9 Famous People Who Will Inspire You to Never Give Up

“Never give up.” It’s probably one of the most cliché phrases you’ll hear as you’re building your career. But there’s a reason these sayings are clichés—you never know when success really does lie around the next corner.
We know believing that is easier said than done, so we collected the following stories of famous celebrities who definitely never gave up , including Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling, for starters.
All these folks are now household names, but they didn’t become one easily. Some lived in their car, others suffered family abuse, and almost all encountered rejection after rejection professionally and personally—before finally landing a foot in the door. Read on and get inspired!
1. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone , was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.
2. Stephen King
King was broke and struggling when he was first trying to write. He lived in a trailer with his wife—also a writer—and they both worked multiple jobs to support their family while pursuing their craft. They were so poor they had to borrow clothes for their wedding and had gotten rid of the telephone because it was too expensive.
King received so many rejection letters for his works that he developed a system for collecting them. In his book On Writing , he recalls: “By the time I was 14…the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” He received 60 rejections before selling his first short story, “The Glass Floor,” for $35. Even his now best-selling book, Carrie , wasn’t a hit at first. After dozens of rejections, he finally sold it for a meager advance to Doubleday Publishing, where the hardback sold only 13,000 copies—not great. Soon after, though, Signet Books signed on for the paperback rights for $400,000, $200,000 of which went to King. Success achieved!
Photo courtesy of Featureflash Shutterstock.com .
3. Jim Carrey
When Carrey was 14 years old, his father lost his job , and his family hit rough times. They moved into a VW van on a relative’s lawn, and the young aspiring comedian—who was so dedicated to his craft that he mailed his resume to The Carroll Burnett Show just a few years earlier, at age 10—took an eight-hours-per-day factory job after school to help make ends meet.
At age 15, Carrey performed his comedy routine onstage for the first time—in a suit his mom made him—and totally bombed, but he was undeterred. The next year, at 16, he quit school to focus on comedy full time. He moved to LA shortly after, where he would park on Mulholland Drive every night and visualize his success. One of these nights he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered,” which he dated for Thanksgiving 1995. Just before that date, he hit his payday with Dumb and Dumber . He put the deteriorated check, which he’d kept in his wallet the whole time, in his father’s casket.
4. Tyler Perry
Perry had a rough childhood. He was physically and sexually abused growing up, got kicked out of high school, and tried to commit suicide twice—once as a preteen and again at 22. At 23 he moved to Atlanta and took up odd jobs as he started working on his stage career.
In 1992 he wrote, produced, and starred in his first theater production, I Know I’ve Been Changed , somewhat informed by his difficult upbringing. Perry put all his savings into the show and it failed miserably; the run lasted just one weekend and only 30 people came to watch. He kept up with the production, working more odd jobs and often slept in his car to get by. Six years later, Perry finally broke through when, on its seventh run, the show became a success. He’s since gone on to have an extremely successful career as a director, writer, and actor. In fact, Perry was named Forbes’ highest paid man in entertainment in 2011.
Photo courtesy of Joe Seer Shutterstock.com .
5. Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker was born in a poor coal-mining town in rural Ohio, the youngest of four children. Her parents divorced when she was two, and her mother remarried shortly thereafter and had an additional four children. Parker’s stepfather, a truck driver, was often out of work, so the future starlet took up singing and dancing at a very young age to help supplement her mom’s teaching income and feed their 10-person family.
Despite hard times and occasionally being on welfare, Parker’s mom continued to encourage her children’s interest in the arts . The family moved to Cincinnati, where Parker was enrolled in a ballet, music, and theater school on scholarship. When she was 11 years old, the family took a trip to New York City so Parker could audition for a Broadway play. The trip was a success—she and her brother were both cast, and the family relocated to New York. Parker continued to work hard and land roles, eventually becoming the title character of TV juggernaut Sex and the City .
Photo courtesy of Featureflash Shutterstock.com .
6. Colonel (Harland) Sanders
Colonel Harland Sanders was fired from a variety of jobs throughout his career before he first started cooking chicken in his roadside Shell Service Station in 1930, when he was 40 years old, during the Great Depression. His gas station didn’t actually have a restaurant, so he served diners in his attached personal living quarters.
Over the next 10 years, he perfected his “Secret Recipe” and pressure fryer cooking method for his famous fried chicken and moved onto bigger locations. His chicken was even praised in the media by food critic Duncan Hines (yes, that Duncan Hines). However, as the interstate came through the Kentucky town where the Colonel’s restaurant was located in the 1950s, it took away important road traffic, and the Colonel was forced to close his business and retire , essentially broke. Worried about how he was going to survive off his meager $105 monthly pension check, he set out to find restaurants who would franchise his secret recipe—he wanted a nickel for each piece of chicken sold. He drove around, sleeping in his car, and was rejected more than 1,000 times before finally finding his first partner.
Photo of courtesy of Wikimedia .
7. Shania Twain
Twain’s career actually began more out of necessity than raw ambition. Her parents divorced when she was two, and she rarely saw her father. Her mom and stepfather, to whom she grew close, often couldn’t make enough to get by, so Twain started singing in bars to make extra money when she was just eight years old.
She recalls her mother waking her up at all hours to get up and perform. Sadly, when she was 21, her mother and stepfather were killed in a head-on car accident with a logging truck on the highway. Twain put her career on hold to step in and take care of her three younger siblings (who were in their teens at the time). She sang in resorts and put off going after big-time stardom until her sister and brothers were old enough to care for themselves. Only once her youngest brother graduated high school did she feel OK heading down to Nashville to pursue her career.
Photo courtesy of Helga Esteb Shutterstock.com .
8. Emily Blunt
Before Blunt was getting nominated for Golden Globes and landing leading roles on the stage and big screen, she could barely carry a conversation with her classmates: Between ages seven and 14, Emily had a major stutter. As she told W magazine, “I was a smart kid, and had a lot to say, but I just couldn’t say it. It would just haunt me. I never thought I’d be able to sit and talk to someone like I’m talking to you right now.”
But that all changed when one of her junior high teachers encouraged her to try out for the school play—a totally unappealing feat given the fact that she had such a hard time communicating. But the teacher kept gently pressing and suggested she try accents and character voices to help get the words out—and it worked. By the end of her teens, Blunt had overcome her stutter and went on to achieve the successful career she has now.
Photo courtesy of DFree Shutterstock.com .
9. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah’s dealt with a lot throughout her public life—criticism about her weight, racism, intrusive questions about her sexuality, just to name a few—but she never let it get in the way of her ambition and drive. When you look at her childhood, her personal triumphs are cast in an even more remarkable light.
Growing up, Oprah was reportedly a victim of sexual abuse and was repeatedly molested by her cousin, an uncle, and a family friend. Later, she became pregnant and gave birth to a child at age 14, who passed away just two weeks later. But Oprah persevered, going on to finish high school as an honors student, earning a full scholarship to college, and working her way up through the ranks of television, from a local network anchor in Nashville to an international superstar and creator of her OWN network (we couldn’t help ourselves).
Photo courtesy of s_buckley Shutterstock.com .

《心经》全文

《心经》是一本佛教徒必读,必知的一本经典佛经。全称《摩诃般若波罗蜜多心经》,梵文paramitahrdayasutra。略称《般若心经》或《心经》。全经只有一卷,260字。属于《大品般若经》中600卷中的一节,是佛经中字数最少的一部经典著作,因其字数最少、含义最深、传奇最多、影响最大,被认为是般若经类的提要。该经曾有过七种汉译本。较为有名的是后秦鸠摩罗什所译的《摩诃般若波罗蜜大明咒经》和唐朝玄奘所译的《般若波罗蜜多心经》。

《般若经》共有八部:《放光般若》、《光明般若》、《道行般若》、《胜天般若》、《胜天王般若》、《文殊问般若》、《金刚般若》、《大品般若》、《小品般若》。本处所用的《般若波罗蜜多心经》则由浅入深地全部概括了《大品般若》的义理精要。可谓言简而义丰,词寡而旨深。古来认为读此经可以了解般若经类的基本精神。

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斯德哥尔摩综合症

  斯德哥尔摩综合症(Stockholm syndrome),斯德哥尔摩效应,又称斯德哥尔摩症候群或者称为人质情结或人质综合症,是指犯罪的被害者对于犯罪者产生情感,甚至反过来帮助犯罪者的一种情结。这个情感造成被害人对加害人产生好感、依赖心、甚至协助加害人。
    1973年8月23日,两名有前科的罪犯Olsson与Olofsson,在意图抢劫瑞典首都斯德哥尔摩市内最大的一家银行失败后,挟持了四位银行职员,在警方与歹徒僵持了130个小时之后,因歹徒放弃而结束。然而这起事件发生后几个月,这四名遭受挟持的银行职员,仍然对绑架他们的人显露出怜悯的情感,他们拒绝在法院指控这些绑匪,甚至还为他们筹措法律辩护的资金,他们都表明并不痛恨歹徒,并表达他们对歹徒非但没有伤害他们却对他们照顾的感激,并对警察采取敌对态度。更甚者,人质中一名女职员Christian竟然还爱上劫匪Olsson,并与他在服刑期间订婚。 继续阅读“斯德哥尔摩综合症”

大头绿豆评《肖申克的救赎》

p480747492这些天按时上下班,衣冠楚楚,与时俱进,过得颇麻木。于是夜里心情便有些低落,寻了肖申克的救赎来看。
  
  距离 Frank Darabont 们缔造这部伟大的作品已经有十年了。我知道美好的东西想必大家都能感受,但是很抱歉,我的聒噪仍将一如既往。
  今夜在我眼里,The Shawshank Redemption 与信念、自由和友谊有关。
  
      [1]、信念
  
  Red 说,希望是危险的东西,是精神苦闷的根源。重重挤压之下的牢狱里呆了三十年的他的确有资格这么说。因为从进来的那一天起,狱长就说过,“把灵魂交给上帝,把身体交给我。”除了他能弄来的香烟和印着裸女的扑克牌,任何其他异动在这个黑暗的高墙之内似乎都无法生长。
  
  然而 Andy 告诉他,“记住,希望是好事——甚至也许是人间至善。而美好的事永不消失。”
  
  于是 Andy 能够用二十年挖开 Red 认为六百年都无法凿穿的隧洞。当他终于爬出五百码恶臭的污水管道,站在瓢泼大雨中情不自禁的时候,我们仿佛看到信念刺穿重重黑幕,在暗夜中打了一道夺目霹雳。亮光之下,我们懦弱的灵魂纷纷在 Andy 张开的双臂下现形,并且颤抖。
  
  庸常生活里的我们,似乎已经习惯了按部就班,习惯了先说“那不可能”,习惯了没有奇迹,习惯了,习惯了。可是正如《飞越疯人院》(One Flew over the Cuckcoo’s Nest)中说的那样,“不试试,怎么知道呢?”
  
  试着留住一些信念,在它们丧失殆尽之前。它们也许无法最终实现,也许无法让我们更有意义的活着——甚至对于我自己而言,它们只会愈加带给我来更多的虚无感。然而我知道我有多需要这样的虚伪与自欺,因为你可以说我在做梦,但我不会是仅有的一个。
  ——我们已经看到监狱长打开藏有 Andy 凿石锤的《圣经》时,翻至那页正是《出埃及记》。这个章节详细描述了犹太教徒逃离埃及的过程。
  
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笑话—不断更新

天冷了,就到澡堂去洗澡,大池的那种,洗到一半,突然屁意来袭,想着最多冒个泡而已,谁知道他妈的拉肚子了呢,一池人瞬间就空了……老板,你听我解释啊

有一天和我小堂弟一起洗澡,他7岁,当我脱下裤子的时候,他问了我个奇怪的问题,说,哥哥你小鸟长毛了是不是要飞走了,我呢不想骗孩子,就告诉他不会飞走,这是正常发育,谁知道他大声的说,哥哥你骗人,你看我姐姐的就飞走了,就只剩下了个鸟窝,鸟窝。。。

朋友爸爸喝多了,回到家,要吃苹果,朋友和他妈都没理他,第二天早上起床,茶几上有两个苹果核形状的土豆……

现在小偷真厉害。上二楼网吧冲个会员,发现电瓶车电瓶被偷了,害我大老远去买电瓶扛着回来,发现车没了。尼玛现在小偷智商真高,都会调虎离山了。

不顾媳妇的劝阻养了条哈士奇,结果可想而知,每天和媳妇因为这只二货吵架,死活让我送人,直到有一天这二货把我的私房钱叼出来了,我媳妇从此再也不提送人的事了,可是现在我特么想把这贱狗送走,以后我还怎么藏小金库啊。

“一个漂亮的女生能让男人练出六块腹肌,一个强壮的男生会让女生练出一副好嗓子”。

同学聚会 老同桌感慨的说了让我难忘的一句话。。你就是树叶子过河~全靠一股浪劲。

昨晚去打麻将,对面一哥们点背,一直输一直输,最后把烟盒里的最后一根烟拿出来了,往身后一扔,说了句,爸,抽完这根烟你先回去吧,你在这我老是输,。我们都惊呆了,他身后是窗户,根本没有人。后来他一直赢,因为我们都不敢回去,直到天亮。

保定的雾霾太严重了……
一朋友昨晚开车来保定!
因雾霾太大,找不到高速出口!
于是下车查看。正巧碰到一哥们,
那哥们告诉他:
前方二十米,右转就是出口。
朋友十分感谢的说:谢谢,您在这干嘛呢?
那哥们说:我和你一样,也是下车找道的。
朋友:哦,那怎么不走?
那哥们:
靠,这 道是找着了,TMD的车找不着了…

前几天半夜打车,司机是一色狼。路上毛手毛脚,后来在一偏僻地方停下,非要跟我聊聊。我说别聊了,直接做吧!二百一次。钱攒够了好快去看病!那司机就问我什么病,我说性病!司机直接给我送回家了!我太tm机智了!

一哥们去城里走亲戚,由于不认识路招手叫了辆出租车,出租车司机满城乱绕,计价器已经显示一百多元,哥们儿沉不住气了,拿出给儿子买的玩具手枪,套上给老婆买的丝袜……对司机说:前面银行先停下……

妻子正在称体重,发现我正在一旁偷笑。妻子顿时气不打一处来,质问道:"你是不是嫌我胖?"我赶紧收起笑容,严肃地说:"老婆,按照你这个体重,身高应该在一米八左右,所以你不是胖,而是矮了。"

总统在监狱里训话:“今天会举行一百米比赛,第一名和最后一名会被枪毙,其他人会被释放。”
犯人:“哦耶!”
总统:“好,下面第一对选手请准备。”
犯人:“我操!”

我是个吃货,平时看见什么就要吃。我妈说怀我时坐B超时是双胞胎,后来不知道怎么回事就生下我一个。。。。。

蜗牛和玫瑰树故事

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园子的四周是一圈榛子树丛,像一排篱笆。外面是田野和草地,有许多牛羊。园子的中间有一棵花繁的玫瑰树,树下有一只蜗牛,他体内有许多东西,那是他自己。
  “等着,等轮到我吧!”他说道,“我不止开花,不止结榛子,或者说像牛羊一样只产奶,我要贡献更多的东西。”“我真是对您大抱希望呢,”玫瑰树说道。“我斗胆请教一下,您什么时候兑现呢?”
  “我得慢慢来,”蜗牛说道。“您总是那么着急!着急是不能成事的。”
  第二年蜗牛仍躺在玫瑰树下大体上同一个地方的太阳里。玫瑰树结了骨朵,绽出花朵,总是那么清爽,那么新鲜。蜗牛伸出一半身子,探出他的触角,接着又把触角缩了回去。 继续阅读“蜗牛和玫瑰树故事”