We all need a bit of motivation from time to time in order to keep ourselves going even if we don’t feel like. Everyone who’s reading this post might have gone through unpleasant experiences or dreadful failures at least once in life. Well, if you’re tired of hearing that success always starts with failure, then discover yourself the answer by reading this post.
Here are the short success stories of notable personalities for whom calling out as a loser was never a stumbling block to reaching the unimaginable heights of success.
This man’s zero to hero story makes us believe in the saying that "Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up." For a college dropout, the trip to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world was never a cakewalk. He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc. which is world’s one of the most innovative technological companies. He was a creative genius and was once ousted from the company which he started from scratch, but his unfortunate set of experiences never bogged him down in life.
The name behind the establishment of the largest media cooperations in the world in terms of revenue is Walt Disney who had rock solid determination to achieve something extraordinary in life. Needless to say, he was exceptionally good at drawing political caricatures or comic strips, but was once fired from the Missouri newspaper and was told that he lacked good ideas and creativeness. Despite such dismissal, he made his mark as a pioneer in the American animation industry and the whole world is evident of his success.
He was rejected thrice from his dream college - ‘The University of Southern California’ due to poor grades in high school. But, his persistent efforts made him received an honorary degree from the same university in 1994, and later on, he was also ordained as a trustee of that university in 1996. His story teaches us that rejection doesn’t mean you are not good enough; it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default” is what the author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling swear by. Her never-ending struggles, failed relationships, financial hardships, and upsetting rejections made her what she is today. It’s hard to believe that the writer who earned over $400 million dollars in book sales was once shunned by 12 major publishers before she made it so big.
Failure is another stepping stone to greatness, said by an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist - Oprah Winfrey. This strong-headed lady proved that a few knock-backs could never pull down a person for whom getting success is the only aim in life. She was expelled from a local TV station once and was told that she is unfit for television. At present, several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world and her talk show - ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is one of the highest-rated television programs of its kind in history.
The man is known as 16th President of the United States who faced defeat in five elections in his political career. At the age of 23, he experienced a trail of business failures and was later afflicted by a sudden nervous breakdown. During his tenure as a President, he fought aggressively to abolish slavery, strengthened the federal government and modernised the economy. He always stood by his principals no matter how many times he was pulled down by his contemporaries.
We hope that now after reading these inspirational instances of well-known names, you must have understood that every failure can be turned into a measure of success if you truly wish to make it happen from the depth of your being. As life is a precious thing, don’t let any rejections deter you and give your best in whatever you do. If you found this post inspiring to read, then don’t forget to share the life experiences of these renowned personalities with your friends.