If at first, you don’t succeed….

Melinda Beck’s article in today’s Wall Street Journal is an interesting discussion of self-esteem and self-efficacy, which I won’t try to paraphrase.  But some of the incidents she describes are instructive by themselves:

Julie Andrews was turned down on her first screen test, as being insufficiently photogenic.  Harry Potter was turned down by 12 publishers.  Decca Records refused the Beatles.  Walt Disney was fired for having insufficient imagination.  Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team as a sophomore.  Dr. Seuss was rejected 27 times.

The question is: why do some people give up when rejected, and others keep going?  She ends with a quote from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re usually right.”


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