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Published on August 1st, 2017
A man who overcame repeated rejection to become highly successful.

Most people have hopes and dreams, but when others reject them, they let go of those dreams and settle for something far less.

This is the story of a man who hoped to become a filmmaker, but rejection dogged him at each step.

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For example, when he applied to the highly influential University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, he was rejected for being a "C" student.

They rejected him not once, not twice, but three times!

So, he took his father’s advice and attended California State University, Long Beach, majoring in English, assured by his father that with that degree, he could always teach.

It appeared his dream had ended, that is until he pursued an unusual opportunity.

This young man landed a nearly invisible, unpaid intern job in the editing department at Universal Studios.

Subsequently, Universal funded a short 26-minute film, which he wrote and directed.

The film, "Amblin" became an award winning little movie. Studio Vice President Sidney Sheinberg was so impressed, he signed this young man to a long-term directing contract.

This young man, Steven Spielberg was on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s top directors.

Among his many films are E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and the Indiana Jones film franchise, with George Lucas.

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
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The key for him, and the key for you and me, is to never give-up on our dreams, regardless of the skepticism of others.

If we hold those dreams dear, and pursue them, there is always a way they can be achieved.

Editor's Note: To see a compelling 12-minute, 30-second video of Steven Spielberg explaining his fascination with movies, click here. To see a 9-minure, 54-second showcasing of 10 of his outstanding movies, click here. To learn more, click here and here.

Reader Ranjore commented: I want to praise Mr. Spielberg for returning to California State University Long Beach a few years back, to complete his BA degree he had started work on over 30 years earlier.

While at a film scoring session for one of Steven's films - I asked him why he had gone back to complete is BA after all his success, fame and wealth achieved. He told me he was having a bit of a problem motivating his children to attend college. They kept reminding him that he had been a college dropout and still had become very wealthy.

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