like a vice. The boy was upset and he picked up a stick to try to pry it open.

The boy’s uncle saw all this and remarked, “No, that’s not the way! In fact, you may kill the turtle but you’ll not get it to open up with a stick.”

The uncle took the terrapin (turtle) into the house and set it near the fireplace. It wasn’t but a few minutes until it began to get warm. Then the turtle pushed out its head, then stretched out its legs and began to crawl.

“Turtles are like that,” said the uncle, “and people, too. You can’t force them into anything. But if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely, they will come out of their shell.”


How to describe heaven when nothing compares
There was once a turtle who lived in a lake with a group of fish. One day the turtle went for a walk on dry land. He was away from the lake for a few weeks. When he returned he saw the fish.
They greeted him and asked: “Hello! How are you, Mr. Turtle? We haven’t seen you for weeks. Where have you been?”
The turtle answered, “I was up on dry land, spending time on dry land.”
The fish looked puzzled and said, “Up on dry land? What are you talking about? What is this dry land?”

The turtle paused as he tried to think of a way to explain something that had no parallels to their ordinary underwater world.

The fish tried to help by prompting the turtle, “Is it wet?”

The turtle answered, “No, it’s not wet.”

The fish continued, “Is it cool and refreshing?”

“No, it’s not cool and refreshing.”

“Does it have waves and ripples?”

“No, it doesn’t have waves and ripples.”

Worried, they finally asked, “Well, can you swim in it?”

“No you can’t swim in it,” the turtle had to admit.

Naturally, the fish reasoned: “It’s not wet, not cool, not wavy, and you can’t swim in it? Well then this ‘dry land’ of yours must be complete nothingness, either a fairytale or annihilation.”

“That may be, that may be” the turtle smiled as he left for another walk on dry land.


a true tale … by Art~

The turtle tale reminds me of when my daughter and I were fishing in the back yard, about 2 years ago. She had caught a snapping turtle and I got the turtle off the hook and threw it back into the river. She was upset, claiming she wanted to keep it.

I explained to her that snapping turtles will bite you and they won’t let go until lightening strikes. Of course this did not discourage her. We catch snapping turtles occasionally, I have never caught any other kind of turtle fishing, not even a soft shell turtle. (which are endangered now due to the fact they are good for eating)

I finally, to appease her, told her that the red ear turtles were the ones at the pet store, and that those turtles make good pets. If she were to catch a red ear turtle, I would let her keep it. I have fished for many, many years and have never caught a red ear turtle.

The very next day, I came home from work. My wife and daughter were in the back fishing and guess what she had caught? Yep, a red ear turtle.

She proceeded to tell me how she called the turtle to her hook. While fishing she would call the turtle, “here turtle, turtle, bloop, bloop, bloop,” making a sound like bubbles under the water which was turtle talk for come here. I have no way of explaining the odds of this happening other than slim and none. But, you can’t tell that to a child with such determination.

This turtle was about half a hand in size. We had an old aquarium and set it up with sand, rocks and water, making it a home and my little girl called it “Bling Bling.” 



 take it slow and easy today, like a turtle taking its time!

Hermit in a shell
against ocean swells
bluer than the sea

Sandy trails bled
over mountainous dunes
beaten by a woman with a broom!

Secluded rejuvenation
strengthened his legs
with weighted shoulders
carried his burden bed

Then picked up by a bird
carried across the burning beaches
to a merridian of kinship words

Dropped on his head
stars circled above
a crack in the hull
from a helpful gull

The Hermit was crabby
found a new shell
there he dwells
but not quite yet happy

A big gust of wind
rolled him over again
his legs stuck up in the air

The rains poured down
and he nearly drowned
he thought it would end right there

The tide came in
and swept him away
he still lives to this day.

A time or two he may have fell
but he strives and doing well
the Hermit in his shell

Art~  2004


Oppertunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in over-alls and it looks like work.

Thomas Edison

Funny Friday

(a little wisdom/humor in a tale of a little wiener dog)

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dachshund along for company rather than leave it at a kennel for the duration of his vacation. One day, the dachshund started chasing butterflies and before long, the dog discovered that it was lost.

So, wondering about, it noticed a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having it for lunch. The little dog thought, “Okay, I’m in deep trouble.” Then it noticed some bones on the ground close by and immediately he settled down and chewed on the bones with his back to the approaching leopard.

Just as the leopard was about to leap, the dachshund exclaimed loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more leopards around here?”

Hearing this, the leopard held his attack in mid-stride. A look of terror came over him and he slinked away into the trees. “Woo,” said the leopard, “That dog nearly had me.”

Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a near-by tree, figured he could put his knowledge to good use and trade this information for protection from the leopard. The monkey decided to tell the leopard the truth about what the little dog had done.

The dachshund saw the monkey run over and talk to the leopard and figured that the monkey was telling the leopard about the little dog’s ploy and knew something was up. The monkey did indeed tell the leopard about the tricky little dogs method in exchange for the leopard to never eat the monkey. The leopard and the monkey struck a deal.

“I have been made a fool of?” The leopard huffed, “here monkey, hop on my back and see what is going to happen to that conniving little dog.”

Now, the dachshund saw the monkey hop on the leopards back and the leopard was now running toward him. “What am I going to do now?” Thought the little dog.

Instead of running the little dog sat down with his back to the approaching leopard with the monkey on its back. The dachshund waited and when the leopard was close enough to hear, the dachshund said, “Where is that darn monkey. I sent him off an hour ago, to bring me another leopard.”


moral: A little ingenuity goes a long ways. One of my favorite sayings is, “Whip them with your mind, not your fist.” I would say the little dachshund did just that.

have an ingenuity day


Murdered Mistletoe

tip-toe tossed rocks
didn’t do alot
to bring it down

a holiday ornament
kisses, nestled in nature
in the penthouse of a tree top
it was found

twigs, dirt-clods and a screwdriver
thrown up at it
came back solo,
to the ground

objective solved
murdered mistletoe
with a shot-gun round




(this is a true story, we were trying to get the Mistletoe out of a tree and using the shot-gun turned out to be the fastest and best method.)

have a merry kissmas


The Twelve Days of a Zen Christmas

On the first day of Christmas I will give to thee,

a bow humbly (~_~)

On the second day of Christmas I will give to thee, two doves of peace

…and a bow humbly (~_~)

On the third day of Christmas I will give to thee, three turtles of patience,

 …two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the fourth day of Christmas I will give to thee, four candles of enlightenment,

… three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the fifth day of Christmas I will give to thee, five keys of tranquility,

The key to tranquility is acceptance

the key to acceptance is awareness

the key to awareness is balance

the key to balance is harmony

the key to harmony is tranquility

….four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the sixth day of Christmas I will give to thee, Six Haiku’s of nature,

As the wind does blow                                        falling to the ground

        Across the trees, I see the                      I watch a leaf settle down

                Buds blooming in May                           in a bed of brown


The wind is blowing                                  the beaches waves hit
It is blowing very hard                           sounding of flooding water
I don’t like the wind.                                 soothes aches all over

The flowers                                                       a broken tree cut
Reached the sky                                             brings no shade to the weary
As on the grass I lie                                      then what good is it

…five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the seventh day of Christmas I will give to thee, seven bells of awakening

…Six Haiku’s of nature, five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the eighth day of Christmas I will give to thee, eight books of wisdom,

….seven bells of awakening, Six Haiku’s of nature, five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the Ninth day of Christmas I will give to thee, nine razors for head shaving,


…eight Books of wisdom, seven bells of awakening, Six Haiku’s of nature, five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the tenth day of Christmas I will give to thee, ten zen stones and a rock garden,

…nine razors for head shaving, eight Books of wisdom, seven bells of awakening, Six Haiku’s of nature, five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the eleventh day of Christmas I will give to thee, eleven smiles of happiness,

 …ten zen stones and a rock garden, nine razors for head shaving, eight Books of wisdom, seven bells of awakening, Six Haiku’s of nature, five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)

On the twelfth day of Christmas I will give to thee, twelve zen stories

enemies of the mind    4 blind men an an elephant

nails in the fence   Butter and Stones  self worth   forgiveness

winds of forgiveness   bucket of water  happiness  

armadillo’s song     praying to say the right thing

shake it off

…eleven smiles of happiness, ten zen stones and a rock garden, nine razors for head shaving, eight Books of wisdom, seven bells of awakening, Six Haiku’s of nature, five keys of tranquility, four candles of enlightenment, three turtles of patience, two doves of peace and a bow humbly. (~_~)


…and a dog that loves to meditate!

Have a heart felt holiday season

there are 12 days till christmas… 


~My 200th post~

~today’s poetry~

Billy Jack movies …begin with the song, One Tin Soldier, a inspirational song that seems to seep into the soul as it begins to climax. The song’s story is as strong as the music itself.

One Tin Soldier Billy Jck version

One tin soldier” in the form of a story

(song/film clip,…click to view/listen @ YouTube)

I’ll post the lyrics as a poem for the day.

One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) (the lyrics)

by Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter, performed by The Original Caste (1970)
This song was performed by Jinx Dawson and Coven in the movie “Billy Jack” (1971)
One Tin Soldier

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
‘Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below.

On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone,
And the valley-people swore
They’d have it for their very own.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day,
On the bloody morning after….
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they’d kill.

Came an answer from the kingdom,
“With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there.”

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day,
On the bloody morning after….
One tin soldier rides away.

Now the valley cried with anger,
“Mount your horses! Draw your sword!”
And they killed the mountain-people,
So they won their just reward.

Now they stood beside the treasure,
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it…
“Peace on Earth” was all it said.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day,
On the bloody morning after….
One tin soldier rides away.


…One tin soldier rides away.

Billy Jack has always been a favorite movie of mine and I could make a whole post on that alone, (if ever there should be a re-make of a movie, Billy Jack would be my vote) but for now I wanted to post this song since I heard it the other day and it hit me that it is inspirational in itself and perfect for my 200th post.

On the mountain was a treasure…

…”Peace on Earth“… was all it said.


During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, “I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself.”

He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, “No one can change destiny.”

“Quite right,” the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.


moral: we make our own destiny, sometimes we need encouragement to believe in our selves or to have someone believe in us.  You can’t change the spots on a leapard, but the choices you make, can change your destiny,



To a woman who complained about her destiny, the Zen Master said, “It is you who makes your destiny.”

“But surely I am not responsible for being born a woman?”

“Being born a woman isn’t destiny. That is fate. Destiny is how you accept your womanhood and what you make of it.” Replied the Zen Master.


food for thought

the choices we make, not the chances we take, determine our destiny!


It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
….Winston Churchill…
Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.William Jennings Bryan

One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.
have a quality day

The day of giving thanks is upon us. Allow me to give thanks to all of those that I share this web site with. I could make a list that would fill this blog but if your reading this, this is for you.

Thank You!

Thank you for reading me

thank you for sharing your time and your words

thank you for sharing this earth with me


thank you for being you!


by Steve Goodier

At first it sounded like a Thanksgiving story, but the more I reflected on it, the more appropriate it seemed for any time of the year. The way I heard it, the story went like this:

Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment — to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.

Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student’s art. And they were.

But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher’s true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes.

Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand.

His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went — until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself.

When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas’ desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was. The little boy looked away and murmured, “It’s yours, teacher.”

She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, “Take my hand, Douglas, we’ll go outside.” Or, “Let me show you how to hold your pencil.” Or, “Let’s do this together.” Douglas was most thankful for his teacher’s hand.

Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work.

The story speaks of more than thankfulness. It says something about teachers teaching and parents parenting and friends showing friendship, and how much it means to the Douglases of the world. They might not always say thanks. But they’ll remember the hand that reaches out.



just hanging out, being thankful for every second of life

every breath and every one in which we share it with.


The Thanksgiving Game

It was on a thanksgiving day when I was playing thanksgiving games with my friends. We decided to play ‘turkey hunt’. Instantly we did not find a suitable thing to hide as the turkey so we took a lunch box and put a turkey cutlet into it. We used that lunchbox for our game in place of turkey. And it was decided that the one who seeks the box would get the cutlet, as the prize, that was put in that lunchbox. The game started and we all had very much fun in the game while seeking the so-called turkey (the lunchbox). Finally when I found the lunchbox everyone was surprised to see that the turkey cutlet was not there. And only then we came to know that John, who was assigned to hide the cutlet in the box had eaten it instead. And we were all playing the game for an empty lunchbox. Still we enjoyed the game a lot.
~ Martin Milton


Todays Poem…

She grabbed him and
pulled him to her..
laid him down and
starts to rub…
she rolled her hands
around on his skin..
and fixed his position
spread his legs a bit
and pulled out
his long bone..
the juices flowed a bit
as she pulled on it..
rolled him over
and put her finger
in his little hole
and then a lil deeper….
fixed him to
lay just right….
as sloshing sounds
came from him
she massaged him a bit more …
she turned and
opened the door…
then picked him up …
and put him in the oven ….
“yep, about two hours the
turkey will be ready”……(grin)


 Today is a day where we recreate the first thanksgiving. The day when the pilgrims and the native indians broke bread together so long ago. The pilgrims were thankful for their fellow man’s charity, bringing food to bridge their friendship. Today we share this with our families and give thanks for all that we have. Cherish the moment and be thankful that we have what we have and that we are still able to share this tradition with those we love.



I made this Texas Guitar (oh yeah, I play Guitar too!)

symbol of,,, zen thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving to all


Two frogs in the milk

This is the story of two frogs. One frog was fat and the other skinny. One day, while searching for food, they inadvertently jumped into a vat of milk. They couldn’t get out, as the sides were too slippery, so they were just swimming around.

The fat frog said to the skinny frog, “Brother frog, there’s no use paddling any longer. We’re just going to drown, so we might as well give up.”

The skinny frog replied, “Hold on brother, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out.” And they continued paddling for hours.

After a while, the fat frog said, “Brother frog, there’s no use. I’m becoming very tired now. I’m just going to stop paddling and drown. It’s Sunday and nobody’s working. We’re doomed. There’s no possible way out of here.”

But the skinny frog said, “Keep trying. Keep paddling. Something will happen, keep paddling.” Another couple of hours passed.

The fat frog said, “I can’t go on any longer. There’s no sense in doing it because we’re going to drown anyway. What’s the use?” And the fat frog stopped. He gave up. And he drowned in the milk. But the skinny frog kept on paddling.

Ten minutes later, the skinny frog felt something solid beneath his feet. He had churned the milk into butter and he hopped out of the vat.

Two Frogs

a YouTubeVideo

of this story…


(moral; never give up, just like the story of the donkey in the well. Life is about survival, lasting until our last breath. Fight for every breath until our last and then go out like the little wave.)

food for thought

Everyone knows that perseverance is important. You’ve probably heard the quote “If at first you don’t succeed, try again” or seen the commercial that talks about falling down 7 times and standing up 8. The lesson, of course, is that few people achieve anything great without first overcoming a few obstacles.


Milton Hershey

Milton Hershey had a long path to the top of the chocolate industry. Hershey dropped out of school in the 4th grade and took an apprenticeship with a printer, only to be fired. He then became an apprentice to a candy-maker in Lancaster, PA. After studying the business for 4 years, Hershey started three unsuccessful candy companies in Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.

Hershey was not about to give up, so he moved back to Lancaster and began the Lancaster Caramel Company. His unique caramel recipe, which he had come across during his earlier travels, was a huge success. Hershey, who was always looking ahead, believed that chocolate products had a much greater future than caramel. He sold the Lancaster Caramel Company for $1 million in 1900 (nearly $25 million in 2008 dollars) and started the Hershey Company, which brought milk chocolate — previously a Swiss delicacy — to the masses.

Not only did Hershey overcome failure and accomplish his goals, but he also managed to do it close to home. Hershey created hundreds of jobs for Pennsylvanians. He also used some of his money to build houses, churches, and schools, cementing his status as a legend in theKeystoneState.

Persistence is key.


 Steve Jobs

You always hear about a “long road to the top,” but perseverance isn’t limited to the early stages of a person’s career. Oftentimes, failure can occur after a long period of success.

Steve Jobs achieved great success at a young age. When he was 20 years old, Jobs started Apple in his parents’ garage, and within a decade the company blossomed into a $2 billion empire. However, at age 30, Apple’s Board of Directors decided to take the business in a different direction, and Jobs was fired from the company he created. Jobs found himself unemployed, but treated it as a freedom rather than a curse. In fact, he later said that getting fired from Apple was the best thing to ever happen to him, because it allowed him to think more creatively and re-experience the joys of starting a company.

Jobs went on to found NeXT, a software company, and Pixar, the company that produces animated movies such as Finding Nemo. NeXT was subsequently purchased by Apple. Not only did Jobs go back to his former company, but he helped launch Apple’s current resurgence in popularity. Jobs claims that his career success and his strong relationship with his family are both results of his termination from Apple.


Thomas Edison

When he was a young boy, Thomas Edison’s parents pulled him out of school after teachers called him “stupid” and “unteachable.” Edison spent his teenage years working and being fired from various jobs, culminating in his termination from a telegraph company at age 21. Despite these setbacks, Edison never deterred from his true passion, inventing. Throughout his career, Edison obtained 1,093 patents. And while many of these inventions — such as the light bulb, stock printer, phonograph and alkaline battery — were groundbreaking, even more of them were unsuccessful. Edison is famous for saying that genius is “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

One of Edison’s greatest stories of perseverance occurred after he was already wildly successful. After inventing the light bulb, Edison began a quest to find an inexpensive light bulb filament. At the time, ore was mined in the Midwest, and shipping costs were incredibly high. To combat this, Edison opened his own ore-mining plant in Ogdensburg, New Jersey. For roughly a decade, Edison devoted all his time and money to the plant. He also obtained 47 patents for inventions designed to make the plant run more smoothly. And after all of that, Edison’s project still failed thanks to the low quality ore on the East Coast.

But as it turned out, one of the aforementioned 47 inventions (a newly-designed crushing machine) revolutionized the cement industry and earned Edison back nearly all of the money he lost. In addition, Henry Ford would later credit Edison’s Ogdensburg project as the main inspiration for his Model T Ford assembly line, and many believe that Edison paved the way for modern-day industrial laboratories. Edison’s foray into ore-mining proves that dedication and commitment can pay off even in a losing venture.


 J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, is currently the second-richest female entertainer on the planet, behind Oprah. However, when Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in 1995, it was rejected by twelve different publishers. Even Bloomsbury, the small publishing house that finally purchased Rowling’s manuscript, told the author to “get a day job.”

At the time when Rowling was writing the original Harry Potter book, her life was a self-described mess. She was going through a divorce and living in a tiny flat with her daughter. Rowling was surviving on government subsidies, and her mother had just passed away from multiple sclerosis. J.K. turned these negatives into a positive by devoting most of her free time to the Harry Potter series. She also drew from her bad personal experiences when writing. The result is a brand name currently worth nearly $15 billion.


Walt Disney

As a young man, Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star Newspaper because his boss thought he lacked creativity. He went on to form an animation company called Laugh-O-Gram Films in 1921. Using his natural salesmanship abilities, Disney was able to raise $15,000 for the company ($181,000 in 2008 dollars). However, he made a deal with a New York distributor, and when the distributor went out of business, Disney was forced to shut Laugh-O-Gram down. He could barely pay his rent and even resorted to eating dog food.

Broke but not defeated, Disney spent his last few dollars on a train ticket to Hollywood. Unfortunately his troubles were not over. In 1926, Disney created a cartoon character named Oswald the Rabbit. When he attempted to negotiate a better deal with Universal Studios — the cartoon’s distributor — Disney discovered that Universal had secretly patented the Oswald character. Universal then hired Disney’s artists away from him, and continued the cartoon without Disney’s input (and without paying him).

As if that wasn’t enough, Disney also struggled to release some of his now-classic films. He was told Mickey Mouse would fail because the mouse would “terrify women.” Distributors rejected The Three Little Pigs, saying it needed more characters. Pinocchio was shut down during production and Disney had to rewrite the entire storyline. Other films, like Bambi, Pollyanna and Fantasia, were misunderstood by audiences at the time of their release, only to become favorites later on.

Disney’s greatest example of perseverance occurred when he tried to make the book Mary Poppins into a film. In 1944, at the suggestion of his daughter, Disney decided to adapt the Pamela Travers novel into a screenplay. However, Travers had absolutely no interest in selling Mary Poppins to Hollywood. To win her over, Disney visited Travers at her England home repeatedly for the next 16 years. After more than a decade-and-a-half of persuasion, Travers was overcome by Disney’s charm and vision for the film, and finally gave him permission to bring Mary Poppins to the big screen. The result is a timeless classic.

In a fitting twist of fate, The Disney Company went on to purchase ABC in 1996. At the time, ABC was owner of the Kansas City Star, meaning the newspaper that once fired Disney had become part of the empire he created. And all thanks to his creativity (and a lot of perseverance).


a note from Art~

Remember to be persistant and have perserverance, it may not pay off in wealth as much as it is doing something in your life that you love and after all; those who live life doing what they love truely live.


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