April 21, 2011

Success Stories -- With a Little Help from my Friends

So, once upon a time there was this guy named Stephen King. At this point in my story, no one knew who he was and he hadn't yet published a single novel. Now, there are two different versions of this story that I have found, but no matter which one is closer to the truth, I still think it's pretty inspiring...
Version 1 - As Stephen began writing his first novel, Carrie, he didn't like the way it was turning out and threw out the first pages he had written. His wife then fished them out of the trash, read them, and encouraged him to continue with the story.
Version 2 - Stephen King finished his first book and submitted it to be published. Sadly, it was rejected but Mr. King was persistent. He resubmitted the novel 30 times. All rejected. At this point, he was so frustrated that he threw out the pages of his book. His wife rescued the papers and encouraged him to try just one more time...

His first book wasn't such a hot seller but now he is now one of the most prolific authors of our time, with film adaptations of many of these stories. Personally, I think the first version of the story seems the most likely but what they both have in common is the encouragement of a close friend. Sometimes as we go after a goal, people (ourselves included) get in our way and put us down. Surround yourself with people who support you in what you're trying to achieve and definitely give a pep-talk when they're down too! Success isn't just a one-person journey.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
khazard@internlikearockstar.com | @katie_hazard
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