This faithful persistence means “never ever give up”. Chicken soup for the soul was rejected by 144 publishers, 144 publishers said we don’t want to publish a collection of short stories. The title stupid chicken soup for the soul what does that mean? people don’t buy collections of short stories, there’s never been.
You know successful chain of doing that, so literally we spent 14 months trying to find a publisher and we’d go to New York with our agent and eventually our agent gave us the book back and said I can’t sell this. So, we went to the national booksellers’ association convention down in Anaheim, we went from booth to booth for three days and there were 4 000 publishers represented there and we go “would you publish a book?” “would you publish our book?” “would you publish our book?” and we got no no no no no, it was late on the third day that a little publisher from Florida after we’d gotten over 144 rejections said we’ll read it and then they said well how many copies do you think will sell? They said yeah we’ll buy it a couple weeks later, they said we’ll publish it and they said well maybe twenty thousand if we’re lucky. Now, we said our goal is to sell a million and a half in a year. Have you ever told someone your dream and him laugh out loud at you? He laughed out loud, if we had given up after a hundred publishers had said no, I wouldn’t be standing here today you know, it wouldn’t have happened and so you’ve got to be willing to persevere because we didn’t take no.
See, when the world says no, you say next let’s practice, that if I say no you say absolutely there’s only five or six billion people out there you can go and ask right there’s over four thousand publishers just here in the state of California so what we have is this endless possibility but you have to persevere, it’s as if the universe tests our commitment and so today we have 147 titles in print, we sold over 115 million copies, we’re in 47 languages and over a billion dollars’ worth of, Chicken soup for the soul books have been sold worldwide so if you’re willing to decide what you want, believe it’s possible, consciously envision the future, feel the feelings of what it would feel like if you’d achieve this goal. You can have anything and then you take action both obvious actions and inspired actions, you can do anything if you’re going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen, you have to believe that you have the right stuff and that you’re able to pull it off now whether you call it self-esteem self-confidence or self-assurance, it’s a deep-seated belief that you have what it takes, the abilities, the inner resources, the talents and the skills to create your desired results.
Now, believing in yourself is simply an attitude, believing yourself is a choice, you have to choose to believe that you can do anything, you set your mind to anything at all because in fact you can it, might help you to know that the latest brain research now indicates with enough positive self-talk positive visualization combined with proper training coaching and practice. Anyone can learn to do almost anything, now I’ve interviewed thousands of successful people and almost every one of them has told me I was not the most gifted or the most talented person in my field but I chose to believe that anything was possible and because of that I studied, I practiced and I worked harder than the others and that’s how I got to where I am. You know, if Reuben Gonzalez a 20-year-old living in Texas, hot Texas can take up the luge which is a winter sport and become an Olympic athlete, if bill gates who is a college dropout can become a multi-billionaire and Stephen j Cannell who was a dyslexic student who failed three grades in school can become a best-selling author and a television producer then you too can accomplish anything if you’ll simply believe it’s possible. So, make the decision right now to believe that you create all of your experiences because you do, let’s start creating the ones you want by believing, you can sound a little strange but accepting this level of responsibility is uniquely and inevitably empowering, it means you can do, change and become anything at all.
How many of you have ever complained in your life? Yeah, you know, here’s what I’ve learned about complaining, in order to complain I have to have a reference point of something better that I want, that I’m not willing to risk creating now, let me explain that again; I have to have a reference point in my mind of something I want, that’s better than what I have, that I’m not willing to risk creating.
So, what I do is complain about it, instead see if I was complaining about my wife, it would mean that I would have to believe that somewhere out there in the world there’s a better woman than my wife. See, if every woman on the planet died except my wife do you think I go to work the next day and complain about her? No, she’s the only one and I’d be going hey and I got her this is really cool right? Do you ever hear anyone complain about gravity? very rarely you know, gravity makes us all bent over, do you ever see an old person walking down the street going gravity? They have a little walker, I hate gravity, if it weren’t for gravity, I wouldn’t be all bent over like this. Gravity sucks, now have you ever heard an older person doing it? No, the reason they don’t complain about gravity is because there’s no alternative to it, you know gravity just is so if someone’s complaining about something, it means they know there’s something they can do about it because we don’t complain about the things we can’t change. So, as soon as you hear yourself complaining, I want you to stop and say okay what would I rather have remember law of attraction, always stay focus on what you want not what you don’t want because when you’re talking about what you don’t want, when you’re complaining and blaming, you’re focusing on that which you don’t want and you’re accelerating its expression out into the universe with those negative feelings and yet we’ll spend a majority of our time complaining about so many things and usually we complain about them to people who can’t do anything about it.
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