How many times you have heard the road to success isn’t easy? How often have you been knocked down, but forced to get back on track and push yourself to try harder? By now, I’m sure you have experienced failure one way or another. Whether you struggled in your career or personal life, you must have had to face an obstacle that seemed to be overwhelming at that time.
Many of the worlds’ most successful people have also experienced failure, perhaps even more than once, but didn’t let it get in their way! Check out their success stories and learn from the best what it takes to succeed:
1. Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison was told he was “too stupid to learn anything” which makes you wonder how he managed to become one of the greatest pioneers of all time. Edison succeeded in his life as a great inventor with inventions like the phonograph, motion picture camera and electric light bulb that have influenced our everyday lives.
2. Steve Jobs
Before his big success with Apple, Steve Jobs got kicked out of the company because he invested in the wrong product at that time. The Lisa, a personal computer designed by Apple, only sold 100,000 units which was a huge profit loss. Nevertheless, Jobs was determined to succeed and created a company called NeXT which was later sold to Apple when he returned as CEO leading the company into its current golden age.
3. J.K. Rowling
What if I told you J.K. Rowling was living off welfare when she started working on Harry Potter? Yes, that’s right. I don’t think Rowling knew she was going to make millions and become such as a successful writer nor realised how talented she was until the Harry Potter series started to sell like wildfire.
4. Walt Disney
Did you know Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for not being creative enough? Quite ironically, the person who created Disneyland was once told he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. Also, he created an animation studio that was bankrupted a few years later, but this didn’t stop him from producing a highly successful cartoon series.
5. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, a famous producer and actor in the Bollywood cinema, also had to face the bankruptcy of his production house Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited. Luckily, he didn’t let his hopes down and went on to work for the KBC series and slowly began to rise to the top.
6. Nick Woodman
The founder of CEO of GoPro, Nick Woodman, learned about failure the hard way. Before becoming successful for creating the popular wearable cameras GoPro, he tried his luck as a businessman with two start-ups EmpowerAll.com and FunBug, an e-commerce site and an online marketing company which eventually had to be shut down due to a lack of profits.
7. Bill Gates
As the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest computer software company, Bill Gates failed big time. His first company Traf-O-Data introduced a device that could potentially read traffic tapes and process data but at the first demo it failed to work. While this was a huge setback, Traf-O-Data 8008 was the foundation of the first Microsoft product that came out a few years later.
8. Richard Branson
The founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson did not become a successful businessman overnight. Despite having some trouble with his reading and math skills, dropping out of school and being dyslexic, he still managed to govern over 400 companies under the Virgin umbrella.
9. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah was also told she wasn’t going to be successful in her chosen career. A TV producer from Baltimore WJZ-TV said Oprah was “unfit for television news” and that she should get a role on a daytime TV show. Despite feeling emotionally broken, she began working as a talk show host at People Are Talking and then for her own The Oprah Winfrey Show.
10. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts many times in the past, but this didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Jaws, ET and Jurassic Park hit box office records and made him a billionaire.
In a way, failing is a form of feedback since you can’t have success without failure. Along the way, you will fall but will get to learn from your mistakes and emerge even stronger than before. What matters is that you stay true to your goals and never give up just like these 10 celebrities have done.
See Also: Oprah Winfrey: The Secret to her Success
Have you ever thought how would the world be different if any of these people gave up on their dreams? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below…