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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