There was a man who ventured out to become a writer of children’s books. Having written a title – And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. He proceeded to find himself a publisher by moving from one outlet to the other. The publishers he approached, all rejected him. Following the 23rd publisher and rejection, he decided to call it a quit.
With the manuscript in his hands as he made his way home to dump it in the incinerator. He bumped into a long-unseen college friend on Madison Avenue. Both were thrilled to see each other. So, the friend asked, “What are you doing these days?” He replied saying, “I’m an unsuccessful author of children’s books.” “And you too, what are you doing these days?” He asked his friend.
“I’m an editor of children’s books and my office is right here. Do you mind stepping in for a sec?” “Why not?” he said. Twenty minutes later, he moved from being an unsuccessful author of children’s books to a legit author with a contract.
Today, both children and adults enjoy the stories of Theodor S. Geisel popularly known as Dr. Seuss. He is the ninth-best-selling fiction author of all time with an estimate of 500 million copies of work sold.
The Morals of this Story:
Opportunities are golden, rare and sometimes hard to come by. When opportunity eventually shows up, it always seek to kiss your preparation and doesn’t want to wait to do so. An opportunity missed may never return throughout a lifetime. Hence, the need to always be prepared. Never be tempted to think that the time you invest to prepare for something – whatever you desire to do, pursue or become – is wasted, fruitless or needless. Even though, sometimes it may appear to look so. Weariness, discouragements or disappointments may set in, but keep forging ahead as you stay on the look-out for your opportunity. As for me, I know too well now that preparation is a pre-requisite to success!