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A teenager’s low popularity convinced her that she was not attractive. She became a top fashion model, hailed by many as the most beautiful woman in the world. All those who had ignored her are now boasting that they had gone to school with Claudia Schiffer!


He was rejected as too awkward and clumsy to be a ball boy in a Davis Cup tennis match: Stan Smith went on to become the officially ranked number one tennis player in the world (1972-1973).


He received an unbroken succession of 743 rejections. Now over sixty million of John Creasey’s Crime novels have been published.


‘What will they send me next!’ said Edmund Hillary’s gym instructor of the puny school boy now known as the man who conquered Mount Everest.


‘Balding, skinny, can dance a little,’ they said of Fred Astaire at his first audition.


Beethoven’s music teacher declared him ‘hopeless’ at composing.


Albert Einstein’s parents feared he was sub-normal.


As Billy Graham preached, a missionary’s daughter battled an almost uncontrollable urge to run out of the meeting. It was his future wife, and it wasn’t conviction that made her squirm. It was her response to what she considered appalling preaching.


“I think I may say without contradiction that when the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it, and no more will be heard of it.” -Professor Erasmus Wilson of Oxford University


An invitation was extended to witness one of humanity’s most historic moments – the Wright brothers’ first flight in their heavier-than-air machine. Five people turned up.


“No one would want to hear movie actors talk.” -H. B. Warner of Warner Brothers at the notion of ‘talkies.’


“This will never appeal to the average American family” -the New York Times regarding Television


Walt Disney was fired for ‘lacking ideas’.


Thirty-eight times, publishers turned down Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. They knew a good story when they saw one. That many experts couldn’t be wrong . . .


Adapted from http://net-burst.net/hot/cope.htm

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