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Believing in You
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.

Beethoven's music teacher said about him, "As a composer he is hopeless." What if young Ludwig be­lieved it?

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?

When F. 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 popular appeal.

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 earth.

See Also:

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.

Steve Goodier is a professional speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love and Laughter at http://LifeSupportSystem.com.

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