WAIT! DON'T READ THE ARTICLE FIRST
This is sort of fun. Want to try guessing before checking out this slide show for the answers?
Do you know what these famous authors did BEFORE they made their living writing?
J D Salinger
T S Eliot
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Want a hint? Among the following are all the right answers plus two that are not true for any of the authors. Can you match them up?
Worked as a circus clown
Changed light bulbs filaments in a factory
Was as a hotel security guard
Was as a postmaster at a school
Sold magazines door to door
Was the entertainment director on a luxury liner
Worked on the Colonial and Foreign Accounts desk at a bank
Was a professional singer
Managed a Saab dealership
As I gave it a shot missing more than I guessed correctly, I couldn't help but think about the inspiration this article might provide, not just to kids with dreams of being published, but with all kids with dreams, any dreams.
I wondered if kids sometimes take a long time coming to the realization that there is a difference between dreams and fantasies. Dreams can come true; fantasies may be less likely.
A great lesson to be learned is that we all have the power to improve the odds of fantasties becoming dreams and of dreams becoming realities.
I used to have one of those black background with white letters "Wait to be seated" sort of signs in my room where I'd put inspirational sayings up for a week or so before changing them.
Two of my favorites...
"Those who are thirsty should not sit on a rock in the middle of a field hoping that a cow will back up to them."
"There are quicker ways to get to the top of an oak tree than sitting on an acorn."
I suspect that these authors neither sat on said rock or said acorn. Wonder how they managed to get from such "other work" to having their dreams come true.
Perhaps something for all students with hopes and dreams to think about.