Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dr. Seuss Sold 222 Million Books

Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) had his first book rejected 27 times from publishers. Finally in 1937, Vanguard Press gave him a chance. Wikipedia reports that he went on to sell over 222 million books, in 15 different languages. Spirit Magazine claims he sold 600 million books.

Either way, Dr. Seuss is a huge international success story for all entrepreneurs to take note of. To date, of the 100 best-selling books of all time for children, 16 were written by Dr. Seuss.

Again, he was rejected repeatedly by major book publishers who supposedly were the industry experts. They were dead wrong, and lost billions because of it.

What's the lesson for us? Never give up on your ideas or your goals, and never be intimidated by big companies who turn you down. Be persistent and bold, and believe in yourself no matter what. If you get negative feedback, consider it and tweak your ideas as you see fit - but don't ever back down.


  1. Hello: Dante,

    This post hit home for me. I am creating a new, positive informational talk show for the ground up. Several major studios have turned me down, but I am determine to make "The Discount Trendsetter Show" the #1 talk show in the world. Thank you for the positive advice.