The inspiration of Dr. Seuss
Before he was Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel was stuck on a ship returning to the States from Europe listening to the thump thump thump of the engine. Inspired by the rhythm, he wrote his first children’s book: And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street.
The rejection of Dr. Seuss
He pitched the book and was rejected 27 times before a chance encounter with a friend who had just landed an editing job. Geisel told his friend about his book, about the rejection, and told him he was fed up and about to destroy the book. The friend read it and Dr. Seuss was born.
You never know where inspiration is going to come from. It could be from a T-shirt or an engine.
Knowing when to listen to and when to reject the opinion of others is key. Imagine a room full of all of the people who have rejected your ideas and work. Geisel’s room had 27 people in it. Now imagine going around that room and telling each of them your idea and each of them gives you a big thumbs down. Do you walk out of the room and go find #28?
Unless you do, you’ll never know the places you’ll go.
(Another blog post brought to you courtesy of NPR’s Morning Edition)