What Will People Think?

opinions of others5Do you worry about other people’s opinion? Are you afraid you will get laughed at? You don’t want people to reject your ideas. You don’t want to look like a fool. What you need to realize now: None of this matters.

At the end of your life when you look back, what you want to remember is a journey that makes you smile. Regardless of what everyone else thinks of you, if you’ve followed your intuition and done your best, win or lose, you won’t regret a thing.

There have been so many crazy ideas that even the so-called experts thought were a bad idea. That did not stop these people:
• J.K. Rowling was penniless, recently divorced, on welfare and raising a child on her own. She wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript. A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job because there was no money in children’s books. The series has sold 450 million copies and made J.K Rowling a billionaire. So much for publishers who told her, “There’s no money in children’s books.”
• Can you imagine a gentleman telling you he wants to build a massive theme park where families can spend time together in a hot Florida swamp? You might not think it’s too crazy now. However when Walt Disney wanted to build Disney World, he was rejected for financing over 300 times.
• How about the Beatles, they were rejected by many record labels. In a famously quoted rejection letter, a music label said, “Guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business.” Shortly thereafter the Beatles signed with EMI, brought Beatlemania to the United States, and became the most influential band in the history of rock and roll. Just recently, Paul McCartney at the ripe age of 72 has collaborated with Kanye West on a song dedicated to his deceased mother and his daughter.

These are just three examples, but there are countless more. Each person involved was ahead of his or her time, but they didn’t let other people’s opinions stop them. There might be something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t because you’re worried about what others will think or of being rejected. Let these stories inspire you to realize that good fortune favors those who are bold.

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I will reblog it.

  2. Reblogged this on theperfectprescription2014.

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