RT (from twitter) @DavisHillAustin- Never let anyone tell you that you "Can't". Go get the training and figure out a plan - so you can prove to the world that you "CAN".
My 8th grade English teacher (Mrs. Nicholidas) told me I did not belong in the advanced class because she did not feel I fully grasped the nuances of grammar. When I said I wanted to write books in my future... she told me it would not happen for me.
Well, she was wrong... I have penned 9 non-fiction books (with a 10th in the works and a contributed chapter in the National Speakers Associations new book "Speak More"). While I never claim to be the world's greatest writer on the planet, people seem to find value in some of my words. And hundreds read my blog each week. Maybe I am not a "great" writer... but she was wrong... I am "good enough"!!! Plus, an editor and a proof reader come in handy when finishing a book.
Her words were hurtful, really, as I spent 20+ years wishing and not doing ...when it came to writing. And because of her I have never yet tried my hand at writing fiction.
I think of all the kids out there who have teachers with their own issues (chips on their shoulders?) who make them feel bad or discouraged..... and I hope they can prove them wrong by finding their own way to shine.
We can't have a "do-over".... and I while I wish I could go back and kick my own butt a little to get some direction earlier, we have to work from where we are now. I cannot change that teacher's words, but I can prove her wrong.
Author John Assaraf posted a visual graphic online the other day that talked about "Famous Failures"...
- Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team
- Walt Disney was let go from a newspaper for lacking imagination
- The Beatles were rejected by Decca Recording Studio and told they had no future in the business
- Steve Jobs was fired from Apple
- Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a TV anchor because "she wasn't fit for television"
Never let those who want to kill your dreams win!!!!
Have A Great Day.