Don’t Bury Your Visions – Yet!

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Hangman’s noose – courtesy http://thedeaddear.com/ Google Images

Don’t bury your thoughts
Put your visions to reality, yeah
Wake up and live

Bob Marley & the Wailers

In doing a research for an article this week, I found out that most of the most successful men and women of this generation and the ones before us were children of disappointment. They had dreams, but found out that in the quest for the actualisation of their dreams, they found physically insurmountable obstacles. The kind of obstacles that made some people bury their thoughts and embrace suicide.

No matter what you are going through, suicide is a cowardly way of putting a halt to it. So, don’t do it. Learn from JK Rowling, the author of Harry Porter. She went through a divorce, was left to take care of a daughter alone, had a terminally ill mother who is estranged mother and was on welfare. According to her, she was just one step to becoming homeless. The manuscript of her bestseller was sent to 12 publishers, all of who rejected it. So how did she break the odds to sell 1.5 million copies and hit the Forbes list of $13 million? She may not have listened to Bob Marley, but she lived the advice. http://www.forbes.com/profile/jk-rowling/

The dreamer shall inherit the earth if they did not give up but keep trying. Thomas Edison the inventor was well known for several quotations. But look at this one – genius is one percent inspiration, ninety percent perspiration. The man who failed 1,000 times to invent the electric bulb before he finally succeeded said inter alia “just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

Robert Nesta Marley, aka Bob Marley ought to have buried his own vision. His mother was impregnated by a sailor who left her and never came back. He grew up in a ghetto and almost had no education. His attempt at recording was rebuffed by many established record companies, some of his band members abandoned him out of jealousy. Yet, he braved the odds to become a legend who believes that “everyman got a right to decide his own destiny.”

Do you think that Sylvester Stallone’s slurred speech was a Hollywood swag? The truth is that the complications that Stallone’s mother suffered caused obstetricians to use forceps to pull him out. This led to a severe damage to a nerve and paralysis on the left side of his face including parts of his lip, tongue and chin. He dropped out of college to pursue screenwriting. He even starred in raunchy movies before hitting it on the big screen. Stallone’s net worth according to Celebtrity Networth is $275 million. http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/actors/sylvester-stallone-net-worth/

Steve Jobs did not set out to be a computer geek. He stumbled on it. Given up for adoption by his biological parents, his foster dad showed him love by showering him with toys. He dropped out of college, says MensXP “because his education was costing his foster parents a lot. He used to return Coke bottles for money and live on free meals at the Hare Krishna temple. Yet, this man’s story will affect generations well after his death.

You may not believe in miracles, and you don’t need to be as successful as any of these people. Life, as the scriptures say, does not consist in the abundance of riches. But if you must leave a mark on your generation, and perhaps generations unborn, remember Vince Lombardi – winners never quit and quitters never win. He also said that “perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

Keep on keeping on, till next week.

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