25 FAMOUS FAILURES THAT LEAD TO SUCCESS

 

25 FAMOUS FAILURES THAT LEAD TO SUCCESS

 

 

 

25. WINSTON CHURCHILL 

 

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FAILURES:

  • HE DID POORLY IN SCHOOL
  • STUTTERED AND SPOKE WITH A LISP
  • HIS PARENTS PAID NO ATTENTION TO HIM AND LABELLED HIM AS A DISAPPOINTMENT AND CHILD OF LOW INTELLIGENCE.

 

SUCCESSES: 

  • BECAME UK PRIME MINISTER
  • WON THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
  • FIRST EVER HONORARY CITIZEN OF THE  UNITED STATES

 

 

24.  ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

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FAILURES:

  • HIS FIANCE DIED
  • FAILED IN BUSINESSES
  • HAD A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
  • LOST 8 ELECTIONS

 

SUCCESSES:

  • 16TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • ABOLISHED SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
  • STRENGTHENED A STRUGGLING ECONOMY

 

 

23.  ALBERT EINSTEIN 

 

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FAILURES:

  • DIDN’T SPEAK TILL HE WAS 4
  • DIDN’T READ TILL HE WAS 7
  • TEACHERS SAID “HE WOULD NEVER AMOUNT TO MUCH”

 

SUCCESSES:

  • CHANGED AND IMPACTED THE WAY WE LIVE TODAY
  • RECEIVED THE 1921 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS

 

 

22. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 

 

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FAILURES:

  • TEACHERS LABELLED HIM AS “HOPELESS AS A COMPOSER”
  • WAS LOSING HIS HEARING AS AN ADULT
  • ALMOST TOTALLY DEAF IN HIS LATER LIFE

 

SUCCESSES:

  • WROTE 5 OF THE WORLD MOST BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONIES
  • 5 OF THOSE 9 WERE WRITTEN ONCE DEAF
  • KNOWN AS ONE OF THE GREATEST COMPOSERS OF ALL TIME.

 

 

21.  BILL GATES 

 

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FAILURES:

  • DROPPED OUT OF HARVARD COLLEGE
  • STARTED AND FAILED HIS FIRST BUSINESS CALLED TRAF – O – DATA

 

SUCCESSES:

  • CO FOUNDED THE WORLDS LARGEST SOFTWARE COMPANY MICROSOFT
  • FORBES MAGAZINE’S OVERALL WEALTHIEST PERSON FROM 1995 TO 2014
  • ONE OF THE MOST PHILANTHROPIC PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

 

 

20.  CHARLIE CHAPLIN 

 

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FAILURES:

  • REJECTED BY COUNTLESS HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS FOR AN ACT THAT WAS DEEMED “NONSENSICAL” AND “UNABLE TO SELL”.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • ONE OF CINEMAS MOST UNIVERSAL ICONS
  • FOUNDER OF UNITED ARTISTS PICTURES
  • ACADEMY AWARD WINNER

 

 

19.  DR. SEUSS 

 

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FAILURES:

  • HIS FIRST BOOK WAS REJECTED BY ALMOST 30 PUBLISHERS

 

SUCCESSES:

  • PUBLISHED 46 OF THE MOST POPULAR CHILDREN’S BOOKS
  • WINNER OF THE LEWIS CARROLL SHELF AWARD
  • HIS BIRTH DATE HAS BEEN NAMED THE “NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY”

 

 

18.  THOMAS EDDISON 

 

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FAILURES:

  • TEACHERS SAID HE WAS “TOO STUPID TO LEARN ANYTHING” AND HAD NOTHING MORE THAN A PLEASANT PERSONALITY.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE LIFE TODAY
  • INVENTED THE PHONOGRAPH, MOTION PICTURE CAMERA AND LIGHT BULB.

 

 

17.  ELVIS PRESLEY 

 

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FAILURES:

  • ONCE FIRED AND TOLD “YOU AINT GOING NOWHERE SON, YOU OUGHT TO GO BACK TO DRIVING A TRUCK”

 

SUCCESSES:

  • WON 3 GRAMMY’S
  • RECEIVED LIFETIME GRAMMY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT AGE 36
  • ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RECORDING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME
  • KNOWN AS AN ICON OF THE 20TH CENTURY

 

 

16.  EMINEM

 

 

FAILURES:

  • DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL
  • WAS ADDICTED TO DRUGS
  • ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

 

SUCCESSES:

  • 15 TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
  • HIGHEST SELLING ARTIST OF THE 2000’s
  • ONE OF THE BEST SELLING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME WITH OVER 155 MILLIONS ALBUMS AND SINGLES SOLD

 

 

15.  STEPHEN KING

 

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FAILURES:

  • THREW HIS FIRST SCRIPT IN THE TRASH AFTER BEING REJECTED BY OVER 30 PUBLISHERS. HIS WIFE RETRIEVED THE SCRIPT FROM THE TRASH AND URGED HIM TO PERSIST.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS OF ALL TIME
  • HAS PUBLISHED MORE THAN 50 BOOKS
  • OVER 350 MILLION BOOKS SOLD
  • MANY OF HIS BOOKS HAVE BEEN ADAPTED INTO FEATURE FILMS, TV SHOWS AND COMIC BOOKS.

 

 

14.  SOICHIRO HONDA 

 

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FAILURES:

  • REJECTED BY TOYOTA FOR AN ENGINEERING JOB

 

SUCCESSES:

  • FOUNDER OF THE HONDA CORPORATION
  • HONDA IS ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING AND MOST PROFITABLE AUTOMOTIVE COMPANIES OF ALL TIME

 

 

13.  STEVE JOBS 

 

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FAILURES:

  • DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE
  • FIRED FROM THE COMPANY HE CREATED
  • WENT THROUGH A PERIOD OF DEPRESSION

 

SUCCESSES:

  • CREATED THE LARGEST TECH COMPANY IN THE WORLD – APPLE INC
  • CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE LIFE TODAY
  • CO FOUNDED PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS WHICH CREATED TOY STORY AND REVOLUTIONIZED THE ANIMATED  FILM INDUSTRY
  • ONLY ACCEPTED AN ANNUAL SALARY OF $1 YET AMASSED A PERSONAL WEALTH OF OVER 8 BILLION DOLLARS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH IN 2011.

 

 

12.  THE BEATLES 

 

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FAILURES:

  • TOLD THEY “DON’T HAVE A GOOD SOUND” ,  “HAVE NO FUTURE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS” AND “GUITAR MUSIC IS ON THE WAY OUT”

 

SUCCESSES:

  • MOST COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFULLY BAND OF ALL TIME
  • 1O GRAMMY AWARDS
  • ICONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

 

 

11.  COLONEL SANDERS

 

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FAILURES:

  • HIS RECIPE WAS REJECTED 1009 TIMES
  • TOOK 65 YEARS TO ACHIEVE ANY BUSINESS SUCCESS

SUCCESSES:

  • FOUNDER OF KFC

 

 

10.  MARILYN MONROE

 

 

 

FAILURES:

  • TOLD AT FIRST MODELLING AUDITION “YOU’D BETTER LEARN SECRETARIAL WORK OR ELSE GET MARRIED”.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • AMERICAN SEX SYMBOL, SCREEN STAR AND FIRST PLAYBOY COVER MODEL
  • HAS A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

 

 

9.  LIONEL MESSI 

 

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FAILURES:

  • CUT FROM HIS TEAM AT AGE 11 DUE TO A CONDITION THAT MADE HIM MUCH SMALLER THAN KIDS HIS AGE.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • ONE OF THE BEST FOOTBALLERS OF ALL TIME
  • ONLY PLAYER EVER TO WIN BALLON D’OR AWARD FOUR TIMES
  • WON THE BALLON D’OR AWARD FOUR TIMES CONSECUTIVELY
  • FIRST PLAYER TO WIN 3 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE AWARDS

 

 

8. MICHAEL JORDAN 

 

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FAILURES:

  • LOCKED HIMSELF IN HIS ROOM AND CRIED AFTER BEING CUT FROM HIS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • MOST FAMOUS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME
  • WON 6 NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • WON MVP OF THE NBA 5 TIMES
  • APPEARED IN FILMS AND COUNTLESS TV COMMERCIALS
  • HAS EARNED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN APPAREL SALES

 

 

7.  WALT DISNEY

 

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FAILURES:

  • FIRED BY A NEWSPAPER BECAUSE HE “LACKED IMAGINATION AND HAD NO GOOD IDEAS”

 

SUCCESSES:

  • ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS, CARTOONISTS, ANIMATORS, VOICE ACTOR AND FILM PRODUCERS OF ALL TIME.
  • DISNEY RAKES IN BILLIONS PER YEAR IN MOVIE, MERCHANDISE AND LICENSING SALES.
  • KNOWN AS A CULTURAL ICON.

 

 

6.  OPRAH WINFREY

 

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FAILURES:

  • FIRED FROM BALTIMORE TV STATION BECAUSE “SHE WAS NOT FIT FOR TV”.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • TALK SHOW HOST QUEEN OF THE WORLD
  • FILM AND TV PRODUCER AND ACTOR
  • ONE OF THE MOST GENEROUS PHILANTHROPISTS IN THE WORLD
  • THE RICHEST AFRICAN AMERICAN OF THE 20TH CENTURY

 

 

5. SIDNEY POITIER

 

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FAILURES:

  • GREW UP IN POVERTY
  • TOLD AT FIRST FILM AUDITION TO “STOP WASTING EVERYONE’S TIME AND GO AND GET A JOB AS A DISHWASHER OR SOMETHING”

 

SUCCESSES:

  • FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN AN ACADEMY AWARD
  • KNOWN AS ONE OF THE BEST MALE ACTORS OF ALL TIME
  • AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM BY PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA

 

 

4.  J.K ROWLINGS 

 

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FAILURES:

  • SHE WAS A BROKE, SEVERELY DEPRESSED AND DIVORCED SINGLE MOTHER RAISING A CHILD ON WELFARE SUPPORT WHILST TRYING TO ATTEND SCHOOL AND WRITE HER FIRST NOVEL.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • JUST 5 YEARS LATER SHE WAS ONE OF THE RICHEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD.
  • SOLD MORE THAN 400 MILLION COPIES OF HER BEST SELLING HARRY POTTER BOOKS
  • HER BOOKS LED TO THE SECOND HIGHEST GROSSING MOVIE SERIES OF ALL TIME WITH THE HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE.

 

 

3.   STAN SMITH 

 

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FAILURES:

  • REJECTED AS A BALL BOY FOR A DAVIS CUP EVENT BECAUSE EVENT ORGANIZERS FELT HE WAS TOO CLUMSY AND UNCOORDINATED.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • AT ONE TIME WAS RANKED THE #1 TENNIS PLAYER IN THE WORLD
  • HAD AN ADIDAS SHOE
  • 2 X GRAND SLAM AND 4 X GRAND PRIX TENNIS CHAMPION

 

 

2.   STEVEN SPIELBERG

 

 

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FAILURES:

  • HE WAS REJECTED BY THE PRESTIGIOUS FILM SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THREE TIMES.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • WON 3 OSCARS
  • PERSONAL WEALTH OF 3 BILLION DOLLARS
  • THE SAME UNIVERSITY THAT REJECTED HIM THREE TIME AWARDED HIM AN HONORARY DEGREE, MADE HIM A TRUSTEE OF THE UNIVERSITY AND NAMED ONE OF THE CAMPUS BUILDINGS AFTER HIM.

 

1.  SYLVESTER STALLONE (ROCKY) 

 

 

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FAILURES:

  • SPENT 24 HOURS STRAIGHT WRITING THE ROCKY MOVIE SCRIPT THAT WAS REJECTED OVER 2’000 TIMES WHEN TRYING TO SELL THE RIGHTS.
  • ON ATTEMPT 2001 TO SELL THE SCRIPT HE WAS OFFERED $350’000 FOR THE SCRIPT SO LONG AS HE WAS NOT TO STAR IN IT.
  • DESPITE BEING SO BROKE HE HAD TO SELL HIS DOG AND LIVE IN AN APARTMENT WITH NO ELECTRICITY HE REJECTED THE OFFER STATING THAT “I HAVE TO PLAY THIS ROLE. I AM ROCKY AND THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LIFE”.
  • HE WAS EVENTUALLY OFFERED JUST $25’000 FOR THE RIGHTS TO ROCKY AND THE CHANCE TO PLAY THE LEAD ROLE. HE WAS GIVEN JUST A MERE 1 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET AND 30 DAYS TO SHOOT THE ENTIRE FILM.

 

SUCCESSES:

  • ROCKY WAS NOMINATED FOR 10 ACADEMY AWARDS
  • ROCKY WON ACADEMY AWARDS FOR THE BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTING AND BEST FILM EDITING
  • STALLONE WENT INTO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND HIGHEST PAYING ACTORS OF ALL TIME
  • STALLONE USED $15’000 OF THE $25’000 HE WAS PAID FOR ROCKY TO BUY BAG THE DOG HE SOLD. THE SAME DOG IS STALLONE’S PET DOG BUTKISS IN THE ROCKY FILM.

 

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