Never Give Up. It doesn’t mean you won’t fail. Everyone is going to fail at some point in their life. It’s just like my grandmother always tells me, “You gotta take the good with the bad.” She’s right.

The division between winners and losers is who gave up and who stuck it out. Eventually all the blood, sweat, and tears will pay off. No matter how much it hurt or how much of a struggle it was. You think that’s just a bunch of BS motivational words on a page? Proof is in the pudding my loves.

Take a look at these real life legends that were rejected but didn’t let that stop them. They are truly Irresistible.

Walt Disney
Before the Empire de Mouse, he was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland and the park was rejected by the city of Anaheim claiming that it would attract “riffraff.”

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney~

Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy
Before America loved Lucy, she was told to “try any other profession” while studying to be an actress.

Robin Williams
He was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” in high school. Who’s laughing now!?!

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter Series
12 publishers rejected her first book. I bet they are regretting that every day!

Dr. Seuss
27. YES, 27 publishers rejected his first book. Never, ever give up.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games
26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot … and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”
~Michael Jordan~

Albert Einstein
Did you know he didn’t speak until he was 4 and didn’t read until age 7?!? He was even dubbed “mentally slow” and expelled from school!

Oprah Winfrey
Early in her career Oprah was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.” I wonder what they think of OWN?!?

The Beatles
A recording company once told them “we don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas Edison~

Michael Jordan
He was cut from his high school basketball team. Imagine if he would have given up then!
Dust Yourself Off
Every legend was once a failure. Shoot, they failed more than once. Did that stop them? Hell No!!! Stop moping around feeling sorry for yourself. Just like my girl Aaliyah would say, “Dust yourself off and try again, try again, and again.”

Another Family Quote
My Dad always tells me, “An excuse is a reason for failure.” He’s totally right. I love that quote. It’s one of my favorites. As long as we keep making excuses, we will fail. Figure out how to conquer the situation, move on, and make yourself a success! After all, the Irresistible NEVER give up.

Share YOUR Story!
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“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”