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.
teacher said about him, "As a composer he is hopeless." What if young Ludwig
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?
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
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."
You have great potential. When you believe in all
you can be, rather than all you cannot become, you will find your place on
Optimism: How to Avoid Negative Thinking
Have you ever wondered why some people feel down and defeated when faced with difficult situations, while others feel challenged and hopeful? Or why some people get all worked up and angry over small inconveniences and disagreements, while others respond more positively?
What Makes You Feel
Good/ What Makes You Feel Bad
Our feelings are regulated by neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Here are some things to know about serotonin, called the “feel good” neurotransmitter.
Responding to Criticism Without Being Defensive
When we feel
attacked (criticized or judged) by others in conversation, we often move into a
kind of survival mentality and automatically defend ourselves. But when we defend against criticism, we give
more power to the criticism and the person dishing it out than is warranted.