Success Stories By Dick Kazan - Valuable lessons on how to succeed in business and in life
Entertaining and compelling real-life stories with valuable
lessons on how to succeed in business and in life.
The author is successful business, real estate, and media entrepreneur Dick Kazan.
Published on June 10, 2008

Today: A secret behind the all-time best selling book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a preeminent minister and inspirational speaker and a celebrated author best known for his famous book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” an inspirational classic.

First published in 1952, to date it has sold 20-million copies in 42-languages. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it to you as a quick and easy read, entertaining and chock full of uplifting stories and advice.

But here’s a secret few people know. Publisher after publisher rejected Dr. Peale’s manuscript and he became so discouraged from all those rejections he threw his manuscript in to the trash can, expecting it would never again see the light of day.

He thought he was done with “The Power of Positive Thinking” but fate intervened. It seemed the manuscript had one other believer, one other person who thought it was special, Dr. Peale’s wife, Ruth Stafford Peale. She lifted it out of the trash can and wouldn’t let him give-up on it.

She persuaded him to contact at least one more publisher, and with her encouragement he finally did. And eventually Dr. Peale convinced a publisher to take a chance with it.

Sales of “The Power of Positive Thinking” took off, and from that point, Dr. Peale became a best-selling author, publishing numerous books. It took his life to new and exciting places and through “The Power of Positive Thinking” and other writings, speeches and sermons, he helped to uplift vast numbers of lives, perhaps your life being one of them.

Success Tip of the Week: If you have a potentially great idea languishing, act on it. If others reject it you’ll learn why and you can improve it. Then maybe like Dr. Peale, your life will go to new and exciting places as you make life better for others.

In the next KazanToday: As strong as a tree trunk, as gentle as a leaf.

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Many of these short, inspirational success stories are about people from all walks of life who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve remarkable results. These stories contain practical advice and a recipe for success for each of these renowned individuals. Some of their stories may help you to avoid some of the costly and time consuming mistakes that many of us make in life and at work. Learn from some of history's greatest winners on how to become a winner yourself, no matter what the obstacle, and no matter how daunting the task before you may seem. Good luck!