The road to success is paved with disappointment. And even the most famous people have failed numerous times before achieving their goals. No matter who we talk about throughout the annals of time, in order to achieve enormous success, they first had to experience painful failure.
These famous failures were no different than the rest of those who ended up giving up. People who throw in the proverbial towel never get to taste the sweet victories that come with success. But, for those that stick it out, success is the most rewarding byproduct that comes out of all the setbacks, upsets, and failures along the way.
Like a phoenix, we must rise from the ashes. If you’ve experienced failure in your life, don’t let it discourage you. Don’t allow it to dampen your hopes and your dreams. Never give up. Always keep pushing and keep trying. If you have lofty goals, don’t change the goals, change the plan to reach your goals.
Never, ever, ever give up. Ever.
The following famous people who’ve failed are mentioned in this video:
He was booed off stage at his first stand-up gig and worked as a janitor at the age of 15 to help support his family.
She was dropped from three record labels and her first album only sold 200 copies.
She lived in extreme poverty, was sexually abused from the age of 9, and fired from her first job for being “unfit for television.”
Jay-Z (Shawn Carter):
He grew up in Brooklyn’s drug-infested projects, was abandoned by his father at the age of 11, and turned down by every major record label.
She was a single mother on welfare in London, jobless and penniless, and her first manuscript was rejected by all 12 major publishers.
His first novel was rejected 30 separate times and it was thrown into the trash before it was later retrieved by his wife.
His first business – a device for reading & generating reports for roadway engineers from raw traffic data – failed.
His first company went bankrupt. His second company was failing and he was forced out with only the rights to his name.
He was broke at the age of 62 with only a $105 social security check to his name, and 1,009 restaurants rejected his idea.
His teacher said he was “too stupid to learn anything” and he failed over 10,000 times inventing a commercially-viable electric lightbulb.
He was fired from his first job because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas” and his first business went bankrupt.
Sir Richard Dyson:
Failed 5,126 times before inventing the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner, and every major distributor in the UK turned him down.