Positive Motivation (Sat. Aug 28, 2010)

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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning everyone. :) It is lovely and sunny this morning and I hope you're having good weather, too.

If you happen to read this - would you mind just saying "hi" in the comments section? Just wondering who all might be reading. If you don't know what to write, just post a smiley :-D - or a frowny :-( if that's more appropriate to what you think of this post. LOL

And by all means - if you have something to share - or a story - or whatever - definitely post it! I'd love for confidence to become infectious. ;-)

Here's today's installment:

The Kid Stays in the Picture

He was no scholar, and his classmates teased him. Rather than read, the kid really preferred running around with a 8 mm camera, shooting homemade movies of wrecks of his Lionel train set (which he showed to friends for a small fee).

In his sophomore year of high school, he dropped out. But when his parents persuaded him to return, he was mistakenly placed in a learning-disabled class. He lasted one month. Only when the family moved to another town did he land in a more suitable high school, where he eventually graduated.

After being denied entrance into a traditional filmmaking school, Steven Spielberg enrolled in English at California State College at Long Beach. Then in 1965, he recalls, in one of those serendipitous moments, his life took a complete turn. Visiting Universal Studios, he met Chuck Silvers, an executive in the editorial department. Silvers liked the kid who made 8 mm films and invited him back sometime to visit.

He appeared the next day. Without a job or security clearance, Spielberg (dressed in a dark suit and tie, carrying his father's briefcase with nothing inside but "a sandwich and candy bars") strode confidently up to the guard at the gate of Universal and gave him a casual wave. The guard waved back. He was in.

"For the entire summer," Spielberg remembers, "I dressed in my suit and hung out with the directors and writers [including Silvers, who knew the kid wasn't a studio employee, but winked at the deception]. I even found an office that wasn't being used, and became a squatter. I bought some plastic tiles and put my name in the building directory: Steven Spielberg, Room 23C."

It paid off for everyone. Ten years later, the 28-year-old Spielberg directed Jaws, which took in $470 million, then the highest-grossing movie of all time. Dozens of films and awards have followed because Steven Spielberg knew what his teachers didn't -- talent is in the eyes of the filmmaker.

Alexander Graham Bell:
"What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it."
"We will either find a way, or make one."
F. Scott Fitzgerald:
"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over."
Dwight D. Eisenhower:
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog."

^^^ PS: I love that last one! I don't feel like a very big dog, but I can muster up enough fight in myself!

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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Thanks once again, Princess.  The guy did have chutzpah, didn't he? 

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I love these stories Chick! Thank You for time and research you do each day for
these wonderful positive posts. I do appreciate it!
Hugs, Robin wink

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Debbie - I love that word, chutzpah - and heck yes, he sure did, didn't he? Thanks.

Robin - I'm so glad you enjoy these, too. It is one of the most immediately beneficial things I have done for myself - searching for positive stuff like this - and I thoroughly enjoy it. Even when I feel sick, I feel more hopeful - which makes me more proactive. *hugs* back at ya.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Such a cool story. You never know what accomplishments a person will have when they grow up. Where do you find this stuff? It is always os interesting. :)

Have a great day!!!

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again princess, I love the saying by Alexander Graham Bell and the one by Dwight D Eisenhauer. Those are ones I am trying to live by.
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DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Shirley, Yep, those are good ones to live by, I agree with you. *gentle hugs* back at ya. :)

Karen, thank you. I love to learn how people came to be where they are. These current ones I found in reader's digest ... but I have a file folder in my bookmarks of all sorts of positive minded sites which I mine for info. LOL I read a story about Sylvester Stallone one day- and I think he is material for a future post, for sure! *hugs*
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!
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