Jessie the Chicken Plucker

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This was a great story I received via email a few weeks.  It was just too good not to pass it on to you.  I guess it really goes to show you that your circumstances does not have to determine the outcome of your life.  People con overcome anything if they put their minds to it.  That is what makes the human spirit such a wonderful thing.

Jesse was a chicken plucker. That’s right.  He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn’t have to.  It wasn’t much of a job. But at the time, Jesse didn’t think he was much of a person.  His father was a brute of a man.  His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill and treated Jesse rough all of his life.

Jesse’s older brother wasn’t much better.  He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.  Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in West Virginia.  Life was anything but easy.  And he thought life didn’t hold much hope for him.  That’s why he was standing in this chicken line, doing a job that darn few people wanted.

In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems that Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head.  He was a small child, skinny and meek.
That sure didn’t help the situation any.  When he started to school, he was the object of every Bully on the playground.  He was a hypochondriac of the first order.

For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something he looked forward to.  But, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist.  He found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with sock puppets and saved his hard-earned dollars until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy.

When he got old enough, he joined the military.  And even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms persisted, the military did recognize his talents and put him in the entertainment corp.  That was when his world changed.  He gained confidence.  He found that he had a talent for making people laugh, and laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes.

Yes, little Jesse had found himself.  You know, folks, the history books are full of people who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success of themselves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of who didn’t overcome it.  Instead he used his paranoia to make a million dollars, and become one of the best-loved characters of all time in doing it!

Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred his nervousness into a successful career, still holds the record for the most Emmy’s given in a single category.

The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian who brought us Barney Fife was Jesse Don Knotts.

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NOW YOU KNOW, “THE REST OF THE STORY”

There is a street named for him and his statue in Morgantown, West Virginia, his place of birth.

Jesse Donald “Don” Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006)

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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