That if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
You probably remember Henry David Thoreau for his amazing literary works.
Chances are you haven’t heard of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.1
In 1839, Thoreau and his brother John made a boat and hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. When John ended up passing away a short time later in 1842, Thoreau set out to recreate the trip in novel form.
The only problem? No one wanted to buy it.