"Jack and Jasinda Wilder" are the pen names of a Michigan couple who fell on one piece of bad luck after another. One of their five children contracted a disease so terrible that Jack had to stop working to care for him. While the family was completely dependent on Jasinda's income, she was downsized.
On the verge of homelessness, the couple told CBS Evening News that in utter desperation they retreated to the basement of their home and started writing. They wrote steamy romance novels and self-published them in e-book form. In six months they put out 20 titles. The rest is history.
One of their books hit No. 1 on Amazon, and in one year they have sold over one million e-books. Needless to say, they saved their house, and now run an e-book publishing empire from the comfort of their own home.
What can we learn from Jack and Jasinda Wilder?
1. Never give up. Stay determined and keep working through your problems.
2. Don't listen when people say, "You can't...." You never know what you can do until you try.
3. Don't be afraid to be creative and inventive. New ideas, whether they are born of desperation or just a burst of creativity, may seem like pipe dreams, but they can't pay off until you try.
4. Know that you have hidden talents. Whatever you do for work is not the only thing you can do. Sometimes a hobby turns into a career.
5. Have a little faith in yourself.
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