We recently stumbled upon this article featuring rejection letters sent to famous people, and this story about Julia Child really got us thinking about perseverance.
Check out the video above and description from the article below.
"The video is Marylene Altiere of Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library showing the letter Child received from Houghton Mifflin in 1959.
Before gaining recognition as the woman who taught America how to cook, Julia Child endured many challenges in her cooking career. She was criticized by the headmistress of Le Cordon Bleu for wanting a diploma, and later on by book publishers.
An early manuscript of Mastering the Art of French Cooking was rejected by Houghton Mifflin because it was too long, almost encyclopedic. Child revised the book over a period of ten years with co-authors Loisette Bertholle and Simca Beck, until it was picked up by Knopf Publishing."
What if Julia gave up right then and there? Can you imagine how awful it must have felt to take on the project of your life and then be turned down left and right?
There would be way less Tarte Tatins in this world ... that's for sure.
Have you experienced an unfortunate "no" recently? Embody your inner Julia today. Even 1,000 rejections can not and will not stop you.
If your work feels right in your head an your heart, you are on the right track.
Keep on going.