Ernest Hemingway, the ultra-famous writer, was in a bar, when some guy bet him 10 dollars telling him that he couldn’t write a story using six small words. Hemingway accepted the bet and wrote:
–“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”–
He then collected his 10 bucks, which he presumably spent at the bar and proceeded to call that story his best work.
Have you ever made a bet that was significant to your life? I have heard of people who end up marrying the love of their lives thanks to a bet. Or people who make a bet and win so much money, that their lives are never the same. If you have such an experience, regardless of how big or small it may sound to the world, if it was significant to your life, we want to hear it.
For example, Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” on a $50 dare from his publisher. He was told that he couldn’t write a good story in 50 different words or less and look at us; many of us can’t imagine our lives without this book. And I bet you that at the time; Dr. Seuss couldn’t have imagined that with this story he was going to touch millions of lives around the world.
Another millionaire example of a bet that changed lives is that of George Lucas. He was so sure that his film “Star Wars” would tank at the box office that he made a bet with his friend Steven Spielberg saying that Spielberg could win 2.5% of his profits for all time if it did better than Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” It is said that Spielberg still receives the checks of this bet.
In 1872, after fighting two wars against each other, tensions between America and Great Britain were at its worst. Yankee Gilbert Bates bet his friends $1,000 that he could walk across Great Britain wearing full military regalia waving the American flag and come home without a scratch on him.
Not only did he return unharmed, but he was welcomed with such open arms (London threw him a citywide party) that it precipitated a turning point in US-Anglo relations.
And last, let’s talk about how Sir Isaac Newton basically invented physics on a bet for 40 shillings, which stated that no one could explain why the planets don’t orbit in neat circles. Then he wrote the most influential scientific text of all time.
Are you inspired to tell us your story now? Write to us in the comments spaces below. We would love to hear your story! You never know if you bet might change lives in the future!