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Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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We’ve all seen stories of people who had good ideas but who were continually rebuffed or rejected in trying to bring their idea to reality.  I was reading recently about a woman named Bette Nesmith.  She was a secretary in the 1950’s and regularly used manual typewriters (and then electric typewriters) in her job.  The problem was that, like most people, she would make typographical errors.  She was trying to develop some way to correct/fix her mistakes.  She concocted a fluid which painted over her typing errors.  The result was that secretaries all over the building started using her concoction.  She thought she might have a marketable commodity and began the process of trying to pitch it to various companies.  No one was interested.  She thought she would do it herself and she made the “mistake fluid” from her home and sold it on her own.  But from 1959 - 1960 she barely made enough money to cover her expenses.
 
But Bette did not give up.  She traveled around the country and visited office supply stores.  Eventually orders began to pour into her and the Liquid Paper Corporation was off and running.  She sold the company in 1979 to the Gillett Corporation for $47.5 million.  In 1979 $47.4 million was a lot of money.  Come to think of it, that’s still a lot of money today!
 
The lesson? Don’t give up.  Don’t quit. 
 
Here is a word from the Word:
 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)
 
Have a great Tuesday!
 
Bruce
 
Vision 20/20 Reading Plan: Romans 6


 
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