carol ritter

by Carol Ritter

Did You Know…

-Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas.”

-Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television.”

-Decca Recording Studios rejected The Beatles because they didn’t like their sound and thought they had no future.

-Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost four years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much.”

These well-known icons were fearless; they took a “no” and turned it into a career.  They were able to recover from the rejection and bad advice by believing in themselves and following their instincts.

Recently, I was talking to two very special talented clients.  They both told me that someone in their lives told them they would not amount to anything.  Do you know…they still remember who told them and they both spent their lives proving them wrong. Now that’s fearless.

Five Fearless Lessons:

1.) Be Brave and Courageous – learn how to identify bad advice.

2.) Let your Inner Feistiness reject someone else’s opinion.

3.) Think about who told you that you can’t or won’t– they are just a person, more than likely not even an expert in what you do or want to do.

4.) If you really believe in something, a new service or a new product, do your homework, ask trusted colleagues what they think and Go For It.

5.) Produce Feverishly – work hard and often, it’s rare that anyone who is wildly successful is lazy.  Set a grand example for your staff and colleagues.

Whether it is Walt, Oprah, Albert or The Beatles, they are all just people who had a dream, a talent and the determination to make it happen.


Carol serves as a featured writer for The Home News. Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country.  Carol’s creative leadership provides bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND BETTER LEADERS to your team. 610-442-4545  Like Carol on Caroltalks and CarolCoaches!  Carol S. Ritter, Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia and St. Luke’s University Hospital Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice. 


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