Believing in You
By Steve Goodier
Did you know that Albert Einstein could not speak until he was
four years old and did not read until he was seven? His parents and teachers
worried about his mental ability.
Beethoven's music teacher said about him, "As a composer he is
hopeless." What if young Ludwig believed it?
When Thomas Edison was a young boy, his teachers said he was so
stupid he could never learn anything. He once said, "I remember I used to never
be able to get along at school. I was always at the foot of my class...my father
thought I was stupid, and I almost decided that I was a dunce." What if young
Thomas believed what they said about him?
When F. W. Woolworth was 21, he got a job in a store, but was
not allowed to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense."
When the sculptor Auguste Rodin was young he had difficulty
learning to read and write. Today, we may say he had a learning disability, but
his father said of him, "I have an idiot for a son."
His uncle agreed. "He's uneducable," he said. What if Rodin had
doubted his ability?
A newspaper editor once fired Walt Disney because he was thought
to have no "good ideas." Caruso was told by one music teacher, "You can't sing.
You have no voice at all." And an editor told Louisa May Alcott that she was
incapable of writing anything that would have popular appeal.
What if these people had listened and become discouraged? Where
would our world be without the music of Beethoven, the art of Rodin or the ideas
of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison? As Oscar Levant has accurately said, "It's
not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts."
have great potential. When you believe in all you can be, rather than all
you cannot become, you will find your place on earth.
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