I love articles like the one I’ve posted a link to below, reminding us that some of the most famous people have had someone in their past tell them they can’t do something. However, I would add Catherine Lanigan to the list of writers. For those who don’t remember, she is the author of the books Jewel of the Nile and Romancing the Stone that were made into movies starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. According to a chapter in Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Bud Gardner’s book Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, she had an English professor at university tell her that her writing stank and that she would only receive a pass mark if she never wrote anything ever again. Meanwhile Lucille Ball was supposedly too shy for television, while Walt Disney lacked imagination.

The beauty of it is, the more you make the effort to remember the plight of Catherine Lanigan, Lucille Ball, Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Winston Churchill and numerous others on the list, the easier it gets to persevere with anything you set your mind to, as eventually it gets to the point when remembering them and being re-inspired happens almost on autopilot any time someone tells you that you can’t or shouldn’t do something.

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