Of Roadblocks and Failures

Whenever one tries to accomplish something, there are always without fail some roadblocks or the so called failures that one experiences. They are there for a purpose.

The goal that we’ve set requires us to be different than what we are right now, if we were able to achieve the goal in the state we are in present then the goal would have been accomplished by us already. Learn to understand that the roadblocks are required; they have been put in the path to help you think of a way around, to check whether you really desire something or just want it because of an outside influence. If you just want something because of an outside influence, you will give up as soon as a few things obstruct your path as you would not tire yourself up for something that you don’t desire from your heart. In the other case however, you will give in all your strength and intelligence which will then expand because of the very effort and soon you will find a way to get rid of the roadblock.


The failures are essential to any successful person, they present us the testing time when we have to learn to believe in ourselves and our dreams, and they present us the opportunities to grow, improve ourselves, to raise our standards and consciousness to a level where success is happening.

The most famous and eminent example of this are authors.
This quote from author Judy Blume pretty much says it all. “I would go to sleep at night feeling that I’d never be published. But I’d wake up in the morning convinced I would be. Each time I sent a story or book off to a publisher; I would sit down and begin something new. I was learning more with each effort. I was determined. Determination and hard work are as important as talent.” It took Ms. Blume 2 years before any of her work was accepted.

The following are actual excerpts famous authors have received in their rejection letters that turn out to be so laughable in hindsight.

“The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.” The book — The Diary of Anne Frank.

“This is a work of almost-genius – genius in the power of its expression – almost in the sense of its enormous bitterness. I wish there were an audience for a book of this kind. But there isn’t. It won’t sell.” told to Ayn Rand about her book The Fountainhead

Jonathan Livingston Seagull will never make it as a paperback” the book written by Richard Bach ended up selling more than 8 million copies. 18 publishers thought a book about a seagull was ridiculous before Jonathan Livingston Seagull was picked up.

RoadBlocks to Success

‘I haven’t really the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say… Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level … From your long publishing experience you will know that it is less disastrous to turn down a work of genius than to turn down talented mediocrities.’ The author was Joseph Heller – the book was Catch – 22.

This “poor” woman spent six years writing the first installment of a series of books she wanted to publish. You would think that after 9 rejections she might have thought she was wasting her time. Children all over the world are grateful that J.K. Rowling didn’t feel that way. Her Harry Potter book series has sold over 400 million copies around the globe and even as far back as 2003 the BBC news announced that Rowland was already “richer than the Queen.”

Madeline L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time, was turned down 29 times before she found a publisher.

C.S. Lewis received over 800 rejections before he sold a single piece of writing.

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was rejected by 25 publishers.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected 121 times.

Louis L’Amour was rejected over 200 times before he sold any of his writing.

The San Francisco Examiner turned down Rudyard Kipling’s submission in 1889 with the note, “I am sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just do not know how to use the English language.”

An editor once told F. Scott Fitzgerald, “You’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby Character.”

George Orwell’s Animal Farm was rejected with the comment, “It’s impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”

So you see, failures will come to you but you got to keep going on.

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Steve Jobs was fired from his own company.  In his speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said, “I was out — and very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.” He added, “I was a very public failure.”

Jobs died in October 2011, just six months after giving this speech:  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62. He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never”

Jimi Hendrix and his band opened for the Monkees once and got booed off of stage. They were consequently dropped from the tour.

Elvis Presley was kicked out of the Grand Ole Opry in 1954 – they told him to stick to his day job driving trucks.

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was writing for nine years before he hit it big – and reportedly only made $20 from his writing for those first nine years.

If you still think your problems are bigger and much more difficult than these, then well, you are on a wrong website,send a link to someone else, they might need it more than you do.


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