Never Give-up – Failures do turn into success!
What is important to learn in life is that success do come to people who strive for it but it can take days, months or years to be successful and in this journey to success you require lots and lots of patience.
Maybe success is not so easy or failures are blessings in disguise which not only improve you as a person but also as a professional day by day.
Hats off to these people, the perseverance they possessed and hard work they put in day in and day out that has made their success an epic.
We all know their names. We’ve heard them time and time again. These are the people who didn’t give up in the face of their struggles.
Names that have become synonymous with success
1 – Steve Jobs
His start in life was tough, to say the least, unwanted by his biological parents he was given up for adoption. Low on finances in his college days, he described his one free good meal a week as coming from the local Hare Krishna center. At age 30, Steve Jobs was voted and removed out of the company he started.
Jobs turned adversity into opportunity and focused on his two new ventures, Next and Pixar. He eventually returned to Apple to make it even bigger than before.
2 – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. As the daughter of a teenaged low-income mother, not only her childhood and living conditions were bad, but she was also sexually abused at a young age of 9. She also faced numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV.”
3 – J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling, the woman who created Harry Potter. We all know this woman and often get inspired by her.
Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
4 – Stephen King
Stephen King is famous for many critically-acclaimed novels, most of which have been made into movies. However, Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times before it was published.
Not only that, but King actually threw the manuscript into the garbage, only later to be retrieved by his wife who wildly believed in his dream of becoming an author.
5 – Bill Gates
Before Microsoft was born, Bill Gates suffered failure in business. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
6 – Henry Ford
Many people know Henry Ford for the Ford Motor Company, one of the most successful automotive companies of in the World today. However, what they don’t know is that Ford failed two times and got bankrupt before his next venture got successful.
7 – Colonel Sanders
People know him because of his suit and bow tie. Colonel Sanders was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). In fact, it wasn’t until the age of 62 that he set out with a $105 social security check in hand to pitch his chicken recipe to restaurants where he failed at selling his recipe to a restaurant over 1009 times, but he didn’t give up.
8 – Thomas Edison
In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything. This famous personality is attributed with failing over 10,000 times to invent the electric light bulb, but he didn’t give up.
9 – Walt Disney
The infamous Disney was fired by a newspaper company as he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas.” He was rejected for funding his vision 302 times, and went into bankruptcy and failed several times over. He kept trying and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
10 – Soichiro Honda
The billion-dollar business that is Honda began with a series of failures and fortunate turns of luck. Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job after interviewing for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time. He started making scooters of his own at home and from here the legendary Honda came into existence.
11 – Akio Morita
We all have heard of his company ‘Sony’. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that that miserably failed in sales and only 100 units got sold. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
12 –Albert Einstein
Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school. Later he won the prestigious Nobel Prize for changing the face of modern physics.
Considered too “dreamy and lazy” by his own father and teachers, Darwin gave up on his medical degree. Perhaps they judged him too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies.
14 – Robert Goddard
Goddard today is known for his research and experimentation with liquid-fueled rockets. But in the beginning, Robert Goddard’s ideas were mocked and ultimately rejected by other scientists as they found them to be impractical.
15 – Isaac Newton
Newton was undoubtedly a genius when it came to math, but he had some failings early on. He did poorly in grade school and failed miserably when he was put in charge of running the family farm.
16 – Winston Churchill
This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom got defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
17 – Abraham Lincoln
While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. He failed almost all the way until becoming one of the greatest US Presidents of all time. He lost his job, had a nervous breakdown, lost his wife at an early age, failed in business and was defeated in many public office runs before he tasted success.
18 – Fred Astaire
In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire “Can’t act, sing and dance and is slightly bald. Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer, and dancer.
19 – Jeanne Moreau
As a young actress just starting out, this French actress was told by a casting director that she was simply not pretty enough to make it in films. Later she did more than 100 films and won numerous awards for her performances.
20 – Charlie Chaplin
It’s hard to imagine ‘comedy’ without Charlie Chaplin. The English comedic actor was first rejected by Hollywood studio representatives as they believed his whole idea of comedy act was senseless and would never sell.
21– Marilyn Monroe
Despite a rough upbringing and being told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary, Monroe became a successful model and actress.
22– Steven Spielberg
This famous film-maker got rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film, and Television three times before becoming the iconic ‘Steven Spielberg’.
23 – Elvis Presley
As one of the best-selling artists of all time, back in 1954 Elvis was fired by his manager after just one performance telling him, “You aren’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”
24 – The Beatles
When they were just starting out their recording company told them no and rejected them. They were told “we don’t like your sound, and guitar music,” two things the rest of the world didn’t agree with later.
25 – Michael Jordan
The greatest NBA basketball player of all time was initially cut from his high school basketball team. He missed more than 9000 shots and lost more than 300 games in his career. Jordan failed to make the NBA finals for 6 straight years.
26 – Jim Carey
The great comedian this century has gifted us was booed offstage on his first comic stand-up. He grew up in a lower-income family with a father who struggled to keep jobs. They were so poor that he had to drop out of high school at the age of 15 and get a job as a janitor just to support his family.
27 – The Wright Brothers
Prior to creating the first plane to stay in the air, these 2 brothers battled depression and family illness before starting the bicycle shop that led them to experiment with flight.
28 – R.H. Macy
Prior to attaining massive success with the Macy’s department store, Rowland Hussey failed 7 other businesses.
29 – Madonna
After dropping out of college and moving to New York with barely any money, Madonna got a job at Dunkin Doughnuts where she was fired on her day for squirting jelly on a customer.
30 – Marilyn Monroe
Her contract with Colombia was expired because she was told she wasn’t pretty or talented enough. She suffered from depression and was always trying to prove herself within the industry that claimed she was just a model and nothing more. They all were so wrong!
31 – Arnold Schwarzenegger
When Arnold desired to make the switch from bodybuilder to actor, he was told he was unfit for acting because of his overly developed body, accent, and challenging name.
32 – JACK MA
He was denied a job at KFC in Hangzhou but got a break as an English teacher at a local university. From rags-to-riches, Jack Ma has become the richest person in China, worth a mind-blowing $25 billion.