Mark Twain’s Stuck Moment as an Idle Achiever

October 18, 2011

His stuck moment: His investments in new inventions, and his own publishing house, left his finances in ruin.

He commits to his belief: Twain filed for bankruptcy, which absolved him of much of his debt. But, he was determined to make good by embarking on a world lecture tour to pay his creditors in full. 

Unstuck result: In the six years that he toured and lectured, he also wrote “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and “Tom Sawyer Abroad, by Huck Finn.”

(All information comes from public sources and does not imply endorsement of Unstuck.)

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