Monday, 16 March 2015

Believe in yourself, even if nobody else does | The Small Desk

This is sort of a follow on post from the last post I wrote about ‘Good for me, not for you’. I want to motivate you all to believe in yourself, even if nobody else does. Whatever it is that you are trying to pursue in your life that you believe will bring you success, keep going!

I want to highlight a few successful people who have overcome difficult obstacles in their lives or who have had numerous rejections before becoming wildly successful. They have proven that if you follow your goals and believe in yourself then you can achieve what you want in life. Some have even become names taught in history lessons!

I am in no way saying that you should be anticipating the great success these people have achieved, but by believing in yourself and being true to yourself trying to pursue something you believe in, rather than something you feel half-hearted about, will bring you greater joy plus success in some shape or form. 

J. K. Rowling
One of the bestselling books of all time; Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by numerous publishers before hitting the big time.

Van Gogh
He only sold one painting during his lifetime. Along with commanding some of the highest prices for art in the world, he now has a whole museum dedicated to his works in Amsterdam.

Bill Gates
Ever heard of Traf-O-Data? Thought not, that was Gates’s failed business.

Charles Darwin
He failed to finish medical school, and his father called him a disgrace!

Oprah Winfrey
She was fired from her first television job where she faced sexism and harassment.

Charlize Theron
Unbelievably, according to this Oprah interview, Theron saw her mother shoot dead her alcoholic father.

I also want to share with you some quotes about being true to yourself…

You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to go home with yourself.
Julia Roberts

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
Dolly Parton

…some quotes about failure…

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.
Donald Trump

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
J. K. Rowling

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce

…and finally about believing in yourself.

Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do... but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there.
Venus Williams

You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.
Diana Ross

It's no good being too easily swayed by people's opinions. You have to believe in yourself.
Donatella Versace

You’ve heard the rest, now hear the best
My Dad (relating to interviews and auditions)

Which quote is your favourite and do you have any more that would be helpful to this post? Thanks for reading!

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