Motivation: Stop The Case Of The Mondays

Monday morning is probably one of the least thrilling days out there.  Of course there’s the occasional oddball that finds motivation by simply grabbing the bull by the horns and starting the work week, but most of us don’t have the same level of enthusiasm about being cranky until the afternoon and tired by early evening.

Except for those of you that literally grab bulls by their horns. We feel you probably have a pretty exciting day.

Except for those of you that literally grab bulls by their horns. We feel you probably have a pretty exciting day.

The fact of the matter is, motivation is not the easiest thing to have, especially if you have a business idea that isn’t taking off, or a dream that isn’t materializing yet.  It’s easy to get discouraged, especially when you may see peers realizing success faster, or when you start to overthink your career trajectory.

Don't worry, we're not going to bore you with trite word-salad like this abomination.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to bore you with trite word-salad like this abomination.

It turns out that a lot of famous people have experienced some pretty crushing failures, but by finding the motivation they needed, they were able to overcome.

Harrison Ford

harrison ford motivation

Harrison Ford is one of the most successful actors of all time, having starred in the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, as well as the box office smash Regarding Henry (OK, maybe not that one but it’s a good movie).  This has left Mr. Ford with enough disposable income for a whole collection of questionable earring choices.  Ford started out as an actor in the 60’s, but he wasn’t that good at it and he was cast in a few mostly non-speaking roles.  Ford was working as a carpenter when he screen tested for American Graffiti which ultimately led to being cast in Star Wars four years later.

Also, Han shot first, full stop.

Also, Han shot first, full stop.

Stephen King

Stephen King

If you’re looking for motivation than look no further than the most famous Maine resident and serial novel writer Stephen King.  Teller of probably some of the most terrifying bedtime stories ever to motivate a child to sleep, Stephen King’s success as a writer was never an absolute.  In fact, his novel Carrie, the heartwarming tale of a psychic teenager that murders an entire prom with telepathy, was rejected thirty times by publishers before he threw out the manuscript.  It was only due to his wife finding it in the bin that the novel was saved.  Luckily for King, the next publisher took interest and today Stephen King has enough money to buy Maine and turn it into a theme park.

At least now Maine has more than one famous thing.

At least now Maine has something else famous, other than giant undersea bugs.

Orville and Wilbur Wright

first flight motivation

Flight was a dream of human beings since the first human said “ugh” which presumably meant “bird”.  Alas, without the means to make a flying machine that actually could fly, humans have been grounded for most of history, with the exception of those who have fallen off of cliffs.  The Wright brothers of Ohio had spent years trying to finish the airplane, but each prototype continued to fail.  They could have easily continued to run their bike shop and given up on the flying business, however, they persevered and finally at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903 they got their craft to fly.

Remember kids, this could have been their legacy if they had given up.

Remember kids, this could have been their legacy if they had given up.

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