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Little Words, Big Problems

Posted by Terri Porter   Jul 23, 2015 6:30:00 AM

light bulbWhile reading an article recently on 29 famous people who failed before they succeeded, I came across these two sentences:

[Walt Disney] went onto become the guy who redefined American childhood.

[Thomas Edison] went onto be fired from his first two jobs for not being suitably productive.

And voilà! A blog post was born. Any idea why? Here’s a hint: It’s not about Mickey Mouse and light bulbs. No, the inspiration is smaller than that. Much smaller. Four letters to be precise — o n t o — and the spacing between them.

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Topics: onto versus on to

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