Zombies get a bad rap. Not in the way that Eminem sings a song about them (because that would be an awesome rap), but they get a bad rap because they're stinky, kind of scabby and gross, and most of the time they're trying to use our faces as an entryway to our sweet and tasty brains.
The thing is, zombies are AWESOME! One of the most awesome ways zombies are awesome, and yes, I say awesome a lot, is that they are PERSISTENT little rascals. Yep, if a zombie's chasing after you, and you shoot it in the face, it gets up and groans a bit and then keeps coming.
You're ready though. You chainsaw off one of its arms. BAM! It doesn't make excuses. It keeps coming, and now you're getting worried.
So you punch it in the face, HARD, but all that happens is that now your hand is covered in gross zombie pus and blood and some weird black stuff I don't know what that is and IT'S STILL CHASING YOU and you start crying and then IT SUCKS OUT YOUR BRAIN LIKE A SQUISHEE!!!
So what can we learn from this?
People who persist have more chance of succeeding.
That's kind of obvious, really. If you're trying to do something and it gets hard and you quit, well, you aren't going to finish the job.
Zombies finish the job.
Awesome superstar legendary zombie level non-undead humans do as well. Like the people I'm going to list below right now! I hope all the facts are right. I did the research. I trusted the internet AND books!
Dr Seuss. I like to read his books, I do, how many have I read? A few. His first book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers! Yep, 27. The 28th, which he happened on by chance, took the book and sold 6 million copies and possibly the greatest children's author ever was away.
Stephanie Meyer. She wrote a little book series called Twilight. You may have heard of it. Yeah, well, it was rejected by 14 literary agents. WHOOPS!!!
JK Rowling. What's wrong with publishers and agents? Harry Potter, which has now sold 59 Gazajillion copies (actual figure may be slightly more or less), was rejected by a whole heap of publishers. The numbers vary. I've read 12, 27 and 43. Whatever, double triple whoops!
Coca Cola. In its first year, Coca Cola sold a mere 9 serves of Coke a day. Now it serves, wait for it ... 1.9 BILLION serves EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!
Michael Jordan. This guy was possibly the greatest basketballer EVER. He's amazing. But back in high school, he went out for the school basketball team, and he wasn't selected in the first team! Some people would have given up. Jordan went back, worked harder, and the rest is history!
Richard Branson (who owns Virgin), Pablo Picasso (a totally famous artist and inventor), and Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Aniston and Jim Carrey (Champion actors) - they all had dyslexia, which is a learning difficulty (Source of information www.dyslexia.com/famous.htm).
Paralympians. Yep. If you want to watch people who have it hard but who just keep persisting, watch the Paralympics. It is totally inspiring.
So don't let failures or hard times hold you back. If you have something you really want to achieve, GO FOR IT! Keep persisting! Be yourself, but persist like the people mentioned above. Most of all, though, persist like zombies ... except for the whole brain eating thing.
That would just be weird.
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Also remember this - if you really wanna live ... you gotta be undead!
Hazel Edwards ... what a star!!! She's written over 200 books, she's an OAM, and she wrote a little book about a hippopotamus that has become an Australian institution, and is about to become a musical!
She's also realised that zombies are crucial in helping us live awesome lives!
I was able to chat with Hazel as she hunkered down in a zombie-proof abode, and I discovered she believes in taking risks and not always doing what everyone else does.
I also discovered she's not a 6 year old girl ... that comment makes sense when you watch the interview, I promise!
I also also discovered that the only thing that smells in Antarctica is penguin poop! Whaaaat?
Click HERE to watch Hazel's Zombie Inspiration Interview on taking risks and getting out there, and also to see her AMAZING Zombie Inspiration Fast Question Challenge.
Before that, you can take a sneak peek by watching the video below, to see the unfortunate result of what happened when Hazel said penguin poop one time too many.
Check out Hazel's Website, or Opportunities for first time writers, or Buy Hazel's books, and also check out Hazel's latest book, Hijabi Girl, co-written with Ozge Alkan and illustrated by the awesome Serena Geddes! And also also check out Hazel in full Antarctica gear just before the zombies attacked!!! That picture's right below these words!
George Ivanoff is a marvel! He lives the zombie life. He knows that to get to where you want to, you have to be as persistent as a zombie chasing after the fastest man alive, just to slurp on his yummy brain.
I was able to connect with George via a video link-up, and discovered that even with over 90 books published, he has had his books rejected heaps of times, and still continues to get rejections today!
I discovered he loves going for a jog if he gets writer's block, and that he really is a massive Dr Who fan.
I also discovered he does a super awesome zombie impersonation!
Check out the videos below to see either the full interview with George, his Zombie Inspiration Fast Question Challenge (he's HILARIOUS in this!), or the unfortunate result of what happened a few days after we talked to George.
George Ivanoff, we thank you, and we're sorry for what happened to you. We'll try not to blast you with our flame thrower.
Below the interviews you'll see the covers of George's latest two books, due out on May 2!!!!
(Find out everything there is to know about non-zombie George at www.georgeivanoff.com.au and find George's books in ALL good bookstores, libraries, department stores and non-zombie infected hospitals). And check out George's new books below, both being released on May 2!!!
To most people, zombies are gross and disgusting and scary and they have their eyeballs hanging out of their head and their bones are showing through their gross, disgusting, pus-oozing, bits-falling-off-everywhere skin.
What these people don’t know is that zombies are an INSPIRATION!!!
I know, I know, you’re going to shout me down with your "They just shuffle and grunt and groan!” and your “But they ate my mother!” and your “How can they be inspiring? They smell like rat guts mixed with dog poo!”
Well to that I say this … if you really want to be inspired, if you really want to become awesome, you have to look deeper than the blood and guts and the brain eating and the bullet holes with worms crawling out of them.
Here are my TOP 5 WAYS ZOMBIES ARE INSPIRING!!!
So that’s five ways zombies have inspired me to become more awesome.
How about you?
Have zombies inspired you?
Have zombies taught you anything that helped you become an awesome legend superstar?
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